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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2003
I searched years for this release. The compilation makes me feel as though someone produced this CD to too fast and fell of track alone the way. The title "Nina's Back" was a great concept. The picture of the bare back of Nina was bold for the time. I loved the story telling that lead up to "Porgy" as well as this rendition. "Touching and Caring" was the reason I looked for this CD. This song alone told people that Nina was back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2004
I highly recommend this recording, especially for her fans, as one of two last studio recordings. This hip, disco style(sometimes)set with R&B leanings showcases Nina's ability to tear your insides up with melodic and dramatic skills incomparable in her day. Of special note: "Saratoga" "Touching and Caring".

Ken DelleCave, Miami
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on December 9, 2012
Nina's Back, I bought blindly not familiar with the songs except Touching and Caring, which is on a compilation CD I have, and was familiar with the 50's version of "I Loves You Porgy", which was on a vinyl LP compilation I had in the 1980s. The other songs I hoped would be similar in production to 'Touching and Caring" and I wanted to choose a more recent recording of Nina's (I have had Baltimore (recorded in 1978) since around 1980 and "Touching and Caring" on a CD (which I think is a different cut they made that day because her phrasing is different). Many listeners will consider this recording over-produced and in some ways I agree because the music drowns out her lovely, unusual voice on many songs which was the style maybe during the early 1980's when this was recorded with disco-like beats and rhythms on some cuts. Her voice on the ballad "Saratoga" is intense and wonderful (and loud enough to hear her expressiveness and vibrato). It will break your heart if you love intense love songs. The updated "Porgy" I also enjoyed especially the spoken word by Nina where she gives a history of how she got started (the first gig thought she was a singer but she was "only a pianist" according to Nina so she sung the only song she knew.) The other songs I wasn't as impressed with but maybe only because I was biased to "Touching and Caring" and it's sound and production values. I can't help but dance when I hear "Touching and Caring". The Waters backup singers are excellent as are the instrumentalists on saxophone, trombone, keyboards and all others. There seem to be strings sometimes but it must be keyboards (synthesizers) because no orchestra is credited on the album.
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on December 20, 2013
I'd never listened to this before and just couldn't believe she had ever released music as awful as this. Avoid at all costs!! And if you're ever unfortunate enough to get exposed to it, just try hard and forget it happened. Nina was a goddess and didn't deserve to be humiliated like this!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2008
This is a starter kit for New Fans! Not too deep, but deep enough. Music is great and jazzy. Her voice is raw and unique as only she can do. I have added about 120 songs to my Zune, and i am still finding more stuff. Allot of People are just finding out who she was, and more of her music is being released. Seems like once a week I see another recording released...wonder if her only child is collecting the funds for the sells? The highlight is `touching and caring' What a wonderful song. Note this is a more upbeat CD. as most of her stuff is very dark. I am so glad I got introduced by Verve Remix 1, and now I am hooked.
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