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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.
Stunning collection of Nina Simone at her best. A remarkable collection of her recordings.Published 4 months ago by Joanne S. Buchanan
She's the greatest female singer I know of and I've examined all the greats from around the globe. Her only competition being her close friend South African "Mama Africa"... Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Perer
Been listening to Nina since the mid-90s and gotten more intrigued by her work as I've grown older. There's just something very beautiful, raw and soulful about her music that... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jerome Kugan
Love nearly everything Nina Simone ever did. She never received the recognition that she should have back in the day. Read morePublished 21 months ago by the gumper
If you have heard any of Nina Simone's music you will love this! Great selection of songs and great sound quality.Published on April 20, 2013 by H. Edwards
There's some debate regarding which era of Ms. Waymon's storied career is "best" (some say the Colpix years, others the Philips years, etc), and whether she performed too many... Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Rick R
This was a gift for my daughter for Christmas. She is a big Nina fan. She has a lot of her albums and CD's. She loves the boxed set.Published on January 14, 2012 by Ms. Betsie
Nina Simone is special, the words are not enough to describe her uniqueness. This box-set suit her perfectly - luxurious case, excellent booklet and high-quality pressing. Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by S. Popa