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The album was a Full Digital Recording carrying the then desirable DDD code on the back of the sleeve - and was of course an audiophile's dream. Beautifully produced by Knopfler and played sweetly by all, the album gave vent to DeVille's New Orleans street romanticism - a style and a way about him that has captured his fans since his stunning "Cabretta" debut on Capitol in 1977. I've been a fan ever since then and have bought his albums with a sense of glee every time!
"Miracle" received good reviews at the time, and with a heavy-hitter like Knopfler on board, it should have garnished better sales and exposure, but for some reason it failed to break into the top 50 here in the UK. It's worth mentioning that it officially spurned 2 singles here in the UK which had 3 formats each (7"/12" and CD Single). The 1st was "Miracle" (CD single Polydor POCD 891) 1. Miracle. 2 I Call Your Name 3. Could You Would You. You'll no doubt notice that "I Call Your Name" is a NON-ALBUM track and is an absolute sweetie. A real shame Raven didn't use it as a bonus track here where it would have matched the release.Read more ›
This album, produced by Mark Knopfler, should have been MUCH better bigger when it was released. Not sure what happened. Maybe the record label dropped the ball or they didn't know to properly market Willy DeVille, but any lack of sales was not due to lack of quality songs; this album had 'em in bunches. Songs like "Could You Would You" (a Van Morrison cover), "Heart and Soul" "Assassin of Love", the title track, and "Storybook Love" (from the film "Princess Bride") rank some with the best songs DeVille ever recorded. The only real dud on here is the strange opening track, "(Due To) Gun Control." Over the years I've hoped that song would grow on me, but it never has. And I also have to say; I hate this new CD album cover. Bring back the one from the original album. This new cover just looks tacky.
Of the four bonus tracks, three are from the controversial 1980 film "Crusing." One of those songs, "Heat of the Moment" is quite good, but be prepared for a dated disco arrangement! The final bonus track is an interview with Willy (Raven must like doing this: they also tacked on a Willy DeVille interview on their reissue of the "Le Chat Bleu" CD). Nothing essential, but interesting nonetheless.
This may not be the best DeVille album, but I won't argue with anyone who says it is; it's certainly ONE of his best, and perhaps one of the more consistent ones he recorded too (barring that opening track). If you are a Mink/Willy DeVille fan, you'll want to add this one to your collection too. Fine, fine stuff.
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This is only my second experience of DeVille's music. So far I've really liked it. This cd combines DeVille's hypnotic singing with Mark Knopfler's skillful guitar playing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Miranda Lindqvist
Love it. Great CD. We had not been able to get in NZ so thanks for that. Its an all time favourite.Published on January 18, 2014 by Viv Gunning
After 5 amazing albums, I guess there was no way Willy could keep up the pace and there was a definite drop off with Sportin Life and this release. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by MJH