Christmas and the Beads of Sweat

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972441528
  • Catalog Number: 724415
  • Sales rank: 36,974

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Nyro Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Richard Davis Bass
Chuck Rainey Bass
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Duane Allman Guitar, Electric Guitar
Barry Beckett Background Vocals, Vibes
Felix Cavaliere Organ, Keyboards, Bells
Alice Coltrane Harp
Dino Danelli Drums
Cornell Dupree Guitar, Electric Guitar
Joe Farrell Wind, Woodwind
Ashad Garabedian Oud
Roger Hawkins Drums
Eddie Hinton Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Hood Bass
Jack Jennings Percussion
Arif Mardin Conductor
Stuart Scharf Guitar
Stuart Sharf Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
C. Deprice Electric Guitar
Jino Fanelli Drums
Ashed Gwabedian Aud
Technical Credits
Laura Nyro Arranger
Felix Cavaliere Producer, Engineer
Tim Geelan Engineer
Arif Mardin Arranger, Producer
Roy Segal Engineer
Michael Szittai Contributor
Tim Greelan Engineer
Michael Szifrin Contributor
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  • Posted December 4, 2011

    Laura Nyro's best

    This is my favorite album by Laura Nyro -- every song flows into the other, and is so heart-felt -- it is soothing and uplifting, absorbing to listen to. I was glad when it came out on CD a couple of years back, because I'd wanted to give it as a gift. Last night I was casting about for something to listen to at home and realized I should order my own as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beads Still Satisfies Generations Later

    Laura Nyro had a voice which was as powerful and beautiful as any singer in musical history. In Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, she combined her vocal artistry, poetic lyrics, and unflagging sense of beautiful melody, to produce an excellent album. While perhaps not her magnum opus, (listen to Eli and the Thirteenth Confession), this CD is still top flight. Especially good is the song, Upstairs by a Chinese Light, which shows her poetic, vocal and musical talents to the fullest degree: The steam of china tea/You could hear the woman sing/In the soft flames of spring. Ms Nyro died at the age of forty-nine, but still left us a varied and great musical legacy to enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    luminous

    of all the Laura Nyro albums that I've collected over the years this is the one that resonates with me that htakes me back to the time of innocence & pure sound. Christmas and the beads of sweat is incredible

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