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To Love Somebody Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: RCA Victor Europe
  • ASIN: B0001ZXMCC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Suzanne
2. Turn! Turn! Turn!
3. Revolution (Part 1)
4. Revolution (Part 2)
5. To Love Somebody
6. I Shall Be Released
7. I Can't See Nobody
8. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
9. Times They Are A-Changin'

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered edition of the original LP issue that comes in a special LP sleeve replica. Returning to popular culture on this album, Simone started to build a reputation of taking other people's songs and making them her own. This album of covers starts off with a wonderful version of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" and successfully takes on three Bob Dylan songs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Gentile on October 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I don't necessarily mean "soul", as in, category of music. I am referring to the relative handfull of singers who sing from their "soul", that indefinable, intangible place where art is born. I bought this recording as an album, in around 1973 or so, on the advice of none other than "The Happy Hooker", Xaviera Hollander. She had praised this recording as one of her most favorite, and, based on her good taste, I purchased it! I was not disappointed. At the time, I had barely heard of Nina Simone. But, also at that time, I was suffering from saccharine overdose due to the trend in music towards singers like Karen Carpenter and Helen Reddy. They were talented ladies, but, so....whitebread! I HATED their songs! I wanted something SEXY! and this recording reeked of it. Nina Simone's smooth, mysterious vocals evoked images of an other worldly Lorelei, whose dark, islandy phrasings could lead the powerless listener to sweet doom! She had such a true and natural instinct as far as phrasing and stylizing a song. She could take a simple song and weave a spell with her voice and talent. You either have it, or you don't. Ms. Simone did. I was especially hypnotized by the first track on this recording, the hauntingly beautiful "Suzanne." This song has remained one of my favorites through the years, listening to her sing it actually taught me alot about singing. Though I have heard other artists perform this song, it is Miss Simone's version that remains the definitive version. I enjoy all the songs on this album, they range from ballad to all-out hell bent protest, as in "Revolution." Miss Simone, though not exactly a household name, enjoyed a long, respected career, with a very loyal following.Read more ›
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on June 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
A confession: I have very mixed feelings about Nina Simone. I have always been a little afraid of her dead seriousness. I feel at times that the constant vibrato in her voice lends a grave nuance to material where it just does not fit. Though at times it does and if you ever want the utter hell scared out of you, check out her rendition of Kurt Wile's "Pirate Jenny,"

But you can't question two things about Nina Simone: her courage in tackling race when it was a truly pussy American wound.

And her career instincts. Simone realized she could appeal to late 1960s youth culture, and started to sing rock. I have a 1969 Time Magazine that has a great piece on Nina at the Filmore East. There is a reason Nina was and Leslie Gore was not.

Maybe the reason, or part of it, is To Love Somebody. The material on this album is actually pretty predictable. "The Times They Are A Chagin'," the title track, "Suzanne,": all songs that any artist crossing over during the counterculture era would cover to be considered, well, let's just use the damn term, "relevant,"

But Simone already had ten people's worth of street cred going into counterculture rock given her stance and guts tackling racial issues when it was truly dangerous--if you did not live in those times, yes, bigot goons would kill you. She was truly fearless

Maybe more important, she makes several brilliant moves: she hires an electric band on To Love Somebody. She also gets conventional but fantastic female backup vocals to buffer her voice. On one number, "Revolution." (it is not the Beatles song,) there is even a totally unexpected free form freakout in the mid section, and it works, perfectly. It sounds dated and does not need to be there, but sounds fantastic and I am so glad it IS there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacque Wright on March 24, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
had the vinyl way back when and it was one of my favorites. Hearing the tv talent shows trying to sing Nina Simone told me I
needed to get this back. Good condition, service, etc.
thanks
jacque wright
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By Lawrence Hosack on February 25, 2015
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
Wonderful music, and it brought back such memories..thankyou for carrying her albums!
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MBM news on May 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Nina Simone, what to say...cannot avoid to create an atmoshere. If u don't like it, it will make an emotionel statement, different from yours, for u to mirrow in. If u like it, u can talk, live make love and create in it.

Nine Simone have an old school sensitivity, that carries time and circumstances, that only belongs to the future, to a degree, we integrate it. What I am saying is, i don't think we are about to create circumstances for a new Nina Simone.

Enjoy.
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