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As a young teen, Laura Nyro honed her musical skills singing in street-corner harmony groups around her native New York. In 1971, she revisited those days on Gonna Take A Miracle, a loving tribute to her roots recorded with the group Labelle. This inspired effort is no mere nostalgia trip; Nyro and company infuse these tunes with passion and immediacy. A throb of schoolgirl yearning (tempered with mature musical ability) runs through their renditions of the title tune, “I Met Him On A Monday,””Spanish Harlem,” and similar ‘50s/’60s R&B classics. When Nyro submerges herself in the sensuous longing of “Desiree” and “Wind,” the effect is mesmerizing, and her high-energy interpretations of “Monkey Time,””Dancing In The Street” and especially “Jimmy Mack” deliver pure finger-snapping, body-grabbing pleasure. Nyro’s unfettered performances are more than matched by Patti LaBelle’s gospel-steeped vocals. Philly studio legends Gamble and Huff surround them with well-tailored production, letting the vocals and Nyro’s piano remain at the center. Gonna Take A Miracle reveals the sources of inspiration for Nyro’s prodigious songwriting gifts. More importantly, it stands on its own as a vibrantly romantic and rhythmically irresistible slice of Big Apple Soul.

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You may notice the album title (if you will take a second to glance at the cover picture) says, "Gonna Take A Miracle", Laura Nyro. And, in small print, "With Labelle". Can't I-tunes hire someone who has at least the slightest knowledge of popular music & history? Or how about someone who is at least paying attention? This album is covers of Laura's favorite soul songs from the 60's, but again, SHE is the lead singer, and LaBelle is the backup. Imaging advertising an Elvis album as "The Sweet Inspirations & Elvis Presley". WAKE UP! The massively talented LaBelle were acting as backup singers. Giving them title credit is a disservice to the late Laura Nyro, who wrote and performed many top-ten hits in the sixties, such as, "Wedding Bell Blues", (The Fifth Dimension) "And When I Die" (Blood, Sweat & Tears), "Eli's Comin'", (Three Dog Night), "Stoney End" (Barbara Streisand), and not a few others. You guys are so hopeless.

Pure soul from Laura Nyro and Labelle.

What more can I say about this album? I found the actual LP a few years ago in a pawn shop and became obsessed with it. From the very first tune...the acapella "I Met Him On Sunday," this is an addictive blast back to the early 70's from start to finish. "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" stands out as my favorite track. I just downloaded it for the bonus live tracks and was suprised at how well the record holds up in a digital format. Do yourself a favor and pay tribute to the late, great Laura Nyro and pick-up this gem.

One of the great Diva sessions. A must have.

It took a while for iTunes to get this entire album, but now that this classic is available, just get it. It has been one of my favorites since the 70s. Check out Nowhere to Run and You've Really Got a Hold on Me -- Wow! Nyro and LaBelle cook. Incredible session.


Formed: 1962

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s

The female trio responsible for the proto-disco funk classic "Lady Marmalade," LaBelle's outlandish space-age costumes and brash incorporation of rock & roll were a far cry from their early days as a typical '60s girl group, not to mention the later solo career of frontwoman Patti LaBelle. While Patti naturally seems like the focal point in hindsight, the group was also blessed with a talented and prolific songwriter in Nona Hendryx, who followed an idiosyncratic muse into her own mercurial solo...
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