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Angel in the Dark

Laura Nyro Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder Europe
  • ASIN: B000059RUW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Angel In The Dark
2. Triple Godess Twilight
3. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
4. He Was Too Good To Me
5. Sweet Dream Fade
6. Serious Playground
7. Be Aware
8. Let It Be Me
9. Gardenia Talk
10. Ooh Baby, Baby
11. Embraceable You
12. La La Means I Love You
13. Walk On By
14. Animal Grace
15. Don't Hurt Child
16. Coda

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Laura Nyro was a pioneer whose influence continues to be felt by singer-songwriters today. Here are her last recordings, completed in the years before her death in 1977. Seven new compositions are balanced with eight "heartbeat songs" those she sang in her youth with New York street corner harmony groups. Half the songs are accompanied only by her own piano and harmony vocals while the remaining feature many of New York's best musicians including drummer Bernard Purdie, bassist Will Lee, guitarist John Tropea, saxophonist Michael Brecker and his brother the trumpet player Randy Brecker. This may be Laura's most imtimate album - a heartfelt and beautifully crafted set of songs by one of the great artists of our time.The last works of the late great songwriter Laura Nyro. Contains studio recordings never before released, including seven new compositions.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful collection of Laura's final recordings 20 Jun 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This wonderful collection of Laura Nyro's final recordings before her death in 1997 can only strengthen the reputation of one of the true musical enigmas of the last 35 years. Recorded in 1994 and 1995, and split evenly between original compositions and several of her beloved jazz and R&B tunes Nyro sang as a teenager on the street corners of New York, Angel in the Dark perfectly blends the two into a seamless hymn to the heart. Whether swinging through swoony classics like "Walk on By" and "Ooh Baby Baby" or stunning new songs like "Angel in the Dark," "Sweet Dream Fade," and "Animal Grace," Nyro's languid, instantly recognizable voice eerily seems to have barely aged over several decades. Although slightly deeper than on her earlier recordings, her voice--the very epitome of soul--still chills and raptures absolutely unlike any other. It's just Laura and her piano on half of these tracks, while the others get a classy polish from such jazz and R&B notables as Bernard Purdie, Will Lee, John Tropea, and the Brecker Brothers. Laura Nyro always seemed somewhere outside of time and space, and Angel in the Dark is nothing short of a magnificent final kiss blown from the other side
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5.0 out of 5 stars like bathing in warm kisses 1 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Always blessed with a talent for beautiful compositions and a gorgeous voice to match, this collection of songs, some sung from the memory of youth through to those completed before her passing, perfectly encapsulate what made Laura Nyro so special. With her gift for sweet harmony allied to the warm swing of the hand picked band, time spent with this collection is an uplifting experience. From Jazz standards like 'Embraceable You', to a heartbreaking 'Walk On By', and the self penned title track, the highlights take you to a place no other major artist could ever dream of reaching. The epitome of soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One last hurrah! 14 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is truly a godsend. Like many fans I remember reading her obituary in Rolling Stone and feeling shattered. No exageration there, because my reponse to her music has been so personal. I had been mystified why her work over the years had been so throughly dismissed by the male 'rock' critics whenever a review appeared, post her late 60's heyday. 'Smile' for example was not even considered worhtwhile release... All of this was not helped by Ms Nyro's seclusion from the business for many years, and the long gaps between her last two Columbia albums. But anyone who listens to 'Eli & 13th' album, or even a later album like 'Nested' will know she was unique at the time these records came out, although now ofcourse, with has scores of imitators, new listeners might think it all sounds old hat...
By the time Columbia finally put together a 'best-of' set , and some interest was being generated again, in the 1990's, it sadly wasn't too long before she was diagnosed with termial cancer. She was only 49 when she died.
What a miracle therefore that just a year before the diagnosis she had some of these new songs and a few choice covers recorded ( the plan, according to the sleeve notes was to record enough for two seperate albums, one full of new songs, and one a 'covers' album- sadly this was not to be). Very judiciously Rounder records was entrusted with this posthumous release, and thankfully , when they have had to 'flesh out' some of the instumental backing, they have used stalwarts like the Becker brothers, and John Tropea the guitarist, who I think also played on the 1978 live album 'Seasons of light'.
The whole thing flows as well as any album she put out when she was alive. She would have been very happy that this got to us, I'm sure!
And by the way, keep your CD running at the end, for a little (and very poignant) surprise.
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