Essential Laura Nyro

The Essential Laura Nyro

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by Laura Nyro
     
 
A double-CD, career-spanning retrospective that offers little in the way of surprises: it's a tastefully selected overview of her career highlights, heaviest (and justifiably so) on her late-'60s albums. There's the inevitable feeling of letdown as disc two progresses; her post-early-'70s material is far less interesting than her earliest work, even if it's

Overview

A double-CD, career-spanning retrospective that offers little in the way of surprises: it's a tastefully selected overview of her career highlights, heaviest (and justifiably so) on her late-'60s albums. There's the inevitable feeling of letdown as disc two progresses; her post-early-'70s material is far less interesting than her earliest work, even if it's inoffensive. All of the first five albums (through 1971's Gonna Take a Miracle) are now on CD, so this is most suitable for the fan who isn't passionate enough to be a completist. Includes a couple of previously unreleased live tracks from the '90s; the version of "Sweet Blindness," unfortunately, is not the original late-'60s recording, but is from a late-'70s live album. [Please note that this edition of Essential Laura Nyro includes the exact same track listing as the 1997 Columbia/Legacy release Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886979575929
catalogNumber:
795759
Rank:
45609

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Wedding Bell Blues
  2. Blowin' Away
  3. Billy's Blues
  4. Stoney End
  5. And When I Die
  6. Lu
  7. Eli's Comin'
  8. Stoned Soul Picnic
  9. Timer
  10. Emmie
  11. The Confession
  12. Capt. St. Lucifer
  13. Gibsom Street
  14. New York Tendaberry
  15. Save the Country
  16. Blackpatch
  17. Upstairs By a Chinese Lamp
  18. Beads of Sweat
  19. When I Was a Freeport and You Were the Main Drag

Disc 2

  1. I Met Him On a Sunday
  2. The Bells
  3. Smile
  4. Sweet Blindness
  5. Money
  6. Mr. Blue
  7. A Wilderness
  8. Mother's Spiritual
  9. A Woman of the World
  10. Louise's Church
  11. Broken Rainbow
  12. To a Child
  13. Lite a Flame (the Animal Rights Song)
  14. And When I Die
  15. Save the Country

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laura Nyro   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Harmony
John Tropea   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Labelle   Vocals
Patti LaBelle   Vocals
Todd Rundgren   Synthesizer
Buddy Childers   Trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Richard Davis   Bass
Don Randi   Piano
George Young   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Friedman   Vibes
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Stan Free   Piano
Nona Hendryx   Vocals
Jay Berliner   Guitar
Gary Chester   Drums
Sarah Dash   Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Elliott Randall   Guitar
Artie Schroeck   Drums,Vibes
Dave Carey   Percussion
Angela Clemmons-Patrick   Background Vocals
Duane Allman   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Chet Amsterdam   Bass
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Chandra Armstead   Background Vocals
Hal Blaine   Drums,Tambourine
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Barry Beckett   Vibes
Randy Brecker   Horn
Ralph Casale   Acoustic Guitar
Felix Cavaliere   Organ,Bells
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Cyril Cianflone   Bass
Alice Coltrane   Harp
Carter C.C. Collins   Percussion
Dino Danelli   Drums
Ray DeSio   Trombone
Cornell Dupree   Electric Guitar
Joe Farrell   Flute,Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
Lawrence Feldman   Horn
Diane Garisto   Background Vocals
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Manny Green   Strings,Concert Master
Paul Griffin   Piano
Norman Harris   Guitar
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Jim Helmer   Drums
Eddie Hinton   Electric Guitar
Jack Jennings   Percussion
Reika Kamota   Koto
Michael Landau   Guitar
Bill Lavorgna   Drums
Charles Loper   Trombone
Buddy Lucas   Harmonica
Lou Marini   Flute,Horn,Soloist
Rick Marotta   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Electric Guitar
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Mike Melvoin   Piano
Jeff Mironov   Guitar
Vince Montana   Percussion
Andy Newmark   Drums
Lenny Pakula   Organ
Ray Pohlman   Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums,Keyboards
Roger Rosenberg   Horn
Buddy Saltzman   Drums
Terry Silverlight   Drums
Dian Sorel   Background Vocals
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar,Soloist
Larry Washington   Bongos,Conga
Diane Wilson   Background Vocals
Nisako Yoshida   Koto
Lou Mauro   Bass
Jimmy Zito   Trumpet
Pat Calello   Trumpet
John Bristo   Electric Guitar
Bob Bushwell   Bass,Drums
Julie Lyonn-Lieberman   Violin
Joe Osborn   Bass
Ronnie Baker   Bass
Freddie Washington   Bass
Lisa Sunshine   Bass
Mike Deasy   Guitar
Nydia "Liberty" Mata   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Jimmy Sedlar   Flugelhorn,Horn,Soloist
Stu Sharf   Acoustic Guitar
Dave Hood   Bass
Ashod Garabedian   Oud
Mike Mainiere   Vibes
Charlie Shoemate   Orchestra Bells
Vivien Cherry   Background Vocals
Vin Cusano   Guitar

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Laura Nyro   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Carlos Franzetti   String Arrangements
Bob Alcivar   Arranger
Dale Ashby   Engineer
Herb Bernstein   Arranger
Charles Calello   Arranger,Producer
Felix Cavaliere   Producer
David Frank   Horn Arrangements
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
Roy Halee   Producer
Bones Howe   Producer
Gary Katz   Producer
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer
Wayne Yurgelun   Engineer
Roscoe Harring   Producer
Mark Larson   Art Direction
A. Harris   Composer
Ron Jaramillo   Art Direction
Martin DeMartino   House Sound,Road Manager
S. Owens   Composer
D. Coley   Composer
Milt Okun   Producer

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The Essential Laura Nyro 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
cryptkeeperfun More than 1 year ago
Excellent overview of Laura's career, a great place to start if your a new fan.