The Look of Love

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The bottom line here is that if there was ever a song that said "sex," this is it. A huge hit for Dusty Springfield in 1967, and used as the centerpiece in the film Casino Royal, "The Look of Love" is an amazing piece of songwriting. Easily one of the slowest-tempo hits of the era, the song is loaded with sultry minor-seventh and major-seventh chord changes. These were indeed a Bacharach trademark, but the way that Bacharach made the song move forward was what made it like no other tune he had constructed. Not to be outdone, Hal David created a set of lyrics that epitomized longing and, yes, lust. Definitely a pop standard, it has been covered successfully by dozens of artists (including Dionne Warwick), but Dusty's reading is by far the definitive version.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Look of Love 1967 Mercury 3:36
No Image 1981 Philips
Goin' Back: The Very Best of Dusty Springfield, 1962-1994 1994 Universal 3:30
Endless Love [Intersound] 1996
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Something Special 1996 PolyGram / Universal 3:35
Anthology 1997 Mercury 3:32
The Very Best of Dusty Springfield 1998 Mercury 3:36
The Silver Collection [Philips] 1998 Universal / Universal Distribution 3:31
Songbooks 1998 Musicrama Distribution / Universal 3:34
Best [Japan] 1999 Mercury 3:33
Music to Shag By 1999
Various Artists
Beast Records / Simitar Distribution 3:29
Café del Mar, Vol. 6 1999
Various Artists
MCA / Mercury 3:41
Chillout Mix 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Hear Music
Classic 2000 Mercury Records / Spectrum Music 3:35
The Love Songs Album [#2] 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:32
Best of Dusty Springfield 2000 Mercury
Simply Dusty 2000 Mercury 3:34
More Music to Watch Girls By 2000
Various Artists
MSI Music Distribution / Columbia
Hits Collection 2001 Spectrum Music 3:33
Love Songs 2001 Rhino 3:31
Forever Gold: Love at the Movies 2001
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:34
As Seen on TV: Songs From Commercials 2001
Various Artists
UTV 3:32
Music to Watch Movies By 2001
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
The Chill Out Album, Vol. 2: Soft Mixed 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 3:39
The  Ultimate Collection: Dusty Springfield 2001 Hip-O 3:35
Cigar Lounge 2001
Various Artists
Import 3:35
Diamonds Are Forever 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:31
Pure Chillout 2002
Various Artists
Virgin 3:32
Lounge Legends 2002 Mercury 3:32
Something Swingin' 2002
Various Artists
WSM 3:33
Last Dance [Spectrum] 2002
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
Lady Sings the Blues [EMI] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:31
Mastercuts: Early Hours 2002
Various Artists
Mastercuts
Mojito Mix [Ariola] 2002
Various Artists
ZYX Music
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of Las Vegas 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 3:35
Spooky: Very Best Of 2002 Universal Distribution
Late Lounge 2002
Various Artists
Jazz FM
Ann Summers Presents the Sex Album 2003
Various Artists
Sony/Columbia 3:31
Winter Songs [P-Vine] 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
The Singles+ 2003 BR Music 3:30
The Finest in Female Vocal Jazz 2003
Various Artists
Edel Contraire / Edel Records 3:31
For Café Après-Midi 2003 Universal Distribution 3:30
Lady Jazz 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:30
Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs: Chocolates & Champagne 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
The Look of Love [Box Set] 2004 Universal Distribution / Universal International 3:36
Best Easy Listening Album in the World 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:31
Straight from the Heart [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:36
Her Very Best 2004 Ace
Classics & Collectibles 2004 Universal International 3:31
Dusty [DVD] 2004 Immortal
Sexy Swing! 2004
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:31
100 Love Songs 2005
Various Artists
Madacy
Company Cafe, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
Self
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony/Columbia 3:32
Love Songs [Universal International] 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 3:31
Cafe Ibiza, Vol. 6: The Ambient & Chill Out Album 2005
Various Artists
Globe 3:29
Timeless: The Great Romantic Standards 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:35
Best 1200 2005 Universal Distribution
Las Salinas 2005 2005
Various Artists
Globe 3:31
The Best Smooth Jazz...Ever!, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:30
Dusty: The Original Pop Diva 2006 Universal International 3:34
20th Century Masters: Best of Brill Building [Universal International] 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 3:34
The Dusty Springfield Story 2006 Universal International 3:31
Colour Collection 2006 Mercury / Universal 3:35
At Her Very Best 2006 Universal Distribution / Universal International 3:31
Gold 2006 Hip-O / Universal 3:34
Complete A and B Sides 1963-1970 2006 Universal International 3:32
Greatest Ever! Memories 2006
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music 3:31
Essential Songs 2006
Various Artists
UMVD 3:31
The Definitive Burt Bacharach Songbook 2006
Various Artists
Universal
Unforgettable Love Songs [Virgin] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 3:30
The British Beat: Best of the '60s 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory/TJL 3:35
Songbird: Summer Collection 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:30
True Chillout 2007
Various Artists
Universal/Spectrum 3:32
Best Selection 2008 Universal Distribution 3:33
Gold [2008] 2008 Mercury 3:31
No Image 2008 Universal Distribution 3:32
The Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Love 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:33
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sbm Records / Sony BMG 3:32
Star Club 2008 Universal 3:34
Unforgettable [Universal #2] 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:31
In Concert: You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 2009 Laser Media
Just Dusty: Greatest Hits 2009 Universal Distribution 3:30
Icons: Dusty Springfield 2009 Universal Distribution 3:33
100 Hits: Movies 2009
Various Artists
Demon Records / Demon 3:34
Les 100 Plus Belles Chansons D'Amour 2012 2012
Various Artists
SM
Latest and Greatest Relaxing Songs 2014
Various Artists
USM Media 3:34
Greatest Ever Summer Love
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
High Society: Burt Bacharach
Various Artists
Universal
Sassy Songs for Legendary Ladies
Various Artists
Platinum Legends / Somerset Group / Universal 3:35
Songbirds [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:31
No Image
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
The  Best of Dusty Springfield: Green Series Strategic Marketing 3:35
The Best of Classic Romance - 20th Century Masters
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / 20th Century Masters 3:35
The Last Dance [Ireland on Sunday]
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:31
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