Back with a Heart

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Back with a Heart
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Studio album by Olivia Newton-John
Released 12 May 1998
Studio Ocean Way Recording, Soundshop Recording Studios, Masterfonics, Emerald Sound, SoundStage Studios and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Studio (Nashville, TN); Chartmaker Studios and Moonee Pond Studios (Malibu, CA); Ultrasound Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
Genre Country
Label MCA Nashville
Producer John Farrar (tracks 2 & 5); David Foster (track 11); Chris Farren (track 8); Don Cook (tracks 1, 3 & 7); Gary Burr (tracks 4 & 10); Tony Brown (tracks 6 & 9)
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Gaia
(1994)
Back with a Heart
(1998)
Highlights from The Main Event
(1998)
Singles from Back with a Heart
  1. "I Honestly Love You '98"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Precious Love"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Back with a Heart is an album released by Olivia Newton-John in 1998.

Production, release and singles[edit]

Back with a Heart was recorded in Nashville and marked Newton-John's return to the US Country chart after an absence of almost twenty years. The album featured the single "I Honestly Love You", a re-recording of her 1974 number-one hit, now featuring vocals by Babyface. The song was released in two versions; the album version for Pop and Adult Contemporary radio, and a remix for Country radio. The title track was issued as a vinyl 45 RPM single in the United States. "Love Is a Gift" won a 1999 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song after appearing on As the World Turns. "Precious Love" was also a single from the album, with the accompanying music video getting airplay on Country Music Television.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Precious Love" (Newton-John, Anne Roboff) – 3:24
  2. "Closer to Me" (John Farrar) – 4:17
  3. "Fight for Our Love" (Newton-John, Victoria Shaw) – 3:51
  4. "Spinning His Wheels" (Newton-John, Gary Burr) – 3:30
  5. "Under My Skin" (Farrar) – 3:32
  6. "Love Is a Gift" (Newton-John, Shaw, Earl Rose) – 4:18
  7. "I Don't Wanna Say Goodnight" (Al Anderson, Robert Ellis Orrall) – 3:59
  8. "Don't Say That" (Newton-John, Chris Farren) – 5:11
  9. "Attention" (Newton-John, Roboff, Steve Seskin) – 3:33
  10. "Back with a Heart" (Newton-John, Burr) – 2:59
  11. "I Honestly Love You" (feat. Babyface) (Peter Allen, Jeff Barry) – 4:04
  12. "What's Forever For" (Rafe VanHoy) – 4:07 (bonus track on Japanese release)

Personnel[edit]

