"Xanadu" peaked at #2 (UK) and #4 (US) in August 1980 and amazingly provided no less than six Top 40 UK singles including, of course, a #1 for ELO/ONJ as well as three hit records for ELO in their own right: "I'm Alive" (#20); "All Over The World" (#11) and "Don't Walk Away" (#21) plus two for Olivia Newton-John: "Magic" (#32) and "Suddenly" (#15). "Magic" also topped the chart in the States. It's noteworthy that "The Fall" was the only ELO track not to be released as a single! The irony for both avid and casual fans alike is that recent Jeff Lynne's ELO crowd favourite "All Over The World" is indeed a "Xanadu" track and the ELO maestro includes two songs from JETLX526 in his set lists not forgetting that it is also the name of a certain #1 greatest hits compilation with over one million sales since 2005!
"Drum Dreams" (the flip side to "I'm Alive" and "All Over The World in the US) comes to mind as does the extended "Xanadu Overture" as featured in the finale as well as the rather wonderful lengthened synth intro to "I'm Alive" accompanying the arrival of the muses in the opening sequences of the film. Add to that ONJ's "Fool Country" and an expanded, remastered "Xanadu" reissue is not so difficult to imagine which would doubtless will appeal to both ELO and Olivia Newton-John fans! The only issue might be sorting out the publishing rights between Jet (Sony) and MCA (Universal). An outing in 180g vinyl would also be nice. Music On Vinyl take note!
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Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-Jan-2019