TOMORROW, July 7, Second Disc Records is proud to unveil its fifteenth release in conjunction with Real Gone Music – and quite possibly the title of which we’re most proud.
We’re inviting you to surry to a stoned soul picnic to celebrate the music of visionary singer-songwriter Laura Nyro in the 50th anniversary year of her first release, More Than a New Discovery. Throughout the course of her life, Nyro wrote and introduced some of the most beloved popular songs of all time with her singular fusion of pop, jazz, R&B, soul, Broadway, gospel, and folk sounds. The 2-CD collection A Little Magic, A Little Kindness: The Complete Mono Albums Collection was over two years in the making, and we couldn’t be more excited than to finally be able to share it with you. This new collection features, for the very first time on CD, both of Nyro’s original mono albums (More Than a New Discovery and Eli and the Thirteenth Confession) newly remastered by Vic Anesini at Sony’s Battery Studios from the original master tapes, plus new-to-CD bonus tracks!
More Than a New Discovery, originally released on Verve Folkways in 1967, premiered the songs that Barbra Streisand, Blood Sweat and Tears, and The 5th Dimension would all take up the charts, including “Stoney End,” “And When I Die,” “Blowin’ Away,” and perhaps the most famous song Nyro ever wrote, “Wedding Bell Blues.” This special edition restores the original album sequence and mono mix from the very first version of the album. In 1968, the pioneering singer-songwriter moved to Columbia Records to create her most acclaimed album, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession. Its haunting, passionate, and powerful songs were once again adopted by other artists such as Three Dog Night, Frankie Valli, and of course, The 5th Dimension. Featuring “Eli’s Comin’,” “Emmie,” “Sweet Blindness,” and the era-defining “Stoned Soul Picnic,” this ultra-rare edition also makes its maiden appearance on CD.
A handful of bonus tracks round out this special package, including the Bones Howe-produced “pop” version of “Save the Country,” and the CD debuts of the Verve “censored” single version of “Stoney End” and the single mix of “Eli’s Comin’.” John Sellards has beautifully designed our collection, incorporating the original artwork for both albums into a deluxe 24-page booklet. I’ve penned the liner notes, based upon my fresh interviews with two legendary music men: Charlie Calello, producer of Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, and Bones Howe, Laura’s longtime friend and champion. All tracks have been sourced from the original master tapes!
A Little Magic, A Little Kindness: The Complete Mono Albums Collection pays tribute to one of pop’s most enduring iconoclasts. A true labor love for all of us at The Second Disc and Real Gone Music, we hope it’s a soul picnic you won’t want to miss. Orders can be placed at the links below, and copies will start arriving TOMORROW!
CD 1: More Than a New Discovery (Verve Folkways LP FT-3020, 1967)
- Goodbye Joe
- Billy’s Blues
- And When I Die
- Stoney End
- Lazy Susan
- Hands Off the Man (Flim Flam Man)
- Wedding Bell Blues
- Buy and Sell
- He’s a Runner
- Blowin’ Away
- I Never Meant to Hurt You
- California Shoeshine Boys
- Stoney End (Original Single Version with Alternate Lyrics) (Verve Folkways single KF-5024. 1966)
CD 2: Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (Mono promotional edition of Columbia LP CS 9626, 1968)
- Sweet Blindness
- Poverty Train
- Lonely Women
- Eli’s Comin’
- Stoned Soul Picnic
- Woman’s Blues
- Once It Was Alright Now (Farmer Joe)
- December’s Boudoir
- The Confession
- Eli’s Comin’ (Mono Single Version) (Columbia single 4-44531, 1968)
- Save the Country (Non-LP Single Version) (Columbia single 4-44592, 1968)