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Book Of Love – Witchcraft (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 31st, 2016



Happy Halloween

“Witchcraft” is the seventh single released by the American synthpop band Book of Love. The song was the third, and final single from the band’s second album Lullaby, and was released on July 15, 1989.

“Witchcraft” was the only single from the album Lullaby that failed to make the Billboard charts. The track samples the classic 60’s TV series Bewitched, and also chants the names of the witches/characters from the show…”Enchantra, Endora, Tabitha, Esmerelda, Clara, Hagatha”. The song features quirky deadpan rap-style vocals from Susan Ottaviano, Jade Lee, and Lauren Roselli, with a Shakespeare-inspired incanting of ingredients for brewing a love potion.

The B-side “Enchantra” is a completely different composition, aside from the fact that it uses the chant of Bewitched character names from “Witchcraft”.

The cover art of the 12″ was done by band members Lauren Roselli and Jade Lee. It consists of a picture of a Play-Doh “queen” (done by Lauren Roselli), with refrigerator magnet lettering of the band’s name and song title. Female names included as part of the back cover artwork (Enchantra, Hagatha, Clara, Endora, and Esmeralda) come from the song’s chorus. The witches named in the song’s chorus are all named as a part of the back cover art except Tabitha. The cover sleeve was featured in the 2011 book Put The Needle On The Record by Matthew Chojnacki, which celebrated the vinyl sleeves of records from the 1980s.

During the band’s Lullaby Tour in 1989, when performing “Witchcraft”, the band donned witches’ hats, making it a fan favorite of the band’s live shows.

“Enchantra” has been used as the intro track while the band takes to the stage during Book of Love’s 2013 shows.

Witchcraft (Extended Mix) 5:16
Witchcraft (7″ Mix) 3:04
Enchantra 2:45
Written-By – J. Lee*, T. Ottaviano*

Witchcraft (Enchantra Chanting) 6:24
Witchcraft (Dub) 5:22
Witch’s Honor 0:06

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Sire ‎– 0-21251
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Maxi-Single, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 13 Jul 1989
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

Art Direction – Jade Lee
Cover [Playdoh Queen] – Lauren Roselli
Edited By – Roger Pauletta
Engineer – Doc Dougherty
Producer – Flood, Ted Ottaviano
Producer [Additional], Remix – Book Of Love
Written-By – Theodore Ottaviano* (tracks: A1, A2, B1 to B3)

Original version on the sire album ‘Lullaby’, available on lp, cassette and cd.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS


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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6 Responses to “Book Of Love – Witchcraft (US 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Happy Halloween Paul and Burning The Ground readers!!! I am indeed spellbound Paul over your posting this magickal 12-inch single. Book of Love is one of my all-time favorite synth bands from the ’80’s and you have done such and exquisite and expert job on so much of their discography that I am trembling over all you have shared. Gosh, Paul, what an awesome track to release on All Hallows’ Eve!!

    I think what makes me swoon over this song is that it’s quite clever in its lyrics and the way it incorporates samples from the old classic sitcom “Bewitched.” Not only Samantha’s nose twitch, but Tabitha’s as well. And those lyrics which take me back to my youth watching the Gothic Soap Opera, “Dark Shadows” and all those hand-clapping and jump rope games from time spent out on the playground back in school. And with my deep interest in the Occult and Supernatural Arts, makes me throb with spiritual pleasure. This is utterly fabulous DjPaulT. Check out these lyrics:

    I’ve tried and tried to capture you
    What more can one, mere mortal do?

    My love potion, boils and bubbles
    Poison darts, red poison apples
    Kafe’ kasita, non kafela
    Gutrune takes Siegfried, from Brunhilde

    Enula compana on St. James’ eve
    A dash of orange and ambergis
    Incantate, Miss Mary Mack
    Mack, Mack all dressed in black

    My love philtre, will entrance you
    It will pomp and circumstance you
    Anusin, atelin amulet
    Angelique takes Barnabas, from Josette

    With spiders ten, frae lockens blue
    Eye of newt, will stew and brew
    Incantate, this magic spell

    Miss Lucy’s in heaven
    And the steamboat’s in hell

    Enchantra Endora Tabitha
    Esmerelda Clara Hagatha

    My love potion boils and bubbles
    Poof, goes all my, toil and troubles
    Blueberry wine and gladiola
    Circe takes Glaucus, away from Sylla

    Coriander, vervain and ginger root
    Damiana, henbane and badger’s foot
    Incantation, with magic black
    And silver buttons, all down her back

    Enchantra Endora Tabitha
    Esmerelda Clara Hagatha


    Bewitched by the beats!!

    Thank you,



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff happy hauntings.


  2. Jonathan Says:

    Thanks Paul , Happy Halloween !!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Happy Halloween Jonathan 🙂


  3. Dhanavarsh Reddy Says:

    Thanks Paul


  4. PromoGuy Says:

    BONUS Track: Witchcraft, The Warlock Edit from Rhythm Stick Vol 1, Issue 8, posted previously by DJPaulT



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