  • Olivia Newton-John – lead vocals, backing vocals (6, 8, 9, 10)
  • Steve Nathan – keyboards (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9), Hammond B3 organ (3)
  • Dennis Burnside – acoustic piano (1, 3, 7)
  • Sean CallerySynclavier (2)
  • Barry Walsh – synthesizers (4), acoustic piano (10)
  • John Hobbs – acoustic piano (8)
  • David Foster – keyboards (11), arrangements (11)
  • Felipe Elgueta – synthesizer programming (11)
  • Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar (1, 3, 7)
  • Brent Mason – electric guitar (1, 3, 7), lead electric guitar (10)
  • Bruce Bouton – pedal steel guitar (1, 3, 7), lap steel (4), slide guitar (10)
  • Larry Byrom – electric guitar (2, 5, 6, 9)
  • Steve Gibson – acoustic guitar (2, 9), electric guitar (5, 6)
  • John Farrar – electric guitar (2, 5), backing vocals (5)
  • Paul Franklin – steel guitar (2, 5, 8)
  • Gary Burr – acoustic guitar (4), backing vocals (4)
  • B. James Lowry – acoustic guitar (4, 10)
  • Dan Dugmore – electric guitar (6), steel guitar (9)
  • Chris Farren – acoustic guitar (8), mandolin (8), backing vocals (8)
  • Darrell Scott – acoustic guitar (8)
  • Brent Rowan – electric guitar (8)
  • Cary Park – electric guitar solo (8)
  • Chris Leuzinger – electric guitar (10)
  • Dean Parks – guitar (11)
  • Michael Thompson – guitar (11)
  • Michael Rhodes – bass guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9)
  • Duncan Mullins – bass guitar (4, 10)
  • Joe Chemay – bass guitar (8)
  • Eddie Bayers – drums (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10)
  • Paul Leim – drums (6, 8, 9), percussion (9)
  • Terry McMillan – percussion (4, 10)
  • Mark Leggett – percussion (8), programming (8)
  • Rob Hajacos – fiddle (4, 10)
  • Larry Franklin – fiddle (8)
  • Ronn Huff – string arrangements and conductor (8)
  • The Nashville String Machine – strings (8)
  • Wes Hightower – backing vocals (1, 3, 7)
  • Liana Manis – backing vocals (1, 3, 7)
  • Dennis Wilson – backing vocals (1, 3, 7)
  • Christina Nichols – backing vocals (2)
  • Tabitha Fair – backing vocals (6, 9)
  • Kim Fleming – backing vocals (6, 9)
  • Chris Rodriguez – backing vocals (6, 9)
  • Babyface – backing vocals (11)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Don Cook (Tracks 1, 3 & 7); John Farrar (Tracks 2 & 5); Gary Burr (Tracks 4 & 10); Tony Brown (Tracks 6 & 9); Chris Farren (Track 8); David Foster (Track 11).
  • Production Assistance on Tracks 1, 3 & 7 – Scott Johnson
  • Project Coordinators – Patty Nichols (Tracks 2 & 5); Jessie Noble (Tracks 2, 5, 6 & 9); Bill Nemuth (Tracks 4 & 10); Kelly Giedt (Track 8); Felipe Elgueta (Track 11).
  • Executive Producers – Rory S. Kaplan and Bill Neighbors
  • Recording – Mike Bradley (Tracks 1, 3 & 7); Chuck Ainlay (Tracks 2, 5, 6 & 9); Greg Kane (Tracks 4 & 10); Steve Marcantonio (Track 8); Felipe Elgueta (Track 11).
  • Assistant Recording – Mark Capps (Tracks 1, 3 & 7); Tim Roberts (Tracks 1, 3 & 7); Aaron Swihart (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 9); Mark Ralston (Tracks 2, 5, 6 & 9); King Williams (Tracks 4 & 10); John Saylor (Track 8); Chris Davie (Track 8);
  • Additional Recording – Mike Bradley (Tracks 1, 3 & 7); Mark Capps (Tracks 1, 3 & 7); Tim Roberts (Tracks 1, 3 & 7); Pat McMakin (Tracks 1, 3 & 7); Al Grassmick (Tracks 4 & 10); John Saylor (Track 8); Shawn Allan (Track 8); Steve Marcantonio (Track 8); Tom Harding (Track 8); Alejandro Rodriguez (Track 8); Dan Shike (Track 10).
  • Overdub Tracking – Steve McMillan (Tracks 2 & 5); Al Grassmick and Steve Marcantonio (Tracks 6 & 9).
  • Additional overdub recording on Tracks 6 & 9 – Tony Green and Russ Martin
  • Mixed by Chuck Ainlay at Masterfonics (Tracks 1, 3 & 6-11) and Moonee Pond Studios (Tracks 2 & 5), assisted by Mark Ralston.
  • Editing – Don Cobb
  • Encoding by Jeff Levinson and Ric Wilson
  • Technical Support – H.G. Hollans and John Saylor
  • Mastered by Denny Purcell at Georgetown Masters (Nashville, TN), assisted by Jonathan Russell.
  • Art Direction – Gabrielle Raumberger
  • Design – Joseph Kiely
  • Photography – Michelle Day, Caroline Greyshock and Patrick McDermott.
  • Stylist – Mini DeBlasio
  • Management – Larry Fitzgerald and Mark Hartley for The Fitzgerald Hartley Co.

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Canada Country Albums/CDs (RPM)[2] 14
US Billboard 200[3] 59
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[4] 9

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US AC[5] US[5]
1998 "I Honestly Love You" 18 67

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AllMusic review: Olivia Newton-John - Back with a Heart". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "RPM Country Albums for June 1, 1998". RPM. Retrieved October 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Olivia Newton-John Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "Olivia Newton-John Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Olivia Newton-John: Chart positions (Awards)". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.