Nina Simone - Live at Ronnie Scott's
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- Songs: God God God, If You Knew, Mr. Smith, Fodder in Her Wings, Be My Husband, I Loves You Porgy, The Other Woman, Mississippi Goddam/Moon Over Alabama Medley, For a While, See-Line Woman, I Just Sing to Know I'm Alive, My Baby Just Cares for Me
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There is a lot to love about this dvd. Nina's performance is one of if not the most intimate performance I have ever watched and I know it's hard to understand that if you're not there in person but somehow she managed to transcend even the barriers of a television set. Listen to the way she beautifully performs her "two love songs" as she calls them, "If You Knew" and "Mr. Smith" and then effortlessly move from playing the harpsicord (on a keyboard) to the piano on "Fodder In Her Wings". Other standouts include her wonderful rendition of "I Loves You Porgy" and "The Other Woman". Both showing such vulnerability and sadness you wonder how anyone cannot possibly love her??? Her two signature songs, "Mississippi Goddam" and "My Baby Just Cares For Me" are absolutely wonderful as is the entire concert. "Mississippi Goddam" this time blended with "Alabama Song" from Brecht's "Mahagonny". Brilliant! My absolute favourite though is "For A While".Read more ›
Sadly, it wasn't until her passing this year that I started to read more about her and start listening again. She was truly gifted as a pianist, lyricist and her vocal approach is unique to all the world. And that voice. Its quite haunting. This live performance displays her rawness, realness and the intensity of her delivery in the timeless and prolific lyrics/messages of her music. "Mississippi Goddamn" is a powerful testament to a universal truth in its ugliest state. Via the snippets of interviews spliced between numbers, Nina expounds on music and personal experiences. The woman was tough and it showed in her words, body language and again, the live performance. When she snaps about it being HOT in the club (she is practically drenched with perspiration), you feel it with her. I especially enjoyed the rhythmic breakdown in "Be My Husband" and the interplay with her drummer adds to the energy of the set. Her audience provides the chorus on "See-Line Woman" and its fun to watch.
Quality of visual is low, with dim lighting and the shots a bit fuzzy, but as mentioned earlier, this is a VINTAGE performance. I recommend Live at Ronnie Scott's to anyone interested in learning about this strong woman who made an unforgettable and incomparable mark in the music world. CLB.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wild, dynamic, incredible...I sat spell bound for over an hour, listening to Nina's sultry, warm and down to earth style.Selaria Rose, ie TelloriaPublished on March 13, 2008 by Telloria O. Roseman
Though the technical quality is less than state-of-the-art, both in terms of audio and visual, "For A While" and especially "If You Knew" are remarkable artifacts of a sometimes... Read morePublished on December 9, 2006 by TJ Johnston
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