Love's Theme

The Love Unlimited Orchestra

Song Review by Stewart Mason

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
Under the Influence of Love Unlimited 1973 20th Century 4:08
Rhapsody in White 1974 Mercury 4:08
Barry White: The Collection 1988 Polygram / UMVD 4:07
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
The Best of Love Unlimited Orchestra 1995 Mercury 4:07
10 Dynamite 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:08
Solid Gold Soul: 1974 1996
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:53
Pure Disco, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 4:10
Sounds of the Seventies: '70s Dance Party 1972-1974 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
Disco Classics 2006
Various Artists
Ground Floor 0:00
Music for Groovin' 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:06
Gold 2008 Hip-O 4:07
The Best of 1974: 20th Century Masters 2008
Various Artists
20th Century Masters
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
#TBT Disco
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
Best of Disco Music Classics
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Black Music Month
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Capodanno 2020 Disco Dancing
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Capodanno 2020 Disco Dancing [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Capodanno 2020 Party Time
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
Capodanno 2021 Disco Dancing
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Capodanno Disco Dancing Party
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Disco Classics [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
Disco Dance Party Hits
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Disco En La Disco
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
Disco Flow
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
Disco Hits 2020
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
Disco Life
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
Disco Retro Party
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Disco Sound
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Disco Time [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Disco Top 50
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Días UP Funk
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Esenciales Disco
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
Fiebre de Sábado Por la Noche
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Flashback Disco [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
French Riviera Café, Vol.4
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / MCA / Universal / Universal Music 3:36
Funk/Soul/Disco
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Hits Disco, Sep 2020
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
Instrumental Classics
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Love's Theme Mercury / Universal 3:39
Noches Disco
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Retro Disco Tour
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Retro Disco [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 4:08
Saturday Night  Party Disco Dancing
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 13
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36
TOP Disco [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
Temazos y Hitazos: Disco
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
Tubes Disco
Various Artists
Universal 4:07