Nina Simone Emergency Ward! / It Is Finished / Black Gold (2-CD)
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Format: CD (2 Discs)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: March 18, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: RCA Victor Europe
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Medley: My Sweet Lord / Today Is A Killer
- 3.Isn't It A Pity
- 5.Com' By H'yere-Good Lord
- 6.Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweter
- 7.Mr Bojangles
- 8.I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
- 10.Let It Be Me
- 11.Obeah Woman
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair
- 2.Black Is The Color Of My Ture Love's Hair - Emile Latimer
- 3.Ain't Got No - I Got Life
- 5.Who Knows Where The Time Goes
- 6.Assignment Sequence
- 7.To Be Young Gifted And Black
This collection present three classic records by the revered soul vocalist/pianist Nina Simone.
The release marks the CD debut of these recordings.
Gathering three of the four live albums Nina Simone released during her time at RCA, the double-disc package Emergency Ward!/It Is Finished/Black Gold certainly reissues a spate of consistent material. Recorded in 1969 (Black Gold), 1972 (Emergency Ward!), and 1974 (It Is Finished), the set brings back several of her rarest and least-heard LPs. Despite the obscurity of the recordings, there's scattered moments of brilliance here, including loose-groove renditions of "The Pusher," "Funkier than a Mosquito's Tweeter," and "To Be Young, Gifted and Black." Not every selection works, however; the nearly 20-minute version of "My Sweet Lord" (also encompassing "Today Is a Killer," a piece by David Nelson) opening Emergency Ward! is mantra-like and exhausting. ~ John Bush
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