American Dreamer

Laura Nyro

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8LP LIMITED EDITION DELUXE VINYL BOX SET FROM THE PRODIGIOUSLY TALENTED LAURA NYRO

• 7 ORIGINAL STUDIO ALBUMS FROM 1967 – 1978 • ADDITIONAL LP OF RARITIES & LIVE RECORDINGS EXCLUSIVE TO THIS BOX • ALL ALBUMS REMASTERED ESPECIALLY FOR THESE VINYL EDITIONS • ALL HOUSED IN A STUNNING BOOK-SHELF SLIPCASE BOX SET • 36-PAGE 12” BOOK WITH EXTENSIVE LINER NOTES FROM RENOWNED AUTHOR PETER DOGGETT FEATURING RARE PHOTOGRAPHS, AND INTERVIEWS WITH TODD RUNDGREN, CHARLIE CALLELO, HERB BERNSTEIN AND MANY MORE

Madfish are extremely proud to present: LAURA NYRO – AMERICAN DREAMER An 8LP Deluxe Vinyl Box Set housing 7 of Laura’s breathtaking original albums – More Than A New Discovery, Eli And The Thirteenth Confession, New York Tendaberry, Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat, Gonna Take A Miracle, Smile & Nested, alongside an original LP of Rarities & Live Recordings. 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 elements of soul, R&B, jazz, and gospel, giving them an emotional heat that set her apart. Nyro was a hugely respected recording artist, whose confident piano work and rich, expressive vocals made other sonic trailblazers such as Miles Davis and Alice Coltrane navigate towards her. She has influenced the greatest of songwriters – Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Neil Young, Carole King, Kate Bush and Elvis Costello among them. That influence continues today being heard in the works of Alicia Keys, Tori Amos, Suzanne Vega, Jenny Lewis and more. Nyro’s wonderfully expressive and poetic songs – of which many became major hits by other artists, most notably The 5th Dimension, Three Dog Night and Barbra Streisand – remain hallmarks of outstanding quality. ‘Eli’s Comin’, ‘Gibsom Street’, ‘Wedding Bell Blues’, ‘And When I Die’, ‘Stoned Soul Picnic’, ‘Map To The Treasure’, ‘Sweet Blindness’ and ‘Stoney End’ are magnificent examples. Nyro was 18 years old when she signed her first recording contract and wrote the songs for which she is likely to be best remembered. By the time she was 22, she had become one of the most successful composers in American popular music. But at the age of just 24, she drew back from her creativity and fame, battered and drained by the sheer energy and nerve required to sustain her career. 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.

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Track Listings

LP 1 – More Than A New DiscoveryNewly remastered
o Side A
1. Goodbye Joe
2. Billy’s Blues
3. And When I Die
4. Stoney End
5. Lazy Susan
6. Hands Off The Man

o Side B
1. Wedding Bell Blues
2. Buy And Sell
3. He’s A Runner
4. Blowin’ Away
5. Never Meant To Hurt You
6. California Shoe-Shine Boys

 2. Eli and the Thirteenth ConfessionNewly remastered
o Side 1
1. Luckie
2. Lu
3. Sweet Blindness
4. Poverty Train
5. Lonely Women
6. Eli’s Comin’

o Side 2
1. Timer
2. Stoned Soul Picnic
3. Emmie
4. Woman’s Blues
5. Once It Was Alright Now (Farmer Joe)
6. December’s Boudoir
7. The Confession

 LP 3 – New York TendaberryNewly remastered
o Side A
1. You Don’t Love Me When I Cry
2. Captain For Dark Mornings
3. Tom Cat Goodbye
4. Mercy On Broadway
5. Save The Country

o Side B
1. Gibsom Street
2. Time And Love
3. The Man Who Sends Me Home
4. Sweet Lovin’ Baby
5. Captain Saint Lucifer
6. New York Tendaberry

 LP 4 – Christmas and the Beads of SweatNewly remastered
o Side A
1. Brown Earth
2. When I Was A Freeport And You Were The Main Drag
3. Blackpatch
4. Been On A Train
5. Up On The Roof

o Side B
1. Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp
2. Map To The Treasure
3. Beads Of Sweat
4. Christmas In My Soul

 LP 5 – Gonna Take A Miracle (with Labelle)Newly remastered
o Side A
1. I Met Him On A Sunday
2. The Bells
3. Monkey Time / Dancing In The Street
4. Desiree
5. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me

o Side B
1. Spanish Harlem
2. Jimmy Mack
3. Wind
4. Nowhere To Run
5. It’s Gonna Take A Miracle

 LP 6 – Smile
o Side A
1. Sexy Mama
2. Children Of The Junks
3. Money
4. I Am The Blues

o Side B
1. Stormy Love
2. The Cat-Song
3. Midnite Blue
4. Smile

 LP 7 – NestedNewly remastered
o Side A
1. Mr. Blue (The Song Of Communications)
2. Rhythm And Blues
3. My Innocence
4. Crazy Love
5. American Dreamer

o Side B
1. Springblown
2. The Sweet Sky
3. Light (Pop’s Principle)
4. Child In A Universe
5. The Nest

 LP 8 – Rarities and Live RecordingsNewly remastered
o Side A
1. Stoney End (Single Version) (Mono Version)
2. Lu (Demo)
3. Stoned Soul Picnic (Demo)
4. Emmie (Demo)
5. Eli’s Comin’ (Single Version) (Mono Version)
6. Save The Country (Single Version)
7. In The Country Way (Album Version)

o Side B
1. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing (Recorded Live 30 May 1971, Fillmore East, USA)
2. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Recorded Live 30 May 1971, Fillmore East, USA)
3. O-o-h Child (Recorded Live 30 May 1971, Fillmore East, USA)
4. Up On the Roof (Recorded Live 30 May 1971, Fillmore East, USA)
5. Someone Loves You (Demo)
6. Get Off My Cap (Demo)
7. Coffee Morning (Demo)
8. Medley – Emily-Nested (Live)

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