I’m back! Maybe things will be back to normal soon. I the meantime, I’m going to get moving in that direction.

Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “The Look Of Love” was written in 1967 for the James Bond spoof Casino Royale. The movie version was sung by Dusty Springfield, and it’s been recorded many times since then, including versions by Dionne Warwick, Vanilla Fudge (!), Diana Krall, and the two artists who will be competing in today’s battle.

Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66

Sergio Mendes recorded this for his 1968 album Look Around, with Janis Hansen (and not Lani Hall) recording the lead vocal. It reached #4 in the US.

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes recorded the song in 1970 for his album …To Be Continued. It was featured in the movie Dead Presidents and has been sampled heavily by hip-hop and rap artists.

Now it’s your turn…

So, which of these do you like better? Listen to both, decide which is more pleasing to your ears, and vote for it by leaving me a comment below. If you want to expound on why you like that one better, feel free! Then, how’s about visiting the other BotB participants and voting in their battles, too?

I’ll announce the winner of today’s battle next Wednesday, May 5, so be sure and vote by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Sergio and Isaac!

14 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “The Look Of Love”

  1. When I saw that title, I thought it was going to feature ABC’s “Look of Love”. But, nowhere to be found! Maaaaan!

    I will choose Isaac Hayes’ version! I love how it sounds!

    BTW, I have moved to a new website as I now self-host. It is:

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  2. I have the Hot Buttered Soul album by Isaac Hayes. I always kind of liked his epic slowed down take on songs, but like Jack mentions this cover was kind of boring. It’s the kind of thing I might enjoy more late at night when I was in a funky blue state of mind.

    Sergio Mendes has always been a big favorite of mine. I vote for Brasil 66. So many great memories come to me with their music.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  3. I am not a fan of long introductions and Isaac Hayesโ€™s version is torturous that way. Sergio Mendes gets my vote.

    As a sidebar, years ago when CDs were supplanting LPs, I heard a program on NPR about the dedicated audiophiles keeping records alive. Casino Royale was considered to have the highest quality sound ever recorded, particularly this song.


  4. The Sergio Mendes version is the one I know best and I’d never heard the Isaac Hayes one before. Much to my surprise, I liked the languid pacing better. Not to mention the sexy vocals. ๐Ÿ™‚ Isaac Hayes for me, please. Congrats on completing another successful A To Z Challenge!

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  5. OK there are definite issues with each version. My choice is Isaac Hayes. MUST cut that first 2 minutes off the front of it though, it is maddening. The Mendez one is ok BUT those two female voices together are unlistenable they are so bad together.

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  6. Sergio Mendes for me with the fluid vocals and the rendering of the instruments. I did not dig Isaac Hayes at all. I felt he was trying to hard to sound sexy plus I hated that sleazy instrument at the beginning. I felt like I was in some bordello listening to him sing waiting to turn my next trick

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  7. JOHN ~
    It was probably before you joined us that the other BOTB founder, FarAwayEyes, and I did a ‘Look Of Love’ tournament. The winner was Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, and I consider that the ultimate rendition of this song. (But I also really dig Chris Botti’s recording of it.)

    Easy vote for me this time around. I’ll stick with Sergio’s joyful treatment of ‘The Look Of Love’.

    ~ D-FensDogG

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  8. Hey! I’m finally getting around to the battles – haven’t even looked at the votes for my own yet. So many things going on. I’ll be sure to ‘tell all’ in my A2Z Reflections post.

    At first I thought I was going to vote for Isaak Hayes as Sergio Mendes didn’t stray too far from the original. But as Isaak dragged on, I knew I had to change my vote for familiarity.

    My vote: Sergio Mendes.

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