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All Music Guide - Joseph McCombs
After an uncharacteristic (for her) four-year hiatus from recording, Nina Simone returned to the fringes of the pop world with Baltimore, the only album she recorded for the CTI label. While it bears some of the musical stylings of the period -- light reggae inflections that hint of Steely Dan's "Haitian Divorce" -- the vocals are unmistakably Simone's. Like many of her albums, the content is wildly uneven; Simone simply covers too much ground and there's too little attention paid to how songs flow together. As a result, a robust torch piano ballad like "Music for Lovers" is followed immediately by one of Simone's more awkward moments, an attempt to keep up with a jaunty...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joseph McCombs
After an uncharacteristic (for her) four-year hiatus from recording, Nina Simone returned to the fringes of the pop world with Baltimore, the only album she recorded for the CTI label. While it bears some of the musical stylings of the period -- light reggae inflections that hint of Steely Dan's "Haitian Divorce" -- the vocals are unmistakably Simone's. Like many of her albums, the content is wildly uneven; Simone simply covers too much ground and there's too little attention paid to how songs flow together. As a result, a robust torch piano ballad like "Music for Lovers" is followed immediately by one of Simone's more awkward moments, an attempt to keep up with a jaunty rhythm track on a cover of Hall & Oates' "Rich Girl." Still, one must give her credit for always being provocative in her cover song choices, as she clearly scores on the Randy Newman-penned title track and a dramatic reading of Judy Collins' "My Father." Her voice throughout is in fine form, even when she phones it in on the album-closing traditional gospel tunes, but arranger David Matthews is a mismatch for her: He blows the arrangements with excessive string overlays and needlessly blaring background vocals. Simone herself all but disavowed the album shortly after its release, testament to her eternally contrarian, iconic nature. Despite her misgivings, though, Baltimore is an occasionally spellbinding if erratic album, a challenging and worthwhile listen for people ready to dip into the lesser-known entries in Nina Simone's vast catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972487526
  • Catalog Number: 724875
  • Sales rank: 39,604

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nina Simone Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals
Chuck Israels Upright Bass
Ray Simpson Background Vocals
David Nadien Violin
David Matthews Piano
Jonathan Abramowitz Cello
Lamar Alsop Viola
Joshie Armstead Background Vocals
John Beal Bass, String Bass
Alfred Brown Viola
Max Ellen Violin
Barry Finclair Violin
Babi Floyd Background Vocals
Jerry Friedman Guitar
Eric Gale Guitar
Harry Glickman Violin
Milt Grayson Background Vocals
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Gary King Bass
Will Lee Bass
Charles Libove Violin
James Madison Drums
Nicky Marrero Percussion
Charles McCracken Cello
Deborah McDuffie Background Vocals
Homer Mensch Upright Bass, String Bass
Marvin Morgenstern Violin
Andy Newmark Drums
Albertine Robinson Background Vocals
Al Schackman Piano, Tambourine
Alan Shulman Cello
Richard Sortomme Violin
Maretha Stewart Background Vocals
Herbert Sorkin Violin
Emanuel Vardi Viola
Jimmy Madison Drums
Frank Floyd Background Vocals
Andy Newark Drums
Alan Schulman Cello
Maeretha Stewart Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Nina Simone Arranger, Composer
Matt Kelly Tape Research
David Matthews Arranger
Didier C. Deutsch Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
David Palmer Engineer
Al Schackman Director, Music Direction
Creed Taylor Producer, Liner Notes
Mark Wilder Mastering
David Nathan Liner Notes
Fritz Rotter Composer
Traditional Composer
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
Bart Howard Composer
Howard Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfection!!!!

    I love Nina Simone, but this album is something that proves to me that there are wonderful things in the world. It is far from the style that Nina is known for, which makes it all the more interesting. I dont know what I can say. It is vital to any Nina fan.

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