Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro RAR - A Double-CD Retrospective of a Legendary Singer-Songwriter
If you are a fan of Laura Nyro, one of the most influential and original singer-songwriters of the late 1960s and early 1970s, you might want to download Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro RAR, a double-CD compilation that covers her career highlights from her debut album More Than a New Discovery (1967) to her last studio album Walk the Dog and Light the Light (1993).
Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro RAR features 34 songs, including her own versions of hits she wrote for other artists, such as \"Wedding Bell Blues\", \"Stoney End\", \"And When I Die\", and \"Eli's Comin'\", as well as her original compositions that showcase her eclectic blend of pop, soul, jazz, gospel, folk, and rock styles, such as \"Stoned Soul Picnic\", \"New York Tendaberry\", \"Upstairs by a Chinese Lamp\", and \"Mother's Spiritual\".
The compilation also includes two previously unreleased live tracks from the 1990s, \"And When I Die\" and \"Save the Country\", recorded at The Bottom Line in New York City, as well as a live version of \"Sweet Blindness\" from her 1977 album Season of Lights.
Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro RAR is a tastefully selected overview of her career that showcases her unique voice, poetic lyrics, and innovative arrangements. It is a must-have for any Laura Nyro fan or anyone who appreciates great music.
You can download Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro RAR from various online sources, such as AllMusic[^1^], Apple Music[^2^] [^3^], or Amazon. You can also stream it on Spotify or YouTube. Enjoy!
Laura Nyro: A Brief Biography
Laura Nyro was born on October 18, 1947, in The Bronx, New York City. She was the daughter of Louis Nigro, a pianist and jazz trumpeter, and Gilda Nigro, a bookkeeper. She had a younger brother, Jan Nigro, who became a children's musician. [^1^]
Laura was exposed to music from an early age, as she taught herself piano, read poetry, and listened to her mother's records by Leontyne Price, Nina Simone, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, and classical composers such as Debussy and Ravel. She composed her first songs at age eight. With her family, she spent summers in the Catskills, where her father played trumpet at resorts. [^1^]
Laura attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, where she met fellow students who shared her passion for music and poetry. She also began performing at local clubs and coffeehouses under the name Laura Nyro (pronounced NEAR-oh), which she chose to avoid racial connotations with her original surname Nigro (pronounced NIGH-ro). [^1^] [^2^]
In 1966, at age 18, Laura recorded her debut album More Than a New Discovery for Verve Folkways Records. The album featured some of her most famous songs, such as \"Wedding Bell Blues\", \"And When I Die\", and \"Stoney End\", which later became hits for other artists. However, the album did not sell well and Laura was unhappy with the production and promotion of it. She soon left Verve and signed with Columbia Records, where she had more artistic freedom and control over her music. [^1^] [^3^]
Laura's breakthrough came in 1968 with her second album Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, which showcased her eclectic blend of pop, soul, jazz, gospel, folk, and rock styles. The album received critical acclaim and featured songs such as \"Eli's Comin'\", \"Stoned Soul Picnic\", \"Sweet Blindness\", and \"Emmie\". The latter song was considered by some critics as one of the first expressions of female sexuality in popular music. [^1^] [^4^]
In 1969, Laura released her third album New York Tendaberry, which was darker and more introspective than her previous work. The album reflected her love for New York City and its people, as well as her personal struggles with fame and relationships. The album included songs such as \"Time and Love\", \"Save the Country\", and \"New York Tendaberry\", which featured a duet with Labelle on backing vocals. The album was another critical success and cemented Laura's reputation as one of the most original and influential singer-songwriters of her generation. [^1^] aa16f39245