LAURA NYRO – ” American Dreamer “Box Set

Posted: April 29, 2021 in MUSIC
Laura Nyro American Dreamer Packshot

We’ve long championed the extraordinary legacy of singer songwriter Laura Nyro. Madfish are to release “American Dreamer”, a limited edition remastered vinyl box set of albums by the influential and celebrated singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. Now, the U.K.’s Madfish Records label is returning her 1967-1978 catalogue for Verve and Columbia to vinyl in a new box set. During the singer/songwriter movement in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Laura Nyro was one of the most celebrated tunesmiths of her day. She penned soulful, literate songs that took the folky introspection of her peers and infused it with element of soul, R&B, jazz, and gospel, giving them an emotional heat that set her apart.

The 8-LP box set “American Dreamer” is due on July 30th.  The slipcased collection presents newly remastered versions of her original studio albums:

  • More Than a New Discovery (1967)
  • Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968)
  • New York Tendaberry (1969)
  • Christmas and the Beads of Sweat (1970)
  • Gonna Take a Miracle – with Labelle (1971)
  • Smile (1976); and
  • Nested (1978).

The set does not include her final two Columbia long-players (1984’s Mother’s Spiritual and 1993’s Walk the Dog and Light the Light) nor the posthumously-released Angel in the Dark (2001).  Similarly, Laura’s live albums including 1977’s Season of Lights have not been included.

However, “American Dreamer” will also include a bonus eighth LP, Rarities and Live Recordings, of 15 previously issued gems including the mono single versions of “Stoney End” and “Eli’s Comin’;” the Bones Howe-produced “pop” single version of “Save the Country;” the demos of “Lu,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” and “Emmie” from the 2002 CD reissue of Eli and the Thirteenth Confession; the outtake “In the Country Way” from the 2002 CD reissue of New York Tendaberry; four tracks (“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “O-o-h Child,” “Up on the Roof”)  from Laura’s May 30th, 1971 Fillmore East set as released on CD in 2004; the demos of “Someone Loves You,” “Get Me My Cap” from the CD expanded editions of Smile; and the live medley of “Emily” and “Nested” from the Nested expanded edition.

This collection features a 36-page booklet with liner notes by author Peter Doggett and appreciations from Elton John, Rosanne Cash, Rickie Lee Jones, Donald Fagen, Bette Midler, Alice Cooper, Graham Nash, and others; as well as new interviews with Todd Rundgren, Charlie Calello, Herb Bernstein, and others.  There’s no word yet on who handled the remastering or, in the case of More Than a New Discovery, whether the mono or stereo master was utilized.  Each LP is adorned with a custom Madfish label.

Fortunately for those of us who loved her music, that was not the end of the story. She returned briefly to the fray for three turbulent years in the mid-to-late 1970s, and then enjoyed a final decade of artistic achievement and public acclaim, before illness took her from us at the tragically early age of 49 in 1997. Nyro found her early fame challenging yet despite living under an unrelenting spotlight, she was able to create this series of utterly beautiful and stunningly unique albums.

The box celebrating this singular artist is due from the U.K.’s Madfish label on July 30th. 

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