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The Definitive Collection Original recording remastered

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Editorial Reviews

No one disc better covers the breadth of Nina's vocal artistry. Her key Verve sides join her Bethlehem, Colpix, Philips and RCA hits I Loves You Porgy; Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out; Trouble in Mind; I Put a Spell on You; Do What You Gotta Do; To Be Young, Gifted and Black , and more. 20 essentials!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair
  2. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  3. The Other Woman
  4. Trouble in Mind
  5. Gin House Blues
  6. I Loves You Porgy
  7. Mississippi Goddam
  8. Don't Smoke in Bed
  9. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
  10. See-Line Woman
  11. I Put a Spell on You
  12. Love Me or Leave Me
  13. Four Women
  14. Wild Is the Wind
  15. Come Ye
  16. Do What You Gotta Do
  17. To Be Young, Gifted and Black
  18. Nobody's Fault but Mine
  19. Sugar in My Bowl
  20. My Baby Just Cares for Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 10, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O
  • ASIN: B000CQQHG8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm new to Nina Simone's music and wanted a resonably comprehensive sampler of her work so I chose this one. The main reason I went for this collection is that it had the song "The Other Woman" on it, and I noticed that some of her compilations bypass that song. I only became interested in investigating her music when I heard Jeff Buckley's cover of that song on the "Grace Legacy Edition" release so I really wanted to hear the original and it is the best song here in my opinion.

The other reason I chose this compilation is because it was released this year and so I figured the sound quality/remastering would be excellent. It is pretty good but there is a wide range of performances here from different time periods so it isn't consistent. Some of the songs sound crystal clear, especially the live recordings (there are plenty of those scattered throughout), but the instrumentation is all but buried in others, which is a little disappointing. I suppose thought that this could just be due to the nature of the recordings and there's nothing that can be done about it.

Normally I hate it when live versions of songs are scattered through career overviews like this since I like to have the definitive studio versions but in this instance I didn't mind as the live recordings are great and for all I know, they may just be the definitive versions of these songs. Just note that the last two songs are lifted straight from the 1987 live album "Let It Be Me". I only know this because the liner notes tell you what album each song originally came from, which is something I wish more career overviews did.

Ultimately, this compilation is successful because it made me want to investigate more of Nina Simone's music.
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My fiance' and I listened to Nina Simone regularly, with many of our favorite songs on this CD. He passed away in December of 2010, quite unexpectedly at a very young age of a heart attack on college campus just before graduation. I was devastated, and it took me several years before I could bear to listen to "our songs" again. Ms. Simone's voice is hauntingly beautiful, this CD is phenomenal as is all of her music. I highly recommend this CD by Ms. Simone, and all of her recordings. Her music is very moving and thought-provoking, still, after having been recorded so many years ago. Her music is truly timeless, beautiful, refined. This is tied at being my favorite CD with one other. Absolutely beautiful.
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I used to own several of her albums and have been looking to replace the songs I lost. There are lots of compilation albums for Nina Simone, and this one does justice! There are a few songs that I wish they put on it, but at the same time I learned a few more from this album as well!
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If you know Nina Simone, then you will love this compilation. The only jarring aspect is that it's from multiple periods in her career, so it seems to jump around quite a bit in styles. However, it's full of some of her greatest performances.
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...then you have to get this collection. Nina is one of the premier blues singers of that era. Baby boomers will remember hearing her voice in the background of homes in the south, New York, etc., while they were growing up. Anyone who appreciates the blues or jazz will appreciate Nina's style and presentation. No one sings with more heart and purity, no one draws you into the "Blues" concept better than Nina Simone.
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Whoa Miss Nina Simone live is amazing I'm only 22 but love this album. She gives me chills very jazzy and good to listen on the Car at home relaxing drinking Wine.
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Nina was a one-of-a-kind singer with so much feeling. She always had some kind of message within the songs she sung.
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By sonata on February 10, 2016
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I had this as an album about 20 years ago and still find myself singing Nina's songs. I love it.
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