Laura Nyro, Eli and The Thirteenth Confession (1968)
I didn’t like Laura Nyro when I first heard her – Tour of Duty 4 soundtrack and a song called Save The Country; couldn’t deal with it, couldn’t get into it. Liked most of the other stuff on that compilation (and that series, of course) but not Laura Nyro. But then I read more about her, and found out she’d written some songs I loved that the likes of Blood, Sweat & Tears had covered. Suddenly – an in. And then to various compilations and collections of Nyro’s work – her sad story of mental health, her incredible songs. Suddenly the voice made sense. Was beautiful and harrowing and enchanting. And then this album. Her masterpiece. I don’t play this all that often, but every time I do it’s a breath of fresh air, a moment, a happening. Something very special. Something wonderful. It often feels all the more rewarding when you have that experience on the back of not being sold straight away.
Sample Track: Stoned Soul Picnic
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