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Nina Simone recorded seven albums for the Philips label between 1964 and 1966. It was the period in her career in which her reputation was cemented as a world-class artist, and one in which she gained fame for her contributions to the civil rights movement as well. Despite the fact that she recorded great albums both before and after her years with Philips (most notably with RCA), her Philips period is easily her most enigmatic. Among her Philips recordings are her live label debut and six studio recordings featuring wildly varying instrumentation, arrangements, and contents. The box contains all seven LPs on four CDs, and includes one bonus track. But Simone's Philips period is a monolithic accomplishment when measured against many of her peers, both male and female. First there is the audacious Nina Simone in Concert recording, done on two separate dates in New York in March and April of 1964 and issued later that summer. Simone's political stance with "Old Jim Crow," "Mississippi Goddam," and Weill and Brecht's "Pirate Jenny" makes them feel like they are of a piece with Gershwin's "I Loves You Porgy" and Willard Robison's "Don't Smoke in Bed," where blues, jazz, folk songs, and Broadway tunes all come together in that theatrical, sultry, and smoldering voice. The reality of that initial performance was further reinforced on the Broadway-Blues-Ballads disc, which opens with the definitive rendition of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and George Bass' wondrous "See Line Woman." Going from the small combo concert album -- where Simone accompanied herself on piano, to the lush orchestrations of the Broadway-Blues-Ballads album, with Hal Mooney conducting and writing the charts, is a jarring yet complementary experience. But it is on I Put a Spell on You, with its large and lush orchestral backing, and the chamber jazz setting of Pastel Blues that Simone's truly diva-like quality asserts itself. Working again with Mooney and complemented by Horace Ott on the former album, Simone found the orchestral formula and used it as a single musical instrument. True, it was one she could manipulate in terms of color and dynamic, but nonetheless, she used it as one would use a guitar, a saxophone, or a piano. Her voice found challenge and support in the various chromatic figures presenting themselves in songs like the title track, Charles Aznavour's "Tomorrow Is My Turn," "Take Care of Business," "Our September Song," "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "Tell Me More and Then Some," "Strange Fruit," "Chilly Winds Don't Blow," and others, offering a vocalist in control not only of the melody, but the flow of emotion in the song, imparting its message to the instrumentalists and listeners even as it occurs to her in the act of singing. On Let It All Out, Simone went back to work with Ott. Here she covered everyone from Bob Dylan ("The Ballad of Hollis Brown") to Duke Ellington ("Mood Indigo") to Rodgers & Hart on her signature tune ("Little Girl Blue"), and she co-wrote the inimitable, compelling "Images." But it is on Four Women (subtitled Wild Is the Wind) where Simone revealed how fully in control she was of virtually any repertoire she chose to sing. This is the gentlest of Simone's albums and arguably her best. Working with Ott -- who wrote a pair of songs for the album -- she showed a tenderness that was never as naked before or after as it was on tracks such as the title (authored by Simone) and "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair." On her last album for the label, Simone turned the tables once again. Recording with an orchestra arranged and conducted by Mooney this time out, as well as playing piano, Simone took on Chuck Berry ("Brown-Eyed Handsome Man"), Nat Adderley and Oscar Brown, Jr. ("Work Song"), Angelo Badalamenti ("I Hold No Grudge"), and Ellington ("The Gal from Joe's"), as well as herself and Rudy Stevenson, her longstanding guitarist, in her quest to thwart pop music's then radio-friendly dictum that substance was not to be rewarded with record sales. And she succeeded. Simone's career at this time, and forevermore, really would be inextricably entwined with the triumphs and tribulations of the civil rights movement, and she would not argue or complain. But it's far from dogmatic protest music that's featured here, but the true triumph of the era, in that a woman of Simone's uncompromising stature and artistry would be as highly visible and successful as she was. Four Women documents all the knots, turns, twists, peaks, and valleys of that journey and makes for an essential listening experience. This is history, this is art, this is the joy of pop at its finest.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
I Loves You Porgy (Live At Carnegie Hall, New York, 1964)
00:02:30

George Gershwin, Composer - Ira Gershwin, Author - Dubose Heyward, Author - Nina Simone, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Plain Gold Ring (Live At Carnegie Hall, New York, 1964)
00:06:20

Earl Burroughs, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Pirate Jenny (Live At Carnegie Hall, New York, 1964)
00:06:37

Kurt Weill, ComposerLyricist - MARC BLITZSTEIN, ComposerLyricist - Bertolt Brecht, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Old Jim Crow (Live At Carnegie Hall, New York, 1964)
00:02:38

Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Alper, ComposerLyricist - Ron Van de Groef, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Don't Smoke In Bed (Live At Carnegie Hall, New York, 1964)
00:05:28

Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - William Robison, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Go Limp (Live At Carnegie Hall, New York, 1964)
00:07:04

Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Comfort, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Mississippi Goddam (Live At Carnegie Hall, New York, 1964)
00:04:53

Nina Simone, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
00:02:44

Gloria Caldwell, ComposerLyricist - Horace Ott, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - BENNIE BENJAMIN, ComposerLyricist - Sol Marcus, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

9
Night Song
00:03:03

CHARLES STROUSE, ComposerLyricist - LEE ADAMS, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
The Laziest Gal In Town
00:02:16

Cole Porter, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Something Wonderful
00:02:41

Richard Rodgers, Composer - Oscar Hammerstein II , Author - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Don't Take All Night
00:02:50

Horace Ott, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - BENNIE BENJAMIN, ComposerLyricist - Sol Marcus, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Nobody
00:04:15

Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bert A. Williams, ComposerLyricist - Alex Rogers, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
I Am Blessed
00:02:54

Horace Ott, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - BENNIE BENJAMIN, ComposerLyricist - Sol Marcus, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Of This I'm Sure
00:02:32

Horace Ott, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - BENNIE BENJAMIN, ComposerLyricist - Sol Marcus, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
See-Line Woman
00:02:35

Nina Simone, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George H. Bass, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Percussion, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Our Love (Will See Us Through)
00:02:58

Horace Ott, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - BENNIE BENJAMIN, ComposerLyricist - Sol Marcus, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
How Can I?
00:02:02

Horace Ott, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - BENNIE BENJAMIN, ComposerLyricist - Sol Marcus, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
The Last Rose Of Summer
00:03:04

Thomas Moore, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, Adapter, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer, Arranger, Recording Arranger, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Milliken, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
I Put A Spell On You
00:02:33

Jay Hawkins, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Conductor, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Tomorrow Is My Turn
00:02:48

Charles Aznavour, ComposerLyricist - Horace Ott, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Marcel Stellman, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Martyn, Translator - Yves Stephane, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group International

3
Ne Me Quitte Pas
00:03:34

Jacques Brel, Composer, Author - Nina Simone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer, Recording Arranger, Music Director & Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Marriage Is For Old Folks
00:03:29

Leon Carr, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Earl Shulman, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
July Tree
00:02:40

Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Eve Merriam, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Irma Jurist, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Gimme Some
00:02:57

Andy Stroud, ComposerLyricist - Horace Ott, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Feeling Good
00:02:53

Anthony Newley, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Bricusse, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
One September Day
00:02:47

Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Blues On Purpose
00:03:16

Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Beautiful Land
00:01:53

Anthony Newley, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Bricusse, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
You've Got To Learn
00:02:40

Charles Aznavour, ComposerLyricist - Horace Ott, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Marcel Stellman, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Take Care Of Business
00:02:03

Horace Ott, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Andrew Benjamin Stroud, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Be My Husband
00:03:19

Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Andrew Benjamin Stroud, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
00:02:38

Jimmie Cox, ComposerLyricist - Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
End Of The Line
00:02:54

Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Cynthia Medley, ComposerLyricist - John Edmondson, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit frendlicher Genehmigung der Universal Music International

16
Trouble In Mind
00:02:40

Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Richard M. Jones, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Tell Me More And More And Then Some
00:03:07

Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Billie Holiday, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Chilly Winds Don't Blow
00:04:00

Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - William Lawrence Lovelock, ComposerLyricist - Hermann Krasnow, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
Ain't No Use
00:03:00

Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, MainArtist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
Strange Fruit
00:03:28

Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lewis Allan, ComposerLyricist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

21
Sinnerman
00:10:19

Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 3

1
Mood Indigo
00:02:25

Duke Ellington, ComposerLyricist - Barney Bigard, ComposerLyricist - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
The Other Woman (Live In New York, 1964)
00:03:02

Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jessie Mae Robinson, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Love Me Or Leave Me
00:04:04

Walter Donaldson, Composer - Gus Kahn, Author - Nina Simone, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Don't Explain
00:04:18

Billie Holiday, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Herzog Jr., ComposerLyricist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Little Girl Blue (Live In New York, 1964)
00:02:32

Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Rodgers, ComposerLyricist - Lorenz Hart, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Chauffeur
00:02:48

Horace Ott, Conductor - Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Andrew Benjamin Stroud, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
For Myself
00:02:05

Horace Ott, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Allen Van McCoy, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
The Ballad Of Hollis Brown
00:04:54

Bob Dylan, ComposerLyricist - Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
This Year's Kisses
00:02:57

Horace Ott, Conductor - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Images (Live In New York, 1964)
00:02:50

Al Shackman, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hal Mooney, Producer - Rudy Stevenson, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Waring Cuney, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Nina Simone recorded seven albums for the Philips label between 1964 and 1966. It was the period in her career in which her reputation was cemented as a world-class artist, and one in which she gained fame for her contributions to the civil rights movement as well. Despite the fact that she recorded great albums both before and after her years with Philips (most notably with RCA), her Philips period is easily her most enigmatic. Among her Philips recordings are her live label debut and six studio recordings featuring wildly varying instrumentation, arrangements, and contents. The box contains all seven LPs on four CDs, and includes one bonus track. But Simone's Philips period is a monolithic accomplishment when measured against many of her peers, both male and female. First there is the audacious Nina Simone in Concert recording, done on two separate dates in New York in March and April of 1964 and issued later that summer. Simone's political stance with "Old Jim Crow," "Mississippi Goddam," and Weill and Brecht's "Pirate Jenny" makes them feel like they are of a piece with Gershwin's "I Loves You Porgy" and Willard Robison's "Don't Smoke in Bed," where blues, jazz, folk songs, and Broadway tunes all come together in that theatrical, sultry, and smoldering voice. The reality of that initial performance was further reinforced on the Broadway-Blues-Ballads disc, which opens with the definitive rendition of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and George Bass' wondrous "See Line Woman." Going from the small combo concert album -- where Simone accompanied herself on piano, to the lush orchestrations of the Broadway-Blues-Ballads album, with Hal Mooney conducting and writing the charts, is a jarring yet complementary experience. But it is on I Put a Spell on You, with its large and lush orchestral backing, and the chamber jazz setting of Pastel Blues that Simone's truly diva-like quality asserts itself. Working again with Mooney and complemented by Horace Ott on the former album, Simone found the orchestral formula and used it as a single musical instrument. True, it was one she could manipulate in terms of color and dynamic, but nonetheless, she used it as one would use a guitar, a saxophone, or a piano. Her voice found challenge and support in the various chromatic figures presenting themselves in songs like the title track, Charles Aznavour's "Tomorrow Is My Turn," "Take Care of Business," "Our September Song," "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "Tell Me More and Then Some," "Strange Fruit," "Chilly Winds Don't Blow," and others, offering a vocalist in control not only of the melody, but the flow of emotion in the song, imparting its message to the instrumentalists and listeners even as it occurs to her in the act of singing. On Let It All Out, Simone went back to work with Ott. Here she covered everyone from Bob Dylan ("The Ballad of Hollis Brown") to Duke Ellington ("Mood Indigo") to Rodgers & Hart on her signature tune ("Little Girl Blue"), and she co-wrote the inimitable, compelling "Images." But it is on Four Women (subtitled Wild Is the Wind) where Simone revealed how fully in control she was of virtually any repertoire she chose to sing. This is the gentlest of Simone's albums and arguably her best. Working with Ott -- who wrote a pair of songs for the album -- she showed a tenderness that was never as naked before or after as it was on tracks such as the title (authored by Simone) and "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair." On her last album for the label, Simone turned the tables once again. Recording with an orchestra arranged and conducted by Mooney this time out, as well as playing piano, Simone took on Chuck Berry ("Brown-Eyed Handsome Man"), Nat Adderley and Oscar Brown, Jr. ("Work Song"), Angelo Badalamenti ("I Hold No Grudge"), and Ellington ("The Gal from Joe's"), as well as herself and Rudy Stevenson, her longstanding guitarist, in her quest to thwart pop music's then radio-friendly dictum that substance was not to be rewarded with record sales. And she succeeded. Simone's career at this time, and forevermore, really would be inextricably entwined with the triumphs and tribulations of the civil rights movement, and she would not argue or complain. But it's far from dogmatic protest music that's featured here, but the true triumph of the era, in that a woman of Simone's uncompromising stature and artistry would be as highly visible and successful as she was. Four Women documents all the knots, turns, twists, peaks, and valleys of that journey and makes for an essential listening experience. This is history, this is art, this is the joy of pop at its finest.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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In the midst of the 90s when hip-hop was going through its golden age, a revolution within soul music was also underway. With Erykah Badu, D’angelo, Jill Scott and many others, the genre found again its class: an echo of the simplicity and refinement that brought to life the albums of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Roberta Flack. After years in the shadow of the reigning ultra-commercial and soft R&B, the noticeably more underground Neo Soul, or Nu Soul, relit the flame of soul music and returned it to its roots in terms of both composition and lyricism. A brief but highly influential movement.

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Along with Blue Note and Verve, Impulse! is without doubt one of the best-known American jazz labels. Painted in orange and black, the label not only brought us John Coltrane, but also some of the most adventurous musicians of the 1960s.

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Although today she is seen as one of the most original voices in jazz and soul, Nina Simone's life was anything but a smooth and gentle climb to the top. The woman who dreamed of being the first black American classical pianist had to struggle against others, against her own family, and even against herself.

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