1977 Olivia Newton-John – Making A Good Thing Better

Making a Good Thing Better is an album by Olivia Newton-John, released 1977. The album peaked at No. 34 Pop and No. 13 Country. It was Newton-John’s first album not to reach the Country Top 10. The album also ended Olivia’s streak of six consecutive gold albums from 1974’s “Let Me Be There” through 1976’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” It was a different story in the Netherlands, where it became her fourth chart-topping album.

Olivia Newton-John was in a dispute with MCA records at the time of the recording and was in negotiations to be released from MCA, thus the label did not promote the album. At the time, Newton-John sued for her release from MCA, claiming they had not promoted her music, resulting in diminished chart placement. She attempted to promote the album and single, appearing on the cover of Us Weekly on 23 August 1977 and making a promotional clip of the song that aired on NBC’s “The Midnight Special”.

Olivia Newton-John went on to sign on to do the movie Grease, and came to agreement to stay with MCA Records, though her recordings from the movie were on RSO Records.

Tracks

Making A Good Thing Better(Pete Wingfield) 3:45
2  Slow Dancing (Jack Tempchin) 3:59
3  Ring Of Fire (June Carter, Merle Kilgore) 3:19
4  Coolin’ Down (John Farrar) 3:58
5  Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice) 6:02
6  Sad Songs (Billy Alessi, Bobby Alessi) 3:39
7  You Won’t See Me Cry (Joe Falsia, Stephen Sinclair) 3:03
8  So Easy To Begin (Jules Shear) 3:32
9  I Think I’ll Say Goodbye (Jim Rushing, Marshal Chapman) 2:41
10  Don’t Ask A Friend (Olivia Newton-John) 3:45
11  If Love Is Real (Randy Edelman) 4:33

Musicians

1 Making A Good Thing Better

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJohn Farrar
GuitarJay Graydon
PianoGreg Mathieson
StringsJames Newton-Howard
PercussionJoe Porcaro
Background VocalsMyrna Matthews
Background VocalsLaura Creamer
Background VocalsJulia Rinker


2 Slow Dancing

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Acoustic GuitarJohn Farrar
Acoustic GuitarJay Graydon
Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
StringsJames Newton-Howard
PianoGreg Mathieson


3 Ring Of Fire

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
ClavinetGreg Mathieson
HarmonicaTommy Morgan
FiddleByron Berline
Background VocalsMyrna Matthews
Background VocalsLaura Creamer
Background VocalsJulia Rinker


4 Coolin’ Down

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJay Graydon
PianoGreg Mathieson
StringsJames Newton-Howard


6 Sad Songs

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJay Graydon
PianoGreg Mathieson
SynthesizerGreg Mathieson
StringsJames Newton-Howard
Background VocalsMyrna Matthews
Background VocalsMarty McCall
Background VocalsPatti Brooks


7 You Won’t See Me Cry

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Acoustic GuitarJohn Farrar
Acoustic GuitarJay Graydon
ClavinetGreg Mathieson
OboeGeorge Marge
PercussionJoe Porcaro


8 So Easy To Begin

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Acoustic GuitarJohn Farrar
Acoustic GuitarJay Graydon
Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
PianoGreg Mathieson
StringsDavid Campbell


9 I Think I’ll Say Goodbye

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJohn Farrar
Acoustic GuitarJohn Farrar
Acoustic GuitarJay Graydon
MandolinByron Berline
Steel GuitarDoug Livingston
Background VocalsJohn Farrar
PianoGreg Mathieson


10 Don’t Ask A Friend

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJohn Farrar
GuitarJay Graydon
PianoJames Newton-Howard
StringsJames Newton-Howard


11 If Love Is Real

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJohn Farrar
GuitarJay Graydon
OrganRandy Edelman
PianoGreg Mathieson
Background VocalsJohn Farrar

Liner Notes

Producer – John Farrar
Engineer (Recording, Remixing) – Bill Schnee
Engineer (Recording) – Armin Steiner, Linda Tyler, Tom Bush
Engineer (Remixing) – Elliot Scheiner
Arranged By (Strings) – James Newton-Howard (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 10)
Arranged By (Orchestra) – Pete Myers (Track 5)
Arranged By (Strings) – David Campbell (Track 8)
Conductor (Strings) – James Newton-Howard (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 10)
Conductor (Orchestra) – Pete Myers (Track 5)
Conductor (Strings) – David Campbell (Track 8)

Art Direction – George Osaki
Photography By – Bob Stone

Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records
Copyright (c) – MCA Records
Copyright (c) – UMG Recordings, Inc.

Recorded At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Recorded At – Sunset Sound Recorders
Recorded At – Hollywood Sound Recorders
Recorded At – Western Recorders
Recorded At – A&R Studios
Recorded At – Little Mountain Sound Studios
Remastered At – Hiltongrove Mastering