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Format: CD
Sku: 60555082
UPC: 011661318625
UPC 14: 00011661318625
Release Date: 5/7/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby ~ Laura Nyro
2. Dedicated To The One I Love ~ Laura Nyro
3. Wind ~ Laura Nyro
4. Lite To A Flame (The Animal Rights Song) ~ Laura Nyro
5. Walk The Dog & Light The Light (Song Of The Road) ~ Laura Nyro
6. To A Child ~ Laura Nyro
7. And When I Die ~ Laura Nyro
8. Japanese Restaurant Song ~ Laura Nyro
9. My Innocence / Sophia ~ Laura Nyro
10. Wedding Bell Blues ~ Laura Nyro
11. Art Of Love ~ Laura Nyro
12. Emmie ~ Laura Nyro
13. Let It Be Me ~ Laura Nyro
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Angel In The Dark ~ Laura Nyro
2. Gardenia Talk ~ Laura Nyro
3. Save The Country ~ Laura Nyro
4. Louise's Church ~ Laura Nyro
5. Wild World ~ Laura Nyro
6. Woman Of The World, A ~ Laura Nyro
7. Descent Of Luna Rose, The ~ Laura Nyro
8. Broken Rainbow ~ Laura Nyro
9. Blowin' Away / Wedding Bell Blues ~ Laura Nyro
10. Trees Of The Ages / Emmie ~ Laura Nyro
11. Ooh Baby, Baby ~ Laura Nyro
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).

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Laura Nyro (vocals, piano); Diane Wilson, Angela Clemons, Diane Garisto, Chandra Armstead, Vivian Cherry, Dian Sorel, Robin Clark.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Laura Nyro

Compilation Appearances

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Associated Artists and Works

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/07/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : ROUCD 3186
Music Label Name Label : Rounder Select
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00011661318625

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."

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