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Gonna Take a Miracle [Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Patti LaBelle, Laura NyroAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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listen  1. I Met Him On A Sunday (Album Version)Laura Nyro;LaBelle 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Bells (Album Version)Laura Nyro & LaBelle 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Monkey Time/Dancing In The Street (Album Version)Laura Nyro;LaBelle 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Desiree (Album Version)Laura Nyro;LaBelle 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. You've Really Got A Hold On Me (Album Version)Laura Nyro;LaBelle 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Spanish Harlem (Album Version)Laura Nyro;LaBelle 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Jimmy MackLaura Nyro;LaBelle 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The WindLaura Nyro;LaBelle 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nowhere To Run (Album Version)Laura Nyro;LaBelle 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. It's Gonna Take A Miracle (Album Version)Laura Nyro;LaBelle 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing (Live)Laura Nyro0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Live)Laura Nyro;LaBelle 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. O-o-h Child (Live)Laura Nyro;LaBelle 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Up On The Roof (Live)Laura Nyro 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000068QZR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

More Than a New Discovery, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, and New York Tendaberry established Laura Nyro as one of the early 1970s' brightest and most uncompromising singer-songwriters. But just as the budding success of 1969's Tendaberry seemed to establish her persona in the public's mind, Nyro reached back to the beloved Brill Building pop, doo-wop, and '50s R&B for inspiration, extended a hand in partnership to then-down-on-their-luck soul vets LaBelle, and tossed off this loving blast from the past. Producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff (who would later formulate the vaunted Philly soul sound) were ostensibly in charge, though the voices of Nyro and LaBelle carry the day. Whether the bare-bones production harked back to the mindset of Nyro's moody Tendaberry or (as Amy Linden's new liner notes suggest) they simply ran out of time and had to finish the project, there's a sense of immediacy to the recordings that outstrips even some of the originals. Tracks like "Jimmy Mack" and "I Met Him on a Sunday" feel like they spontaneously came together around an upright piano, their rhythm section a chorus of joyous hand claps. Others, like "Desiree" and "The Wind," have a haunting, ethereal sense that's pure Nyro. This is one of the oddest collections of Nyro's career, but also one of the most joyously heartfelt. This reissue features four live bonus tracks, soulful solo covers of "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "O-o-h Child," and "Up on the Roof," that fit the theme of the studio album to a T. --Jerry McCulley

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1971 album is Nyro's only album of non-original music including 'Spanish Harlem', 'Monkey Time/Dancing In The Street' and 'Jimmy Mack'. Remastered & featuring the previously unreleased live bonus tracks 'Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing', '(You Make Me F

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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel of a Recording September 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Laura Nyro originally made her name as the author of a host of tightly-written pop songs that hit big when covered by other artists--but by 1970 she had acquired a reputation as one of the most flatly uncompromising recording artists of her era, a woman who wrote, performed, and recorded without any significant concern for prevailing tastes. Then, just as she seemed to have reached this point of self-definition, she suddenly shifted gears and went into the studio with soul-singing trio LaBelle for an homage to the pop songs of the 1950s and 1960s that had originally inspired her.
The result was GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE, an album that is generally regarded as Nyro's most widely accessible work. Opening with a near-acapella rendition of "I Met Him On A Sunday" that divides the song neatly between all four singers, Nyro then launches out on a host of other old favorites with her own voice shining like a diamond against the sultry stylings of LaBelle, giving each tune a noticeably different twist from its original incarnation.
Both "The Bells" and "Desiree" suddenly seem as if they had been written with Nyro alone in mind, beginning gently but building a series of dynamic shifts; "Spanish Harlem" is a beautifully rendered selection; and the more vibrant numbers like "Dancing In The Streets" and "Nowhere To Run" crackle with energy. This one of those rare releases of which you can truly say every single cut is first rate all the way.
The most powerful thing about the recording is, I think, its spontaneity.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A miracle from Laura Nyro and LaBelle! June 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In his book, About A Boy, Nick Hornby describes Rachel, the single mother his character Will falls in love with in the latter part of the book as reminding him of Laura Nyro as she appeared on Gonna Take A Miracle. That's what got me into Laura Nyro, that simple description. Having bought the album earlier this year and finally gotten around to listening it, I was stunned at how Nyro's vocals fit sassy Motown numbers like velvet. Gonna Take A Miracle is her and LaBelle, i.e. Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash, doing Motown and other R&B covers, and they do them splendidly. This is an example of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's production, soon to gain them fame in the Philly Sound. Laura and her new friends simply jam on the danceable songs, clearly enjoying themselves.

