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Two of a Kind Soundtrack, Import

4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 27 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002P8B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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1. Twist Of Fate - Olivia Newton-John
2. Take A Chance (Duet) - Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta
3. It's Gonna Be Special - Patti Austin
4. Catch 22 (Two Steps Foward, Two Steps Back) - Steve Kipner
5. Shaking You - Olivia Newton-John
6. (Livin' In) Desparate Times - Olivia Newton-John
7. The Perfect One - Boz Scaggs
8. Ask The Lonely - Journey
9. Prima Donna - Chicago
10. Night Music - David Foster

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Format: Audio CD
I was very suprised to see this soundtrack released on CD nearly 2 decades after its release. The CD is the soundtrack to the movie of the same name released in 1983. The movie itself is currently out of print and not available on DVD. There are some great songs on the album. However I think this one is aimed at the hard core fan of Olivia or John Travolta. The packaging is great, they included the gateway fold out of the original LP album. There are a few "filler" generic songs on the CD that are skip worthy, but there are some very strong points as well. Let me break it down one by one.
"Twist Of Fate" performed by Olivia Newton-John. This was the smash hit from the album. Reaching the top of the charts at number 5 in the USA. The song was released along with an imaginative video of Olivia being judged by a heavenly jury. Great lines in the song include "The gift of life extension, by divine intervention". Produced by David Foster. Still a favorite of Olivia fans and appears on many of her greatest hits compilations. 9/10
"Take A Chance"(duet by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta). The public expected more from the couple that sang a number one smash in Grease. This song was intended to be the B-side to "Twist of Fate" but ended up being a minor adult contemporary hit. Co-written by Olivia and accompanied with a beautifully done video. 7/10
"It's Gonna Be Special" by Patti Austin. This song was a R&B hit and deserved to be one. A nice adult contemporary song. 6/10
"Catch 22" by Steve Kipner. Mostly forgettable filler song. Although I should point out he is the song writer of "Physical" for Olivia. 4/10
"Shakin' You" by Olivia Newton-John. Stunning love ballad of trying to get over an ex-love. Accompanied by a piano, Olivia shines in this one. A tear jerker for sure.
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Format: Audio CD
The whole TWO OF A KIND experience marked several important events in the career of Olivia Newton-John. First, the movie effectively ended her big screen career. She's had a few bit parts in low-budget ho-hum dramas since then and has visted TV movie hell on a number of slush-filled occasions, but her leading lady days were torched by TOAK.
Second, the soundtrack album was the last time her name was to appear on a certified platinum release in America. And lastly, the album's lead single, the excellent TWIST OF FATE, was the last top 5 hit she was to ever attain.
Travolta suffered just as badly. TOAK came almost back to back with his stinky SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER sequel, STAYIN' ALIVE. It
took him 10 years to retrieve his good name.
So, is TOAK that bad a film? Yes, it is! I suppose it would be classed as a 'rom-com' nowadays (though the movie has little of either). Travolta plays a frustrated (and oddly camp) inventor while Olivia brings her limited talents to the role of bank teller and aspiring actress. After seeing Olivia screech her way through the movie, mugging madly, competing with Travolta for worst lines of dialogue and biggest hair, you'll be right in thinking, 'no wonder she's an out of work actress!'. But, sadly, Olivia's character, Debbie, is meant to be GOOD. She just hasn't had the breaks yet. This is the first of many downfalls.
The movie picks up after half an hour when both leads are killed, only for God to intervene and give them a second chance! Charles Durning and the late Oliver Reed (was this when he began drinking heavily?) disgrace themselves in thankless roles, but at least the film is over in 80 minutes!
Enough of this! Luckily the soundtrack is a brighter affair.
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'Oh sheesh, ANOTHER five stars for an Olivia Newton-John recording'
Yes it appears I've been dishing out quite a few recently, but it's unfair not to give Olivia the dues she deserves when she delivers like this. Especially in comparison with her latest release, (2), which is quite possibly one of the weakest albums in her entire career.
The 'Two Of A Kind' soundtrack is, somewhat self-explanatorily, the accompanying album to the film of the same name. Olivia shines in her four inclusions on this record, offering up three brave and stunning songs as well as one colour-by-numbers pop duet which if nothing else serves its purpose. The first single and opening track, 'Twist Of Fate', unintentionally became Olivia's swansong to the popular music world. Talk about going out with a bang. The single was an extremely successful #3 hit with a mega-budget video to boot, and no wonder - it is bouncy, dance-oriented, rock-synth at its very best with an amazing chorus and similarly awe-inspiring vocals from Ms Newton-John.
'(Living In) Desperate Times' remains one of the most aggressive songs of Olivia's career. With a thunderous beat, frighteningly loud drum fills, and a powerful synthy chorus, it almost gave Olivia another Top 30 hit, stalling at #31. A fantastic video clip perfectly capturing the overbearing commercialisation of the modern world, Olivia's social commentary is all but forgotten in the intricate and compelling melody of this punk-pop classic! 'Shaking You' is Olivia balladry at its finest, up there with 'Boats Against The Current' from the 'Totally Hot' album and her fine 1973 offering 'Leaving'.
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