Nina Simone The Essential Nina Simone (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: March 15, 2011
- Label: Sony Legacy
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.The Other Woman
- 2.Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair
- 3.Nobody Knows You When You're Done and Out
- 4.Trouble in Mind
- 5.Mississippi Goddam
- 6.See-Line Woman
- 7.Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
- 8.I Put a Spell on You
- 9.Ne Me Quitte Pas
- 10.Strange Fruit
- 11.Four Women
- 13.Do I Move You?
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl
- 2.I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
- 3.The Glory of Love
- 4.To Love Somebody
- 5.Do What You Gotta Do
- 6.Ain't Got No -- I Got Life
- 7.Why? (The King of Love Is Dead)
- 8.Everyone's Gone to the Moon
- 10.To Be Young, Gifted and Black
- 11.Who Knows Where the Time Goes
- 12.Here Comes the Sun
- 13.Just Like a Woman
- 14.Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter
- 15.Rich Girl
- 16.A Single Woman
Liner Note Author: David Nathan.
Nina Simone could sing anything and make it work, and her unique mixture of passion, empowerment, liberation, and love continues to make her recorded work speak powerfully a decade or more into the 21st century. This two-disc, 29-track set collects essential sides from her entire career, including tracks done for the Colpix, Philips, RCA, CTI, and Elektra labels between 1959 and 1993. Simone was a master of nuance and phrasing, and songs collected here like 1959's "I Loves You, Porgy" and "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair," 1960's "Trouble in Mind," 1964's "See-Line Woman," her version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" from 1965, 1967's saucy "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl," and the late-career "A Single Woman" from 1993 all give testament to this gifted and unique artist's vision, style, and elegance. It's a very impressive legacy. ~ Steve Leggett
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