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Laura Nyro

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Laura Nyro: Laura's London Triumph

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 13 February 1971

Laura Nyro/Jackson Browne: Royal Festival Hall, London ...

Laura Nyro: Union Chapel, Islington, London

Live Review by Rob Steen, MOJO, February 1995

WHEN LAURA PLAYED MONTEREY, nerves and rushed rehearsals saw her flounder as the hairies waited for Hendrix. Tonight there are enough baldies in the pews ...


New Stars on the Horizon: Mojo Men, Laura Nyro, The Sopwith Camel, The Electric Prunes

Profile by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, June 1967


Monterey Pop Festival: The Hip Homunculus

Report by Richard Goldstein, Village Voice, The, 29 June 1967

"The West is the best: Get here and we'll do the rest!" — The Doors ...

The Week's Singles: Laura Nyro, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, The Band et al

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 10 October 1970

Magnificent, dynamic Nyro ...

Laura Nyro

Profile by Richard Williams, Times, The, 5 January 1971

THE CURRENT STATE of pop music allows its performers to make the most naked personal statements. Only an artist with considerable character, though, can keep ...

Laura Nyro: Christmas And The Beads of Sweat

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 30 January 1971

EACH OF LAURA Nyro's four albums has had its own distinct personality. ...

Laura Nyro: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, 8 February 1971

LAURA NYRO treads a path the width of a knife edge, between stark reality and empty histrionics. Placing herself at a distance from her audience, ...

Laura Nyro: Lady Laura

Report by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 15 May 1971

"LAURA WANTS the monitor turned up please." ...

Laura Nyro: The Five-Year, Five-Album Span Of High-Pressure Creativity

Overview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 29 June 1974

"Nights in New York street angels running down steps into the echoes of the train station to sing..." ...

Laura Nyro: Five Years of Silence

Essay by Lita Eliscu, Phonograph Record, January 1976

BORN LAURA Nigro, she was fated to sing the blues. Though her solitary visions weren't attuned to the pop pulse of the movement-minded sixties, she ...

Laura Nyro: Smile

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 20 March 1976

LAURA NYRO: fringed red velvet shawl over a lamp, candlelight, one line of cocaine on a mirror, a half-empty glass of red wine on the ...

Laura Nyro: Smile (CBS)

Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, 3 April 1976

AS PEOPLE are attracted to evil I was always fascinated by Laura Nyro. The fascination was on two levels – as a musician she was ...

Laura Nyro: Season Of Lights (Live)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 9 July 1977

THERE'S something about Laura Nyro that inspires devotion in her followers. ...

Laura Nyro: London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 13 August 1977

LAURA NYRO'S a recluse. Season Of Light proves, in case you ever wondered, that it's her own decision. ...

Laura Nyro: Nested

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 8 July 1978

THERE IS a particular type of songstress who feels the need, once a year, to commit her emotional diaries to vinyl. The purpose and merits ...

Laura Nyro Returns for a Soulful Connection

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 11 August 1988

IN THE YEAR of the comeback, the touted returns of Brian Wilson and Patti Smith are no more startling than the re-emergence of Laura Nyro, ...

Laura Nyro: The Unsung Blues

Profile and Interview by Rob Steen, Independent, The, 1993

MY WIFE KEPT REMINDING ME: "Whatever you do, don't mention you named our daughter after her." Too creepy. What about the dispassionate dignity of the ...

Laura Nyro: Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best Of Laura Nyro

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, March 1997

Most comprehensive Nyro compilation to date, features extensive booklet with her own notes and unseen photographs – not to mention guest appearances over the years ...

Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best Of Laura Nyro

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, June 1997

AT THE age of 21, she was the most sought-after writer in America, a one-woman hit factory, providing songs for everyone from Sinatra to Aretha. ...

Laura Nyro: 1947-1997

Obituary by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 1997

LAURA NYRO DIED OF OVARIAN CANCER, AT HOME IN Danbury, Connecticut, on April 8. Of all the revered ‘60s singer-songwriters, she was the one whose ...

Laura Nyro

Retrospective by Paul Lester, Uncut, July 1997

"This sorrow is so deep that I really can't help myself. Somehow I think she knew that we loved her as if she was our ...

Oh My Love-Trumpet Soul: Laura Nyro's New York Tendaberry

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2000

AND A GREAT tenderness came forth from the unforgiving streets of the East Side. It's easy to dislike Laura Nyro. Your first requirement is to ...

Laura Nyro: The Essential Masters

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 2000

DEEP ARTIST travestied by shallow "Greatest Hits" package. ...

Songs in the Key of Life: Laura Nyro's Angel in the Dark

Review by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 6 April 2001

THIS ALBUM IS incomplete, but so was Laura Nyro's life. It is the project on which she was working when she died of ovarian cancer ...

Laura Nyro: Angel In The Dark (Rounder)****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

THE LAST recordings from the 'Bronx Bronte', covered by everyone from Sinatra to Streisand. A live album's imminent, too. ...

Lady Lightning: Laura Nyro

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 2 April 2005

"EXPERIENCED A catastrophe so profound that its effects would never quite fade" (Laura Nyro) ...

Dark Angel: The Stone Soul Genius of Laura Nyro

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2009

I keep hearin' daddy through his grave:"Little girl, of all the daughters,You were born a woman,Not a slave."('The Confession', 1968) ...

Laura Nyro

Retrospective and Interview by Bruce Pollock,, December 2011

ONE OF THE MOST enigmatic and evocative and emotionally intense songwriters ever to hit the Top 40, Laura Nyro's career survived numerous dips and bends. ...

Mark Winkler Finds Healing in the Songs of Laura Nyro

Report and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, 7 June 2013

ASK JAZZ SINGER and songwriter Mark Winkler which of his parents he favors and he's unequivocal.  "Oh, I'm definitely my mother's son," he grins.  "My ...


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