Silk & Soul [Expanded Edition]

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All Music Guide
After moving from the blues to soul for her second RCA album, Nina Simone's extroverted, confident delivery proved a natural match with the ranks of soul shouters working the crowds during the late '60s. A plane ticket to Memphis or Muscle Shoals could've resulted in one of Simone's best works; unfortunately, this set was recorded in New York, and it shows. Simone does well taking on Dusty Springfield for "The Look of Love," though the sedate supper-club backing doesn't quite jive with her smooth, studied performance. Better are the less-familiar tunes, like the highlight "It Be's That Way Sometimes" written by Simone's brother Samuel Waymon, "Go to Hell," and "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free," a trio of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
After moving from the blues to soul for her second RCA album, Nina Simone's extroverted, confident delivery proved a natural match with the ranks of soul shouters working the crowds during the late '60s. A plane ticket to Memphis or Muscle Shoals could've resulted in one of Simone's best works; unfortunately, this set was recorded in New York, and it shows. Simone does well taking on Dusty Springfield for "The Look of Love," though the sedate supper-club backing doesn't quite jive with her smooth, studied performance. Better are the less-familiar tunes, like the highlight "It Be's That Way Sometimes" written by Simone's brother Samuel Waymon, "Go to Hell," and "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free," a trio of songs Nina Simone has no trouble making her own. In early 2006, Legacy remastered Silk & Soul, and added a pair of bonus tracks; "Why Must Your Love Well Be So Dry," issued as a single in 1969, and "Save Me" co-written by Aretha Franklin and her father the Rev. C.L. Franklin, released as a 45 RPM the same year. There is a fine, lively, and authoritative liner essay by Laura Shallop. ~ John Bush & Thom Jurek
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4988017638804
  • Catalog Number: 618845

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nina Simone Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor, Vocals
Richard Harris Trombone
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
George Coleman Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Bass Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Seldon Powell Alto Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Mel Davis Trumpet
Weldon Irvine Organ, Conductor
Montego Joe Percussion
Norris Turney Saxophone
Seymour Barab Cello
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Alfred Brown Viola
Mac Ceppos Violin
George Devens Percussion
Eric Gale Guitar
Eileen Gilbert Vocals
Milt Grayson Vocals
Hilda Harris Vocals
Ernie Hayes Piano, Harpsichord
Haywood Henry Saxophone
George Marge Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet
Kermit Moore Cello
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Gene Orloff Violin
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums, Timpani
Maretha Stewart Vocals
Richard Tee Organ
Barbara Webb Vocals
Mel Tax Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Bass Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jerry Jemmott Bass
Gordon "Specs" Powell Percussion, Vibes
Rudy Stevenson Guitar
Jerry Graff Vocals
Harold "Money" Johnson Trumpet
Joe Shepley Trumpet
Sammy Lowe Conductor
Martin Grupp Marimbas, Timpani
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Trumpet
Marky Markowitz Trumpet
Ralph H. Fields Vocals
Noah Hopkins Vocals
Gene Taylor Bass
Technical Credits
Rev. C.L. Franklin Composer
Nina Simone Arranger
Weldon Irvine Arranger
Danny Davis Producer, Audio Production
Ray Hall Engineer
Terry Kirkman Composer
Richard Seidel Producer, Audio Production
Mark Wilder Mastering
Sammy Lowe Arranger
A. Franklin Composer
Lisa Kelly Liner Notes
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Abe Vélez Packaging Manager
Laura Shallop Liner Notes
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