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Spread Your Wings And Fly: Live At The Fillmore East May 30, 1971 Live


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  • Audio CD (5 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B0001GAVRK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
2. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
3. Walk On By
4. Dancing In The Street
5. Timer
6. O-o-h Child
7. Up On The Roof
8. Lu
9. Flim Flam Man
10. American Dove
11. Medley: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing/(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Wo
12. Spanish Harlem
13. I Am The Blues
14. Medley: Walk On By/Dancing In The Street
15. Emmie
16. Map To The Treasure
17. Christmas In My Soul
18. Save The Country
19. Medley: Timer/O-o-h Child/Up On The Roof
20. Medley: Lu/Flim Flam Man
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "dickalexander" on 21 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Just a singer and a grand piano performing to an audience of over 2000 people, and yet it feels like she's singing for me alone. A rare gift.
The recording is not perfect, as pointed out in the CD notes, restored from the original tape, but her voice shines through nonetheless.
Standout tracks are; Spanish Harlem, Walk On By (easly as good as Dionne W's standard), Emmie, Save The Country. I was 12 when this was recorded, but over 30 years have not dimmed the quality of the performance. I wonder how many other gems are out there waiting to be discovered.
Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James haslam on 9 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
For any Laura Nyro fan (or indeed anyone) this album is a must. It captures this great and very under estimated artiste at her peak. With all her great songs like Save The Country caught in a raw form and really proving what a talent she was. The whole album made me shiver. God bless you Laura X
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bill Peter on 25 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If Laura Nyro was a female Jimmy Webb, then this was her Ten Easy Pieces. Beautiful songs - both hers and covers - beautifully, if sparingly, performed. It's exquisite.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Francine Granville on 4 Sep 2014
Format: Audio CD
Laura Nyro at her best. Live recording of this late great artiste. I bought this to replace a copy that is damaged. Very happy
to have another copy of this wonderful album.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Laura At Her Best 22 Jan 2005
By Robert Culbertson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I purchased Spread Your Wings And Fly five days ago and I can't stop playing it. I loved Laura Nyro in the late 1960's and early 1970's and still have my vinyl copies of Eli and The Thirteenth Confession and New York Tendaberry. I had not listened to Laura in quite a few years, as I rarely play the old vinyl records anymore, which are tucked away in the basement. But, I started thinking about her for some reason, went to Amazon, and bought the NY Tendaberry CD and Spread Your Wings and Fly. I had not heard the latter before, but, after listening to samples, decided to try it. So far, it's the only one I have played.

This live performance is with just Laura and the piano. No band, no drummer or bass, just Laura. To me, it's the best way to hear her. It was recorded at the Fillmore East and apparently was one of the last shows held there. It must have been a doozie, and the audience sounds like it was totally awed by the performance, as well they should have been.

One should be advised that the recording quality leaves a bit to be desired. Apparently, the old tapes sat around for a long time and the CD does have a few distortions of Laura's voice, particularly when she hits the high notes. There is even an acknowledgement of this on the liner notes. Nonetheless, for the most part the sound quality is just fine, and I feel this live performance captures Laura at her best. There is a mix of covers -- such as Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing, Natural Woman, Walk On By and Dancing In The Streets -- with her own songs, including American Dove, Emmie, Timer, Lu, Flim Flam Man, I Am The Blues, Map To The Treasure, Christmas In My Soul and Save The Country. The mood goes from happy and light on Dancing In The Streets and Emmie, to intense and moving on I Am The Blues and Map To The Treasure, the last being my personal favorite. And she does some amazing things with her voice on I Am The Blues. Her rendition of Natural Woman is excellent; her voice is absolutely beautiful and I think even Aretha would be proud!

Also, my favorite song by Laura has always been Save The Country. I like it even better on this CD than on New York Tendaberry, since there is no orchestra, which I thought was too strong on NY Tendaberry. The only minor negative is that the audience claps in rhythm throughout most of the song, but it is minimally distracting and does capture the spirit of the song, and, probably, the event.

