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Nina Simone - Live at Montreux 1976
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Nina Simone made four appearances at the Montreux Festival between 1968 and 1990. This DVD features the whole performance from 1976 as the main feature and is supplemented by bonus features of two tracks from her concert in 1987 and four from her final show in 1990.
This is the definitive Nina Simone Live At Montreux DVD.
1. Little Girl Blue
2. Backlash Blues
3. Be My Husband
4. I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to be Free)
5. Stars / Feelings
6. African Mailman
7. Someone to Watch Over Me
8. My Baby Just Cares For Me
9. I Loves You Porgy
10. Liberian Calypso
11. Four Women / Mississippi Goddam
12. Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don't Leave Me)
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But this is a whole other level of quality. The good folks at Eagle Vision should be commended for taking the original filmed concert and lovingly restoring it to its full length. Even more impressive than the crystal clear video and continuity is the superior sound. We are given no less than three formats to choose from, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS(!) and PCM stereo. The DTS sounds great on my system, putting this outstanding performance under an aural magnifying glass. One can hear so many details that the first viewing/listening was startling, even though I have viewed the bootleg countless times. The PCM stereo version is also superb-encoded as it is @48k and 16 bit, it surpasses CD specs and sounds it too, considering the 1976 concert quality source. I should note that the balance of the band is a little off at the beginning, but quickly adjusts to a satisfactory mix for most of the show. Overall , the bass is a bit weak and the percussion a little too forward for my tastes, but its close enough to not get in the way of really enjoying the music.
As for the performance, well, if you don't know why WP was considered such a big deal ,this document should convince you of their importance in modern jazz history. This was before they played the big concert venues and added all the lights and smoke.Read more ›
The 1976 Montreux concert is a great experience - yes the diva is so great it defies description. She lives life (I got life) OK. I Wish I Knew and Feelings are so stellar in emotion that it is difficult to convey how great the interpretations are. Lets just say that they take your breath away.
The 1987 and 1990 bonus tracks are OK but they are too edited - Nina is best experienced in totality which the 1976 concert is. I thoroughly recommend that you buy this concert DVD and trust that Dr Simone's estate release many more of her concerts on DVD - once you see her live you can never forget how great she was.
A Diva supreme
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Nina Simone what an artist she is one of the greatest artists since I would say Billie Holiday she was just an amazing individual. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wharton 50
Nina Simone was no Aretha, Esther Phillips, Ann Peebles or Irma Thomas. And she was no Gil Scott-Heron, either, despite her nutty racist anti-white social commentary. Read morePublished 2 months ago by spankytown
This DVD is for musicians (keys, bass, guitars and drums) to see. There's not much other footage available of this great band (they play almost all instrumental versions of songs). Read morePublished 4 months ago by From the Musician's Pen
I discovered this group late in life. Stuff play the kind of music I have grown to love, I am a big fan of Cornell Dupree, but the group as a whole was awesome. This DVD is great.Published 8 months ago by Helen