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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Nina Simone's inclusion in Verve's Jazz Masters series is a bit suspect; there was a lot of jazz in Simone, true, but wasn't there quite a bit of pop and soul as well, not to mention some blues? Anyway, this is an excellent survey of her mid-'60s work, with 16 tracks spanning 1964 to 1966 that find Simone at her most versatile and assured. Quite a range is encompassed here: traditional folk "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair", R&B her jazzy rendition of "I Put a Spell on You", Jacques Brel "Ne Me Quitte Pas", Billie Holiday "Strange Fruit", the Gershwins "I Loves You, Porgy", Rodgers & Hart "Little Girl Blue", and modern jazz Nat Adderley's "Work ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Nina Simone's inclusion in Verve's Jazz Masters series is a bit suspect; there was a lot of jazz in Simone, true, but wasn't there quite a bit of pop and soul as well, not to mention some blues? Anyway, this is an excellent survey of her mid-'60s work, with 16 tracks spanning 1964 to 1966 that find Simone at her most versatile and assured. Quite a range is encompassed here: traditional folk "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair", R&B her jazzy rendition of "I Put a Spell on You", Jacques Brel "Ne Me Quitte Pas", Billie Holiday "Strange Fruit", the Gershwins "I Loves You, Porgy", Rodgers & Hart "Little Girl Blue", and modern jazz Nat Adderley's "Work Song". Other highlights are the mesmerizing "See Line Woman" and the original version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," which was a hit for the Animals shortly afterwards. On the two original compositions, "Four Women" and "Mississippi Goddam," Simone confronts racism in a head-on fashion rare for the time. Discographical details: the version of "Little Girl Blue" is a mono alternate take, and the recording of "My Baby Just Cares for Me" is not from the mid-'60s, but a 1987 live album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/1994
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731451819827
  • Catalog Number: 518198
  • Sales rank: 88,795

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nina Simone Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Hal Mooney Conductor
Arthur Adams Bass
Lyle Atkinson Bass
Cornell McFadden Drums
Horace Ott Conductor
Rudy Stevenson Guitar
Lisle Atkinson Bass
Bobby Hamilton Drums
Technical Credits
Nina Simone Composer
Andy Badale Composer
Hal Mooney Producer, Contributor
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Composer
Michael Lang Contributor
Horace Ott Contributor
Peter Pullman Notes Editing
James Gavin Liner Notes, Sequencers
Suha Gur Mastering
Sheryl Lutz-Brown Art Direction
George Bass Composer
John Clifford Composer
Eunice Waymon Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    buy this.

    Each time I listen to this CD, I find a new nuance that moves me. She is great and this CD is a wonderful collection of her music. Totally thrilling and should make you cry...

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