The Association

Never My Love

Song Review by

As laid-back and dreamy as "Windy" (the other major hit from the Association's Insight Out) is aggressively perky, "Never My Love" harks back to the group's earlier hit, "Cherish," but the tune, by the songwriting Addrisi Brothers, is sleek and sophisticated enough not to sound like a mere retread. The dual lead vocals, by Terry Kirkman and Larry Ramos, are supported by wordless harmonies as effortlessly airy as whipped cream, and Ray Pohlman's clever arrangement adds space to the sound through juxtaposing disparate elements like the four-note bass riff that introduces the verses and the electric piano lick that ornaments the chorus, rather than jamming them on top of each other. The results sound like Pohlman had been paying particular attention to Burt Bacharach's work with Dionne Warwick, a resemblance the 5th Dimension later amplified on their cover of the song.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Insight Out 1967 Warner Bros. 3:10
Greatest Hits! 1968 Warner Bros. 3:13
No Image 1981 Warner Bros.
No Image 1984
Various Artists
USA / IVE
After Dusk 1986
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:58
No Image 1986 Pair 0:00
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Richmond
AM Gold: The Late '60s 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:08
There Is Still Love (The Anniversary Songs) 1993
Various Artists
Scotti Brothers 3:10
No Image 1993
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:58
Mellow Sixties 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:06
Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1967 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 2:56
No Image 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Sixties Generation
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials on the Radio, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese
4 Legendary Groups 1999
Various Artists
Double Play Records 2:58
Hits of the 60's, Vol. 5 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:58
Sixties Generation: 1966-1967 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:26
Ten Best 2000 Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra 3:28
Greatest Hits [Warner Japan] 2002 Japanese Import 3:10
No. 1 aux U.S.A. [EMI Music France] 2002 EMI Music Distribution 3:08
The Essentials 2002 Rhino / Warner Music 3:10
Hits of the 60's [St. Clair] 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:27
Hits of the 60's 70's & 80's [St. Clair] 2003
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:27
Rock N Roll Reunion 1967 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 3:27
Back to Back 2003 K-Tel Distribution 2:58
More Ultimate Power of Love 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:55
Gold Collection: 30 Years of Rock 'N' Roll 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:27
Gold Collection: Feelin' Groovy 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:26
The Sound of the Westcoast: 1965-1979 2010
Various Artists
3:12
Flashback with the Association 2011 Rhino Flashback 3:10
Drop the Needle On the Hits: Best of the Association 2017 3:13
Legendary Voices
Various Artists
StarVista / Time / Life Music 3:08
Romancing the '60s: My Special Angel
Various Artists
StarVista 3:08
Top Hits/Ballads & Love Songs 60's & 70's
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 3:13