Nina Simone Four Women: The Nina Simone Phillips Recordings (4-CD)

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Four Women: The Nina Simone Phillips Recordings
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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
Item:  VRV 065021

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: May 20, 2003
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Verve

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 6/26/03, p.82
4 stars out of 5 - "...Complex music in the key of bittersweet..."
JazzTimes - 8/03, p.131
"...She recorded what she wanted, how she wanted, when she wanted....She was simultaneously jazz, folk, blues and gospel. The lines crossed and blurred....As a storyteller, she rivaled Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.I Loves You Porgy
  • 2.Plain Gold Ring
  • 3.Pirate Jenny
  • 4.Old Jim Crow
  • 5.Don't Smoke In Bed
  • 6.Go Limp
  • 7.Mississippi Goddam
  • 8.Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
  • 9.Night Song
  • 10.The Laziest Gal In Town
  • 11.Something Wonderful
  • 12.Don't Take All Night
  • 13.Nobody
  • 14.I Am Blessed
  • 15.Of This I'm Sure
  • 16.See Line Woman
  • 17.Our Love (Will See Us Through)
  • 18.How Can I?
  • 19.The Last Rose Of Summer

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.I Put A Spell On You
  • 2.Tomorrow Is My Turn
  • 3.Ne Me Quitte Pas
  • 4.Marriage Is For Old Folks
  • 5.July Tree
  • 6.Gimme Some
  • 7.Feeling Good
  • 8.One September Day
  • 9.Blues On Purpose
  • 10.Beautiful Land
  • 11.You've Got To Learn
  • 12.Take Care Of Business
  • 13.Be My Husband
  • 14.Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  • 15.End Of The Line
  • 16.Trouble In Mind
  • 17.Tell Me More And More And Then Some
  • 18.Chilly Winds Don't Blow
  • 19.Ain't No Use
  • 20.Strange Fruit
  • 21.Sinnerman

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Mood Indigo
  • 2.The Other Woman
  • 3.Love Me Or Leave Me
  • 4.Don't Explain
  • 5.Little Girl Blue
  • 6.Chauffeur
  • 7.For Myself
  • 8.The Ballad Of Hollis Brown
  • 9.This Year's Kisses
  • 10.Images
  • 11.Nearer Blessed Lord
  • 12.I Love Your Lovin' Ways
  • 13.Four Women
  • 14.What More Can I Say?
  • 15.Lilac Wine
  • 16.That's All I Ask
  • 17.Break Down And Let It All Out
  • 18.Why Keep On Breaking My Heart
  • 19.Wild Is The Wind
  • 20.Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair
  • 21.If I Should Lose You
  • 22.Either Way I Lose

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Don't You Pay Them No Mind
  • 2.I'm Gonna Leave You
  • 3.Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  • 4.Keeper Of The Flame
  • 5.The Gal From Joe's
  • 6.Take Me To The Water
  • 7.I'm Going Back Home
  • 8.I Hold No Grudge
  • 9.Come Ye
  • 10.He Ain't Comin' Home No More
  • 11.Work Song
  • 12.I Love My Baby
  • 13.A Monster

Product Description:

FOUR WOMEN: THE NINA SIMONE PHILLIPS RECORDINGS contains 7 LPs on 4 CDs: NINA SIMONE IN CONCERT (1964)/BROADWAY-BLUES-BALLADS (1964)/I PUT A SPELL ON YOU (1965)/PASTEL BLUES (1965)/LET IT ALL OUT (1965)/WILD IS THE WIND (1965)/HIGH PRIESTESS OF SOUL (1966).
Personnel includes: Nina Simone (vocals, piano); Rudy Stevenson (guitar); Lisle Atkinson (bass, percussion); Bobby Hamilton (drums).
Producer: Hal Mooney.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1964 & 1966. Includes liner notes by Ashley Kahn.
FOUR WOMEN was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Album Notes.
Personnel: Nina Simone (vocals, piano); Rudy Stevenson (guitar, flute); Al Schackman (guitar, harmonica); Bobby Hamilton (drums); Lisle Atkinson (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Ashley Kahn.
Recording information: New York, NY (03/21/1964-08/26/1966).
Photographers: Peter Basch; Burt Goldblatt; Herb Snitzer; Jan Persson.
Arrangers: Hal Mooney; Horace Ott; Nina Simone.
Although Nina Simone's years at RCA have their passionate devotees, most fans believe her mid-'60s tenure at Philips was the pinnacle of her career. Indeed, her first album for the label, 1964's still-startling NINA SIMONE IN CONCERT, is probably Simone's single finest album of all time, introducing such masterpieces as her chilling reinterpretation of Kurt Weill's "Pirate Jenny" and the anti-segregation broadside "Mississippi Goddam," which she delivers with absolutely brutal humor. The six studio albums that followed are all included in full, and each of them continues Simone's no-boundaries musical worldview (one album was called BROADWAY-BLUES-BALLADS, and she cut the occasional pop song, like her dramatic remake of the Animals' "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"), her increasingly socio-political choices of material, and above all, her absolute mastery of the jazz vocal form. Beautifully packaged and extensively annotated, this four-disc set is a perfect overview of some of the '60s' finest and most uncompromising vocal jazz.

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