Nina Simone To Be Free (4-CD Box Set)

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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: September 30, 2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy

Entertainment Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) - p.122
4 stars out of 5 -- "Over the course of 3CDs, we bear witness to a singer who had no equal. Simone carved phrases with that smoky tenor, a natural instrument so regal that her whisper packed more power than the caterwauling of lessers who compensate with overkill."
Blender (Magazine) - p.81
3 stars out of 5 -- "She squeezed audiences with a mysterious intensity, and this three-disc set is rightly heavy on the live tracks."
Paste (magazine) (p.66) - "TO BE FREE: THE NINA SIMONE STORY stirringly captures Simone's journey from a reluctant cabaret performer to one of the most powerful voices of the Civil Rights era."
Uncut (magazine)
5 stars out of 5 -- "The songs Simone wrote or covered in response to the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s suited her throaty snarl perfectly."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Mood Indigo
  • 2.I Loves You, Porgy
  • 3.My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • 4.Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  • 5.You Can Have Him - (live)
  • 6.Wild is the Wind - (live)
  • 7.Trouble In Mind - (live)
  • 8.When Malindy Sings / Swing Low Sweet Chariot - (previously unreleased, live)
  • 9.See-Line Woman - (live)
  • 10.Pirate Jenny - (live)
  • 11.Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
  • 12.I Put a Spell On You
  • 13.Ne Me Quitte Pas
  • 14.Feeling Good
  • 15.Four Women
  • 16.My Man's Gone Now
  • 17.I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
  • 18.To Love Somebody
  • 19.Sunday In Savannah - (live)
  • 20.Backlash Blues - (live)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Mississippi Goddam - (live)
  • 2.In the Morning - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
  • 3.Ain't Got No-I Got Life
  • 4.Do What You Gotta Do
  • 5.Seems I'm Never Tired Loving You
  • 6.Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  • 7.The Times They Are a-Changin'
  • 8.Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season) - (live)
  • 9.Other Woman, The (Live) - (live)
  • 10.I Think It's Going To Rain Today - (live)
  • 11.Save Me - (live)
  • 12.Revolution - (live)
  • 13.To Be Young, Gifted and Black - (live)
  • 14.Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair - (live)
  • 15.Westwind - (live)
  • 16.Who Knows Where the Time Goes - (previously unreleased, live)
  • 17.Suzanne - (previously unreleased, live)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
  • 2.Just Like a Woman - (previously unreleased)
  • 3.Here Comes the Sun - (live)
  • 4.Tanywey - (previously unreleased, live)
  • 5.Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter - (previously unreleased, live)
  • 6.My Sweet Lord / Today is a Killer - (live)
  • 7.Let It Be Me - (previously unreleased, live)
  • 8.Poppies - (live)
  • 9.Mr. Bojangles - (previously unreleased, live)
  • 10.I Want a Little Sugar In My Bowl - (previously unreleased, live)
  • 11.Nina - (previously unreleased, live)
  • 12.Zungo - (previously unreleased, live)
  • 13.Baltimore
  • 14.A Single Woman

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Ain't Got No-I Got Life - (live)
  • 2.Pirate Jenny - (live)
  • 3.Don't Pay Them No Mind - (live)
  • 4.Milestones - (live)
  • 5.Go To Hell - (live)
  • 6.Backlash Blues - (live)
  • 7.Percussion / Drums / Clapping / Dancing - (live)
  • 8.Precious Lord - (live)
  • 9.How It Would Feel To Be Free - (live)
  • 10.Precious Lord - (live)

Product Description:

Personnel: Nina Simone (vocals, piano).
Audio Mixer: Todd Whitelock.
Audio Remasterer: Mark Wilder.
Liner Note Author: David Nathan.
Jazz singer and pianist Nina Simone was such a prodigious talent that even a four-disc box set might seem too small a canvas to fully sketch her genius, but TO BE FREE: THE NINA SIMONE STORY is nonetheless an ideal introduction. The three CDs contain 51 tracks covering Simone's career from 1953 to 1993, from her beginnings as a classically trained supper club artiste through her period of political awakening into her later, idiosyncratic blend of jazz, blues, pop, and rock. The fourth disc is a DVD containing a documentary film with live concert footage that was completed in 1970 but never released until this set. The set also contains eight previously unreleased songs and a book with essays and track-by-track commentary.
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  • UPC: 886971100921
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