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Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro

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Album Review

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 1990s; the version of "Sweet Blindness," unfortunately, is not the original late-'60s recording, but from a late-'70s live album.

Customer Reviews

the lost chords?

Having grown up in and around NYC I've heard some wonderful music, seen amazing bands and I can tell you the debt owed this woman spans so much time and space it will almost certainly never be acknowledged but if you ever run into anyone who had a record that was a hit while you were alive ask them what they think of Laura Nyro. Open a bottle of wine, light up a very good cigar or just lock the door and shut off the phone. Listening to this will put things in prespective.

Great Singer

What can be said about a Great Talent!!! The songs that she wrote and re-done by others are almost countless!!! Thank you Laura for the wonderful songs you wrote and inspired!! In 1996 Laura was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After the diagnosis, Columbia Records prepared a double-disc CD retrospective of material from her years at the label. The company involved Nyro herself, who selected the tracks and approved the final project. She lived to see the release of Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro (1997), and was reportedly pleased with the outcome. Nyro died of ovarian cancer in Danbury, Connecticut on April 8, 1997, at the age of 49. The same disease had claimed the life of her mother at the same age.

Voice of an Angel

I remember the day Laura Nyro died I was driving to work and NPR's Scott Simon was reviewing her life and music. This true was the day the music died for me. Any songs with Laura Nyro's powerful vocals just make you want to relax and go to a better place. The talent and scope of Nyro is represented in this must have album. The world will miss this angelic voice.

Biography

Born: October 18, 1947 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Laura Nyro was one of pop music's true originals: A brilliant and innovative composer, her songs found greater commercial success in the hands of other performers, but her own records — intricate, haunting works highlighting her singularly powerful vocal phrasing, evocative lyrics, and alchemical...
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