Back to Basics: The Essential Collection 1971–1992

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Back to Basics: The Essential Collection 1971–1992
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Greatest hits album by Olivia Newton-John
Released June 9, 1992
Genre Pop, country
Producer Various
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Warm and Tender
Back to Basics: The Essential Collection 1971–1992
Singles from Back to Basics: The Essential Collection 1971–1992
  1. "I Need Love"
    Released: June 1992
  2. "Deeper Than A River"
    Released: 1992
  3. "I Want To Be Wanted"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Back to Basics: The Essential Collection 1971–1992 is a greatest hits album by Olivia Newton-John that was released on June 9, 1992, and the first compilation to contain both her country and pop hits. The album contained four new tracks: "Deeper Than a River", "Not Gonna Be the One", "I Want to Be Wanted" and "I Need Love". A tour was planned to promote the album, but unfortunately had to be cancelled when Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer.


The album was released with different track listings in different territories in order to feature her biggest hits in each region. Although the album didn't chart highly in the U.S., it was a long-term big seller and eventually certified Gold.[2] The album was a bigger success in the U.K and Australia.

Track listing[edit]

European and Japanese version

  1. "If Not for You"
  2. "Banks of the Ohio"
  3. "What Is Life"
  4. "Take Me Home Country Roads"
  5. "I Honestly Love You"
  6. "Have You Never Been Mellow"
  7. "Sam"
  8. "You're the One That I Want" (with John Travolta)
  9. "Hopelessly Devoted to You"
  10. "Summer Nights" (with John Travolta)
  11. "A Little More Love"
  12. "Xanadu" (with Electric Light Orchestra)
  13. "Magic"
  14. "Suddenly"
  15. "Physical"
  16. "The Rumour"
  17. "Not Gonna Be the One"
  18. "I Need Love"
  19. "I Want to Be Wanted"
  20. "Deeper Than a River"
  21. "Warm and Tender" (Japanese Bonus Track)[3]

US Version

  1. "Deeper Than a River" (Diane Warren) - 4:17
  2. "Not Gonna Be the One" (Seth Swirsky) - 3:05
  3. "I Want to Be Wanted" (Kim Gannon, Giuseppe Spotti, Alberto Testa) - 3:32
  4. "I Need Love" (Steve Kipner, John Lewis Parker) - 4:12
  5. "Twist of Fate" (Peter Beckett, Steve Kipner) - 3:42
  6. "Physical" (Steve Kipner, Terry Shaddick) - 3:42
  7. "Magic" (John Farrar) - 4:29
  8. "Deeper Than the Night" (Tom Snow) - 3:39
  9. "A Little More Love" (John Farrar) - 3:30
  10. "You're the One That I Want" (with John Travolta) (John Farrar) - 2:50
  11. "Summer Nights" (with John Travolta) (Warren Casey, Jim Jacobs) - 3:36
  12. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" (John Farrar) - 3:04
  13. "Please Mr. Please" (John Rostill, Bruce Welch) - 3:34
  14. "Sam" (Don Black, John Farrar, Hank Marvin) - 3:46
  15. "Have You Never Been Mellow" (John Farrar) - 3:34
  16. "If You Love Me, Let Me Know" (John Rostill) - 3:15
  17. "I Honestly Love You" (Peter Allen, Jeff Barry) - 3:40

Australian Version

  1. "I Need Love"
  2. "Deeper Than a River"
  3. "Not Gonna Be the One"
  4. "I Want to Be Wanted"
  5. "If Not for You"
  6. "Banks of the Ohio"
  7. "Let Me Be There"
  8. "I Honestly Love You"
  9. "If You Love Me, Let Me Know"
  10. "Have You Never Been Mellow"
  11. "Don't Stop Believin'"
  12. "Sam"
  13. "A Little More Love"
  14. "Physical"
  15. "Make a Move on Me"
  16. "Hopelessly Devoted to You"
  17. "Xanadu" (with Electric Light Orchestra)
  18. "Magic"
  19. "Twist of Fate"
  20. "Soul Kiss"
  21. "Grease Mega-Mix"

(An Australian Tour Edition of the album was released in 1998 and contained a bonus CD featuring the below tracks. These were the Australian hits missing from the initial album):

  1. "No Matter What You Do"
  2. "Don't Cut Me Down"
  3. "It's Always Australia for Me"
  4. "Can't We Talk It Over in Bed"
  5. "The Rumour"
  6. "Please Mr. Please"
  7. "Jolene"
  8. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
  9. "Heart Attack"
  10. "Toughen Up"