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Eli and the Thirteenth Confession is the second album by New York City -born singersongwriterand pianist Laura Nyroreleased in Nyro premiered some of the songs that were to appear on the album at the Monterey Pop Festival. The song "Luckie" was derived from an earlier composition Nyro had played at her audition for Verve Records in Before she signed to Columbia RecordsVerve had already planned to release the album, under the title Soul Picnic.
The album saw its actual release in on the Columbia label and became one of the year's underground successes. The album was written entirely by Nyro, arranged by Charlie Calello and produced by both. On Nyro's insistence, the album's lyric sheet which itself was a rarity for records in was perfumed, and fans have reported that it still has a pleasant scent.
The album's themes are of passion, loveromancedeathand drugsand the songs are delivered in Nyro's distinctive brash, belting vocals. Musically, it is a multi-layered and opulent work, including multi-tracked vocals and strings. The album's loose genre is popbut it also incorporates elements of soulgospeljazzand rock. It is generally considered to be Nyro's most accessible and The Devil Game - Kansas - Song For America famous work, although it is arguably not the most commercially successful or critically favored both honors go to the follow-up, New York Tendaberry.
The album was her first chart entry, reaching No. Many musicians, including Elton John and Todd Rundgren were directly influenced by the album and bandleader Paul Shaffer told CBC Television's George Stroumboulopoulos that he considers this album to be his one "desert island record". The album is second only to its predecessor, 's More Than a New Discoveryin producing hit songs for other artists. The legacy of the album is evident on the compilation Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyrowhich includes 6 songs from the album.
Eli and the Thirteenth Confession was reissued in expanded and remastered format during the summer of The reissue was produced by Al Quaglieri, with Laura Grover Laura Nyro - Eli And The Thirteenth Confession project director. The reissue featured three previously unreleased demos recorded on November 29, The year-old Nyro performed the spare, solo demos of "Lu," "Stoned Soul Picnic," and "Emmie" on piano and multi-tracked her own voice to add harmonies. The accompanying booklet includes photographs and recording details, as well as liner notes by Rick Petreycik and a back-cover recollection by Phoebe Snow.
It contains the original stereo version in high-resolution digital audio as well as a previously unreleased 4-channel quadraphonic mix, which was created in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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