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Nina Simone

The Amazing Nina Simone

    Nina Simone made her first trip into the studio in New York during 1957 to record her debut album Little Girl Blue. Simone would not record again for two years.

    She signed a contract with the New York-based label Colpix Records in 1959, with whom she recorded her second album, The Amazing Nina Simone (Colpix SCP407). The LP, presented here in its entirety along with four tunes that complete the session but were not included on the original album, features her singing (and playing a little piano) with an orchestra under the direction of Bob Mersey. Seven further bonus tracks have been added, among them four tunes issued as Colpix singles during the same period, an outstanding live version of “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”, and her unforgettable “My Baby Just Cares for Me.”

    Nina Simone, vocals & piano Orchestra conducted & arranged by Bob Mersey New York, May 1959. Original sessions produced by Hecky Krasnow.

    Nina Simone

    1957-1962: The Essential Works

      Nina Simone was an exceptional artist. She was gifted with a precocious talent and she played music at home and in church. Nina originally counted on becoming the first black female classical pianist ; her plans were thwarted and that frustration no doubt permeated almost her entire career. Yet she became a diva capable of combining the jazz world with those of the classics and soul, and among other titles she recorded are some of the most vibrant and moving performances of Wild is the Wind or You Can Have Him, I don’t Want Him.

      She was one of the greatest artists of her time, and her fervour and rigorous demands concerning the quality of her music took her to the highest summits, whether in her compositions or in her vocal and piano performances. For all that, she never forgot her condition as a black woman in the America of the Sixties, and her active commitment to defending the rights of the black minority was exemplary - and at times even excessive, for which she was often reproached.

      She has left us some of the most beautiful chapters in jazz and soul music, among them the 23 titles that appear in this album.


      Hailed as the ‘High Priestess of Soul’, Nina Simone’s unique style seamlessly fused jazz and R&B with her classical piano roots to accompany her profoundly beautiful voice.

      From classics such as ‘I Loves You Porgy’ and ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ to dynamic live recordings from her creative heyday, this collection charts her rise to stardom and shows why she remains a hugely inspirational figure to this day. ‘An overwhelming artist, piano player, and singer,’ - Bob Dylan

      From USM's 'Nina Simone: The Philips Years' collection, come the separate LPs. Nina Simone was one of the best soul-jazz / blues singers of the 20th century. Only someone the likes of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith had the power to lay a soul bare like she could, as her stripped-down 'Be My Husband' shows. Naked like a field-holler, this song would later capture the imagination of Jeff Buckley and Antony Hegarty.

      Also on this record are classics such as 'Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out', originally sung by Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday's signature song 'Strange Fruit', as well as a Nina Simone favorite: 'Sinnerman'. There are few songs that capture the Spirit of religion, redemption, and the fear of God as much as this ten-minute race of a song about a man trying to outrun the Devil. It's no wonder it was used in the key-scene of 'The Thomas Crown Affair' and sampled by the likes of Kanye West, Talib Kweli and Felix da Housecat.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      From USM's 'Nina Simone: The Philips Years' collection, come the separate LPs. Brilliant late 60s album from Simone. Includes the essential "Four Women", which became an anthem for the burgeoning Women's Liberation Movement. The rest of the set has a similar personal-political edge to it. Also includes "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair".

      Nina Simone

      Nuff Said! - 180g Vinyl Edition

      'Nuff Said!' Is an album by jazz, blues and gospel singer / pianist / songwriter Nina Simone. It was recorded in front of a capacity crowd at the Westbury Music Fair in April 7, 1968, just a day after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King. The track 'Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead)' was written by Simone's bass player Gene Taylor especially for the occasion, and the whole program that night was dedicated in his memory. Elsewhere the set includes classics like 'I Loves You Porgy' and 'Ain't Got No; I Got Life', while 'The Backlash Blues' was penned for Simone by the great Langston Hughes. 

       In 1969, the album was placed on peak 44 in R&B Albums Chart. The album received an Emmy nomination.




      Nina Simone

      Here Comes The Sun - 180g Vinyl Edition

      'Here Comes the Sun' (1971) is an album by jazz singer / pianist Nina Simone, consisting of cover versions of songs by Pop and Rock musicians. It features songs recorded in the RCA studios with a full orchestra and backing vocals. Although Simone covers songs by Bob Dylan and The Beatles, among others, most of the versions feature arrangements substantially different from the original recordings. This is most clearly in the final song "My Way", which with its fast pacing rhythm deviates significantly from the usual interpretations.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: Limited 180g vinyl pressing.

      Nina Simone

      Nina At Newport (LP+CD Edition)

      When this album was recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960, Nina Simone had just had her first Top 20 hit with "I Loves You, Porgy", but the "Porgy" found here (written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, most famous for "I Can't Give You Anything But Love") is actually a continuation of Gershwin's original version of the story. Other highlights include "Flo Me La", an African work chant, and "Little Liza Jane", an African American folk song.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: Limited 180g pressing includes LP+CD version too.


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