Laura Nyro - Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat
Laura Nyro - Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat
Laura Nyro - Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat
Laura Nyro - Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat

Laura Nyro - Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat

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Laura Nyro (vocals, piano)

Acoustic Guitar : Stu Sharf (tracks: A1 to A5)
Bass : Chuck Rainey (tracks: B1 to B4), Dave Hood (tracks: A1 to A5)
Cimbalom [Cimbalin] : Michael Szittai (tracks: B1 to B4)
Drums : Dino Danelli (tracks: B1 to B4), Roger Hawkins (tracks: A1 to A5)
Electric Guitar : Cornell Dupree (tracks: B1 to B4), Eddie Hinton (tracks: A1 to A5)
Harp : Alice Coltrane (tracks: B1 to B4)
Organ, Bells : Felix Cavaliere (tracks: A1 to A5)
Oud : Ashod Garabedian (tracks: B1 to B4)
Percussion : Jack Jennings (tracks: A1 to A5), Ralph Macdonald (tracks: B1 to B4)
Performer : Boys From Mussel Shoals (tracks: A1 to A5)
Vibraphone : Barry Becket* (tracks: A1 to A5)
Woodwind : Joe Farrel

Arranged by Arif Mardin, Laura Nyro

Conductor : Arif Mardin


1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : unspecified

Label : Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Columbia

Produced by Arif Mardin, Felix Cavaliere

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1970

Reissued in 2017

Tracks :

Side A :

1. Brown Earth
2. When I Was A Freeport And You Were The Main Drag
3. Blackpatch
4. Been On A Train
5. Up On The Roof

Side B :

1. Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp
2. Map To The Treasure
3. Beads Of Sweat
4.Christmas In My Soul


« Laura Nyro's third Columbia effort is easily the equal of her previous two. The overwhelming strength of her song writing and distinctive arrangements fuel Christmas and the Beads of Sweat. Her unmistakable style of delivery maintains the continual examination of herself as a performer. The results are uniformly interesting and provocative as she continues to draw upon her love of jazz, folk, and R&B -- which would inform Nyro's next album ,Gonna Take a Miracle, featuring the soul vocal trio LaBelle. Conceptually, this album is as potent as her previous effort, New York Tendaberry, but in a much different way. Rather than hanging together thematically, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat features two inclusive and distinctive sides of music -- with different musicians and producers for each. The first five tracks feature Nyro backed by the Swampers from Muscle Shoals, AL, and include the talents of Roger Hawkins (drums), Eddie Hinton (guitar), Dave Hood (bass), Barry Becket (vibraphone), and Jack Jennings (percussion), with Arif Mardin producing. While this pairing might seem initially incongruous, the quintet had been concurrently working with the likes of Dusty Springfield and Cher and had gained a rightful reputation as a consummate backup band. The final four pieces are steeped in noir more atypical of her previous efforts. The all-star cast of New York City session heavyweights are led by Felix Cavaliere (producer) and features fellow Rascals member Dino Danelli (drums), Ralph McDonald (percussion), Chuck Rainey (bass), Cornell Dupree (guitar), Duane Allman (guitar), and Alice Coltrane (stringed harp), among others. As with all of Nyro's recordings, at the heart of this effort are her ageless compositions and arrangements. A motif connecting such disparate tunes as the upbeat "When I Was a Freeport and You Were the Main Drag" to the hauntingly beautiful "Christmas in My Soul" and "Beads of Sweat" is the aching hollowness that came with the disillusionment that Vietnam, Kent State, and racial relations brought upon America in 1970. As she had done with "Save the Country" some four years earlier, Nyro's cathartic expressionism is captured at its most fervent on this album. » AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer

"Nyro’s plaintive vocals soar from the speakers as if Nyro was resurrected in your listening room. It’s albums like this one that the vinyl reissue craze was meant to bring back to the light of day, and kudos to Pure Pleasure for once again finding another lost gem and allowing a whole new generation of listeners (along with us old-timers who just want to hear this spectacular album in the best sound possible) to revel in one of America’s great, unknown singer/songwriters." John Crossett August 2017


AllMusic : 4 / 5  ,  Discogs : 4.88 / 5 

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