More Than a New Discovery

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 early in following year on the Verve Folkways imprint of the Verve Records label.

More Than a New Discovery
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ReleasedFebruary 1967 (1967-02)
RecordedNos. 4, 7: July 13, 1966 (1966-07-13)
Nos. 1-3, 5-6, 8-12: November 29, 1966 (1966-11-29)
StudioBell Sound (New York City)
LabelVerve Folkways
ProducerMilton 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)
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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. It peaked at #97 on the Billboard 200, then known as the Pop Albums chart. Starting with this release the song "Hands Off the Man" was retitled "Flim Flam Man (Hands Off the Man)".

Columbia Records re-issued The First Songs with all-new cover art (featuring a rose illustration) in 1973.

In 1999, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[2] In 2008, Rev-Ola Records released a remastered version of the original album on Compact Disc with the original song order and the original cover art.


Nyro signed a contract with Verve Folkways after she gained recognition when Peter Paul and Mary recorded her song "And When I Die" in 1966.

The album was recorded in the fall of 1966 with Herb Bernstein as arranger and Milton Okun producing. 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]

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) and "Flim Flam Man" (US #82).

Track listingEdit

More Than a New DiscoveryEdit

All tracks are written by Laura Nyro.

Side one
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 as "Flim Flam Man")2:29
Side two
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 SongsEdit

All tracks are written by Laura Nyro.

Side one
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
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
  • Murray Laden - photography


  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.

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