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Produced as an ABC Television special in 1978, guest stars included ABBA and Andy Gibb. It appears the program
was either done live, or with little rehearsing as everything seems "off the cuff." Halfway through side 2
there is an impromptu Beach Boys medley which is truly awful. It's obvious why this type of speciality show
never survived into the 80s. This one is only slightly better than the 1977 Barry Manilow special which was
released by MGM/UA Home Video in 1982.
The video transfer appears clean and sharp. However, given as the program was produced for television and there
was no such thing as hi-fidelity broadcasts in 1978, no one bothered with the audio. All the music sounds hollow
and lifeless. Certain copies of Olivia have the LaserVision logo on the disc's label and/or jacket, others
Olivia was never reissued on LaserDisc.
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