2 (Olivia Newton-John album)

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(2)
Olivia Newton-John - (2) album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released12 November 2002
Recorded2002
StudioSing Sing South (Melbourne, Australia); Electric Mountain Studios and Milk Bar Studios (Sydney, Australia); Red Zone Studios (Burbank, CA)
GenrePop, country pop, adult contemporary
Length47:05
LabelFestival Mushroom
ProducerOlivia Newton-John (exec.), Charles Fisher, Richard Marx, Rick Nowels
Olivia Newton-John chronology
'Tis the Season
(2000)
(2)
(2002)
Indigo: Women of Song
(2004)

(2) is the nineteenth studio album by Australian pop singer Olivia Newton-John, released on 12 November 2002 in Australia. A duets album, the majority of tracks are with Australian artists, along with two American performers (Richard Marx and Michael McDonald). The Peter Allen and Johnny O'Keefe duets are built around archive recordings, with new vocals added by Newton-John.

The album was planned to include the song "True to Yourself", a Vanessa Amorosi song re-recorded as a duet and intended as track two. However, the track was dropped at the last minute due to contractual disagreements between Amorosi's Transistor Music and Newton-John's Universal Music labels. Both women said they felt sad about the situation and clarified that there is no problem between them, but that it was simply a contractual matter.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Sunburned Country" (with Keith Urban)Olivia Newton-John, Keith UrbanCharles Fisher5:37
2."Lift Me Up" (with Darren Hayes)Darren Hayes, NowelsFisher, Rick Nowels3:59
3."I'll Come Runnin'" (with Tina Arena)Diane WarrenFisher4:26
4."Tenterfield Saddler" (with Peter Allen)Peter AllenFisher4:07
5."I Will Be Right Here" (with David Campbell)WarrenFisher4:26
6."I Love You Crazy" (with Human Nature)Brooke McClymont, Robert Parde, Steve WerfelFisher3:49
7."Bad About You" (with Billy Thorpe)Don Cook, James House, Newton-JohnFisher3:00
8."I'm Counting on You" (with Johnny O'Keefe)Alicia EvelynFisher2:29
9."Never Far Away" (with Richard Marx)Marx, Jamey ClewerFisher, Richard Marx4:45
10."Happy Day" (with Jimmy Little)Nathan Cavaleri, Don WalkerFisher3:55
11."Act of Faith" (with Michael McDonald)Michael McDonald, Newton-John, Tommy SimsFisher4:56
12."Physical" (acoustic version) (bonus track)Steve Kipner, Terry ShaddickFisher4:16

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was a great success in Australia, reaching the top 10 in the ARIA Charts, being certified Platinum. A TV special for the album promotion, A Night with Olivia, also aired in the country, featuring John Farnham and Tina Arena as special guests.

The Australian leg of Newton-John's Heartstrings World Tour also served in the promotion of album. These were the first solo concerts in Australia of Olivia since 1982 and were very well received by the public and critics. New Idea magazine published an article of "the comeback of queen" in 2002, highlighting the success of the album and tour, as well as its induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Newton-John's 2008 duets album, A Celebration in Song, contains two songs originally released on (2): "Never Far Away" and "Sunburned Country".

Personnel[edit]

  • Olivia Newton-John – lead vocals
  • Steve Nathan – organ (1)
  • Rick Nowels – keyboards (2)
  • Andrew Bojanic – synthesizer (2, 10), guitars (2, 3, 4, 8), bass (2, 3, 4, 8), drum programming (2), keyboards (4, 8), backing vocals (5)
  • Chong Lim – keyboards (3, 5)
  • Peter Allen – acoustic piano (4), lead vocals (4)
  • Warren "Pig" Morgan – keyboards (7)
  • Richard Marx – keyboards (9), lead vocals (9)
  • Mike Bukovik – guitars (1)
  • Keith Urban – guitars (1), lead vocals (1)
  • Stuart Fraser – guitars (5, 11)
  • Tim Pierce – guitars (6, 7, 10)
  • Billy Thorpe – guitars (7), lead vocals (7)
  • Dai Pritchard – guitars (7)
  • Alison Prestwood – bass (1)
  • Joe Creighton – bass (5, 11)
  • Mark O'Connor – bass (6, 10), keyboards (6, 10, 11)
  • Dario Bortolin – bass (7)
  • Chris McHugh – drums (1)
  • Iki Levy – drum programming (3), drums (6, 10, 11)
  • Bradley Polain – drums (4, 6)
  • Angus Burchill – drums (5)
  • Mark Kennedy – drums (7)
  • Marlen Landin – backing vocals (1)
  • Steve Real – backing vocals (1)
  • Darren Hayes – lead vocals (2)
  • Tina Arena – lead vocals (3)
  • Liz Hooper – backing vocals (3, 5)
  • David Campbell – lead vocals (5)
  • Human Nature – lead and backing vocals (6)
  • Johnny O'Keefe – lead vocals (8)
  • Jimmy Little – lead vocals (10)
  • Michael McDonald – lead vocals (11)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Charles Fisher (tracks 1–11); Rick Nowels (track 2); Richard Marx (track 9); Andy Timmons (track 12)
  • Additional production on tracks 4 and 8 – Wizards of Oz (Dale Barlow, Tony Buck, Paul Grabosky and Lloyd Swanton)
  • Executive producer – Olivia Newton-John
  • Engineers – Justin Niebank (track 1); Adam Rhodes (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 10 and 11); Tony Wall (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
  • Assistant engineers – Todd Gunnerson (track 1); Greg Clarke (tracks 2 and 7); Jimi Maroudas (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 10 and 11); Paul Rodger (tracks 3, 5 and 6)
  • Drum recording on track 4 – Val Garay
  • Mixed by Don Smith
  • Mix assistants – Joe Brown and Ok Hee Kim
  • Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering (Hollywood, CA)
  • Photography – Peter Carrette and Michelle Day

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El affaire Olivia Newton-John-Vanessa Amorosi". Zona Musical. 8 November 2002. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Olivia Newton-John – (2)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Albums 2002".
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top Australian Albums 2002".
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.