The Love Unlimited Orchestra

Love's Theme

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It lacks his basso profundo growl, of course, but in every other way, the luscious "Love's Theme" is the quintessential Barry White track. No other song comes close to its seamless blending of soul and easy listening pop. Who but Barry White could take the funkiest wah-wah guitar track this side of "Theme from Shaft" and not only place it next to the sort of creamy full orchestral arrangement that Ray Conniff spent a career on, but have the whole thing sound so natural and right? Not to mention sexy: the climax, so to speak, of the Love Unlimited Orchestra's Rhapsody in White album, "Love's Theme" was clearly meant as not just the prelude to, but the soundtrack for, getting it on. Whether in that context or otherwise -- and given that "Love's Theme" became one of the most-played instrumentals of the decade, from discos to AM radio stations looking to fill a couple of minutes before the top of the hour newsbreak, there must have been a lot of otherwise -- "Love's Theme" has an achingly lovely melody perfectly suited to its luxuriant arrangement. Rarely has a song ever sounded so pretty and so erotic at the same time.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1973 20th Century 4:08
Rhapsody in White 1974 Mercury 4:08
The Spirit of '76 1991
Original Soundtrack
Rhino 0:00
Just for You 1992 Mercury / Casablanca 4:08
The Story of Soul Music 1995
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:07
The Best of Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra 1995 Mercury 4:08
10 Dynamite 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:08
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:53
Pure Disco, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 4:10
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:33
DJ Disco Mix, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Beast Records / Simitar Distribution
The Greatest Love Songs [K-Tel] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:33
Chart Toppers: Romantic Hits of the 70s 1998 Priority Records 3:37
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:35
Dick [Virgin] 1999
Original Soundtrack
Virgin 3:33
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1974 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:35
Love Songs 2003 UMTV / Universal Distribution 4:04
Ultimate Disco: 30th Anniversary Collection 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:35
Celebridade 2003
Original Soundtrack
Som Livre 3:45
Respect: The Soul Generation Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:09
The Best of Smooth Jazz: The Smoothest Hits [Sony] 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:10
Ultimate Collection [Germany] 2005 Mercury / Universal International 4:08
Break for Love: Danny Rampling 2005
Various Artists
Defected 3:56
20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: The Best of Disco, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal 4:10
Gold 2008 Hip-O 4:07
Number Ones 2009 Hip-O
Unlimited 2009 Hip-O 3:57
A Complete Introduction to Disco 2010
Various Artists
Universal 4:04
Greatest Ever! Bubblegum Pop: The Definitive Collection 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 4:05
The 20th Century Singles 1973-1979 2018 Mercury 3:39
The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979) 2019 Mercury 4:04
French Riviera Café, Vol.4
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal / Universal Music 3:45
Love's Theme Mercury / Universal 3:39
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 13
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36