Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Pure Pleasure
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


Laura Nyro Christmas and The Beads of Sweat 180g LP

Laura Nyro

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Audiophile 180g Vinyl!
Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!

Laura Nyro's 1970 release, her fourth LP, contains her cover of Carole King's "Up On the Roof" which charted on the Pop Singles chart.

"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. 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." - Lindsay Planer/AMG

• 180g Vinyl
• Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering

Roger Hawkins, drums (Side One)
Eddie Hinton, electric guitar (Side One)
Dave Hood, bass (Side One)
Barry Becket, vibes (Side One)
Jack Jennings, percussion (Side One)
Felix Cavaliere, organ, bells (Side One)
Stu Sharf, acoustic guitar (Side One)
Dino Danelli, drums (Side Two)
Chuck Rainey, bass (Side Two)
Cornell Dupree, electric guitar (Side Two)
Ralph Macdonald, percussion (Side Two)
Ashod Garabedian, oud (Side Two)
Michael Szittai, cimbalom (Side Two)
Alice Coltrane, stringed harp (Side Two)
Joe Farrell, woodwinds (Side Two)
Duane Allman, electric guitar (Side Two)
Richard Davis, bass (Side Two)

Side One:

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

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