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Albums Of The Week: Laura Nyro | Trees of the Ages: Live in Japan

Fans will soon over this intimate performance by the late singer-songwriter.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “A member of both the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Laura Nyro not only wrote songs that became hits for acts including The 5th Dimension, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Three Dog Night, Barbra Streisand, and many more, but has been cited as a major influence by Kate Bush, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Cyndi Lauper, Todd Rundgren and countless others. She recorded 10 studio albums (one released posthumously), but a live performance was always an event.

Originally issued only in Japan in 2003, the 16 tracks recorded at Kintetsu Hall, plus five recorded at On Air West return as Trees Of The Ages: Laura Nyro Live In Japan. It runs the gamut of her career, from Nyro-penned hits including And When I Die, Wedding Bell Blues, and Save The Country, to covers of Bacharach/David, Smokey Robinson, and Phil Spector classics. It is an essential document of Laura’s February 1994 historic visit to Japan. With Laura on piano and vocals, augmented by the harmonies by Diane Wilson, Dian Sorrell and Diane Garisto, the performances are sublime.

Newly remastered by Grammy winner Michael Graves, and produced for release by Grammy winner Cheryl Pawelski and George Gilbert with the approval of The Laura Nyro Trust, the packaging contains updated artwork and new liner notes from author and musician John Kruth. Looking and sounding incredible, this essential addition to Nyro’s discography is available worldwide for the first time. Trees Of The Ages: Laura Nyro Live In Japan cements the legacy of the incomparable Laura Nyro.”