We’ve long championed the extraordinary legacy of Laura Nyro here at The Second Disc, including with our own releases with Real Gone Music of A Little Magic, A Little Kindness: The Complete Mono Albums Collection and the first mono vinyl reissue of the singer-songwriter’s debut More Than a New Discovery. Now, the U.K.’s Madfish label is returning her 1967-1978 catalogue for Verve and Columbia to vinyl in a new box set.
The 8-LP box set American Dreamer is due on July 30. The slipcased collection presents newly remastered versions of her original studio albums:
- More Than a New Discovery (1967)
- Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968)
- New York Tendaberry (1969)
- Christmas and the Beads of Sweat (1970)
- Gonna Take a Miracle – with Labelle (1971)
- Smile (1976); and
- Nested (1978).
The set does not include her final two Columbia long-players (1984’s Mother’s Spiritual and 1993’s Walk the Dog and Light the Light) nor the posthumously-released Angel in the Dark (2001). Similarly, Laura’s live albums including 1977’s Season of Lights have not been included.
However, American Dreamer will also include a bonus eighth LP, Rarities and Live Recordings, of 15 previously issued gems including the mono single versions of “Stoney End” and “Eli’s Comin’;” the Bones Howe-produced “pop” single version of “Save the Country;” the demos of “Lu,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” and “Emmie” from the 2002 CD reissue of Eli and the Thirteenth Confession; the outtake “In the Country Way” from the 2002 CD reissue of New York Tendaberry; four tracks (“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “O-o-h Child,” “Up on the Roof”) from Laura’s May 30, 1971 Fillmore East set as released on CD in 2004; the demos of “Someone Loves You,” “Get Me My Cap” from the CD expanded editions of Smile; and the live medley of “Emily” and “Nested” from the Nested expanded edition.
This collection features a 36-page booklet with liner notes by author Peter Doggett and appreciations from Elton John, Rosanne Cash, Rickie Lee Jones, Donald Fagen, Bette Midler, Alice Cooper, Graham Nash, and others; as well as new interviews with Todd Rundgren, Charlie Calello, Herb Bernstein, and others. There’s no word yet on who handled the remastering or, in the case of More Than a New Discovery, whether the mono or stereo master was utilized. Each LP is adorned with a custom Madfish label.
Watch the promo unboxing video for American Dreamer at this link. The box celebrating this singular artist is due from the U.K.’s Madfish label on July 30. It’s currently available for pre-order directly through Madfish at the Burning Shed Store or at Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada.