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Sassafras & Moonshine: The Songs of Laura Nyro Import


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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B008U5LF60
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

UK collection of tracks written by the late, great singer/songwriter. A distinctive musician, an uncompromising vocalist and a great writer whose songs sold millions, but whose records did not, Nyro the performer was possibly too "out there" for mass consumption. Her lyrics were often obscure, but her glorious melodies meant that, in more mainstream interpretation, other artists enjoyed massive commercial success with her material. The performers contained on our collection reflect Nyro's devoted fanbase, which pretty much consists of women and gay men, and are drawn from the worlds of Soul, Pop, Jazz and beyond. Highlights include 'Sweet Blindness' by the 5th Dimension, 'Save The Country' by Thelma Houston, 'Wedding Bell Blues' by Bobbie Gentry and new-to-CD rarities by Melba Moore, the Blossoms and Peggy Lipton.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Barry P. Silber on December 3, 2012
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I have said for many years, that no artist can replicate the genius of Laura Nyro. However, there are some pretty damn good renditions of Ms. Nyro's work on this CD. This CD is a loving tribute to the brilliance of Laura. It is interesting that most artists on this collection chose to keep Ms. Nyro's original arrangements intact, honoring her original productions. For example, Judy Kuhn's rendition of "Blackpatch" is virtually identical to the original recording which appeared on Laura's "Christmas and the Beads of Sweat". Ms. Kuhn uses the same brass instrumentation, and other effects which still make this cut superlative.

Every song on this collection is superb. Worth noting are:

"Wedding Bell Blues" by Bobbi Gentry. Ms. Gentry validates that she is no 'one trick pony' ("Ode to Billy Joe"), with this sultry, light, breezy version. It reminds me of Nancy Sinatra's "Sugar Town"

"Emily" by Ronnie Dyson. Yes, you may believe this is a female singing, but Ronnie's version is terrific.

"Captain St. Lucifer" by Melba Moore. Ronnie's "Hair" co-star, belts it out!

"Stoney End"- the Blossoms. Who are they? Who cares? A fabulous version.

"Save the Country"- Thelma Houston. Wow! Thelma hits all the gospel notions of this brilliant Nyro anthem.

To summarize, this CD has high production values on every cut; and to complete the listener's enjoyment: Terrific liner notes, particularly those from Ms. Nyro's biographer, Michele Kort. When you listen to this recording, you will realize the influence and genius of Laura Nyro.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brad Millman on August 10, 2013
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This album is a fine collection of Laura Nyro music. If your a fan of Laura (and even if you are not) consider purchasing this. Most notable (in my mind) are Wedding Bell Blues (by Bobbie Gentry), He's a Runner (by Mama Cass Elliot), Time and Love (by Diana Ross), and Stoned Soul Picnic (by The Stable Singer). In fact Stoned Soul Picnic is a killer version. There are a number of other good covers of Laura's material, but these come to mind.
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By M. Harrison on November 23, 2014
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Poor music quality. It sounds like they took the worst possible recordings and put them together for a compilation. If you like Laura Nyro you will not like this recording.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cinematronic on May 28, 2013
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Extremely disappointing to a Nyro fan.
Not all the artists understand how to interpret her.
I wish this had been curated better.
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