Nina Simone: Anthology Original recording remastered
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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.
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.Read more ›
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 song...it 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would like it much better without all the profanity that is in the music. Good voice and I understand she had emotional issues, but the profanity took away from her message.Published 4 months ago by Redclay
My father turned me on to Ms. Simone. This anthology is pure gold.Published 4 months ago by Tony Roseboro
Great introduction to a legendary artist. This album really shows Nina's versatility as a singer and the concious of her generation.Published 7 months ago by bbdogg