"Love or Let Me Be Lonely" -- or as it's more commonly known, "The one that isn't 'Grazing in the Grass'" -- was the Friends of Distinction's second big hit, and in many ways, it's the equal of their better-known smash. This 1970 single is a prime example of post-Fifth Dimension adult contemporary soul-pop; Perry Botkin Jr.'s arrangement recalls his work for Harpers Bizarre in its Wonder Bread strings and the peppy little horn blasts that goose along the chorus, and the overall feel is way more Live at Caesar's Palace than Showtime at the Apollo. That's not a bad thing, necessarily, and the four singers -- especially Barbara Jean Love and Jessica Greaves -- deliver the tune so intently that one can't merely dismiss this as chart-oriented hack work. These singers are 100 percent into this poppy little tune (the double-speed chorus alone clearly required some major rehearsal time), and by the end of the song, so are all but the most cynical or hardened listeners. Be warned that the Friends of Distinction -- or at least some group of singers calling themselves that -- re-recorded this song at some point in the '80s, an inferior take that turns up on some of the less scrupulous budget-priced compilations. Remember, you get what you pay for.