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In February 1976.

In February 1976, “Columbia” label released “Smile”, the sixth Laura Nyro album. It was recorded in 1975, at “CBS 30th Street Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Laura Nyro and Charlie Calello.

Personnel:

  • Laura Nyro – vocals, piano, guitar, wood block
  • John Tropea, Hugh McCracken, Joe Beck, Jeff Mironov, Jerry Friedman, Greg Bennett – guitar
  • Will Lee, Richard Davis, Bob Babbitt- bass
  • Chris Parker, Allan Schwartzberg, Rick Marotta- drums
  • Jimmy Maelen- tambourine, wood block
  • Nydia Mata, Carter C.C. Collins – congas
  • Rubens Bassini- shaker
  • David Friedman – vibraphone
  • Joe Farrell, Michael Brecker, George Young – saxophone
  • Randy Brecker- trumpet
  • Paul Messing – triangle
  • Nisako Yoshida, Reiko Kamota – koto
  • Don Puluse, Tim Geelan – engineer
  • Jay Messina, Lou Waxman, Stan Tonkel – assistant engineer
  • Ed Lee – artwork
  • Patty Newport – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Laura Nyro, except where noted.

  1. Sexy Mama – Al Goodman, Sylvia Robinson, Harry Ray
  2. Children of the Junks
  3. Money
  4. I Am the Blues
  5. Stormy Love
  6. The Cat Song
  7. Midnite Blue
  8. Smile
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In August 1968.

In August 1968, “Soul City” label released “Stoned Soul Picnic”, the third  5th Dimension album. It was recorded March – June 1968, at “United/Western Recorders” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Bones Howe.

Personnel:

  • Billy Davis, Jr.
  • Florence LaRue
  • Marilyn McCoo
  • Lamonte McLemore
  • Ron Townson
  • Mike Deasy- acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Tommy Tedesco- acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Joe Osborn- bass
  • Ray Pohlman- guitar, “super-twang” bass
  • Hal Blaine- drums, percussion
  • Larry Bunker- marimba, bells, vibraphone, temple blocks, percussion
  • Larry Knechtel, Jimmy Rowles- piano, organ, keyboard
  • The Sid Sharp Strings – String Section
  • The Bill Holman Brass – Horn Section
  • Engineers: Captain Nemo (Michael Shields), Bones Howe, Alex Kazanegras, Phil Ramone, Joe Sidore, Sol Weiss, Winston Wong, Mary Wood
  • Mastering: Elliot Federman
  • Project coordination: Arlessa Barnes, Glenn Delgado, Christina DeSimone, Robin Diamond, Karyn Friedland, Felicia Gearhart, Marc Gordon, Laura Gregory, Jeremy Holiday, Robin Manning, Brooke Nochomson, Ed Osborne, Larry Parra, Dana Renert, Steve Strauss
  • Product manager: Mandana Eidgah
  • Production assistant: Bones Howe, Tom Tierney, Russ Wapensky
  • Orchestra manager: Hal Blaine
  • Musical director: René DeKnight
  • Vocal coach: Ray Pohlman
  • Realization: Johnny Rivers
  • Horns & Strings arranged by: Bill Holman
  • Vocal arrangements: Bob Alcivar
  • Musical arrangements: Bones Howe
  • Musical arrangements: Ray Pohlman
  • Art direction: Woody Woodward
  • Graphic design: Wayne Kimbell
  • Photography: Rob Santos
  • Liner notes: Mike Ragogna

Track listing:

  1. Sweet Blindness – Laura Nyro
  2. It’ll Never Be the Same Again – Jeff Comanor
  3. The Sailboat Song – Jeff Comanor
  4. It’s a Great Life – Denny McReynolds, Karen O’Hara
  5. Stoned Soul Picnic – Laura Nyro
  6. California Soul – Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
  7. Lovin’ Stew – Jules Alexander, Jeff Comanor
  8. Broken Wing Bird – Bob Alcivar, Kellie McKinney
  9. Good News – Dick Addrisi, Don Addrisi
  10. Bobbie’s Blues (Who Do You Think of?) – Jeff Comanor
  11. The Eleventh Song (What a Groovy Day!) – Jimmy Webb

In June 1978.

