Click on the link here for Audio Player – Laura Nyro – Live at Fillmore East – December 24, 1970 – soundboard recording
I don’t know where the rumor got started, or who started it, but there was a universal myth floating around for many years that Laura Nyro was terrible in concert – that she had stage fright, that she was awkward, that her real strength was a songwriter and her studio recordings were the only way she could be appreciated.
I have never heard any evidence to prove that rumor true. What I’ve heard has been abundant evidence of a committed and vibrant performer, cutting to the heart of each of her songs and transforming the audience in the process. In short, Laura Nyro was magical in concert.
Evidence of that is abundant in this concert, recorded on Christmas Eve 1970 before what sounds like a full-house at The Fillmore East.
Just Laura Nyro and a piano – no distractions, no backup band, no gimmicks. Just straight, pure singing and an evening of songs from the iconic catalog of music she wrote and made into anthems for brave and interesting times.
Often imitated but never duplicated – the spirit certainly lives on. Enjoy this one.