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Nina Simone: Anthology Original recording remastered

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Nina Simone's musical style arose from a fusion of gospel and pop songs with classical music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration, Johann Sebastian Bach,and accompanied with her expressive jazz-like singing in her characteristic low tenor. She injected as much of her classical background into her music as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical. Her intuitive grasp on the audience-performer relationship was gained from a unique background of playing piano accompaniment for church revivals and sermons regularly from the early age of six years. After 20 years of performing, she became involved in the civil rights movement and the direction of her life shifted once again. Simone's music was highly influential in the fight for equal rights in the US.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Loves You, Porgy
  2. My Baby Just Cares For Me
  3. The Other Woman
  4. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair
  5. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  6. Trouble In Mind
  7. Mississippi Goddam
  8. See Line Woman
  9. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
  10. I Put A Spell On You
  11. Ne Me Quitte Pas
  12. Strange Fruit
  13. Four Women
  14. Sinnerman
  15. Do I Move You?

Disc: 2

  1. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
  2. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
  3. The Glory Of Love
  4. To Love Somebody
  5. Do What You Gotta Do
  6. Ain't Got No-I Got Life
  7. Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead)
  8. Everyone's Gone To The Moon
  9. Revolution
  10. To Be Young, Gifted And Black
  11. Who Knows Where The Time Goes
  12. Here Comes The Sun
  13. Just Like A Woman
  14. Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter
  15. Rich Girl
  16. A Single Woman

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00009PJPJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Foster Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In her introduction to "Who Knows Where The Times Goes" on this fantastic CD, Nina Simone says that time transcends race. Sadly, we are reminded that racism in this country practically drove this great singer mad. I purchased this CD for this cut alone. As always Ms. Simone takes a song that we think we know or that someone else has sung what we think is the definitive version and makes it her own all over again. That is precisely what happens here. It's as if you have never heard this music before. With a simple accompaniment, Simone sings this sad, haunting ballad. I have been loving this woman's albums for over thirty years and didn't know she recorded this beauty in 1970. In the recent movie "The Dancer Upstairs," the movie ends with a young girl dancing while Ms. Simone sings this song. I knew I had to own Ms. Simone's version of this Sandy Denny lyric.

There are many other wonderful songs as well on this 2 CD set. "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free,""To Love Somebody," "Here Comes The Sun," "Just Like A Woman." I had not heard this arrangement of "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" before. Finally "Everyone's Going To The Moon" has Ms. Simone playing piano. You can imagine what a great concert pianist she would have been. But we would have been the losers, not to have witnessed her magnificant voice.

Of the 31 cuts on this set, at least 10 of them were recorded on the recently released "Four Women" 3 CD set that contains all the songs Ms. Simone recorded for Verve in the 60's, I believe. I would have purchased this CD, however, if everything but "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" had been on the previous CD.

I wouldn't have missed hearing Ms. Simone sing this song.
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One of this country's most renowned singers is also one of the most misunderstood. And no, this is not a cheesy segway into her great version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Nina Simone was never as popular as she should have been due her strength of refusal to be a puppet for neither record company executives, racism, and even the audience's refusal to support a talent who refused to be pegged as either solely a jazz, soul, blues, gospel, standards, or Broadway artist. Her story in a way is similar to Tina Turner's in that she eventually got fed up and felt she needed to leave the US to make the most of her life and not to suffer some of the hardships/prejudices that some would like to sweep under the rug for people.
But what about the music? Well one listen to this remastered 2 CD collection will give any fan or future convert an overview of a versatile treasure who could sing the most tender and elegant of songs and immediately display her anger and frustration, especially when it came to issues surrounding the Civil Rights Movement. The common denominator that I found in hearing all these treasures was a certain elegance, soulfulness, and pride that left do doubt about her feelings regarding any song she was singing. On the other hand, she never resorted to the histrionics of other singers and both her pain and joy were tempered and best appreciated by listening very carefully to the way she uses silence as much as her voice to interpret any given song.
It's amazing that Simone sounds equally good in both studio productions and live performances, and this collection is peppered with many of both. In a nutshell, I think that this is a must have collection and that with the exception of a few covers towards the end of the second CD (Here Comes The Sun and Rich Girl), is perfect.
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This anthology is up there with Nina compilations "The Colpix Years" and "Sugar In My Bowl" (which are available on Amazon - if you don't already own them buy them today!!).

On this anthology we are treated to perhaps the best sample of Dr. Simone's genius and breadth. Here was a woman far beyond measure and her time. She could move effortlessly between jazz, blues, folk, gospel, classical - and often within the same song!! She knew no boundaries and interpreted each song on its own merits - injecting a personal narrative in each note she played and word she sang. Though her influence can be seen everywhere, there is no artist like her today and definitely not enough credit given to her artistry.

Here we are given her supreme bests...impossible to list the "good songs" because no song included in this set is without mention. We are even given a previously unreleased track ("Glory of Love") which Nina makes all her own.

If forced to choose, stand outs would be the HAUNTING "Strange Fruit", the underrated "Do I Move You?", the inspiring "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free", her tribute to the late Dr. MLK - which may be one of the greatest eulogies of all times - "Why? The King Of Love Is Dead", and the infectious "Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter".

It's hard to imagine a more inclusive Nina anthology. This one is for true die-hard fans. The only song I wish had been included - for the exposure - is "Consummation". For those interested in her work, I recommend seeking out this more than any other shows the true power of Nina's voice and spirit.

But, exclusion of "Consummation" aside, this anthology is at the TOP of the Nina Simone list. Don't pass this one up.
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