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  • Audio CD (5 Aug. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000066SO2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Don't Love Me When I Cry
2. Captain For Dark Mornings
3. Tom Cat Goodby
4. Mercy On Broadway
5. Save The Country
6. Gibsom Street
7. Time And Love
8. The Man Who Sends Me Home
9. Sweet Lovin' Baby
10. Captain Saint Lucifer
11. New York Tendaberry
12. Save The Country
13. In The Country Way

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Consider the curious fate of singer-songwriter Though Laura Nyro was one of the most successful American songwriters of the late '60s, penning hits like Streisand's "Stoney End," Blood, Sweat & Tears' "And When I Die," Three Dog Night's "Eli's Coming," and the Fifth Dimension's "Wedding Bell Blues," her buoyant, genre-blending major-label debut clicked with only a small, if influential, cult audience. But even Nyro's faithful must have been taken by surprise by its 1969 follow-up. A mature, deeply impressionistic ode to her hometown, New York City, Nyro's creation captures the city's multicultural soul and emotionally jagged edges so well it's hard to believe this 22-year-old daughter of a jazz musician who couldn't read a note of music concocted it. Stripping her music down to the bare essentials of her expressive, occasionally explosive soprano and fervent piano work somehow expanded its dramatic potential exponentially. Indeed, there are few pop albums whose protominimalist use of studio flourishes and production sheen have been as brief or effective; Nyro called them "colors," and that's exactly the function they serve here, adding crucial glimmer to the stark, jazzy drama of the singer's evocative songs. The bonus, "Save the Country," cut as a full studio production prior to Nyro rethinking the approach, fairly blares by comparison. Rooted in the singer's beloved '50s R&B and pop, yet infused with her brave, singular vision and the chutzpah to stick to it, this album remains Nyro's masterpiece. --Jerry McCulley

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor on 16 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Laura Nyro orginally made her reputation by writing songs that mixed urban doo-wop with folk flavors--songs like "Stoney End," "And When I Die," "Wedding Bell Blues," and "Stone Soul Picnic," songs that hit big when recorded by other artists. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Nyro recorded three ground-breaking albums (ELI & THE 13TH CONFESSION, NEW YORK TENDABERRY, and CHRISTMAS & THE BEADS OF SWEAT), and although many consider that her creativity peaked with those releases she continued to record and remained powerfully influential until her death in 1997. But for all of this, and unlike such Brill Building contemporaries as Carole King, Laura Nyro herself never made the leap from star writer to star performer. There are several reasons for this. Nyro had a passionate voice of considerable range, but it was not a "star" voice--that is to say, her voice lacked that idiosycratic sparkle that one expects to find in a great singer. But more to the point, after her first wave of song-writing hits, Nyro unexpectedly evolved into an incredibly uncompromising artist who seldom bothered to consider audience response to her material. Only one recording in her long career would achieve anything like a commercial success, and that recording is the 1969 NEW YORK TENDABERRY, which peaked at number 32.
It is odd that NEW YORK TENDABERRY ever made it into the pop charts to begin with--even by today's standards it is alternative with a capitol "A," a strange mix of jazz, blues, rock, pop, urban edges, and folk flourishes created largely by Laura and her piano with little in the way of musical back-up and still less in the way of vocal back-up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD
The unique Laura Nyro was as much the voice of New York as The Ronettes, Sinatra or Lou Reed.
Her earlier songs, such as those found on this incredible suite of uncategorisable musical explorations, exude an essentially urban feeling - and this woman had feeling to spare! She was, in her far too short life (she died aged 49 in 1997 of ovarian cancer, which also killed her mother at the exact same age) a Bronx chanteuse with an obviously deep-grained love for her city.
I think I first heard Nyro`s unforgettable voice singing this album`s wonderful Gibsom Street, on an old CBS sampler LP. One wanted to hear more...
My favourite of her records, and the first I bought, used to be the peerless Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat, but she`s an artist whose music, the more you listen to and absorb it gratefully into your life, defies favouritism, particularly when you consider the integrity it must have involved for Laura consistently to make the music she wished to make, sing the songs she knew she had in her.
The big `hit` here is Time and Love - she could write a classic when she wanted, as witness the number of other artists, from Streisand to jazz-rock band Blood Sweat and Tears, who sang her more `chart-friendly` songs.
But essentially, this is a set of highly personal, indivisible songs, some slow and sultry, others almost manic in their banshee-intensity, Nyro pushing herself in ways few singers do - one thinks of the vocal daring of Brel, Piaf, Tim Buckley... one also thinks of Rickie Lee Jones, whose songs so often possess a similar approach, though sung with less occasional stridency (not meant as a criticism).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gille liath on 13 Jun. 2014
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I bought this because Ian MacDonald said it was one of the greatest albums ever. With a title like that I had my eyes open - obviously something urban, bohemian, and slightly arch - and I don't want to say it's bad; I can understand why some people are very impressed by its blend of confessional lyrics and sophisticated music (MacDonald says she hasn't had many disciples, but I'm pretty sure Kate Bush was one). However it's very feminine, very Noo York, and therefore not for me. Despite its off-the-wall style you could see it as a forerunner of the lady-music produced by the likes of Sade and Alison Moyet - even Alanis Morissette.

As to the 'blue-eyed soul' tag: to my mind, describing this as soul is simply wrong. Even for the tone-deaf, the reference to 'brush on drum' is a dead giveaway: it's in the New York jazz/pop idiom, only free-form - like Burt Bacharach on acid. It was never, and is never, going to attract a large audience: yes, because it's clever, but also because it lacks the simple, striking motifs - both musically and lyrically - that are the essence of hit-making (not to mention that even more essential essential, a regular beat). If you compare her to Carole King, for example, it's obvious why the latter's work is much better known. The singing doesn't really do it for me, either.

I think MacDonald - and maybe a few others - may in fact have had a wee crush on her.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
My first experience of Laura Nyro's Voice came in 1970
with the inclusion of the song 'Gibsom Street' on the
Atlantic double-album sampler 'Fill You Head With Rock'.

She was in illustrious company : Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen,
Santana, Blood Sweat and Tears ( Oh but they were heady days ! ).

That one small taste and I was captivated. I remain so.

In 'New York Tendaberry' you will find a rare jewel. A collection
of 13 extraordinary compositions. Tinged with gospel; flavoured with soul;
burning with seismic, visionary passion.

Ms Nyro's voice is a sublimely acrobatic instrument performing pirouettes
and cartwheels with unbelievable technical virtuosity. An artist not
afraid of taking risks ( listen to 'Tom Cat Goodbye' and try to sing along ! ).

Golly, as I'm writing 'Gibsom Street' has just started playing and I am
transported back almost 40 years to that first magical moment.

(Gulp!)

A rare and wonderful performer. A ravishingly beautiful album.

Trust me .... It's a taste worth aquiring.
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