This is a cover of Harry Nilssons song with the same name. Herb Alpert and the tijuana brass makes a wonderfull representation of the song, with very spare instrumentation. This is a song i can listen to on repeat for hours.
The song is really just this guy singing about how he cant live without her, and a guitar silently and spare playing along in the background, until the song explodes into lots of brass and horns playing with him.
Beatles were also fans by Harry Nilsson btw.
08 Jul 03 ·johnnyweissmueller: This is perhaps one of the greatest songs of all time! I can say without a doubt that I have spent days listening to this one; it got me addicted. I just couldn't keep my finger away from the repeat button. I recommend the original by Harry Nilsson, who isn't with us anymore. 07 Dec 05 ·Swinging London: Yes, great songs & so many people tried to have hits with it...little Lulu springs to mind, but every version failed to dent the charts.
I first discovered this track on Connie's box set "Souvenirs." An impassioned soft start builds to a frenzy of despair. A snazzy, kick-ass band backs Connie (Don Costa arrangement, I think???). Liza would have loved to sink her teeth into this one!
from Connie & Clyde (MGM) available on CD - The Swinging Connie Francis (Audiophile Records)
02 May 05 ·sleipner: listen to the thea gilmore version, sheer class
It starts the LP with a blast of horns and a wail of Harry Stoneham on Organ, with a big intro that makes you check the LP sleeve - Is this really that folky ballad?
A drop down to a cowbell latin beat, and then back into the song proper. The main rendition is pretty good, but theres just something about that introduction that just turns it into a cheeseball, high kicking masterpiece. I start grinning every time I hear it, never fails to lift my spirits.
from Latin Style..plys the hits of Tom Springfield (Contour)
'60s Motown rarely strayed from that classic sound, but this one attempts an earthier, Muscle Shoals/Stax-like sound -- with brilliant results. Martha's voice could even be mistaken for Aretha here. An underrated, mighty danceable single with killer rhythmic guitars, tambourines and a bubbling bassline.
from Ridin' High (Gordy) available on CD - Ridin' High/Sugar and Spice (Motown)