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Book Of Love – Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 24th, 2015


A. Front

“Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)” is the fourth single released by the American synthpop band Book of Love. The song was included on the band’s eponymous debut album Book of Love in 1986. The B-side to the single is a remixed version of “Modigliani” by Omar Santana, titled “Mo’dub’iani”.

“Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)”, was released as a single in early 1987, making it the fourth and final single release from their debut album. The song was a dance club hit, peaking at no. 17 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, becoming as popular as New Order and Depeche Mode singles in clubs at its peak. “Modigliani (Lost in Your Eyes)” is an ode to Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani. The track was penned by Jade Lee, Susan Ottaviano, and Ted Ottaviano (not related despite having the same last name), who had all been art school students and were inspired by the Italian painter’s paintings and history.

“Amedeo Modigliani had always been the band’s own version of a rock star. After all, we were all art school students. At the time I was working on the [Requiem Mass] remix I became submerged and almost obsessed in his life story. It read like a Bronte sisters novel. I wrote a short biography for the front cover of the 12 inch.” -Ted Ottaviano on Modigliani, 2008.

The cover of the single featured one of Modigliani’s famous paintings of his mistress Jeanne Hebuterne, along with Ted’s short bio: “Born in Livorno Italy on July 12, 1884, Amedeo Modigliani received little recognition for his paintings and sculpture during his lifetime. He had only a single one-man show, which instead of success brought scandal because of several nude paintings. He died of Tuberculosis at the age of 36. The day after his death, his mistress Jeanne Hebuterne, pregnant with his child, leaped from a fifth story window, killing both herself and the child. Within two years ironically, Modigliani’s work began to be recognized and his reputation was soon established.” For the back sleeve of the 12 inch single, Susan Ottaviano made drawings of each member of the band in the style of Modigliani. Similar, yet alternate large portrait drawings of the band were later used as large stage props behind the band on their Lullaby Tour in 1989.

The last line of lyrics in the song are in Italian, “Amedeo Amedeo, gli occhi tuoi, mi anno fatto innamorare” roughly translates to “Amadeo Amadeo, I fell in love with you when I saw your eyes.”

The four-minute ‘Requiem Mass’ remixed version of “Modigliani (Lost in Your Eyes)” was featured in an episode of Miami Vice on November 6, 1987, and both the original single and ‘Requiem Mass’ remix were used in the 1987 film Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (I Dream Of Jeanne Mix) 7:42
Modigliani (Requiem Mass) 3:59

Mo’Dub’Iani 5:10
Edited By – Omar Santana

Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (7″ Re-Mix) 3:53

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1987 Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #17


Label: Sire ‎– 0-20650
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

Design –Nick Egan
Engineer – Steve Peck
Illustration [Drawings Of Book Of Love] – Susan Ottaviano
Mastered By – Herb Powers*
Painting [Portrait Of Jeanne Hebuterne, Detail] – Amedeo Modigliani
Producer – Ivan Ivan
Producer [Additional Production], Remix – Ted Ottaviano
Written-By – Jade Lee, Susan Ottaviano, Theodore Ottaviano*

From the Sire Records LP “BOOK OF LOVE”

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B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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15 Responses to “Book Of Love – Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (US 12″)”

  1. Josh Says:

    Outstanding. A quality version of “Mo’Dub’Iani” has been hard to come by.

    These Book of Love posts have been great!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Josh 🙂


  2. Jeff Says:

    I am in total and full ECSTASY Paul!! Yes, I may even have an erection! You pulling out all these 12-inches from Book Of Love’s discography, it’s really hard to contain myself. Man, you are a force to be held in deep AWE with Paul!! I am really head-over-heels with this song for so many reasons. One, it’s a fabulous song. Two, it has a wonderful remix. Three, it has the “Requiem Mass” on it. And four, it has an Omar Santana dub version on the B-Side. Mr. Santana can edit like nobody else. I’ve collected his work over the years, but I never had this mix in my collection. I’m foaming from the mouth and my pants right now over it. So looking forward to going home so I can bask in the glory and the wonderment of your superior rip. Oh Paul, you are just too generous to us for showcasing Book Of Love’s twelves over the past few days. I am truly and humbly grateful for these dazzlements in audio execution from you. Hey, I’m so glad to hear a pristine rip to an Omar Santana production. Thanks so EXTREMELY MUCH.

