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Jazz Icons: Nina Simone - Live in '65 & '68

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Product Description

This is the folk Nina (The Ballad of Hollis Brown) and the jazz Nina (Love Me Or Leave Me) presented here in live club and TV performances in typically Nina Simone spellbinding fashion. Nina recalls the passion, fury and angst of the Civil Rights struggle and the 1960s with impassioned renditions of Brown Baby, Four Women and Mississippi Goddamn. This collection of Nina Simone, a superb vocalist-pianist who absolutely defied catergorization, includes a stirring rendition of her signature song I Loves You Porgy. Featuring a 24 page booklet with liner notes by Rob Bowman, forward by Nina's daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, rare photographs, and memorabilia collage.

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For lovers of Nina Simone, and those just new to her work, Nina Simone: Live In '65 & '68 will be a pleasure and a revelation. -- BlogCritics.org, Richard Marcus, September 02, 2008

Jazz Icons is doing for jazz what the Criterion Collection has done for classic and important films. -- Jazz Times Magazine

Pianist/singer/activist Nina Simone visibly demonstrates the a-changes that occurred during the tumultuous 60s. Her 65 Holland set has Ms. Simone in elegant European-style attire as she delivers chilling versions of songs like "Four Women" and "Brown Baby". By 1968, she had become a symbol of the Black Power movement, and is dressed in more African attire during her harrowing treatments of "I Put A Spell On You" and the forewarning "Go To Hell." -- JazzWeekly.com, George W. Harris, September 2008

The sound quality is first rate, and the performances are extraordinary. -- Newsweek Magazine

What makes the Jazz Icons DVD so important is that you get to see Simone in her full fury. She goes so far into a song you wonder whether she's ever going to come out. Seeing Simone in action also reminds you how big a role the church played in her interpretation and delivery. In addition to being a singer with a conscience, there was a revival meeting quality about her vocals, with call-and-response and chanting designed to wake up sinners and whip souls into a frenzy. -- JazzWax.com, Marc Myers, September 16, 2008

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nina Simone
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Jazz Icons
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CW2HK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Philip G. Pryor on June 11, 2009
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This is a powerful video of old performances, done in her active time in the USA civil rights movement. It's still strong, relevant and artistic, though moving and even risking offence to some. It's instructive also, showing a mature, committed, intense artist in control of material, techniques and the attentive audience itself. Worthwhile.
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~ Captivating. Spellbinding. Powerful. This 64-minute DVD captures Nina Simone in the midst of her social conscious period that spanned 1963 to 1970. The 'Editorial Reviews' and 'Product Description' posted by Amazon are informative and should be read.
~ Two concerts: the first recorded in Holland on 25 December 1965; the second recorded in England on 14 September 1968. In both concerts she is supported by an excellent sympathetic jazz combo.
~ The songs are all poignant with powerful messages of political and social importance. Nina's delivery varies from intensely serious to humorous, but the message is never lost. She varies her voice from song to song and even verse to verse with a song as appropriate for the lyrics. Sometimes she becomes so deeply involved in the song that it looks like she has forgotten that there is an audience.
~ Song titles: Brown Baby, Four Women, The Ballade of Hollis Brown, Tomorrow Is My Time, Images, Go Limp, Mississippi Goddamn, Go To Hell, Ain't Got No / I Got Life, Backlash Blues, I Put A Spell on You, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Why? (The King of Love is Dead).
~ Nina Simone fans will recognize many of these titles from her recordings of the time for Philips and RCA. Like the great Ray Charles, when Nina Simone sings a song she puts her own stamp on it. Compare her version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" to the version by the Animals in the same era. Hard to tell they are the same song. Likewise, "I Put a Spell on You" is a far cry from the version by Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
~ Highly recommended.
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I have adored this Diva since age 12 in 1965 and "I put a spell on you". Strangely until I viewed this DVD I had not even been touched so forcibly by the human rights issues - yes I knew they were there but not one after another and another - NO! Blame me for living in UK!
However, this DVD reinforces the strength of this great icon of the 20th century. I love and respect her even more now. The commitment and passion is so much more evident. Dr Simone - you are a saint - your approach laid the way for Barak.
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I love this DVD. It really shows the soul of Nina Simone. Since it is live, there are shots of the audience which gives it a "you are there" feel. I liked it very much. I have never seen her in person. I felt like I was there. Of course in 1968, I was only 10 years old and not yet into jazz.
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Very obviously a "Female genius", sings a tortuorsly honest style about her past where she is imbued with a stigmatised consciousness.'which she revels in expressing to her more often than white, liberal audiences.Her pain is obvious as her staccato verbalising mows down her listeners! It must have been therapeutic for her,and she certainly enriched my understanding and enlightened me, of my very own fallibilities! As someone once daid"If we were colour-blind, how could we,safely,drive in a metropolitan area!
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Reelin' In the Year productions are always first class. I have many of the Jazz Icon DVDs, Blues Festival DVDs, and their excellent Marvin Gaye, Temptations, and Stax Revue DVDs. (There's even more but you can look them up on their website). People are now trying to imitate them, but it's not quite the same, especially in the Jazz Icons area. These are the standard. You like Nina Simone? You'll love this DVD.
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This really wasn't what I was expecting but it isn't terrible either. Her voice to me is always a standout so no complaints there but I suppose I expected some of the songs to be sung in a higher tempo. The tone of both shows is somewhat dark but again, that isn't to take anything away from her performance which is great. I'd say this disc is more for superfans than the casual fan.
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