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Remixed & Reimagined Import

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She was one of the most significant voices of the 20th century, she was the original diva, she was the voice of the movement, she was an uncompromising artist whose music knew no categorical boundaries. She has influenced some of the most legendary artists of all time including John Lennon, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Buckley and many others. Now her music is remixed by the most reputable and talented remixers and producers around today.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Can't See Nobody-Daniel Y. Remix
  2. Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter-Jazzeem's All Styles Remix
  3. Ain't Got No-I Got Life-Groovefinder Remix
  4. Save Me-Coldcut Remix
  5. Turn Me On-Tony Humphries Got U Turned On Dub
  6. Here Comes The Sun-Francois K. Remix
  7. Westwind-Organice Remix
  8. Go To Hell-Mowo Remix
  9. My Man's Gone Now-DJ Wally Remix
  10. The Look Of Love-Madison Park Vs. Lenny B Remix
  11. O-O-H Child-Nickodemus Remix
  12. To Love Somebody-Chris Coco's Stadium Rocker Remix
  13. Obeah Woman-DJ Logic Remix


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 31, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B000IONLAO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I wish the purists would just stay away from these remix projects! They complain that this isn't the Nina Simone (or whoever) they're familiar with and trash the release because of their own hidebound attitudes. The fact is, this a well assembled remix project that should please fans of the jazz-electronica genre (Verve Remixed, etc.), and more open-minded Nina fans as well. Calling this house music is simple-minded. There are beats here to be sure, but the producers take a variety of approaches that honor the original music without trampling it too much. Of course, like most of these remix projects, some efforts are more successful than others, but overall, very solid. I hope there are more in the Remixed & Reimagined series in the pipeline. Meanwhile, the stubbornly literal-minded types should stop buying (and reviewing) these!
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The music of the late great Nina Simone is revisited on "Remixed & Reimagined". Unlike remix albums of Blondie (1995's "Remixed Remade Remodeled") and Shirley Bassey (2001's "The Remix Album...Diamonds Are Forever"), "Remixed & Reimagined" features remixes of 13 separate songs, with no repeats. Also unlike those remix albums, this one does not have any house/club/dance remixes (altho' "To Love Somebody" is a funky up-tempo neo-Motown/Phil Spector's Wall of Sound style remix); most of the remixes are similar to (but not as good as) Joe Cladussell's remix of Nina Simone's "Feelin' Good", found on the first "Verve/Remixed" album; the sound/style is called "Chill House or Lounge" on the back of the album.

REMIXED & REIMAGINED consists of 13 tracks. The 13 remixes (13 different songs by 13 different remixers) are from Nina Simone's RCA recordings, originally recorded 1967-1973 (some are remixes of live recordings, none are songs written by Nina Simone). The disc is not packaged in a jewel case; it is cardboard single flap fold-over with a clear plastic disc holder glued inside. There is no booklet, but the inside of the front panel includes original recording dates, which RCA album the song is from, and the remix information. There are no song lyrics, photographs, or additional artwork included.

The biggest problems with this album are that it is (1) hard to find and (2) overpriced. If it was readily available and under ten bucks, I'd be much more enthusiastic about it. Another problem is that the first several tracks are actually much shorter than the times listed ("I Can't See Nobody" is under 3 minutes); they fade-out much too gradually. With that stated, it is an enjoyable collection of both remixed songs and reinterpretations of Nina Simone recordings.
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This is really a superb effort by a committee of DJs and producers to cut, paste, and elongate Nina's melodies, voice, and of course music to more of a contemporary style. Remixed and Reimagined is just that. I never imagined Nina's songs in this matter, but it works. This CD has been my favorite now since I bought it. This is fun for the whole family. Everyone seems to have a favorite. I am a big Nina fan anyway, so having something new and delivered posthumously is a real gift.

Key songs:

Ain't Got No-I Got Life-Groovefinder Remix

To Love Somebody-Chris Coco's Stadium Rocker Remix

O-O-H Child-Nickodemus Remix

Here Comes The Sun-Francois K. Remix
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Yeah, I know it's also remixed and reimagined. I'm a huge Nina Simone fan, and this album definitely did not disappoint. I have to say that some of the songs are a lot better than others, but the people that worked on this album did a great job of shining light on a whole new way to enjoy her music. I've played it for dozens of my friends, and the consensus is that it rocks.

I like to play it during those late night drives through the hills or while I'm cooking. . . but your results may vary.

I gave it "4 stars" because she has some other (way better in my opinion) songs that they should/could have used in this album. . . but hopefully they'll release a follow-up.
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i always had very conflicting feelings about Nina Simone. Her ability to give such waight to the waighty issue of her day, raceism, is admerable, and she tackled it with complete courage and honesty, long before most other artists, white or black did.

Yet, when i listen to her, I really have to prepare myself, because this is going to be one HEAVY experiance: listen to Pirate Jenny or Two sisters, or for that matter, most of her work, and it is an emotional, frightening, almost menacing experiance.`You get the feeling she is pissed enough to reach through the speaker and kill you. This is not a critcism, because the music is so genuine, and the racial gripes very well founded in those days. Yet, even when she is singing a love ballad, that vibrato tinged voice sounds deadly serious.

All of which is what makes this album so great. It focuses on her later work, which is more oriented towards rock and pop. The remixes of, say "what I got" or "to love sombody" remind you of how good a singer she was, even outside the heviness of her era, and outside of the fact that her voice is defiantely an aquired taste.

but for me, the selling point has to be "Funkier Than a Misqito's Tweeter" The riff and her approach to the material almost make this a funky piece of hard rock, and the mix is just incredible, taking the song through all kinds of permutations--drums, tablas, studio chatter--and it just KICKS/ Plus, Nina's vindictive, caustic women scorned attitude on this is FUNNY-even she seems to love the humor of it--is a refreshing side of her i have never heard before. It is as if a firebrand preacher is comming down from the alter, and the two of you are sharing scotch, dirty jokes, and ciggarettes. i wish she did more of this.
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