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The First Songs


Download links and information about The First Songs by Laura Nyro. This album was released in 1973 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 35:14 minutes.

Artist: Laura Nyro
Release date: 1973
Genre: Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 12
Duration: 35:14
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No. Title Length
1. Wedding Bells Blues 2:41
2. Billy's Blues 3:17
3. California Shoeshine Boys 2:41
4. Blowing Away 2:19
5. Lazy Susan 3:50
6. Good By Joe 2:36
7. Flim Flam Man 2:26
8. Stoney End 2:43
9. I Never Meant to Hurt You 2:49
10. He's a Runner 3:37
11. Buy and Sell 3:35
12. And When I Die 2:40



Laura Nyro was only 19 when she recorded her remarkable 1966 debut album. She displayed a maturity far beyond her years as a singer and (especially) a songwriter, paving the way for even bolder advances to come. The First Songs documents the earliest blossoming of her signature style, fusing R&B, Broadway and gospel elements with a quirky lyric sensibility. “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Stoney End” and “Goodbye Joe” are at once soulful and exalted, filled with dreamy poetic nuance. Nyro is unafraid to tackle serious themes, embracing decadence in “Buy And Sell” and laughing at mortality in “And When I Die.” Her sultry vocals show the command of a budding pop diva, particularly on smoldering ballads like “I Never Meant To Hurt You.” The First Songs makes the case that Nyro could’ve been a successful mainstream singer if her muse had led her that way. The likes of the Fifth Dimension and Barbra Streisand went on to score hits with many of these tunes – but Nyro’s versions are the definitive ones, and they remain a revelation.