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Feeling Good: The Very Best of Nina Simone

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All Music Guide - John Bush
A fiery interpreter of the usually staid American songbook, Nina Simone took a song and made it her own -- whether it was Gershwin's "I Loves You, Porgy" or Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit." This 1994 collection on Universal features selections from her Philips years of the mid-'60s, generally acknowledged as the pinnacle of her recording career, the genesis of material including "My Baby Just Cares for Me," "Ne Me Quitte Pas If You Go Away," and her own "Mississippi Goddam." Feeling Good: The Very Best of Nina Simone doesn't have any surprises, but it's a good collection for beginners.
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All Music Guide - John Bush
A fiery interpreter of the usually staid American songbook, Nina Simone took a song and made it her own -- whether it was Gershwin's "I Loves You, Porgy" or Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit." This 1994 collection on Universal features selections from her Philips years of the mid-'60s, generally acknowledged as the pinnacle of her recording career, the genesis of material including "My Baby Just Cares for Me," "Ne Me Quitte Pas If You Go Away," and her own "Mississippi Goddam." Feeling Good: The Very Best of Nina Simone doesn't have any surprises, but it's a good collection for beginners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 731452274724
  • Catalog Number: 5227472
  • Sales rank: 10,211

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nina Simone Primary Artist
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Nina Simone Composer
Nat Adderley Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Jacques Brel Composer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Barney Bigard Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
James Cox Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Rudy Stevenson Composer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Willard Robison Composer
Sol Marcus Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
George Bass Composer
Gloria Caldwell Composer
Traditional Composer
Lewis Allan Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Pure Style and Class of Nina Simone

    The great author James Baldwin once stated that "the artist has always been a disturber of the peace in some way." When we hear Nina Simone sing with composed outrage such songs as "Mississippi Goddam," and "Work Song," in protest against the overt racism practiced during the 1960s in the southern U.S., we know that hers was indeed a politically charged consciousness. The singer's recording of "Mississippi Goddam" was so controversial when first released that Simone would come to attribute the decline of her career in the U.S., and her relocation to France, to the fallout that followed. However, the 20 songs gathered here on FEELING GOOD, THE VERY BEST OF NINA SIMONE, demonstrate that the greater range of her musical talents went far beyond social or political protest. <BR/><BR/>Trained as a classical pianist at the famed Juilliard School of Music, Simone was an extraordinary interpreter of song lyrics as well as of musical genres. In the title track of this CD, she draws listeners into an inspired celebration of life with a song that dozens of artists are now covering in 2007 (please note review of Randy Crawford's "Feeling Good.") She can croon seductively and vulnerably in songs like "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "Ne Me Quitte Pas," and "I Put a Spell on You." And yet she can also go straight to church on the gospel presentations "Take Me to the Water" and "I'm Going Back Home." Talent of such amazing caliber doesn't pop up every decade. This generous sampling of Simone's genius makes one very glad she came along and gave the world as much as she could when she did. <BR/><BR/>by Aberjhani

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