Following on from their incredible Two Strong Hearts Live Tour, comes the announcement of their new album – a collection of the magical moments from their tour.
With a 60-piece orchestra behind them, Farnham and Newton-John recently sold out houses around the country. With Chong Lim leading the orchestra, alongside Farnham’s core band and singers, audiences were treated to a thrilling series of gigs that saw each artist dig into their own personal songbook with stunning results.
Highlights on the album include ‘Two Strong Hearts’, ‘Let Me Be There’, ‘Xanadu’, the Peter Allen penned ‘I Honestly Love You’ and a sublime ‘Tenterfield Saddler’, ‘Dare To Dream’ (first heard at the Sydney OLYMPICS 2000), ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, ‘Burn For You’ and the jazz/blues hybrid of ‘Hit The Road Jack’ and ‘Fever’.
“Olivia and I opened the show together,” explains John, “we finished the show together and there was lots of interaction in between. It’s terrific singing with Olivia.”
“It’s a perfect blend of songs,” continues Olivia. “The show just flowed so well. We do duets and sing parts of each other’s songs as well as our own. It was a wonderful experience.”
Throughout the album the hits keep coming. Hearing Farnham and Newton-John work through ‘You’re The One That I Want’ and ‘Summer Nights’ from the Grease soundtrack
is joyous, funny (thanks to JF’s build up to the high notes) and downright brilliant.
In the final furlong you’ll hear ‘Hearts On Fire’, ‘If Not For You’ and a re-working of John’s hit with Human Nature, ‘Every Time You Cry’. ‘Physical’ had every room the
pair played whilst on tour on their feet. Throw in a powerhouse ‘You’re The Voice’ and a stunning cover of AC/DC’s ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock And Roll)’, where the mix of rock n’ roll electricity and orchestra absolutely rocks, and you’ve got a night that will remain burned into the memory banks.