The beloved and iconic Dame Olivia Newton-John is celebrated this week with a remastered, 50th anniversary release of her hit debut album, If Not For You, on both vinyl and a 2-CD Deluxe Edition featuring six previously unreleased recordings. With its pre-order topping the Folk genre chart and Top 10 All Genre lists, the album is already reflecting her fans’ love of her music. The 2-CD Deluxe Edition, vinyl, and digital download were available via Green Hill Productions, a subsidiary of Primary Wave, as of September 9. Click here to purchase or stream. 

This special 50th anniversary release of If Not For You has been remastered from the original master tapes and will bring this long out-of-print album back to a new generation with both a 180 gram heavyweight vinyl and a Deluxe Edition CD. The CD features six previously unreleased recordings, a 28-page CD booklet with a special introduction by Olivia, all new liner notes, song lyrics, and photographs from Olivia’s personal collection.   

Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, Olivia recalled being in the studio with her Irish Setter at her feet. “There was a moment when my dog actually grabbed the mic during a guitar solo in ‘If Not For You,’” said Olivia. “We left the sound on the album and it still makes me smile when I hear it.”

Newton-John added she was “surprised and extremely grateful that my team knew what they were doing and picked a hit song to launch my career. An interesting aside, my husband John Easterling’s favourite song is ‘If Not For You.’  There are no coincidences in life – for this to be his favourite song???  Of all the songs in the world. Wild!!”

If Not For You, produced and arranged by John Farrar and Bruce Welch, features the hit single “If Not For You” (US #1 AC, #25 Hot 100) written by Bob Dylan. The release also celebrates Olivia’s pastoral folk beginnings which developed into the sound of her country music period with her renditions of 12 classics including “Banks of the Ohio,” “If You Could Read My Mind” (Gordon Lightfoot) and “Me And Bobby McGee” (Kris Kristofferson).

“This was the album that introduced the masses to Olivia and began to establish her as a bonafide folk/country star in her early career,” says Blake Davis, General Manager, Green Hill Productions. “It was also the album where Olivia first forged the iconic working relationship with John Farrar. We’re honoured to bring this classic album back to her fans to celebrate its 50th anniversary in remastered form.”

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If Not For You – Vinyl Track Listing: 

1.    Me And Bobby McGee
2.    If
3.    Banks Of The Ohio
4.    In A Station
5.    Love Song
6.    Help Me Make It Through The Night 
7.    If Not For You
8.    Where Are You Going To My Love?
9.    Lullaby
10.    If You Could Read My Mind
11.    If I Gotta Leave
12.    No Regrets

If Not For You – CD & DIGITAL Track List (featuring bonus tracks):

1.    Me And Bobby McGee
2.    If
3.    Banks Of The Ohio
4.    In A Station
5.    Love Song
6.    Help Me Make It Through The Night 
7.    If Not For You
8.    Where Are You Going To My Love?
9.    Lullaby
10.    If You Could Read My Mind
11.    If I Gotta Leave
12.    No Regrets
13.    Till You Say You’ll Be Mine
14.    For Ever
15.    The Biggest Clown
16.    It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye
17.    Would You Follow Me
18.    Walkin’ On Air
19.    Goin’ Back
20.    I Could Never Live Without Your Love
21.    Roll Like The River
22.    Don’t Move Away
23.    Would You Follow Me (Edit)
24.    Round And Round
25.    The Biggest Clown
26.    Game Of Love
27.    Would You Follow Me
28.    Unten Am Fluß, Der Ohio Heißt (German Version of “Banks Of The Ohio”) 
29.    Unten Am Fluß, Der Ohio Heißt (Instrumental)