More Than a New Discovery

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More Than a New Discovery
Studio album by Laura Nyro
Released February 1967 (1967-02)
Recorded Nos. 4, 7: July 13, 1966 (1966-07-13)
Nos. 1-3, 5-6, 8-12: November 29, 1966 (1966-11-29)
Studio Bell Sound Studios, New York City
Length 36:15
Label Verve Folkways
Producer Milton Okun
Laura Nyro chronology
More Than a New Discovery
Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
The First Songs
Retitled 1973 re-release
Retitled 1973 re-release
Singles from More Than a New Discovery
  1. "Wedding Bell Blues"/"Stoney End"
    Released: September 17, 1966 (1966-09-17)
  2. "Goodbye Joe"/"Billy's Blues"
    Released: February 25, 1967 (1967-02-25)
  3. "Flim Flam Man (Hands Off the Man)"/"And When I Die"
    Released: April 29, 1967 (1967-04-29)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

More Than a New Discovery is the debut album by Bronx-born singer, songwriter, and pianist Laura Nyro. It was recorded during 1966 and released at the beginning of the following year on the Verve Folkways imprint of the Verve Records label.

The name of the label was later changed to Verve Forecast and the album was re-issued on that label as The First Songs in 1969. This re-issue has a different track order and revised cover design. This release peaked at #97 on the Billboard 200, then known as the Pop Albums chart. On this version the song "Hands Off the Man" was retitled "Flim Flam Man".

Columbia Records re-issued The First Songs with all-new cover art (featuring a rose illustration) in 1973. In 2008, Rev-Ola released a remastered version of the original album on CD in the original running order with original cover art.

The album included several songs that would become hits for other artists. Blood, Sweat & Tears scored with "And When I Die" (US #2), The 5th Dimension with "Wedding Bell Blues" (US #1) and "Blowin' Away" (US #21), and Barbra Streisand with "Stoney End" (US #6).

In 1999, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[2]


Nyro signed to Verve Folkways (later Verve Forecast Records) after supplying Peter Paul and Mary with her song "And When I Die".


The album was recorded in 1966 with Herb Bernstein and Milton Okun at the helm. Bernstein arranged the songs, and there was some uncertainty about Nyro's ability to lead the musicians by playing piano. As a result, pianist Stan Free was hired, and Nyro was encouraged to play the guitar instead, which she rejected.[3]


"Wedding Bell Blues" was released as a single in September 1966 and remained on the "Bubbling Under" segment of the Billboard Hot 100 (then "Pop Singles") for 12 weeks, peaking at #103.

For the single version of "Stoney End," Nyro was forced to rework some of the lyrics that referred to the Bible, because Verve felt it would cause too much controversy.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

More Than a New Discovery[edit]

All tracks written by Laura Nyro.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Goodbye Joe" 2:38
2. "Billy's Blues" 3:20
3. "And When I Die" 2:40
4. "Stoney End" 2:46
5. "Lazy Susan" 3:53
6. "Hands Off the Man" (later known by the popular title "Flim Flam Man") 2:29
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Wedding Bell Blues" 2:44
2. "Buy and Sell" 3:38
3. "He's a Runner" 3:40
4. "Blowin' Away" 2:23
5. "I Never Meant to Hurt You" 2:52
6. "California Shoeshine Boys" 2:45

The First Songs[edit]

All tracks written by Laura Nyro.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Wedding Bell Blues" 2:44
2. "Billy's Blues" 3:20
3. "California Shoeshine Boys" 2:45
4. "Blowin' Away" 2:23
5. "Lazy Susan" 3:53
6. "Goodbye Joe" 2:38
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Flim Flam Man" 2:29
2. "Stoney End" 2:46
3. "I Never Meant to Hurt You" 2:56
4. "He's a Runner" 3:40
5. "Buy and Sell" 3:38
6. "And When I Die" 2:40


  • Milton Okun - producer
  • Jean Goldhirsch - assistant producer
  • Jerry Schoenbaum - production supervision
  • Val Valentin - director of engineering
  • Harry Yarmark - engineer


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  3. ^ Michele Kort (2003). Soul Picnic:The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro. St. Martin's Press. p. 30. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  • Michele Kort's biography Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro (ISBN 0-312-20941-X)

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