Love Is The Sweetest Thing

Written by Ray Noble

Album This song officially appears on the Post Card (UK version - Stereo) LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969
Timeline This song has been recorded in 1968

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Post Card" sessions

Early October 1968 to early December 1968

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Love Is the Sweetest Thing” is a popular song written in 1932 by British band leader and singer Ray Noble. Using guest vocalist Al Bowlly, Noble’s recording was a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic, bringing Noble his first American success. It was published by Redwood Music. Like most compositions published in the period (commonly called Tin Pan Alley songs), its main refrain (in thirty-two bar A-A-B-A form) is preceded with what were then called “sectional verses” or “introductory verses” which are usually omitted from early recordings and modern performances. […]

Mary Hopkin covered “Love Is The Sweetest Thing” on her 1969 album “Post Card” produced by Paul McCartney.

This one is my favourite of all on the whole album. It’s so nostalgic, and the orchestra and the treatment seem to take you back so much.

Mary Hopkin – From New Musical Express, February 22, 1969

Last updated on September 25, 2021

Lyrics

Love is the sweetest thing
What else on earth could ever bring
Such happiness to everything
As Love's old story?

Love is the strangest thing
No song of birds upon the wing
Shall in our hearts more sweetly sing
Than Love's old story

Whate'er our hearts may desire
Whatever fate may send
This is the tale that never will tire
This is the song without end

Love is the greatest thing
The oldest yet the latest thing
I only hope that fate may bring
Love's story to you

Love is the sweetest thing

Variations


A Stereo version

A1 Mono version

A2010 2010 remaster

Officially appears on


Post Card (US version)

LP • Released in 1969

3:43 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing engineer
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK


Post Card (UK version - Stereo)

LP • Released in 1969

3:43 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing engineer
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK


Post Card (UK version - Mono)

LP • Released in 1969

3:43 • Studio versionA1 • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing engineer
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK


Post Card (2010 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2010

3:43 • Studio versionA2010 • Stereo • 2010 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing engineer
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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