- Released: April 19, 1994
- Label: Polygram Records
- 1.Black Is The Color Of My Lover's Hair
- 2.I Put A Spell On You
- 3.Love Me Or Leave Me
- 4.Little Girl Blue
- 5.My Baby Just Cares For Me
- 6.I Loves You, Porgy
- 7.Work Song
- 8.Ne Me Quitte Pas (Do Not Leave Me)
- 9.Wild Is The Wind
- 10.See Line Woman
- 11.Strange Fruit
- 12.Pirate Jenny
- 13.Four Women
- 14.Mississippi Goddamn
- 15.Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
- 16.I Hold No Grudge
Personnel includes: Nina Simone (vocals, piano); Rudy Stevenson (guitar); Lisle Atkinson (bass); Bobby Hamilton, Cornell McFadden (drums).
Primarily recorded in 1964 & 1965. Includes liner notes by James Gavin.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of the Verve Jazz Masters series.
Personnel: Nina Simone (vocals, piano); Rudy Stevenson (guitar); Cornell McFadden, Bobby Hamilton (drums); James Gavin (sequencer).
Liner Note Author: James Gavin.
Recording information: New York, NY (1964-1966); Vine Street Bar & Grill, Hollywood, CA (1964-1966).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Hal Mooney; Horace Ott; Michael Lang .
This compilation brings together 16 great tracks that Nina Simone recorded for the Philips label during the years 1964-1966. This record presents Nina in her prime, at a time when she created some of the best work of her legendary career. Her range of musical style is, as always, all over the map: jazz, folk, protest songs, gospel, musical theater, and R&B are all a part of her creative journey.
Included in this collection are such timeless classics as her original tunes "Four Women," and "Mississippi Goddam," both which beautifully articulate racial injustices, her haunting version of "Wild Is The Wind," and her unforgettable version of Screaming Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You." Also included on this CD is a finger-popping "My Baby Just Cares For Me" which was recorded live at the Vine Street Bar & Grill in 1987.