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Four Women: Nina Simone Philips Recordings [4 CD Box Set] Box set

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The late, great Nina Simone recorded for a lot of labels, but some of her best-and hardest-to-find-work was during the mid-'60s for the Philips label, where she continued to hone her unique fusion of jazz, blues and folk with a nod to the soul music that was in the air at the time. This beautiful 4-CD set takes all seven albums she recorded for Philips- Broadway/Blues/Ballads, I Put a Spell on You, Pastel Blues, Let It All Out, Wild Is the Wind and the classics Nina Simone in Concert and High Priestess of Soul -and packages them with a 56-page booklet containing rare photos and detailed liner notes to form a tremendous tribute to one of the great singers and personalities of our time. You'll find lots of career highlights here: Mississippi Goddam; Lilac Wine ; the epic Four Women all full of Nina's trademark passion and spirit. Bonus track, too!

North Carolina-born, classically-trained pianist/singer/composer Nina Simone beautifully blended gospel, blues, jazz, soul, and r&b into her own spellbinding, sepia-tinged artistry. This four-CD box set was in production before her untimely death on April 21, 2003. It covers Simone's seven albums for the Philips label from 1964 to 1966, and it's a good synopsis of her wide-ranging material. Mostly backed by trios and orchestras, Simone's rich and regal contralto rings with authority, whether she's singing George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas," or Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of Hollis Brown." Simone makes them all their own. In fact, this project should cause new generations to reevaluate Simon's own compositions beyond her African-American civil rights anthem, "Mississippi Goddam." Her song "Come Ye" and the title track--a four-part, mini-opus which pays tribute to four black women who embody slavery, mixed race heritage, prostitution, and black militancy--are excellent sneak previews of today's Afrocentric movement. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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  1. I Loves You Porgy (Live In New York/1964) 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Plain Gold Ring (Live In New York/1964) 6:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  6. Go Limp (Live In New York/1964) 7:04Album Only
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  2. Tomorrow Is My Turn 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Ne Me Quitte Pas 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
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13. Be My Husband (Live In New York/1965) 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (Live In New York/1965) 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. End Of The Line (Live In New York/1965) 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Trouble In Mind (Live In New York/1965) 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Tell Me More And More And Then Some (Live In New York/1965) 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Chilly Winds Don't Blow (Live In New York/1964) 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. Ain't No Use (Live In New York/1965) 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Strange Fruit (Live In New York/1965) 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. Sinnerman (Live In New York/1965)10:19Album Only

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  1. Mood Indigo 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. The Other Woman (Live In New York/1964) 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  4. Don't Explain 4:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Little Girl Blue (Live In New York/1964) 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Chauffeur 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. For Myself 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. The Ballad Of Hollis Brown 4:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. This Year's Kisses 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Images (Live In New York/1964) 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Nearer Blessed Lord 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. I Love Your Lovin' Ways 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Four Women 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. What More Can I Say? 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Lilac Wine 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. That's All I Ask 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Break Down And Let It All Out 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Why Keep On Breaking My Heart 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. Wild Is The Wind (Live In New York/1964) 6:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair (Live In New York/1964) 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. If I Should Lose You 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
22. Either Way I Lose 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  2. I'm Gonna Leave You 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Brown Eyed Handsome Man 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  6. Take Me To The Water 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. I'm Going Back Home 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. I Hold No Grudge 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Come Ye 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. He Ain't Comin' Home No More 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00006ZU6B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Peter on May 25, 2006
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Like many of Nina's Fans, I already own just about every CD /LP issued on Nina, including her work for the Philips label. At first I thought plunking down $35 on this 4-CD box set was redundant, especially when I have the songs. Then I heard about the extensive project and digital sound remastering Verve/Universal was undergoing for this collection, and it seemed worth the price. By the way, some have accused Verve/Universal of "Cashing In" on Nina's sudden passing in 2003 with this collection since it was released only weeks after her death in April 2003. Actually this project was commissioned by Universal in October 2002. The box set was a work in progress six months BEFORE Nina died.

