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Willy DeVille's "Miracle" was released in 1987 in the UK on Polydor across 3 formats.
The LP was Polydor POLH 39, the cassette 833 669-4 and the CD 833 669-2.

It was produced by MARK KNOPFLER of DIRE STRAITS and featured his distinctive and beautiful guitar work across all 10 of its tracks. There's superlative contributions also from JEFF PORCARO of TOTO on drums, CHET ATKINS on guitar gracing the gorgeous "Heart & Soul" and backing vocals provided by the lovely Margo Buchanan and Vikki Brown on 4 of the 10 tracks. All tracks are written by DeVille except "Could You Would You", which is a Van Morrison cover off the 2nd Them album from 1966, "Them Again". The song "Spanish Jack" is a co-write with KNOPFLER.

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.

"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.

The 2nd single was "Assassin Of Love" (CD single Polydor POCD 904)
1. Assassin Of Love Extended Version. 2. Spanish Jack. 3. Spanish Stroll (Live) 4. Desperate Days (Live).
The extended version of "Assassin" is typical of so many Eighties extended travesties; it utterly ruined the stunning slinky menace of the tightly edited album original. The two live tracks fared better though and are previously unreleased (I'm fairly sure they're unavailable anywhere else).

"Storybook Love" from the album was also featured on "The Princess Bride" movie soundtrack from 1987 and was Oscar nominated; it too produced a CD single here in the UK but it contained nothing new nor unreleased. All 3 CD singles from that period came in card sleeves in both the UK and EUROPE and are very hard to find today.

The 4 bonus tracks provided on the Raven 1994 re-issue are:
11. "Heat Of The Moment" 12. "Pullin' My String" 13. "It's So Easy" 14. 1987 Willy DeVille Interview. Tracks 11-13 are from the 1980 soundtrack "Cruising" and are rare - unavailable anywhere else except here to my knowledge. Track 14's interview is exclusive to this release.

The front artwork on the Raven re-issue is also different - not nearly as good as the album original.

Having A/B'd the sound - there's no difference between the Raven issue and the original Polydor DDD release - no re-mastering has been done, but then again, there's no need to - the sound is sweet and full.

"Miracle" used to go for money on vinyl or CD because of the quality of the production (quite apart from the fact that at least half of the tunes are great!). I think it may been the awful opener "(Due To) Gun Control" that put people off - "I Call Your Name" would have been far more appropriate and announced properly the albums overall romantic feel. The Knopfler guitar work and slinky almost soulful feel to "I Call Your Name" could easily have been on any Dire Straits album of the period.

"Miracle" is something of a lost classic from the 80's and I recommend this album to both DeVille and Dire Straits fans alike - a lovely meeting of like-minds producing great music that stands up to its 20th Anniversary of last year, 2007. Ripe for rediscovery I reckon.
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on 27 November 2002
Not a very well known album this, but don't let that deter you. It contains excellent songs from start to finish. First of all, you will hear everything from love songs (Angel Eyes) to political satire (Southern Politician) but yet the whole collection is definitely one coherent album. The lyrics (they're clearly sung throughout, by the way) are in turn, clever, affecting and poetic. The music is sharp at all times and includes a cameo from Mark Knopfler. I usually don't even listen to this type of country/rock stuff, but I make an exception for this.
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on 1 May 2009
I agree with reviewer, Miracle was a great album, and I call your name was a sublime track, with Mark Knopfler on guitar. It was a bonus track not on the album, I had to buy the single to get it. Willy has since released this track as an acoustic track, but the original is in my opinion the definative version. Like reviewer, when I heard of Raven's re-release with four bonus tracks I was sure I call your name was a certainty to be included. If you have never heard the Knopfler version, search it out, it's my all time favourite Willy Deville song, Maw.
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on 29 June 2015
This was Willy's first solo album after a number of albums with Mink DeVille. However, I don't think Miracle is a patch on Cabretta, ReturnTo Magenta, Le Chat Bleu, Coup De Grace or Where Angels Fear To Tread, or even the weakest Mink Deville album, Sportin' Life. I find 'Miracle' lacking the 'grit' that can be found in Willy's / Mink DeVille's earlier and better work. That 'grit' lifts Mink DeVille's more R&B styled songs, and brings their sweeter songs into focus; it also adds to the 'street' elements of the songs Willy writes / covers. The production on Miracle is way too slick for my taste, and has the effect of giving the album a very bland sheen. While there is nice playing overall, and nice guitar playing, sometimes 'nice' isn't really what makes something more than the sum of it's parts. Don't get me wrong, I love Mink DeVille, and really wanted to like 'Miracle'. I don't think 'Sportin' Life' measures up to the others listed, but I would still give it 3 stars. I'm hard pressed to find the 2 stars here for 'Miracle'.
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on 27 November 2010
An excellent album extremely well produced by Mark Knofler who also features on the album. This was a comeback album of sorts and in my opinion it was a triumph.It contains various musical genres which makes it interesting to listen to and it shows his versatility both as a performer and composer.For those who are unfamiliar with Mr DeVille this album is a brilliant introduction to the man and his music.
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on 24 September 2013
Willy DeVille a very under rated artist, If you get a chance to listen to some of his music I am sure you will understand, Hey download some if you like it buy a cd if not delete it and carry on your musical journey
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on 14 January 2015
very good
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on 5 June 2016
it's ok
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