The Essential Nina Simone

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Nina Simone could sing anything and make it work, and her unique mixture of passion, empowerment, liberation, and love continues to make her recorded work speak powerfully a decade or more into the 21st century. This two-disc, 29-track set collects essential sides from her entire career, including tracks done for the Colpix, Philips, RCA, CTI, and Elektra labels between 1959 and 1993. Simone was a master of nuance and phrasing, and songs collected here like 1959's "I Loves You, Porgy" and "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair," 1960's "Trouble in Mind," 1964's "See-Line Woman," her version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" from 1965, 1967's saucy "I ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Nina Simone could sing anything and make it work, and her unique mixture of passion, empowerment, liberation, and love continues to make her recorded work speak powerfully a decade or more into the 21st century. This two-disc, 29-track set collects essential sides from her entire career, including tracks done for the Colpix, Philips, RCA, CTI, and Elektra labels between 1959 and 1993. Simone was a master of nuance and phrasing, and songs collected here like 1959's "I Loves You, Porgy" and "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair," 1960's "Trouble in Mind," 1964's "See-Line Woman," her version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" from 1965, 1967's saucy "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl," and the late-career "A Single Woman" from 1993 all give testament to this gifted and unique artist's vision, style, and elegance. It's a very impressive legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2011
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886977867026
  • Catalog Number: 778670
  • Sales rank: 27,328

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nina Simone Primary Artist, Conductor
Hal Mooney Conductor
Weldon Irvine Conductor
Jimmy Wisner Conductor
Horace Ott Conductor
Harold Wheeler Conductor
Sammy Lowe Conductor
Technical Credits
Sandy Denny Composer
Nina Simone Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bob Dylan Composer
George Harrison Composer
Jacques Brel Composer
Hal Mooney Arranger, Producer
Robin Gibb Composer
Daryl Hall Composer
Weldon Irvine Composer, Orchestration
Jimmy Webb Composer
Jimmy Wisner Arranger
Rod McKuen Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Danny Davis Producer
André Fischer Producer
Jack Gold Producer
Jonathan King Composer
Emile Latimer Composer
Horace Ott Arranger
Joe Rene Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Harold Wheeler Arranger
Mark Wilder Mastering
David Nathan Liner Notes
James Rado Composer
Gerome Ragni Composer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Mark Larson Art Direction
Jimmy Cox Composer
Sammy Lowe Arranger
Sol Marcus Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Arthur MacDermot Composer
Aillene Bullock Composer
Gloria Caldwell Composer
Tony Gale Cover Photo
Traditional Composer
Richard James Composer
Lewis Allan Composer
Stu Phillips Producer
William Taylor Composer
Bob Blake Producer
Calvin Taylor Composer
William Hill Composer
Jalacy J. Hawkins Composer
Bruce Somerfeld Executive Producer
Richard Lamb Composer
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