- Released: June 13, 2000
- Label: Polygram Records
- 1.Love Me Or Leave Me
- 2.Wild Is The Wind
- 3.I Put A Spell On You
- 4.Work Song
- 5.Don't Explain
- 6.Other Woman, The - (Hidden Track)
- 7.Mississippi Goddam
- 8.Four Women
- 9.Pirate Jenny
- 10.I Loves You, Porgy
- 11.This Year's Kisses
- 12.Little Girl Blue
- 13.Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
- 14.Ne Me Quitte Pas
- 15.Don't Smoke In Bed
Personnel includes: Nina Simone (vocals, piano); Hal Mooney, Horace Ott (conductor); Rudy Stevenson (flute, guitar); Lisle Atkinson (bass); Bobby Hamilton (drums).
Producers include: Hal Mooney.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1964 and 1966. Includes liner notes by Billy Vera.
Digitally remastered by Jeff Willens (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of Verve's Finest Hour series.
Verve's Finest Hour collection of Nina Simone's work compiles 60 minutes of career highlights, including "Wild Is the Wind," "I Put a Spell on You," "Four Women," "I Loves You, Porgy," and "My Baby Just Cares for Me." Though it's by no means a definitive compilation of Simone's music, it does provide a welcome overview of her Verve years. ~ Heather Phares