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Live! the Loom's Desire
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!)
Most recent customer reviews
The Loom's Desire is so rich and beautiful I had to walk away from it several times as it truly overwhelmed me emotionally. This is just heavenly music. Buy it now!!! Read morePublished on May 16 2003
Knowing as I do how hard it is to perform live, I find this collection amazing. Singing practically "naked" with nothing but your piano and some voices is a daunting... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003 by David D. Macks
This CD features laura the way the love her most, just her and her piano with a simple harmony group, live and intimate, and in great voice. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2002
Just Laura & her piano with the harmony group opening & closing each set. The pre-studio versions of Angel In The Dark & Gardenia Talk are different & a real treat. Read morePublished on May 13 2002 by tompan
Collectively speaking, the world has never done enough good works to deserve having Laura Nyro in it. Read morePublished on May 12 2002 by Kentsoul
For those of us, in NYC, in particular, who were initiated into the mysteries of Laura Nyro, and came to pay homage at the Bottom Line, these two CD's recall the most wonderful... Read morePublished on May 10 2002 by Frank
Not as essential as Laura's '66 to '78 heyday, but I guess it's good to have anything LIVE we can get at this point.Published on May 10 2002
A moving, melodic and touching set of performances. I always knew she was a wonderful songwriter, but I had forgotten how good a song-stylist she was. Read morePublished on May 9 2002 by Gneiss Guy