Here it is the first of November, Halloween is now behind us and we are in full swing Holiday mode. So, naturally our hearts turn to thoughts of…turkey
Ah, er,…I mean our hearts turn to thoughts of L-O-V-E. Yeah, that’s right. Thoughts of lOVE. ‘The Look of Love’ to be exact. Well, at least that’s my selection for this BATTLE OF THE BANDS.
“The Look of Love’ according to Wacky Watchee…
The Look of Love" is a popular song composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and sung by English pop singer Dusty Springfield, which appeared in the 1967 spoof James Bond film Casino Royale. In 2008, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It also received a Best Song nomination in the 1968 Academy Awards.
The music was written by Burt Bacharach, and was originally intended to be an instrumental. But later Hal David added the lyrics, and the song was published in 1967. According to Bacharach, the melody was inspired by watching Ursula Andress in an early cut of the film.
The first recording is by Stan Getz as an instrumental in December 1966. The song with lyrics was originally recorded by Dusty Springfield for the Casino Royale soundtrack, receiving an Oscar nomination and reaching the US Top 40. Phil Ramone, the soundtrack's engineer, recorded the song separately from the rest of the film tracks. Springfield re-recorded the song the same year in London, featuring a throaty saxophone solo, and released it as the B-side of "Give Me Time". Claudine Longet recorded the song on her 1967 album of the same title. Lainie Kazan also recorded "The Look of Love" (arranged by Pat Williams) on her 1967 album Love is Lainie. Nina Simone also recorded "The Look of Love" in 1967 on her album Silk & Soul. Sérgio Mendes' hit rendition on the Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 album Look Around reached #4 on the pop charts after their performance in the Academy Awards telecast in March 1968. The lead vocal on this single was handled by Janis Hansen, not Lani Hall, a rarity in the early Brasil '66 canon. Andy Williams released a version in 1967 on his album, Love, Andy. Soul group The Delfonics also covered the song in 1968 on their album La La Means I Love You, while the legendary Motown quartet Four Tops gave the song a sweeping Broadway-like treatment on their 1969 album Soul Spin. Brazilian threesome Som Três recorded an early instrumental version on their album Show (Odeon, 1968).
Isaac Hayes covered the song for his 1970 album ...To Be Continued. While Hayes used the same lyrics, his cover includes a unique instrumental which has been heavily sampled on R&B and hip-hop records.
El Chicano covered "The Look of Love" on their 1970 album, Viva Tirado .
No doubt about the fact that this one has been covered A LOT. Today, I’ve chosen to pit two of the earlier recordings against each other.
First up, Miss Nina Simone
Next Brasil ‘66
Does this song seem familiar to you? Have you heard it somewhere else recently? Well, what do you make of that?
Now, you guys know what to do and how to do it. Leave me a comment with your vote and the reason you chose as you did. When you finish up here, head on over to the home of TKOTPPH, Mr. Stephen T. McCarthy. You can find him HERE Stephen will have an interesting selection for you I’m sure, and he will also publish the link for other participants in BOTB. Please try to visit everyone.
I’ll be back on the 7th to cast my vote and tell y’all the outcome. Until then…