JazzTimes - p.80
"Simone deconstructed the familiar to imbue each piece with her distinctive stamp."
Personnel: Nina Simone (piano); Jimmy Madison (drums); Gina Rothchild (vocals); Henry Young, Emile Latimer, David Spinozza, Eric Gale , Al Schackman, Rudy Stevenson, Stuart Scharf, Tom Smith, Richie Resnicoff (guitar); Barry Finclair, Marvin Morgenstern, Herbert Sorkin, Harry Glickman, Harry Lookofksy, Charles Libove, David Nadien, Richard Sortomme, Max Ellen (violin); Lamar Alsop, Alfred Brown , Emanuel Vardi (viola); Jonathan Arramowitz, Alan Schulman, Charles McCracken (cello); Buddy Lucas (harmonica); Daviv Matthews (electric piano); Ernest Hayes, Samuel Waymon, Weldon Irvine (organ); Homer Mensch, Charles Israels, Gary King, Gene Perla, John Beal, Gene Taylor , John B. Williams, Jr., Bob Bushnell (bass guitar); Buck Clarke, Don Alias, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums); Emedin Rivera (conga drum); Essien K. Nkrumah, Nadi Qamar, Nicky Marrero (percussion); Virdia Crawford, Doris Willingham (background vocals).
During her late-1960s and early-'70s tenure at RCA Records, Nina Simone sang a number of then-current pop covers in her inimitable piano-and-voice style. This 14-track anthology gathers many of the best, including versions of the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" and "In the Morning" and Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" that rank among the finest takes on those oft-covered tunes. Others include Simone's version of familiar folk songs popularized by pop acts, including "House of the Rising Sun" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!"