Nina Simone's Finest Hour

Nina Simone's Finest Hour

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by Nina Simone
     
 
Although a present generation may know her music from a once ubiquitous commercial theme, there's so much more to Nina Simone than "My Baby Just Cares for Me." One of the most individual singers of the 1960s, Simone was a superb interpreter of a wide variety of music. Her stylistic range can be sensed from this collection: r&b tunes ("I Put a Spell on You"),

Overview

Although a present generation may know her music from a once ubiquitous commercial theme, there's so much more to Nina Simone than "My Baby Just Cares for Me." One of the most individual singers of the 1960s, Simone was a superb interpreter of a wide variety of music. Her stylistic range can be sensed from this collection: r&b tunes ("I Put a Spell on You"), Brecht-Weill ballads ("Pirate Jenny"), Billie Holiday trademarks ("I Wished on the Moon," "Don't Explain"), standards ("Little Girl Blue," "Love Me or Leave Me"), and a whole host of songs she made her own ("Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "Wild Is the Wind"). A uniquely expressive singer and a fine self-accompanying pianist, Simone is noted for dramatic readings that turn each song into a mini epic. "My Baby Just Cares for Me" isn't even on this collection, but you won't miss it.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Verve's Finest Hour collection of Nina Simone's work compiles 60 minutes of career highlights, including "Wild Is the Wind," "I Put a Spell on You," "Four Women," "I Loves You, Porgy," and "My Baby Just Cares for Me." Though it's by no means a definitive compilation of Simone's music, it does provide a welcome overview of her Verve years.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2000
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454360425
catalogNumber:
543604
Rank:
129

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nina Simone   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Horace Ott   Conductor
Rudy Stevenson   Guitar
Lisle Atkinson   Bass
Bobby Hamilton   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Nina Simone   Composer
Hal Mooney   Arranger,Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Notes Editing
Horace Ott   Arranger
Billy Vera   Liner Notes
Tom Greenwood   Research Coordination
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Eunice Waymon   Composer
Carlos Kase   Research Coordination
Robert Appleton   Art Direction

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Nina Simone's Finest Hour 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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this album contains a wide range of music styles. I bought it for the song "Love Me or Leave Me" which has a tremendous piano solo, but have fallen in love with her voice and it's unusual quality. She has a beautiful deep voice that is so expressive that you believe every song she sings is a story she is telling about her own life. I am definitely pleased I bought this, and will buy other titles by her in the near future!