The beautiful leather-bound box set houses each of the four CD's in a separate sleeve. What sets this Nina Simone Anthology apart from all others is the extensive 56-page book --- full of rare, never-before-seen photographs of "The High Priestess of Soul". There are detailed liner notes about the songs, their historical context and some behind-the-scenes "dishy dirt" about Nina's tempermental clashes with producers, songwriters, musicians, and other artists. No one can ever accuse Nina Simone of being BORING ! Upon playing the CD's, the first thing you notice is how gorgeous it sounds with every nuance and detail of Nina's voice and music captured. If you already own the Verve CD's, believe me, listening to this box set is like hearing them for the FIRST time. It's THAT good !

If you are a die-hard Nina Simone Fan, I advise you to get this box set while you can. Universal/Verve is no longer producing these since they are costly to make. There are still plenty in music stores like Tower, Virgin, or even here on Amazon.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By JEAN-MARIE JUIF on July 12, 2003
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Of course,the most essential works by Miss Nina Simone,born Eunice Kathleen Waymon (1933-2003) are included in her Colpix recordings: Nina at Town Hall,Nina at Newport,at the Village Gate,Nina sings Duke Ellington,Nina with strings,Nina at Carnegia Hall,Forbidden Fruit,the amazing Nina Simone:here are the most necessary records by this immense pianist and singer,and simply,here are some of the most essential music of all times.An incredible amount of masterpieces figure in these records.
Following the Colpix years, here are the Philips years,covering years 1964 to 1966.The material is much more unequal than during the Colpix years.Some tunes are rather boring.It seems like Nina could record every tune she loved during the Colpix years,and should record the tunes she was ordered to play during the Philips years.Just like Billie,or Fats Waller,25 or 35 years before.
So,here is an unequal set of four CDs;it shouldn't deserve five stars.But here are such terrific masterpieces than,even if a half of the tunes were great ones,the set would deserve this rating.
It is very difficult to review a four CD set,made of 74 tunes,without beeing boring;so,I won't tell you about all these tunes.
I'll just tell you that Nina Simone was ,first,one of the most fascinating and beautiful human beings of the last century,then one of the four most marvelous voices of jazz (with Billie,Dinah,and Lil Green),and one of the most fantastic piano player and musician of all times.When you listen to her,you're listening to a giant in the history of music.A Master.
I'll just tell you that Nina's life was a life of despair and sadness.She was used by men like few female jazz artists were,except Billie.The two greatest jazz singers had the saddest lives you can imagine.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Foster Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2003
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Recently released, the boxed set of 4 CD's contains all the recordings Nina Simone made for the Philips label from 1964 to 1966. There is also a beautifully written and illustrated book complete with great photographs about this unique artist. Many of the songs we love are on here though unfortunately not all of them since Ms. Simone had not done the BeeGees songs or Dylan at this time. (Or Rod McKuen for that matter. Who else but Nina could make his songs less than syrupy and sentimental?)
There has never been a singer quite like this wonderful artist. There seems to have been no type of song she couldn't sing from "I Loves You, Porgy" to "Mississippi Goddam" to "Nearer Blessed Lord" to "The Last Rose of Summer." When Ms. Simone sang them, she put her own DNA on them and they became her own. Born in North Carolina, Ms. Simone was raised singing in the church and was trained at Julliard as a classical pianist. These CD's illustrate her background and training background so well. Sometimes the piano becomes another voice in a dialogue with the singer rather than a mere accompaniment. She is impossible to categorize-- jazz, gospel, blues, folk, classical- all of the above and then some. So many emotions here: joy, sadness, anger, love.
There is a quotation attributed to Richard Pryor in the booklet accompanying these CD's: "White people had Judy Garland -- We had Nina. ." I'm sure this is a true statement. Nina Simone, thank godness, is loved and revered all over the world by people of all races who love good music-- and believe in freedom.
This CD is a bargain at any price.
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