180g Vinyl Pressing of 1968 Classic Mastered from the Original Tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound
Experimenting with form and feeling, the innovative work of singer/songwriter Laura Nyro shares a connection with modern poetry and art and her songs have inspired musicians and music lovers for decades. Her material draws from soul, jazz, blues, R&B, and folk-rooted music, along with a modern classical influence. By age 17, she had written the classic "And When I Die," popularized by Peter, Paul and Mary, and later Blood, Sweat and Tears. The radio airwaves of the late ‘60's and ‘70's were filled with her songs. "Wedding Bell Blues," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Blowin' Away," "Save The Country," and "Sweet Blindness," a bouquet of compositions, all became hits for The Fifth Dimension, as did "Eli's Comin'" for Three Dog Night, and "Stoney End" for Barbra Streisand.
Laura joined Columbia Records in 1968 and released her second full-length album Eli And The Thirteenth Confession, "the work of an original and brilliant young talent," as Jon Landau wrote in Rolling Stone. Incorporating soul, pop and confessional songwriting amidst dynamic brass, her own lighthearted piano work and emphatic backup vocals, the masterwork is home to the original versions of three of the aforementioned songs ("Sweet Blindness," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Eli's Comin'") which later became big hits for other artists. Mastered and cut from the original tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound. 180- gram LP plated and pressed at RTI, and housed in a Stoughton old style tip-on jacket with original lyric insert.