Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Xanadu Side A: ELO or ONJ?

#1,077: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The long awaited debut of "Xanadu" on Blu-ray earlier this month - and the subsequent arrival of said release today at ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) - has reminded Yours Truly KJS of a minor controversy from back in good old 1980. I remember having the odd friendly argument with fans of Olivia Newton-John back in the day (and occasionally since) as to whether the ELO Side or the ONJ Side was the A side on the original gatefold LP release (UK: Jet/MCA #JETLX526).
For me, the 'A' side had to be the ELO Side and for certain others it was not. Later CD reissues, however, opted to list the ONJ tracks as trax 1-5 and the ELO songs as trax 6-10 but the original vinyl release didn't really define either, even the run-out matrix didn't settle the 'argument'.

Xanadu Set For Spring Blu-ray Release

In any case, the "Xanadu" OST was significantly more successful than the film, reaching #2 in the Official UK Album Top 75 with a 17 week chart run. "Xanadu" is a recording that has always divided the ELO fan base but the facts are that it provided ELO with their only #1 UK single and three other hit singles plus the Jeff Lynne's ELO live anthem "All Over The World".

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 16-March-2016


  1. Obviously the ONJ tracks are the A side. They are listed first, she was the star of the film and her singles were more sucessful. That's not to say the ELO tracks aren't great.

    1. Yes I agree. Olivia was the star of Xanadu ,Magic a U.S number 1 and Xanadu was UK no 1 .great music from ELI, but I wore the OBJ side out

  2. ONJ can not even touch the greatness of ELO , She's great in her own right but doesn't compare to the best

  3. I wish that ON-J performed Xanadu live with ELO just once - too much to wish for I guess. Love 'em both.

  4. The running matrix pressed in vinyl has ELO listed as A and ONJ as B ...