Come on Over
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Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 25 October 1990
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 12.55 x 1.14 cm; 93.55 Grams
- Manufacturer : McA Special Products
- Manufacturer reference : unknown
- Original Release Date : 1990
- Label : McA Special Products
- ASIN : B000002PBS
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 26,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This pop princess handled all styles of music with ease-here she charms with the hit title track (penned by the brothers Gibb); Dolly Parton's Jolene ; the Lennon-McCartney classic The Long and Winding Road ; the traditional Greensleeves , plus a couple of dance floor grooves, 12 tracks in all.
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Well, now it looks like they're taking the SACD route. This high quality format generally isn't compatible with standard CD systems unless the disc is a hybrid containing the SACD layer along with the CD one. Come On Over isn't a hybrid disc so if you buy this version make sure you have a dedicated SACD player.
Is it worth it? Well, Come On Over has always sounded good on CD. It's regarded as one of Olivia's best studio productions technically. As a stand alone album, it's lovely but not her best work. I've said before that COO is one of Olivia's most sedate collections. She was only 27 when it came out and should have been producing livlier fare, IMO. This is more like an album someone in their 40's or 50's would come up with than a young girl.
It seemed that many of Olivia's fanbase agreed. The album wasn't a massive hit, peaking at #12 in America, where she was huge at the time, before quickly falling off the charts. The title track was the only single released in the US and UK. That got to #23 in the US and it seemed fair. Olivia does an excellent job of the Bee Gees Main Course album track, but it's not a song you'll remember by her unless you're a devoted fan.
That said, Come On Over was a big hit LP in Japan and her rendition of Dolly Parton's Jolene became one of her most recognizable songs there. This would explain why the album is Olivia's first SACD (Physical is set for release in February 2012). The specialist format is an expensive one and I can't see them chucking Olivia albums out willy nilly. To my mind there are far more deserving O albums for this treatment, but I'll take what I can.
So is there a big sound difference? Not especially, to be frank! As I said, COO has always sounded good and this edition is the best one yet produced. The soundstage is broader and the album has a warm, vinyl like quality that's very soothing. But the differences are minor. The 1998 Australian remaster was superb as was the aforementioned Japanese SHM CD version from 2010, so unless you're a mad completist, or are obsessed with the best sound available (like me!) perhaps you shouldn't upgrade...
I should also add that the 2 bonus tracks included on the 2010 release aren't on this. No loss, I suppose. The packaging is lovely. A fold-out cardboard sleeve that includes all the original artwork and looks and feels expensive. I must also say that Amazon's price is a bit steep! SACDs are usually limited editions and disappear fast but you can get it on various sites for around £40.
Anyway, hope this helps. In conclusion, this is the best ever version of Come On Over. Just not by all that much. I certainly didn't expect to be buying another edition after the 2010 boxset, but that's life! Looking forward to the SACD Physical already!