- Released: March 15, 2005
- Label: Sunny Side
JazzTimes - p.108
"At the core of the album is a rare, powerful example of Simone with all masks stripped away: Her personal pain explodes to the surface..."
- 1.I Sing Just to Know That I'm Alive
- 2.Fodder in Her Wings
- 3.Vous Etes Seuls, Mais Je Desire Etre Avec Vous
- 4.Il y a un Baume a Gilhead
- 5.Liberian Calypso
- 6.Alone Again Naturally
- 7.I Was Just a Stupid Dog to Them
- 8.Color Is a Beautiful Thing
- 9.Le Peuple en Suisse
- 10.Heaven Belongs to You
- 13.They Took My Hand
Personnel: Nina Simone (vocals, piano, shaker, tambourine); Nina Simone (harpsichord); Sylvain Marc (vocals, electric bass, bass guitar); Sydney Thiam (congas, wood block, bells); Paco Sery (timpani, percussion).
Audio Remixer: Claude Ermelin.
Recording information: Paris, Studio Davout (01/1982).
Arranger: Nina Simone.
In the 1980s, Nina Simone's recordings, particularly those cut in the studio, tended to be a bit erratic. Fodder on My Wings, which was recorded in Paris, is certainly all over the place, although mostly rewarding. Simone is joined by a rhythm section and occasionally a pair of unidentified horns (trumpet and tenor), an organ, and background singers. The repertoire includes the quiet ballad "Il Y a un Baume a Gilhead," the rollicking "Liberian Calypso," a unique unaccompanied and mostly out-of-tempo interpretation of "Alone Together Naturally," and a brief satirical "Color Is a Beautiful Thing." There are also singalongs, brief throwaways, and aching ballads. Far from flawless, there are enough strong moments to make this set of interest to Nina Simone fans. ~ Scott Yanow