Editors’ Notes Laura Nyro's insistent rhythms, seductive melodies and sumptuous lyrics bloomed into a fully-realized statement on Eli And The Thirteenth Confession. The 1968 album was a bold departure from Nyro’s more conventional debut release, and her use of abrupt tempo-shifts and volatile arrangements turned it into a dazzling exploration of her interior world. Nyro’s poetic sense was equally adventurous — she fused ‘60s jive-talk, romantic verse and Dylan-esque vision into her own unmistakable language. The songs are sonically rich, yet accessible — “Stoned Soul Picnic” glides into paradise on a simmering groove, “Eli’s Comin’” invokes erotic hysteria with brass-fueled fire, and “Sweet Blindness” embraces intoxication with a dash of Dixieland. Introspective tracks like “December’s Boudoir” and “Emmie” find Nyro painting exquisite word-pictures of love and friendship. Eli’s influence can be heard in the music of everyone from Rickie Lee Jones to Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan; it ranks as both Nyro’s most enduring work and as a genuine landmark in singer/songwriter history.

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Luckie
1
3:00
 
Lu
2
2:45
 
Sweet Blindness
3
2:36
 
Poverty Train
4
4:15
 
Lonely Women
5
3:30
 
Eli's Comin'
6
3:56
 
Timer
7
3:23
 
Stoned Soul Picnic
8
3:46
 
Emmie
9
4:19
 
Woman's Blues
10
3:45
 
Once It Was Alright Now (Farmer Joe)
11
2:56
 
December's Boudoir
12
5:04
 
The Confession
13
2:47
 
Lu
14
2:37
 
Stoned Soul Picnic (Demo)
15
3:36
 
Emmie (Demo)
16
4:25
 

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