There are three Martha and the Vandellas songs done here. The first is "Dancing In the Street," which is the second part of a medley, the first part being the Curtis Mayfield-penned and (I believe) sung by Major Lance. Both parts have piano (by Nyro) and a percussion section that simply jams. Their repeated "don't forget the Motor city" attests to their influences. The other is "Jimmy Mack" which has a snappy pop/soul sound complete with clapping. Sheena Easton's did a version with similar tempo in 1986. And last up is "Nowhere To Run," which has the same jamming sound as "Dancing In The Street."

They do an acapella version of the Shirelles' "I Met Him On A Sunday" before doing the Originals "The Bells," their soaring harmonies doing great justice. Their cover of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "You Really Got A Hold On Me" gives the original a run for its money from the sassy uptempo rhythm and harmonies that suddenly springs up after the leisure part.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring Classic February 3, 2001
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I bought this album when it first came out, and have come back to it again and again over the years. It is without a doubt one of my favorites. The instrumentation is understated, which allows the vocals to take center stage, and lets the songs speak for themselves. The songs segue into one another with a seamlessness that makes it almost impossible to start the album without wanting to listen to it in its entirety. Do NOT play this CD on shuffle! This was Laura Nyro's way of paying homage to the songs that gave her musical inspiration, and she crafted a fine tribute which has withstood the test of time. The vocals are a wonderful combination of Nyro's almost ethereal sounding voice with the more bluesy sound of LaBelle, and the effect is absolutely soulful. Record reviewers back in '71 criticized Nyro, a great songwriter at the height of the singer-songwriter era, for putting out an album consisting entirely of covers. They just didn't get it. It was all about the music. To me this album is an essential part of any collection of popular music of the last 30-40 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laura Nyro and LaBelle -- Who Could Ask For More?! September 8, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Laura Nyro, the idiosyncratic genius who created an inimitable style and an impressive body of work (all before the age of 25!), pays homage to the songs she spent her youth singing in the subways of New York. How fitting, then, that she should do it with arguably the best female vocal ensemble of all time, LaBelle (who were virtually unknown at the time of this recording). While Nyro's great writing can be found on her four previous albums, this record makes clear the roots she drew upon in her own compositions. With the assistance of Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash, Nyro soars: the vocal arrangements complicate these familliar songs, sometimes with a harsh dissonance ("You've Really Got A Hold On Me"), at other times with an unparalleled loveliness ("The Bells"), but always stretching the material past any comparison to the original versions. Both Nyro and the ladies of LaBelle were experiemntal in their treatment of R&B, rejecting commercial catchiness in order to touch the true heart of soul. You can feel it on this record: the community of sisters standing on the street corner singing "Met Him On A Sunday" for the love of song and each other. While the record is a collection of classics, these tunes are treated with such unabashed artistry, that songs like "It's Gonna Take A Miracle," "Dancing in the Streets" and "Spanish Harlem" (which in this treatment seems to be about Nyro herself) become completely new, and completely mezmerizing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Nyro Album
Love Laura Nyro but she can definitely be a little intense almost depressing when doing her own compositions. This album is an enjoyable side of her artfulness. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John R
5.0 out of 5 stars Laura of the great singer songwriters
Laura Nyro had an amazing voice and wrote wonderful classic songs. She ones of the great female singer songwriter than is totally unrated by the music industry. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Littleredhairgirl
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Published 1 month ago by sprite
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Miracle
The absolute best rendition of this tremendous song! Nyro's vocals place such heart-felt emotion in this piece that every listener is brought back to sonetime in their life when... Read more
Published 2 months ago by cobalt
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless LP
I have the original on vinyl--loved it then (1972) love it now. Laura's voice is pure, not contrived. Her interpretation of these songs is a tribute to her great talent.
Published 5 months ago by Goria Y. J. Elliott Chaconas Flowers and Giftss
5.0 out of 5 stars Gonna Take a Miracle, is a Classic.
Outstanding! Laura is my favorite female singer/songwriter of all time, I love her music. Gonna Take a miracle is not her original stuff, but it's music that she loved and she,s... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tom D'Aries
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Soul
This duet with Patti is out of this world fantastic. I saw Laura live in 1970, and she was not this good. Her shy and anxious personality did not suit her as a performer. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Millenium Falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Sublime entertainment
I rate this album close to perfection. What stops it falling short of 5 stars is the fact that the artists involved have chosen feel good soul as their vehicle for this superb... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ronat
5.0 out of 5 stars Praises to "Gonna Take a Miracle"
I have been a big fan of both LaBelle and Laura Nyro since forever!
I grew up listening to the songs recorded by the original artists and
the remake by these... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Diane Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars quinessential Laura Nyro
Her work holds up over the years. Her vocals are intimate and clear, I love her song selections. And it's fun to hear her vocal backup knowing that they would later emerge as Patti... Read more
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