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.