A bouncy, delightful instrumental. Those who are in their late 40s/early 50s will recognize the song as the theme from the old ABC Movie of the Week TV series. Bacaharach did it twice, first on a mono 45, then re-recorded on a stereo album. Both versions are now available on CD... the mono on the great 3 CD Box Set "The Look Of Love", and the stereo re-make on the new "What The World Needs Now" CD.
available on CD - The Look of Love (Rhino)
12 Feb 05 ·Synthetrix: I love Nikki! I wish the actual version that was used for the ABC Movie of the Week was available. That one is a bit more lush with more strings.
A cool portion of that underated genre, easy soul. Bradford's vocals (a less roaring Shirley Bassey is the nearest comparison I can think of) complement the light arrangement perfectly. Fits in with that whole John Schroeder Orchestra vibe. Sometimes you just want a lovely vocalist singing a nice song.
I always assumed I wouldn't like Millie Jackson. Maybe it was that album cover where she's sitting on the toilet that put me off. Or my assumption that all she sang about was doin' the dirty. Or the fact that EVERY SINGLE TIME you go through a funk / soul section in a second hand record shop there are at least three of her albums taking up residence there (must have made me think that no-one else liked her either). Then I found out about this gem.
Her first single from 1969, it's a pretty ruthless thing; driving down the poor sucker who bashed her affection, and coming out the other side. What marks it out from thousands of others with that content is its catchiness and commitment, and accompaniment by a squealing set-up that barks out the emotion of the song.
Really, really brilliant: somehow, more than the sum of its parts.
from the single My Heart Took A Licking (But It Kept On Ticking) (MGM 14050) available on CD - Super Funk Presents... Funk Soul Sisters (BGP)
It was the opening theme to one of my favourite eighties tv-series of the same name, "Square Pegs" (Sarah Jessica Parker the dork before being the sexpert)unfortunately however, the band, same as the series didnt last long. I think this track is just pure fun, fun, fun. It's so typical eighties with that signature saxophone solo.
from I Could Rule The World If I Could Only Get The Parts