Laura Nyro was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist. She achieved critical acclaim with her own recordings, particularly the albums Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968) and New York Tendaberry (1969). Her style was a hybrid of Brill Building-style pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, show tunes, rock, and soul.
Between 1968 and 1970, a number of artists had hits with Nyro’s songs: The 5th Dimension with "Blowing Away", "Wedding Bell Blues", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Sweet Blindness", and "Save the Country"; Blood, Sweat & Tears and Peter, Paul and Mary with "And When I Die"; and Barbra Streisand with "Stoney End", "Time and Love", and "Hands off the Man (Flim Flam Man)". Her best-selling single was a recording of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "Up on the Roof".
A number of these songs are featured here on this mid-price release. Spread Your Wings And Fly is a live album recorded at the Fillmore East in May 1971.
Nyro died aged 50 in 1997 and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
1. American Dove
2. Medley: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing / (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
3. Spanish Harlem
4. I Am The Blues
5. Medley: Walk On By / Dancing In The Street
7. Map To The Treasure
8. Christmas In My Soul
9. Save The Country
10. Medley: Timer / O-o-h Child / Up On The Roof
11. Medley: Lu / Flim Flam Man
12. Mother Earth