The Rumour (album)

The Rumour is an album released by Olivia Newton-John in August 1988. The title track was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, features backing vocals and piano by John, and was a Number One single in Finland. The album featured the singles "The Rumour", "Can't We Talk It Over in Bed" (later covered by Grayson Hugh) and the Australian-only promo-single "It's Always Australia for Me", which was released for the Australian Bicentenary in 1988. This was also her first album not produced by long-time producer, John Farrar.

The Rumour
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1988
ProducerElton John, James Newton Howard, Davitt Sigerson, Hank Medress, Sandy Linzer, Randy Goodrum
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Soul Kiss
The Rumour
Warm and Tender
Singles from The Rumour
  1. "The Rumour"
    Released: April 1988
  2. "Can't We Talk It Over in Bed"
    Released: 1988
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Track listing

  1. "The Rumour" (with Elton John) (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) - 3:55
  2. "Love and Let Live" (Alan O'Day) - 3:25
  3. "Can't We Talk It Over in Bed" (Irwin Levine, Sandy Linzer) - 3:53
  4. "Let's Talk About Tomorrow" (John Capek, Amy Sky, Olivia Newton-John) - 3:18
  5. "It's Not Heaven" (Randy Goodrum, Newton-John) - 3:58
  6. "Get Out" (Goodrum, Newton-John) - 3:55
  7. "Big and Strong" (Mark Heard) - 4:32
  8. "Car Games" (Goodrum, Newton-John) - 4:45
  9. "Walk Through Fire" (David Baerwald, David Ricketts) - 5:30
  10. "Tutta La Vita" (Lucio Dalla; English lyrics: Davitt Sigerson) - 3:31


  • The Australian version of the album contains the track "It's Always Australia for Me".
  • The single version of "The Rumour" was backed with "Winter Angel", not available on LP.

Japan 2010 SHM-CD bonus tracks

  1. "Winter Angel" (B-side of "The Rumour" single) – 3:40
  2. "It's Always Australia for Me" (previously released on The Rumour 1988 Festival Records CD [Cat.# D53263]) – 3:19



  • Producers – Elton John and James Newton Howard (track 1); Davitt Sigerson (tracks 2 and 4–10); Sandy Linzer and Hank Medress (track 3); Randy Goodrum (co-producer on tracks 5 and 9)
  • Production coordination – Shari Sutcliffe (track 1) and Steve Rosen (track 3)
  • Engineers – Jack Joseph Puig, Ross Pallone and Bob Schaper (track 1); John Beverly Jones (tracks 2 and 4–10); Bill Schenman (track 3)
  • Assistant recording – Mike Klouster, Michael Mason and Martin Schmeizie (track 1); Ted Blaisdell, Jim Dineen, Ken Felton and Mitch Zelezry (tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10); Randy Goodrum (tracks 5 and 9)
  • Strings on tracks 4 and 8 recorded by Allen Sides
  • Recorded at Kren Studio and The Grey Room (Hollywood, CA); Skyline Recording (Topanga, CA); Ocean Way Recording, Sunset Sound, Ground Control Studios, California Phase Studios and Studio 55 (Los Angeles, CA); Avatar (Malibu, CA); Right Track Recording and Skyline Studios (New York, NY)
  • Mixing – Ross Pallone (track 1); Brian Malouf (tracks 2, 4 and 10); John Beverly Jones (tracks 5–9)
  • Mixed at Studio 55 (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Precision Mastering (Hollywood, CA)
  • Art direction and design – Jeff Adamoff and Michael Diehl
  • Photography – Herb Ritts


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