Is there anyone else around with as many greatest hits, best of, gold collection, legacy edition albums as Barry White? It’s true, he might have some stiff competitors but Barrence [worst first name ever] ranks with the best of them.
Love’s Theme – The Love Unlimited Orchestra
I wish I could have found the cover art for the Greatest Hits: Vol. II record I have. You can literally see and feel the sweat dripping off of him. It’s so great. This picture makes him look jolly as hell, right? Uncle Barry! Wikipedia has this guy’s aliases as “Maestro”, “The Man With the Velvet Voice” and “The Walrus of Love.” Walrus of love?! That’s kind of messed up, right?
Anyway, this song is technically by him because he created the Love Unlimited Orchestra. It was the number one song the second week of February in 1974. It’s an instrumental by the group of string and percussion musicians. I literally think this song is flawless. It begins with this shrill ascent and then simmers into a soulful, lavish groove that never lasts long enough. It’s only a little over four minutes long and I usually listen to it a few times in a row to make sure I heard it all because it has a lot of light, delicate layers.
Do yourself a favor and at least listen to it for the first time or again for the eightieth.