In June 1978, “Columbia” label released “Nested”, the seventh Laura Nyro studio album. It was recorded in 1977 in Danbury, Connecticut, and was produced by Laura Nyro and Roscoe Harring.

Personnel:

  • Laura Nyro – vocals, electricand acoustic piano, church organ, guitar, strings
  • Will Lee- bass guitar
  • Andy Newmark- drums
  • Vinnie Cusano- guitar
  • John Tropea- guitar
  • Nydia “Liberty” Mata – percussion
  • John Sebastian- harmonica
  • Cyril Cianflone, Tony Levin – bass guitar
  • Felix Cavaliere- electric piano, organ
  • Dale Ashby, Frank Koenig – engineer
  • Adger W. Cowans – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Laura Nyro.

  1. Blue (Song of Communications)
  2. Rhythm and Blues
  3. My Innocence
  4. Crazy Love
  5. American Dreamer
  6. Springblown
  7. The Sweet Sky
  8. Light
  9. Child in a Universe
  10. The Nest

 

In June 1971.

In June 1971, “Motown” label released “Touch”, the twenty-third Supremes studio album. It was recorded 1970 – 1971, and was produced by Frank Wilson.

Personnel:

  • Jean Terrell– lead and backing vocals
  • Mary Wilson– lead and backing vocals
  • Cindy Birdsong– lead and backing vocals
  • The Blackberries– backing vocals

Track listing:

  1. This Is the Story – Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer
  2. Nathan Jones – Leonard Caston, Kathleen Wakefield
  3. Here Comes the Sunrise – Clifton Davis
  4. Love It Came to Me This Time – Leonard Caston, Kathleen Wakefield
  5. Johnny Raven- Billy Page
  6. Have I Lost You – Gloria Jones, Pam Sawyer
  7. Time and Love – Laura Nyro
  8. Touch – Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer
  9. Happy (Is a Bumpy Road) – Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer
  10. It’s So Hard for Me to Say Goodbye – Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer

In June 1970.

In June 1970, “Columbia” label released “Blood, Sweat & Tears 3”, the third Blood, Sweat & Tears album. It was recorded in 1970, and was produced by Bobby Colomby and Roy Halee.

Personnel:

  • David Clayton-Thomas- lead vocals
  • Fred Lipsius- alto saxophone, piano, backing vocals, electric piano, music box
  • Lew Soloff- trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
  • Chuck Winfield- trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jerry Hyman- trombone, bass trombone, recorder
  • Steve Katz- guitar, lead vocals, harmonica
  • Dick Halligan- organ, backing vocals, piano, electric piano, harpsichord, celeste, trombone, flute, alto flute, baritone horn
  • Jim Fielder- bass
  • Bobby Colomby- drums, backing vocals, percussion
  • Engineers: Roy Halee, Lou Waxman, Robert Honablue
  • Arrangers: David Clayton-Thomas, Bobby Colomby, Jim Fielder, Dick Halligan, Fred Lipsius
  • Design: John Berg
  • Photography: Lee Friedlander, Melissa Katz, Fred Lombardi

Track listing:

  1. Hi-De-Ho – Gerry Goffin, Carole King
  2. The Battle – Dick Halligan, Steve Katz
  3. Lucretia MacEvil – David Clayton-Thomas
  4. Lucretia’s Reprise – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  5. Fire and Rain – James Taylor
  6. Lonesome Suzie – Richard Manuel
  7. Symphony for the Devil – Dick Halligan / Sympathy for the Devil – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  8. He’s a Runner – Laura Nyro
  9. Somethin’ Comin’ On – Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton
  10. 40,000 Headmen – Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi

In April 1970.

