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  • Audio CD (May 14 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000640LI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby
2. Dedicated to the One I Love
3. Wind
4. Lite a Flame (The Animal Rights Song)
5. Walk the Dog and Light the Light (Song of the Road)
6. To a Child
7. And When I Die
8. Japanese Restaurant Song
9. My Innocence/Sophia
10. Wedding Bell Blues
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Disc: 2
1. Angel in the Dark
2. Gardenia Talk
3. Save the Country
4. Louise's Church
5. Wild World
6. A Woman of the World
7. The Descent of Luna Rose
8. Broken Rainbow
9. Blowin' Away/Wedding Bell Blues
10. Trees of the Ages/Emmie
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Recorded just a few years before her tragically early death at age 49, these performances at her annual Christmas Eve concerts at New York's Bottom Line find Laura revisiting her own stunning songs as well as cover songs she held close to her heart. These riveting, spare arrangements feature only voices and piano and include To a Child; And When I Die; Save the Country; Angel in the Dark; Wedding Bell Blues; Broken Rainbow; Wind; Emmie; Let It Be Me; Ooh Baby, Baby; Dedicated to the One I Love 24 impassioned performances on 2 CDs!


Most listeners were introduced to the songs of the late Laura Nyro through 1960s hits by the likes of the Fifth Dimension ("Wedding Bell Blues") and Blood, Sweat & Tears ("And When I Die"). Such mainstream exposure didn't hint at how strikingly (sometimes stridently) original and passionately obsessive her own performances could be. These 1993-94 recordings from Nyro's annual Christmas Eve concerts at New York's Bottom Line show her music in its most suitably intimate setting, backed only by a female harmony chorus and her spare piano accompaniment. Her incantatory rendition of "Save the Country" and her rapturous signature tune, "Emmie," find her early material maturing with her, while she transforms classic ballads such as the Everly Brothers' "Let It Be Me" and Smokey Robinson's "Ooh Baby, Baby" into personal testament. Though some of her later songs are more didactic and narrowly focused--she plainly wasn't concerned about commercial potential with "Lite a Flame (The Animal Rights Song)" or "The Descent of Luna Rose" (her ode to the menstrual cycle)--her material retains its melodic warmth. In Nyro's musical progression, the soul sister and the earth mother became one. --Don McLeese

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This 2CD set is a revelation to me. This is Laura Nyro singing with grand piano and a superb vocal choir of three and six voices. What differentiates these 1993 and 1994 concerts from the ones I heard in person in 1990 and 1991 is how Laura's voice actually grew stronger and more assured in the middle and low ranges and she brings full emotion and depth to each of her songs which is reminiscent of her early years.
Laura's voice is best accompanied with grand, acoustic piano, not electric, and she treats us to it here. The clarity of the piano in "My Innocence/Sophia" and her trademark beautiful changes in pace is compelling. You can actually hear this slowing cascade of notes near the beginning of the song, then she grabs the tempo and leaps it forward again. In "Let It Be Me" the deep, resonant notes of the piano rises to meet her voice, slowly, deliberately, in a harmonious choir of sound.
There is a really great rendition of "Blowin' Away" where Laura sings, "My well meaner, my day fancy dreamer", a choir of voices follow, repeating the words a bar behind, then finally meeting and joining Laura's voice. It is actually more enjoyable than her 1st album version, and in way I think Laura had always envisioned it, spare, true, fun, and in great harmony.
Yet, upon hearing this CD twice in one sitting, one is fully aware that they are Laura's last times she will ever sing in New York City. The upper notes in her voice in "Wedding Bell Blues" and "Broken Rainbow" are suggested rather than sung, and the previous, almost wailing power of "Wild World" as heard on her Live from the Bottom Line album is now subdued to an inner, personal, reflection. Laura has also come full circle, with the (Primal Heartbeat Songs of her youth) in "Dedicated to the One I Love" and "Ooh Baby Baby".
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Those of us who've been touched by Laura Nyro's magic will forever miss her. When I'm 80, if my ears still work, I can picture myself sitting in my rocker cranking up "New York Tendaberry." I only got to see her twice: in Normal, Illinois in the 70s; and in Santa Monica, California in the 80s. These two Christmas Eve concerts are magical. The songs are not new, particularly if you've gotten the REQUIRED "Angel in the Dark" CD, but they do give the feel of the inspiration she created through her live concerts. As much as anything, Laura was a working woman, a musician, who shared her craft. On one of the intros she tells of having a cold, "When I stop singing, I start sneezing."
The 1993 concert offers the Phil Spector tune "Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby" that Laura nails soulfully. On "Dedicated to the One I Love," she changes the lyric slightly, "I can be satisfied knowing love's alive." "Wind" was always one of my favorites from "Gonna Take A Miracle," and the lovely background vocals help lift this take to the sky. Laura's singing is full and empassioned on "Light A Flame" & her piano is bright and fluid on "Walk the Dog & Light the Light." "Kiss the sun hello, God & Goddess, make your life a loving thing," is soothingly sung on "To A Child." I find great irony in listening to "And When I Die" on this posthumous release. Laura's "uppity feminist bent" is hilarious on "Japanese Restaurant Song"; and "My Innoncence/Sophia" combine wonderfully. Her marvelous background vocalists send the familiar "Wedding Bell Blues" over the top. I think "Art of Love" is one of her most marvelous, underrated tunes, "S.O.S., Give a message all around the world, let peace shine for the Earth." Laura's lyrical complexity shines on "Emmie," "Emily, you are the natural snow, the unstudied seed.
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Jumped right up and started dancing--well! I still got the moves when the music's right- and this music will always be right. The harmony is clearly celestial- and her music was designed for the spheres. Kindly shared with us mortals- too briefly- this album is everything we have loved and everything we are so acutely missing. Part of that comes in the passage of time in our own lives, and part the passing of Laura Nyro. She never sold out, still remained passionate about freedom and compassion, her voice on this recording is as beautiful and spiritual as ever. If this music felt, a while back, as if it had been written right out of your heart, or if you are new to this amazingly talented singer-songwriter, ( some would say, the best of all time) then this will bring you to tears and to the outreaches of joy. Keeping it alive will make your own living so much more delightful. They're all here, Wedding Bell Blues, Stoned Soul, Emmie, recent recordings on her traditional Christmas Eve concerts. Be there.
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My longtime love affair with Ms. Nyro continues...and is alive and well! From the first notes of harmony and piano chords on Loom's Desire, I am reminded of hours of alone time spent listening to Eli & the Thirteenth Confession and not feeling lonely. Her voice is strong and sensitive, as is her piano playing.
The song selection includes tunes written throughout her career, with the first CD (the 1993 concert) intertwining beautifully rendered cover tunes popular in her (and my) youth with her songs. What a special Christmas gift to the audiences at The Bottom Line!
For an even more enriching experience, I suggest reading "Soul Picnic: the Music and Passion of Laura Nyro" by M. Kort. The book documents the recording of all of Ms. Nyro's albums as well as her life and love changes. This double CD makes an excellent soundtrack for your reading time!
As I listen now, I remember that the only detractor on the CD was the somewhat jarring abrupt cuts between songs....those seem to lessen as I now anticipate what is next.
Laura Nyro is indeed unique - wrapping beautiful word pictures in colors of chords, rhythm and soul. Thank you for continuing to bring us all such pleasure. (and thanks to executive producer Ms. Silver-Lillywhite for sharing this special part of Ms. Nyro with all of us!)
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