Gonna Take a Miracle [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
With the 1971 release Gonna Take a Miracle, pop composer and vocalist Laura Nyro completed her four-album/four-year deal for Columbia. Nyro's passion for R&B can be traced back to some of her earliest compositions, such as "Wedding Bell Blues" and "Stoned Soul Picnic" -- both of which were covered by the R&B vocal quintet the Fifth Dimension. More recently, her version of "Up on the Roof" was one of the highlights of Christmas and the Beads of Sweat. So, enthusiasts who had paid any attention at all to the course of Nyro's career would not have been surprised by her direction on this project. As much as Gonna Take a Miracle is indeed a Laura Nyro album, it could ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
With the 1971 release Gonna Take a Miracle, pop composer and vocalist Laura Nyro completed her four-album/four-year deal for Columbia. Nyro's passion for R&B can be traced back to some of her earliest compositions, such as "Wedding Bell Blues" and "Stoned Soul Picnic" -- both of which were covered by the R&B vocal quintet the Fifth Dimension. More recently, her version of "Up on the Roof" was one of the highlights of Christmas and the Beads of Sweat. So, enthusiasts who had paid any attention at all to the course of Nyro's career would not have been surprised by her direction on this project. As much as Gonna Take a Miracle is indeed a Laura Nyro album, it could likewise, and perhaps more accurately, be described as a collaborative effort between Nyro and the female soul trio LaBelle -- featuring Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash -- as well as producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. It is ultimately this team that is responsible for the album's overwhelmingly solid results. Leading off in an apropos style is a succulent cover of the Shirelles hit "I Met Him on a Sunday." The vocal performance is structured as a round -- with each woman singing a consecutive line. The song is rightfully returned to the street corner doo wop tradition from which it originated with the simplicity of unadorned vocals creating an inconspicuous a cappella symphony. Nyro has never sounded so comfortable, easy, or "in her element" than she does backed by an all-star Philly soul ensemble that Gamble and Huff assembled for these sessions. The material reaches beyond just the sounds of Philadelphia, with Motown "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" and "Nowhere to Run" and Brill Building "Spanish Harlem", as well as lesser-known covers of the Charts' "Desiree" and the Baltimore-based Royalettes "It's Gonna Take a Miracle." In 2002, Sony/Legacy issued an "expanded and remastered edition" of this album, including four "bonus tracks": "Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing," "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman," "O-o-h Child," and "Up on the Roof" -- all of which are previously unissued live solo performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998576223
  • Catalog Number: 85762

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Met Him on a Sunday - Laura Nyro (1:50)
  2. 2 The Bells - Laura Nyro (3:00)
  3. 3 Monkey Time/Dancing in the Street - Laura Nyro (4:57)
  4. 4 Desiree - Laura Nyro (1:52)
  5. 5 You've Really Got a Hold on Me - Laura Nyro & Labelle (4:07)
  6. 6 Spanish Harlem - Laura Nyro (2:52)
  7. 7 Jimmy Mack - Laura Nyro & Labelle (2:56)
  8. 8 The Wind - Laura Nyro (2:58)
  9. 9 Nowhere to Run - Laura Nyro (5:08)
  10. 10 It's Gonna Take a Miracle - Laura Nyro (3:24)
  11. 11 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Laura Nyro (0:59)
  12. 12 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Laura Nyro (3:01)
  13. 13 O-O-H Child - Laura Nyro (1:30)
  14. 14 Up on the Roof - Laura Nyro & Labelle (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Labelle Primary Artist
Patti LaBelle Vocals
Laura Nyro Piano, Vocals
Nona Hendryx Vocals
Sarah Dash Vocals
Roland Chambers Guitar
Norman Harris Guitar
Jim Helmer Drums
Vince Montana Percussion
Lenny Pakula Organ
Larry Washington Bongos, Conga
Nydia Mata Bongos, Conga
Ronnie Baker Bass
Technical Credits
Gary Burden Art Direction
Kenny Gamble Producer
Gamble & Huff Producer
Tim Geelan Engineer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Leon Huff Producer
James Iha Composer
Lenny Pakula Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Mark Wilder Mastering
Ellen Fitton Engineer
Al Quaglieri Reissue Producer
Amy Linden Liner Notes
Tom Bell Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Robert A. Martin Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Seth Foster Engineer
Devora Brown Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So hauntingly beautiful, it's almost too painful to hear.

    The first time I saw Laura Nyro live(first row, Fillmore East), I was stunned, awestruck and sometimes moved to tears. After one song, she looked up and we briefly met eyes; when she smiled, my very being shivered with intense empathy and passion. Eli and the Thirteenth Confession is a special, classic album by a gifted artist and uniqely beautiful person - both inside and out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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