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The Essential Laura Nyro

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Though she was one of the most unique talents of the first singer/songwriter generation, Laura Nyro was better known by other peoples' versions of her songs. But if you've only heard Barbra Streisand sing "Stoned Soul Picnic," The Fifth Dimension doing "Wedding Bell Blues," or Blood, Sweat & Tears' version of "And When I Die," hearing them delivered by their author will be a revelation. The Bronx-born songsmith seamlessly blended R&B, jazz, folk, and '60s girl-group influences to create a dazzlingly idiosyncratic new musical paradigm. This comprehensive anthology covers her entire career, revealing the consistency of Nyro's one-of-a-kind gift.

Customer Reviews

This is Pure sunshine in the world of song!

Every young song writer should listen to Laura sing her songs. Once you hear her work it stays with you forever, she was very very special!


Every song Laura ever wrote and/or performed is "essential" as far as I'm concerned. Nevertheless, this is a very nice collection of some of her better-known work.

Songwriting Genius

Laura was unbelievably talented. Just listen to the chorus of Stoney End..."mama cradle me, mama cradle me again..." Devastating. And When I Die is also timeless and wonderful.


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 fusion of gospel, soul, folk, and jazz structures -- remain her definitive artistic legacy. The daughter of a jazz trumpeter, she was born Laura Nigro on October 18, 1947, and composed her first songs...
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