In April 1970, “Bell Records” label released “Portrait”, the fifth 5th Dimension album.  It was recorded August 1969-March 1970, at Wally Heider Studios in Hollywood, and was produced by Bones Howe. The album  cover features an impressionistic portrait by the artist LeRoy Neiman.

Personnel:

  • Billy Davis, Jr.- lead vocals, background vocals
  • Florence LaRue- lead vocals, background vocals
  • Marilyn McCoo- lead vocals, background vocals
  • Lamonte McLemore- background vocals
  • Ron Townson- lead vocals, background vocals
  • Michael Anthony- electric guitar
  • Mike Deasy- electric guitar
  • Dennis Budimir – rhythm guitar
  • Tommy Tedesco- rhythm guitar
  • Fred Tackett- finger pickin’ guitar
  • Joe Osborn- bass
  • Hal Blaine- drums, percussion
  • Larry Bunker- congas, mallets, percussion, drums
  • Gary Coleman – mallets, percussion
  • Larry Knechtel- piano, organ, tack piano
  • Jimmy Rowles– piano
  • Gary Illingworth – electric piano
  • Bob Alcivar– arranger
  • Engineer: Bones Howe
  • Mastering: Elliot Federman
  • Digital transfers: Mike Hartry
  • Production coordination: Jeremy Holiday
  • Production assistant: Bones Howe, Ann McClelland, Tom Tierney, Russ Wapensky
  • Product manager: Mandana Eidgah
  • Project coordinator: Arlessa Barnes, Glenn Delgado, Christina DeSimone, Karyn Friedland, Felicia Gearhart, Laura Gregory, Robin Manning, Brooke Nochomson, Ed Osborne, Larry Parra, Dana Renert, Bill Stafford, Steve Strauss
  • Archivist: Joanne Feltman, Glenn Korman
  • Research: Joel Whitburn
  • Assistants: Larry Cox, Johnny Golden, Rik Pekkonen
  • Arranger: Bob Alcivar, Bill Hollman, Bones Howe
  • Art direction: Beverly Weinstein
  • Design: Mathieu Bitton
  • Liner notes: Mike Ragogna

Track listing:

  1. Puppet Man – Howard Greenfield, Neil Sedaka
  2. One Less Bell to Answer – Burt Bacharach, Hal David
  3. Feelin’ Alright – Dave Mason
  4. This Is Your Life – Jimmy Webb
  5. A Love Like Ours – Bob Alcivar, Lamonte McLemore
  6. Save the Country – Laura Nyro
  7. Medley
  • The Declaration – Julianne Johnson, René DeKnight
  • A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
  • People Gotta Be Free – Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere
  1. Dimension 5ive – Bob Alcivar

On the Beach (In the Summertime) – McNeil

In January 1984.

mothers-spiritual

In January 1984, “Columbia” label released “Mother’s Spiritual”, the eighth Laura Nyro studio album. It was recorded in 1973, in Danbury, and was produced by Laura Nyro.

Personnel:

  • Laura Nyro – voice, harmonies, acoustic and electric pianos, dulcimer
  • Terry Silverlight- drums
  • Lisa Sunshine – bass
  • John Bristow – electric guitar
  • Todd Rundgren- synthesizer, production assistance
  • Nydia “Liberty” Mata – percussion, production assistance
  • Jan Nigro – acoustic guitar
  • Julie Lyonn Lieberman– violin
  • Arthur Kelm, Chris Andersen – engineer, mixing
  • Irene Young – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Laura Nyro.

  1. To a Child
  2. The Right to Vote
  3. A Wilderness
  4. Melody in the Sky
  5. Late for Love
  6. A Free Thinker
  7. Man in the Moon
  8. Talk to a Green Tree
  9. Trees of the Ages
  10. The Brighter Song
  11. Roadnotes
  12. Sophia
  13. Mother’s Spiritual
  14. Refrain