New CD & LP editions due this fall
On November 17th, MCA/UMe is set to release both vinyl and CD editions of Dame Olivia Newton-John’s smash-hit, tenth studio album, 1978’s Totally Hot, a record that further reinforced her status as a surefire international superstar. In celebration of Newton-John’s first-ever platinum-certified album’s 45th anniversary, Totally Hot returns to vinyl for the first time in decades in two different options, in addition to being made available anew on CD and on all major digital platforms.
Totally Hot will be released in a limited-edition LP neon coral red vinyl, standard weight LP black vinyl, CD, and digital.
Following on the heels of her megastar turn as Sandy Olsson, the Australian transfer student who quite demonstrably comes out of her shell in the hit musical film Grease, 1978’s biggest box office hit, British/Australian vocal powerhouse Newton-John released Totally Hot that November, further refining her embrace of the emerging pop sound of the late 1970s to great effect and much acclaim while at the same time remaining true to her country ballad roots.
Produced by Newton-John’s longtime collaborator John Farrar, Totally Hot featured 10 tracks and two big hit singles. The sultry singalong groove of “A Little More Love” reached No. 3 on the US and No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart, and it also hit the Top 10 in eight other countries, climbing as high as No. 2 in Canada. The album’s other big single, the deliberately pleading “Deeper Than the Night,” peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, No. 4 on US Adult Contemporary, and No. 7 on Canada Adult Contemporary.
Other Totally Hot highlights include the funky horn-driven title track “Totally Hot,” the heartfelt ballad “Never Enough,” and a truly raucous cover of the 1966 Spencer Davis Group Top Ten hit originally sung by a then-teenage Steve Winwood, “Gimme Some Lovin’.”
Totally Hot has been certified platinum by the RIAA. The album peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 and No. 4 on the US Top Country Albums chart, and it reached No. 7 in Australia and No. 30 in the UK. The album also reached the Top 10 in Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.