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Dame Olivia Newton-John releases ‘Physical: The 40th Anniversary’ vinyl

Dame Olivia Newton-John released her amazing “Physical: The 40th Anniversary” collector’s edition vinyl in celebration of her seminal album’s upcoming 40th anniversary.

Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John. Photo Courtesy of Primary Wave
Olivia Newton-John. Photo Courtesy of Primary Wave

Dame Olivia Newton-John released her amazing “Physical: The 40th Anniversary” collector’s edition vinyl in celebration of her seminal album’s upcoming 40th anniversary.

Vinyl review

Her 40th anniversary vinyl is comprised of all remastered tracks. It opens on an upbeat note with the vivacious and mid-tempo “Landslide,” and it is followed by “Stranger’s Touch,” which has a neat groove to it, and the sassy “Make A Move on Me.”

Her vocals on “Falling” as crystalline and hypnotic, and it immediately breaks into “Love Make Me Strong,” which is an anthem of female empowerment. “Physical” is the worldwide smash hit that made Olivia Newton-John a household name, and rightfully so.

“Silvery Rain” is soothing and infectious. After “Carried Away,” it closes with “Recovery” and the stirring “The Promise,” where she leaves her fans wanting to hear more.

A four-time Grammy winner, she released her seminal album “Physical” back in October of 1981.

“It’s hard to believe that it has been 40 years since ‘Physical’ was first released and I am thrilled that it’s getting this beautiful 40th anniversary remastered edition on vinyl – isn’t it wonderful that vinyl is popular again?” Dame Olivia Newton-John said in a press statement.

“I am so proud of this record as it not only allowed me to try new things musically, but it became such a part of pop-culture history and, with the success of the CD/DVD release in October 2021 (No. 4 on the Amazon charts) it was lovely to see how it was discovered by new generations, while at the same time providing my amazing fans with a collection they seem to love,” she elaborated.

‘Physical’ — A part of pop culture

Not only did “Physical” become a part of pop culture and help ignite the 80s aerobic and fashion crazes (the latter thanks to Newton-John’s longtime-costume designer Fleur Thiemeyer), it went on to become the biggest hit of the 1980s, spending more time on the Billboard charts than any other song of the decade.  

“Physical” is the most successful solo hit of Newton-John’s career and it spent 10 weeks on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, from November 21, 1981, through January 23, 1982.   

In 2010, Billboard also named “Physical” the “Sexiest Song of All Time.” The hit song was so suggestive that it was banned by many radio stations across the globe, as well as the entire country of South Africa – something Newton-John is proud of today. “I was banned for ‘Physical’ – can you imagine? – I can actually say I was banned!” laughed Newton-John. “That song is a lullaby compared to what’s on the radio today!”

The “Physical” phenomenon continues even today, with artists such as Dua Lipa and Miley Cyrus paying homage to the hit song and introducing Olivia and her music to a new generation of fans and listeners.

Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund

Today, Newton-John shows no signs of slowing down. In November of 2020, she established the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, an independent charity sponsoring global research into plant medicine for cancer.

These investments in new scientific research will educate patients and their caregivers about kinder options for treating cancer. The charity is committed to realizing a world beyond cancer. For more information visit the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund.  

With her current and ongoing projects and philanthropic endeavors, her global popularity and relevance is as strong as ever.

Her 40th anniversary “Physical” vinyl is available for pre-order on digital service providers by clicking here. It is a must for all fans of Olivia Newton-John, and it garners two giant thumbs up.

For more information on Dame Olivia Newton-John, check out her official website.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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