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Nina: The Essential Nina Simone
     

Nina: The Essential Nina Simone

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by Nina Simone
 
While there's some good music on this 73-minute CD, it's a patchy quilt of songs from the 1950s to the 1980s, reaching as far back as late-'50s sessions from early in her career, and stretching through several subsequent decades, including two songs from a 1985 album and seven songs from her In Concert album thrown in along the way. That's not, incidentally, her 1964

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While there's some good music on this 73-minute CD, it's a patchy quilt of songs from the 1950s to the 1980s, reaching as far back as late-'50s sessions from early in her career, and stretching through several subsequent decades, including two songs from a 1985 album and seven songs from her In Concert album thrown in along the way. That's not, incidentally, her 1964 Philips In Concert album, but an identically titled release that's obviously from much later, since there are references to Michael Jackson and Ronald Reagan inserted into one of the songs. Other than those pair of 1985 tracks, the music is good, and sometimes superb, as on her version of "Mood Indigo." However, there are better anthologies out there. Although there are liner notes by noted author Lucy O'Brien, little is supplied in the way of specific dates and original release information.

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Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Metro Music
UPC:
0698458101020
catalogNumber:
10
Rank:
48697

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Nina: The Essential Nina Simone 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nina Simone is an original artist with a lot to say. Her deep, raspy voice will capture you and bring you into her words and her music. Some songs are up beat and swing-y while others are mellow and soothing, it is a great compilation of her work. 'I sing Just to know that I am alive' and 'Fodder on her wings' have a different style to them, but they still work. She remade some old originals by other artists, and it's interesting to hear her take on their lyrics- the way she wants to represent them. Four Women is and will always be my favorite song by Nina. I will recommend this album to people who know of her work and to others who are looking for something new and fresh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago