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

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar John Farrar
Guitar Jay Graydon
Piano Greg Mathieson
Strings James Newton-Howard
Percussion Joe Porcaro
Background Vocals Myrna Matthews
Background Vocals Laura Creamer
Background Vocals Julia Rinker


2 Slow Dancing

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Acoustic Guitar John Farrar
Acoustic Guitar Jay Graydon
Steel Guitar Pete Kleinow
Strings James Newton-Howard
Piano Greg Mathieson


3 Ring Of Fire

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Clavinet Greg Mathieson
Harmonica Tommy Morgan
Fiddle Byron Berline
Background Vocals Myrna Matthews
Background Vocals Laura Creamer
Background Vocals Julia Rinker


4 Coolin’ Down

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Jay Graydon
Piano Greg Mathieson
Strings James Newton-Howard


6 Sad Songs

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Jay Graydon
Piano Greg Mathieson
Synthesizer Greg Mathieson
Strings James Newton-Howard
Background Vocals Myrna Matthews
Background Vocals Marty McCall
Background Vocals Patti Brooks


7 You Won’t See Me Cry

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Acoustic Guitar John Farrar
Acoustic Guitar Jay Graydon
Clavinet Greg Mathieson
Oboe George Marge
Percussion Joe Porcaro


8 So Easy To Begin

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Acoustic Guitar John Farrar
Acoustic Guitar Jay Graydon
Steel Guitar Pete Kleinow
Piano Greg Mathieson
Strings David Campbell


9 I Think I’ll Say Goodbye

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar John Farrar
Acoustic Guitar John Farrar
Acoustic Guitar Jay Graydon
Mandolin Byron Berline
Steel Guitar Doug Livingston
Background Vocals John Farrar
Piano Greg Mathieson


10 Don’t Ask A Friend

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar John Farrar
Guitar Jay Graydon
Piano James Newton-Howard
Strings James Newton-Howard


11 If Love Is Real

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar John Farrar
Guitar Jay Graydon
Organ Randy Edelman
Piano Greg Mathieson
Background Vocals John 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