Laura Nyro’s “Beads of Sweat” 1970 (with Duane Allman)

On Nov. 25, 1970, Laura Nyro released her third album on Columbia Records, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat. The album would reach #51 on the Billboard Top LP’s chart.

Each side to the album had a distinct sound. The five songs on Side 1 were produced by Arif Marden (who had just produced the Dusty in Memphis album for Dusty Springfield and the Rascal’s See) and featured musical backup from The Swampers, the nickname Leon Russell gave to Alabama’s Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Side 1 had the livelier sound of Nyro’s previous work.

Side 2 was a quieter four-song suite produced by Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, which mostly featured the elegance of Nyro on piano, singing sweetly. Additional instrumentation, added sparsely to the arrangement, featured Cavaliere on keyboards with fellow Rascals’ drummer Dino Danelli, Alice Coltrane on the harp, and studio-session greats Chuck Rainey on bass and Cornell Dupree on guitar.

Oh yeah … another up-and-coming session guitarist played on Side 2. Perhaps you recognize the work of Duane Allman on “Beads of Sweat.”


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3 Responses to Laura Nyro’s “Beads of Sweat” 1970 (with Duane Allman)

  1. Artamus says:

    Great album – and it would have charted much higher if the fm radio programers back then had only given it the airplay it deserved.

  2. James says:

    I am listening to this for the first time(s) now, May 31, 2015, and I really like it! Laura has been a favorite composer of mine for many many years. I grew up a Who fanatic, liking Pete Townshend’s songs over anybody’s. I listened mostly to Classic Rock, like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Segar and the Silver Bullet Band, and Alternative music like The Alarm, Clash, U2, Nirvana, The Cure, The Smiths, etc. Laura was as good a songwriter of all of the above artists. That Duane Allman guitarist is pretty good here too!
    ; )

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