Laura Nyro Live Loom's Desire (Live) CD (2002)

Artist: Laura Nyro

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Two CD set! These two sets, recorded at the Bottom Line in 1993 and 1994, are Laura Nyro's final New York city concerts with her harmony group. These are intimate performances at one of Laura's favorite venues, with only her vocals, her piano and her soulful harmony group--all women's voices, beautifully arranged. The twenty-six songs include hits such as "Blowin' Away," lesser-known gems like "Louise's Church," songs Laura sang in her youth like "Wind," and two of her new songs, "Angel In The Dark" (with an additional verse omitted in the studio) and "Gardenia Talk" (which is surprisingly different from the studio rendition).

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Label Philo Records/rounder Records
SKU 60555082
UPC 011661318625
UPC 14 00011661318625
Format CD
Release Date 5/7/2002
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Author Laura Nyro
Compilation Appearance Essential Patti Labelle
Technical Info
Producer Laura Nyro
CatalogID ROUCD 3186
Lable Name Rounder Select
Released 05/07/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 81m : 23s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00011661318625
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Laura Nyro (vocals, piano); Diane Wilson, Angela Clemons, Diane Garisto, Chandra Armstead, Vivian Cherry, Dian Sorel, Robin Clark.
Recorded live at The Bottom Line, New York, New York on December 24, 1993 and on December 24, 1994. Includes liner notes by Eileen Silver-Lillywhite.
Culled from recordings made at New York's Bottom Line on Christmas Eve in 1993 and 1994, just a few years before her passing, these two dates on Live! The Loom's Desire offer as intimate a portrait of Nyro as we are likely to ever get from a recording. Using only her piano and two different harmony groups, Nyro runs through material from her own recordings and from the street-corner doo wop singing of her childhood. 1993's group has a six-piece backing group, making the sound full of depth and warmth, giving a kind of holiday intimacy to the proceedings -- especially on tracks like Nolan Strong's "Wind" and "Dedicated to the One I Love." There are a few more recent tracks that offer her views on animal rights, but they are woven though her more well-known songs. The big winners on the first set are "Emmie," which is chilling in its sheer desire, and the gospel-like raucousness of "And When I Die." On the 1994 concert, with a smaller group -- just a trio -- the effect is more riveting; there is an immediacy here that offers no sentimentality at all. On tracks like "Save the Country," there is a conviction not heard before, even in Nyro. On "Broken Rainbow," passion and heartbreak drip like rain from the petals of flowers. Most of the music is more recent, but it plays exactly the same as it if it were recorded in her "prime." There was no period on Nyro's life as a songwriter that wasn't a prime (check out the medley of "Blowin' Away" and "Wedding Bell Blues"). The set closes with Smokey Robinson's "Ooh Baby, Baby," and it is the most fitting goodbye, a way of tenderly sending off the crowd into the night with all the wishes a holiday season has to offer, but also with the appreciation and gratitude that she was so well-received. There is no goodbye like the one that has no idea that there will be no more hellos, and that's how this set whispers to a close, with the promise of a tomorrow that never arrived. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Q (9/02, pp.126-7) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Romance, motherhood, darkness, dreams and saints: the full range of Nyro's deeply personal output is captured here....Tender, sad and wonderful."
Disc 1
1 Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby,Angel In The Dark
2 Dedicated To The One I Love,Gardenia Talk
3 Wind,Save The Country
4 Lite To A Flame (The Animal Rights Song),Louise's Church
5 Walk The Dog & Light The Light (Song Of The Road),Wild World
6 To A Child,Woman Of The World, A
7 And When I Die,Descent Of Luna Rose, The
8 Japanese Restaurant Song,Broken Rainbow
9 My Innocence / Sophia,Blowin' Away / Wedding Bell Blues
10 Wedding Bell Blues,Trees Of The Ages / Emmie
11 Art Of Love,Ooh Baby, Baby
12 Emmie
13 Let It Be Me
Disc 2
1 Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby,Angel In The Dark
2 Dedicated To The One I Love,Gardenia Talk
3 Wind,Save The Country
4 Lite To A Flame (The Animal Rights Song),Louise's Church
5 Walk The Dog & Light The Light (Song Of The Road),Wild World
6 To A Child,Woman Of The World, A
7 And When I Die,Descent Of Luna Rose, The
8 Japanese Restaurant Song,Broken Rainbow
9 My Innocence / Sophia,Blowin' Away / Wedding Bell Blues
10 Wedding Bell Blues,Trees Of The Ages / Emmie
11 Art Of Love,Ooh Baby, Baby
12 Emmie
13 Let It Be Me

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