September 10, 2014 – 3:36 pm

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Seattle 1971 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Opera House, Seattle, WA; April 10, 1971. Good to very good audience recording, marred by some sound dropouts.

Thanks to taper Rick; and to ltzero for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Rick’s notes:

Regarding my recording of the Seattle concert - I used a Uher report 4000 mono rtr that I bought used. I also used an AKG D200E mic. I brought this combo into a few various concerts during the late ’60s to mid ’70s. I wish I had brought it into Laura’s 1976 concert, but a couple of my fondest memories were when I was able to meet her after both the 1971 and 1976 concerts. She was very warm, sweet, soft-spoken, approachable, and unforgettable - not at all diva-like. I so wish she were still here making more of her great music, and singing for us.

I was able to have my original rtr tape transfered to cd by a local audio archivist, and he made about as clean a recording of this concert as possible - considering the age of the tape, and the various flaws made by the recordist (me). Laura herself was flawless this concert, just phenomenal.

I am not a real tech savvy guy, and that’s why I had an archivist do the transfer.

I had… problems when I recorded Laura - especially her incredible dynamic range was really hard to record, as she would sing in a whisper, then all of a sudden explode in a very powerful voice. She was really at the peak of her powers around this era.

The original tape had just portions of the Medley due to a bad mic connection. So “Up On The Roof” didn’t fare well in this recording back in 1971. Wish I could go back in a time machine!

It was such a great concert, with Laura playing a superb instrument (the Steinway piano for Seattle Symphony’s guest artists) and singing with such control and passion. Looking back, I guess it was my place to be where I was to take a chance and haul that Uher and mic into the concert hall, so fans today can catch a glimpse of how great Laura was in concert. Good thing no one threw me out!

ltzero’s notes:

The CDR had two tracks - one large with the complete recording but missing the Intro to Mother Earth, and one small one with the just the Medley but without Up On The Roof and with the Intro to Mother Earth.

1. Restored the Intro to Mother Earth from the second track into the first track.
2. Copied/pasted applause and added a quick fade in to smooth the cut between Tracks 07+08

For anyone who finds the multiple sound drops in Up On The Roof too annoying, I’ve included a version of the medley without Up On The Roof.

Original Reel to Reel tape recorded on Uher report 4000 mono with an AKG D200E mic) > CDR (by Precision Audio Restoration in Seattle - no details > CDR copy > WAV (using EAC) > Cool Edit 2000 (a few small repairs) > WAV > TLH > FLAC [level 8]
Speed corrected (as per TwoPeople’s suggestion - audacity +4.2)

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Stoned Soul Picnic 3:41 (6.2MB)
Track 02. Brown Earth 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 03. Buy And Sell 4:51 (8.2MB)
Track 04. I Am The Blues 5:23 (9.0MB)
Track 05. And When I Die 2:26 (4.1MB)
Track 06. Stoney End 4:07 (6.9MB)
Track 07. Map To The Treasure 7:44 (13.0MB)
Track 08. Christmas In My Soul * 6:06 (10.2MB)
Track 09. Save The Country 3:29 (5.8MB)
Track 10. Medley (Timer > Ooh Child > Up On The Roof) * 7:03 (11.9MB)
Track 11. Intro/Mother Earth 6:24 (10.8MB)
56 mins

* Sound dropouts due to bad mic connection:
Track 08: two very brief dropouts near beginning (around 0:09 and 0:18)
Track 10: multiple sound dropouts on Up On The Roof

Track 12. Medley (without Up On The Roof) 4:27 (7.5MB)

Laura Nyro’s 1967 debut album was full of great songs - And When I Die, Stoney End, Flim Flam Man, Wedding Bell Blues and California Shoeshine Boys - many covered by others who made them into hits. It was originally called More Than A New Discovery but was later reissued as The First Songs. It represents her pop music side. Buy it here.

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  1. 4 Responses to “LAURA NYRO - SEATTLE 1971”

  2. This live Laura Nyro concert in Seattle is a thrill to listen to. Many thanks for sharing this special gift!

    By R. Mark Desjardins on Sep 10, 2014

  3. always beautiful to hear new laura… this version of I am the blues is so raw…

    By g on Sep 11, 2014

  4. Wonderful stuff. Wonderful. I had an AKG D1000 mic….not good w/ mustaches….

    By rick harper on Sep 12, 2014

  5. Thanks for this! The Lovely Laura Nyro…

    By Lobo on Sep 13, 2014

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