Unlike other repackagers who mined the bankrupt Scepter Records catalog for Dionne Warwick hits collections, Musicor Records assembled a compilation in 1977 that consisted of relatively obscure Warwick Scepter recordings, stray LP tracks on which she covered songs like the Mamas & the Papas' "Monday, Monday" and Richard Harris' Jimmy Webb-composed "Didn't We." If you didn't look carefully, you might easily suppose that Only Love Can Break a Heart was a new Warwick album, not a selection of old recordings dating well back into the 1960s, and probably that was the idea. Musicor released a single of the title song, written by Warwick mentors Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and a hit in 1962 for Gene Pitney, and it saw some action on the adult contemporary charts, while the LP fooled the public long enough to earn almost two months in the lower reaches of the album charts. Of course, there's nothing wrong with hearing Dionne Warwick sing show tune standards like Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful" from Annie Get Your Gun and "If I Ruled the World" from Pickwick, as long as you don't think they represent Dionne Warwick's latest recordings, circa 1977.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann