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The Essential Nina Simone

The Essential Nina Simone

by Nina SimoneNina Simone


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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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2011
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886977867026
catalogNumber: 778670
Rank: 23806


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
  12. Sinnerman
  13. Do I Move You?

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
  9. Revolution
  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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nina Simone   Primary Artist,Conductor
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Weldon Irvine   Conductor
Jimmy Wisner   Conductor
Horace Ott   Conductor
Harold Wheeler   Conductor
Sammy Lowe   Conductor

Technical Credits

Sandy Denny   Composer
Nina Simone   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Hal Mooney   Arranger,Producer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Daryl Hall   Composer
Weldon Irvine   Composer,Orchestration
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Galt MacDermot   Composer
Jimmy Wisner   Arranger
Rod McKuen   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Danny Davis   Producer
André Fischer   Producer
Jack Gold   Producer
Jonathan King   Composer
Emile Latimer   Composer
Horace Ott   Arranger
Joe Rene   Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Harold Wheeler   Arranger
David Nathan   Liner Notes
James Rado   Composer
Gerome Ragni   Composer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Mark Larson   Art Direction
Jimmy Cox   Composer
Sammy Lowe   Arranger
Sol Marcus   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Aillene Bullock   Composer
Gloria Caldwell   Composer
Tony Gale   Cover Photo
Traditional   Composer
Richard James   Composer
Lewis Allan   Composer
Stu Phillips   Producer
William Taylor   Composer
Bob Blake   Producer
Calvin Taylor   Composer
William Hill   Composer
Jalacy J. Hawkins   Composer
Bruce Somerfeld   Executive Producer
Richard Lamb   Composer

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