I haven't heard all of her CDs, but, so far, this is my favorite and I strongly recommend it.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
To Love Somebody 3 Feb 2005
By MICHAEL ACUNA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The legend of Laura Nyro is supported by her many recordings but very few have the immediacy and brilliance as this recording: "Spread Your Wings And Fly" recorded at the Fillmore West in 1971.

I was fortunate to have seen Nyro in the middle 1970's, at the release of "Smile" at the Santa Monica Civic. I was a mere pup but I knew that I was seeing genius nonetheless.

Laura's voice is at its best and purest here, abetted only by piano and her gorgeous phrasing and vocal timbre.

It is a surprise to me that this recording includes an early version of one of her classics: I Am The Blues, which she hones to perfection by the time it is included in the "Smile" album of 1976.

She includes versions of her songs from "Christmas and the Beads of Sweat": Map To The Treasure and Christmas In My Soul without the orchestrations of the album versions but they lose nothing in the translation to these Live versions.

To know Laura Nyro is to understand a little bit of what Heaven and Love is about. She is nothing if not about closeness, family and the vagaries of Love.

To know and understand Laura is to know what makes us as human beings tick: She is Love, She is Real, She is the embodiment of raw and transcendent Emotion.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Great Addition to the Legacy of Laura Nyro 19 Aug 2004
By K. Hodgkiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is amazing to me that this CD comes from a recording that was salvaged from a tape. Despite the slight tape hiss that runs throughout the CD the sound is good, and the performance - wonderful. Some Nyro classics ("Emmie", "Timer", "Flim Flam Man")to her soulful interpretations of oldies ("O-o-h Child", "Walk On By", "(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman") and then onto songs even her greatest fans (like myself) have never heard ("American Dove" and "Mother Earth"), this is all classic Nyro. From someone who had the opportunity to see her live in the late '60s and early '70s, this sounds exactly like what I remember. Just Laura and her piano. This CD includes the only live recording I know of "Christmas In My Soul" and "Map To The Treasure" and they reminded me of what great songs they are, pretty much relevant to this day. And her piano playing is incredible. I could never comprehend how she manages to make her voice and piano lead together in the same song. Usually piano accompanies a singer but she does something else. They appear as equal partners in her songs. And she needs no other instrumentation. It's incredible to me and this CD is a wonderful addition to the legacy of Laura Nyro. Its a perfect example of what she was great at doing. I highly recommend this.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Breathtaking!! 30 Aug 2004
By Mark W. Kane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Quite simply, Laura at the very height of her powers.

Listen and be amazed at Laura's ability to hold an audience of 2600 people thoroughly entranced, as she weaves her magic, alone at her piano.

These renditions of some then-current songs, a few pop oldies, and two songs never to be heard again, are lovely, forceful, lyrical and raw...all the things that made Laura what she was. Some of these performances seem to almost stop the passage of time, they're so vibrant and alive. Map to the Treasure is especially hair-raising, and Laura receives an ovation mid-song for her passionate accompaniment.

Though caveats appear in the packaging regarding the quality of the sound of this recording, they truly don't impede your listening pleasure in the slightest. The fact that these tapes exist, and we're able to hear them over 30 years later is a miracle.

If you love Laura, you MUST own this NOW!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A legend lives on 19 Jun 2004
By William Merrill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What a tragedy that we've lost such a great voice. But at least this previously unreleased live recording recaptures some of the magic that was Laura Nyro. She just sang with such passion, and her voice was so sweet and her songs so powerful... this is superb stuff. And while the several cover tunes from this concert are fine, it's on Laura's own songs where she really shines.
The liner notes describe how the tape of this performance was restored during the mastering process, and they did an excellent job. Certainly a few sound quality flaws remain, but overall the sound is more than adequate. There are also some performance flaws -- a few places where her voice breaks, the occasional mic feedback, etc. -- but those all just serve to make it sound more real. I'm just grateful for the chance to hear this music, including two songs making their recorded debuts!
By the way, I had to do a "title search" at the store to find this CD. I finally found it in the "folk" section. I guess I don't think of Laura as a folk singer. To me her music is more universal than that.
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