Angel in the Dark

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Laura Nyro’s untimely death in 1997 forever stilled one of pop music’s most original, and least easily categorized, talents. By that time, the 49-year-old Bronx-born singer-songwriter had deservedly acquired legendary status, as much for the many classic compositions covered in hit versions by artists as diverse as Barbra Streisand, Three Dog Night, the 5th Dimension, and Blood, Sweat & Tears as for her own remarkable, genre-defying albums. Possessing a superbly soulful sound, equal parts honey and grit, the highly personal and passionate artist remained active until her passing from ovarian cancer. Angel in the Dark collects 16 of Nyro’s final studio recordings, 7 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Laura Nyro’s untimely death in 1997 forever stilled one of pop music’s most original, and least easily categorized, talents. By that time, the 49-year-old Bronx-born singer-songwriter had deservedly acquired legendary status, as much for the many classic compositions covered in hit versions by artists as diverse as Barbra Streisand, Three Dog Night, the 5th Dimension, and Blood, Sweat & Tears as for her own remarkable, genre-defying albums. Possessing a superbly soulful sound, equal parts honey and grit, the highly personal and passionate artist remained active until her passing from ovarian cancer. Angel in the Dark collects 16 of Nyro’s final studio recordings, 7 new songs balanced with 9 "heartbeat songs," standards like those sung in her youth with New York streetcorner harmony groups. Nyro’s luscious voice and piano elevate "Triple Goddess Twilight," "Serious Playground," and the stunning title song, while her stirring interpretations of the ‘60s tunes "Ooh Baby Baby," "La-La Means I Love You," and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and the Tin Pan Alley classic "Embraceable You" underscore how deeply Nyro is missed.
All Music Guide
Angel in the Dark is a lovely recording featuring the graceful vocals and finely crafted songs that everyone expects from Laura Nyro. These sessions were completed in the summer of 1995 and represent the last music Nyro recorded. The title cut and "Sweet Dream Fade" mine the same soul terrain as her late '60s recordings, featuring horns and underlined by heavy guitar riffs. These upbeat pieces perfectly integrate voice, arrangements, and lyrics to create an organic whole, and are two of the best cuts on the album. Slower, piano-based songs like "Triple Goddess Twilight," "He Was Too Good to Me," and "Serious Playground" are mixed in-between these songs. These pieces are quieter and introspective, with Nyro's voice more intimate. It is almost as though she was sitting at the piano, late at night, and singing to herself. There are also several covers including "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "Let It Be Me." The first of these is over five minutes and has been slowed down so much that it drags. In fact, she slows down all of the covers as if to convert them into heartfelt ballads. This works best on "Ooh Baby, Baby," partly because the arrangement is fuller and more dynamic. One other standout is the upbeat "Gardenia Talk," filled with lively percussion and a sensual vocal. Angel in the Dark is a fine coda, perfect for late-night listening, and a perfect companion to Nyro's other recordings. ~ Ronnie Lankford Jr.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2001
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661317628
  • Catalog Number: 613176
  • Sales rank: 52,120

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angel in the Dark (4:06)
  2. 2 Triple Goddess Twilight (4:01)
  3. 3 Will You Love Me Tomorrow (6:01)
  4. 4 He Was Too Good to Me (2:38)
  5. 5 Sweet Dream Fade (4:28)
  6. 6 Serious Playground (4:18)
  7. 7 Be Aware (3:03)
  8. 8 Let It Be Me (2:15)
  9. 9 Gardenia Talk (2:46)
  10. 10 Ooo Baby Baby (3:26)
  11. 11 Embraceable You (2:09)
  12. 12 La-La (Means I Love You) (4:20)
  13. 13 Walk on By (2:18)
  14. 14 Animal Grace (1:29)
  15. 15 Don't Hurt Child (3:24)
  16. 16 Coda (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Nyro Primary Artist, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
John Tropea Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Will Lee Bass
Chris Parker Drums
Jeff Pevar Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Carol Steele Percussion
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass
Technical Credits
John Tropea Horn Arrangements
Laura Nyro Producer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Steve Rosenthal Engineer
Wayne Yurgelun Engineer
Tommy Mitchell Horn Arrangements
Dan Gellert Engineer
Eileen Silver Lillywhite Liner Notes
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