Long before she was Sandy, the good girl of Rydell High, or Kira, the Olympian muse of the roller disco Xanadu, Olivia Newton-John was just plain Livvy, the girl singer with dreams of the big time in the 1970 sci-fi movie musical Toomorrow. Today, er, tooday, the film's cult classic soundtrack returns to vinyl for the very first time from Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records.
The little-known motion picture directed by Val Guest (Casino Royale, Up the Creek) was the brainchild of music impresario Don Kirshner and Harry Saltzman, best known for co-producing the first nine James Bond films with Albert R. Broccoli. And Toomorrow wasn't just the movie's title. After a lengthy talent search, Kirshner and Saltzman assembled the band Toomorrow, whom the music mogul modestly described as "the best-looking total group that ever existed." Why the misspelling? As drummer Karl Chambers put it in the film itself, "I dig it! We're too much, we're too morrow!" Newton-John and Chambers (who replaced Chris Slade after the future AC/DC drummer had already participated in publicity events) were joined in Toomorrow by actor-singer-guitarist-RCA recording artist Ben Thomas and British keyboardist Vic Cooper.
Kirshner tapped Brill Building veterans Mark Barkan and Ritchie Adams for the movie's bubblegum-meets-rock tunes and composer/electronic music pioneer Hugo Montenegro for arrangements and additional score. The result was a groovy, Moog-flavored pop romp that barely reflected the action onscreen. But the movie was plagued by creative in-fighting, legal troubles, and poor reviews. It quickly disappeared, and so did the soundtrack album (originally released on RCA Victor in the United Kingdom) despite enjoyable material including Montenegro's ominous "Spaceport" and the catchy likes of Barkan and Adams' "Taking Our Own Sweet Time," "Happiness Valley," and the title track.
When Newton-John reached superstardom following the success of Grease, Toomorrow briefly reappeared in European cinemas. Over the years, its soundtrack gained cult status and began to fetch seriously high prices. Even as of this writing, an imperfect vinyl copy will likely set you back in the three-figure range. In 2014, Real Gone Music brought Toomorrow to CD as remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios from the original stereo tapes. Now, Triana's remaster features on the album's first-ever vinyl reissue.
Toomorrow is available now on purple vinyl. A clear with copper and red swirl variant was previously available directly from Real Gone Music (it's now sold out), and a clear with red, blue, and green "freak" swirl variant was available exclusively from Rough Trade. While pre-orders are sold out online, the latter may be out now in Rough Trade's shops.
Our reissue recreates the original 1970 album front and back cover artwork and also includes an insert with expanded and updated liner notes from TSD's Joe Marchese as well as additional photos of the young Newton-John and her bandmates.
Look out - here comes Toomorrow today from Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records. You'll find pre-order links and the track listing below.
Toomorrow: Original Soundtrack Recording (RCA Victor (U.K.) LP LSA 3008, 1970 - reissued Real Gone Music/Second Disc Records RGM-1253, 2021)
- You're My Baby Now
- Taking Our Own Sweet Time
- Toomorrow (Instrumental)
- Let's Move On
- Walkin' on Air (Instrumental)
- If You Can't Be Hurt
- Walkin' on Air
- Happiness Valley
- Let's Move On
- Goin' Back