    It’s interesting too that you’re presenting this single today. I just read that last week, someone from China purchased a Modigliani painting for 171 million dollars (I believe). It was the portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne, Modigliani’s mistress that caused such a scandal when it was first shown. Such a serendipitous posting Paul. You certainly have a knack to stay timely and to present records that reflect certain moods, emotions and moments in time. Just incredible you are.

    All Hail DjPaulT!!



    Jeff Reply:

    Just read the Wikipedia article on Modigliani, and saw this interesting tidbit: “In 2015 Italian jazz player Claudio Ottaviano released the composition “Modigliani”, opening track for the album Aurora (NuomRecords).” Thought it was cool how the last name of the jazz musician has the same name as Ted and Susan. Serendipity all over again!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Very cool that is amazing thanks for sharing this with us Jeff.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Lol if the band only knew what biological reactions their music could cause 🙂


    Jeff Reply:

    I know. Actually, after reading what I wrote, I’m a bit embarrassed. Sorry Paul and you dear readers for such an explicit description of what I experienced while listening to these monumental rips.




  3. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Just been reading about Modigliani, what a life, what a tragic ending!
    Alcohol, sickness, no money, being a poor artist sucks big time, but I’m sure the most bother him the recognition that he didn’t get! At least he got to see a lotta naked chicks
    , how ironic, only two weeks ago, his painting of a naked woman sold for $170,4 million.
    It was on every TV news the hole day.

    As I saw “Edited By – Omar Santana”, hey that’s a familiar name! Isn’t that the famous 90’s New York Hardcore producer? No it can’t be…LOL…but it is…LOL.


    Jeff Reply:

    It’s excellent that you pointed this out Davos, because, yes, Omar Santana did go into the hardcore and gabber techno scene, and now, Dubstep. He also went into a style which he called Hard Hop, which was an intense breakbeat style of techno. Carlos Berrios who worked with Mr. Santana on a few productions said that Omar was really into noise, that’s why Omar’s edits sound so fierce and crazy. It was an evolution of sorts for Mr. Santana to go into intense productions. I’ve also heard that Omar has issues with his eyes too, and that was why he might have stopped editing in the first place. Omar would cut audio tape into such tiny bits and then splice them back together again. It was a laborious process. People walking into the studio where Omar worked would find little cut pieces of various sizes, representing different rhythmic structures taped to the wall. It is mind-blowing this process of what the early editors demonstrated. That’s why, for this reason too, Paul’s site is so important to history. A lot of the times re-issues are produced, names are dropped from the liner notes. Paul has rescued so many of the people we all hold in deep reference from being erased from history. Paul is amazing and I am so thankful to him for all that he does!!



  4. Randy Says:

    SO many joyus moments with Book of Love these past few days. Christmas certainly has come early for me….I am blessed.


  5. Junior Says:

    Very interesting release regarding it’s background info. Although i never heard this single before.

    Thanks for this Paul 🙂


  6. miran0019 Says:

    Another great 12″ single. Book of Love just makes such happy music. Also a huge fan of Modigliani’s art, so I was delighted when this single came out many years ago.

    Since there has already been some discussion about the artist and his life above, I’d like to recommend a beautiful and tragic French film about the painter from 1957 called “Les Amantes de Montparnasse”. It was recently restored and released on DVD and BluRay, but it can also be found on some torrent sites.

    Thanks very much, Paul, for your amazing vinyl rips (and your good taste in music).


  7. Will McCammon Says:

    One of my favorite 12″ singles of all time.

    Easily one of Book of Love’s best songs (my personal pick for their best). The “I Dream Of Jeanne Mix” for me is one of the archetypical new wave extended versions, almost symphonic in pacing but sooooo BoL with those big beats and arpeggiated synths.

    Thanks much, Paul!


  8. Marceloide Says:

    Gran publicación!!!. Saludos.


  9. Thomas Says:

    This post give me a huge smile today. Thanks so much Paul!


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