The Essential Laura Nyro

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886979575929
  • Catalog Number: 795759
  • Sales rank: 3,199

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wedding Bell Blues (2:54)
  2. 2 Blowin' Away (2:21)
  3. 3 Billy's Blues (3:20)
  4. 4 Stoney End (2:46)
  5. 5 And When I Die (2:40)
  6. 6 Lu (2:47)
  7. 7 Eli's Comin' (3:57)
  8. 8 Stoned Soul Picnic (3:50)
  9. 9 Timer (3:25)
  10. 10 Emmie (4:21)
  11. 11 The Confession (2:51)
  12. 12 Capt. St. Lucifer (3:15)
  13. 13 Gibsom Street (4:44)
  14. 14 New York Tendaberry (5:38)
  15. 15 Save the Country (2:27)
  16. 16 Blackpatch (3:37)
  17. 17 Upstairs By a Chinese Lamp (5:37)
  18. 18 Beads of Sweat (4:49)
  19. 19 When I Was a Freeport and You Were the Main Drag (2:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Met Him On a Sunday (1:49)
  2. 2 The Bells (3:01)
  3. 3 Smile (5:37)
  4. 4 Sweet Blindness (3:53)
  5. 5 Money (5:54)
  6. 6 Mr. Blue (5:03)
  7. 7 A Wilderness (3:00)
  8. 8 Mother's Spiritual (3:19)
  9. 9 A Woman of the World (4:12)
  10. 10 Louise's Church (3:36)
  11. 11 Broken Rainbow (3:54)
  12. 12 To a Child (3:35)
  13. 13 Lite a Flame (the Animal Rights Song) (3:20)
  14. 14 And When I Die (2:50)
  15. 15 Save the Country (2:42)
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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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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Excellent overview of Laura's career, a great place to start if

    Excellent overview of Laura's career, a great place to start if your a new fan.

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