“Christmas and the Beads of Sweat shows this gifted, mature, musical visionary at her artistic peak. A melodic, joyous, and harrowing journey through the musical mind of one of the most influential songwriters of her time. It evokes ghostly images of the aftermath of a turbulent decade, and brings it all home with a joyous epiphany to the human spirit and to the values of community and togetherness: the true meaning of Christmas. ….Glen Stegner”
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Christmas and the Beads of Sweat is the fourth LP by New York-born singer, songwriter, and pianist Laura Nyro.
The album was released on the Columbia Records label in November 1970 after Nyro had recorded it in the early summer with producers Felix Cavaliere and Arif Mardin. Whilst Nyro had handed over production reins, she was still in control of the project and arranged her compositions.
The album is seen as the closing part of a Laura Nyro trilogy that also comprises 1968’s Eli and the Thirteenth Confession and 1969’s New York Tendaberry. Musically, the album is a bridge between the two, balancing the lighter and more joyful tones of Eli with the dark, sensual, and piano-dominated Tendaberry.