1987 Willy DeVille – Miracle

deville-willy-1987Miracle is an album by Willy DeVille. Recorded in 1987, it was the first album that Willy DeVille recorded under his own name. Prior to Miracle, DeVille recorded six albums with the band Mink DeVille, the last four of which were really solo albums by Willy DeVille in that no members of the original band played on the four albums.

Miracle was recorded in London and produced by Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, who also co-wrote the song “Spanish Jack” with DeVille. Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher, like Knopfler, played on all songs. Two highly regarded session musicians, guitarist Chet Atkins and drummer Jeff Porcaro, also played on the album.

Willy DeVille told:

It was Mark (Knopfler’s) wife Lourdes who came up with the idea (to record Miracle). She said to him that you don’t sing like Willy and he doesn’t play guitar like you, but you really like his stuff so why don’t you do an album together? So I went over to London to do this album. It wasn’t easy because we didn’t want it to sound like a Dire Straits album, and his guitar playing is so unique that it was hard to do. But nothing good is going to be easy. I know that I spent the whole time really trying to impress Mark, I wanted it to be good.

Tracks

1 (Due To) Gun Control 5:56
2 Could You Would You 3:33
3
Heart And Soul 4:09
4 Assassin Of Love 4:12
5 Spanish Jack 3:51
6 Miracle 4:52
7 Angels Eyes 4:51
8 Nightfalls 4:51
9 Southern Politician 6:34
10 Storybook Love 4:28

1 (Due To) Gun Control

Bass Mickey Feat
Drums Jamie Lane
Guitar Mark Knopfler
Keyboards Guy Fletcher
Percussion Errol Bennett
Background Vocals Mickey Feat
Background Vocals Margo Buchanan
Background Vocals Vicky Brown

2 Could You Would You

Bass Mickey Feat
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Mark Knopfler
Keyboards Guy Fletcher
Percussion Errol Bennett
Background Vocals Mickey Feat

3 Heart And Soul

Bass Mickey Feat
Drums Jamie Lane
Guitar Mark Knopfler
Keyboards Guy Fletcher
Percussion Errol Bennett
Background Vocals Mickey Feat
Background Vocals Margo Buchanan
Background Vocals Vicky Brown

4 Assassin Of Love

Bass Mickey Feat
Drums Jamie Lane
Guitar Mark Knopfler
Keyboards Guy Fletcher
Background Vocals Mickey Feat
Background Vocals Guy Fletcher
Background Vocals Margo Buchanan
Background Vocals Vicky Brown

5 Spanish Jack

Bass Mickey Feat
Drums Jamie Lane
Guitar Mark Knopfler
Keyboards Guy Fletcher
Percussion Errol Bennett
Background Vocals Mickey Feat

6 Miracle

Bass Mickey Feat
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Mark Knopfler
Keyboards Guy Fletcher
Percussion Errol Bennett
Background Vocals Mickey Feat
Background Vocals Margo Buchanan
Background Vocals Vicky Brown

7 Angels Eyes

Bass Mickey Feat
Drums Jamie Lane
Guitar Mark Knopfler
Keyboards Guy Fletcher
Percussion Errol Bennett
Background Vocals Mickey Feat

8 Nightfalls

Bass Mickey Feat
Drums Jamie Lane
Guitar Mark Knopfler
Keyboards Guy Fletcher
Percussion Errol Bennett
Background Vocals Mickey Feat

9 Southern Politician

Bass Mickey Feat
Drums Jamie Lane
Guitar Mark Knopfler
Keyboards Guy Fletcher
Percussion Errol Bennett
Background Vocals Mickey Feat

10 Storybook Love

Bass Mickey Feat
Drums Jamie Lane
Guitar Mark Knopfler
Keyboards Guy Fletcher
Percussion Errol Bennett
Background Vocals Mickey Feat