Love at First Sight

Dionne Warwick

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Love at First Sight Review

by Ed Hogan

Produced by the hit production team of Steve Barri and Michael Omartian (Rhythm Heritage's number one pop hit "Theme from S.W.A.T,"), Dionne Warwick's 1977 Warner Bros. LP Love at First Sight came closest in pop ethics to her earlier sides on Scepter. Serving as a reminder of those days is the wispy ballad "Do I Have to Cry" and the perky "Early Morning Strangers," which were co-written by Hal David, who co-wrote Warwick's '60s and early-'70s hit classics with Burt Bacharach. The upbeat first single, "Do You Believe in Love at First Sight," was one of the catchier tracks off the singer's '70s records. However, the cornerstone of the LP was the atmospheric "Don't Ever Take Your Love Away," co-written by Issac Hayes. The Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil charmer "Long Way to Go" is closest in theme to Warwick's favorite song, "Windows of the World."

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