Laura Nyro "The First Songs" LP (1973)
Details: Laura Nyro compilation album featuring songs reissued from More Than A New Discovery (Nryo's 1969 album on Verve Records). Cover has ring, shelf, edge and corner wear (see images).
Description: “More Than a New Discovery is the debut album by Bronx-born singer, songwriter, and pianist Laura Nyro. It was recorded during 1966 and released early in following year on the Verve Folkways imprint of the Verve Records label.
The name of the label was later changed to Verve Forecast and the album was re-issued on that label as The First Songs in 1969. This re-issue has a different track order and revised cover design. It peaked at #97 on the Billboard 200, then known as the Pop Albums chart. Starting with this release the song "Hands Off the Man" was retitled "Flim Flam Man (Hands Off the Man)".
Columbia Records re-issued The First Songs with all-new cover art (featuring a rose illustration) in 1973.
In 1999, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2008, Rev-Ola Records released a remastered version of the original album on Compact Disc with the original song order and the original cover art.
Grade: VG (Cover) / VG+ (Record)
TRACK LISTING SIDE A:
A1. Wedding Bell Blues
A2. Billie's Blues
A3. California Shoeshine Boys
A4. Blowing Away
A5. Lazy Susan
A6. Good Bye Joe
TRACK LISTING SIDE B:
B1. Flim Flam Man
B2. Stoney End
B3. I Never Meant To Hurt You
B4. He's A Runner
B5. Buy and Sell
B6. And When I Die