Feeling Good: The Very Best of Nina Simone

Feeling Good: The Very Best of Nina Simone

by Nina Simone

CD

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2003
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0731452274724
catalogNumber: 5227472

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nina Simone   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Nina Simone   Composer
Nat Adderley   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Oscar Brown   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
James Cox   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Rudy Stevenson   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
George Bass   Composer
Gloria Caldwell   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lewis Allan   Composer

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Feeling Good: The Very Best of Nina Simone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Working-Scribe_Aberjhani More than 1 year ago
The great author James Baldwin once stated that "the artist has always been a disturber of the peace in some way." When we hear Nina Simone sing with composed outrage such songs as "Mississippi Goddam," and "Work Song," in protest against the overt racism practiced during the 1960s in the southern U.S., we know that hers was indeed a politically charged consciousness. The singer's recording of "Mississippi Goddam" was so controversial when first released that Simone would come to attribute the decline of her career in the U.S., and her relocation to France, to the fallout that followed. However, the 20 songs gathered here on FEELING GOOD, THE VERY BEST OF NINA SIMONE, demonstrate that the greater range of her musical talents went far beyond social or political protest.

Trained as a classical pianist at the famed Juilliard School of Music, Simone was an extraordinary interpreter of song lyrics as well as of musical genres. In the title track of this CD, she draws listeners into an inspired celebration of life with a song that dozens of artists are now covering in 2007 (please note review of Randy Crawford's "Feeling Good.") She can croon seductively and vulnerably in songs like "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "Ne Me Quitte Pas," and "I Put a Spell on You." And yet she can also go straight to church on the gospel presentations "Take Me to the Water" and "I'm Going Back Home." Talent of such amazing caliber doesn't pop up every decade. This generous sampling of Simone's genius makes one very glad she came along and gave the world as much as she could when she did.

by Aberjhani