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Both jazz and classical music are often better on stage than in the studio, and Nina Simone bridged the gap between both of these art forms. One of Nina Simone's best albums, It Is Finished, is a live recording. And Montreux, here, a compilation of her previously-unpublished performances at the famous jazz festival, ranks alongside that earlier work in terms of quality. In it we hear segments from five concerts given on the shores of Lake Geneva, in 1968, 1976, 1981, 1987 and 1990, all of which enjoy excellent sound quality. 1968 saw the second outing of the festival and the beginning of a long relationship between Nina Simone and Montreux. This concert was previously only available on rare and expensive pressings, and this release allows us to hear Simone's great works from those days (from I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free to Backlash Blues or See-Line Woman plus her cover of Ne me quitte pas) performed in a workmanlike but relaxed style. It was later, and most notably in 1976, that her music reached extremes, moving between a fresh breeze and a cathartic rampage. High priestess of soul, Nina Simone became a shaman, an enchantress who did what she wanted with music and audiences. From intimate ballads to trancelike Afro-Jazz, Simone reigns supreme, totally in command of her material. The tracks from 1990 show an artist tested by life's trials, with quite a different voice. She had lost confidence and power, but this fragility made her even more affecting. © Stéphane Deschamps / Qobuz

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1
Someone to Watch Over Me (Intro) (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1987)
00:02:30

George Gershwin, Composer - Ira Gershwin, Composer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

2
Backlash Blues (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1976)
00:07:24

Nina Simone, Piano, Writer, MainArtist - Langston Hughes, Composer, Writer - Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Composer, Writer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

3
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1976)
00:06:07

Richard Lamb, Writer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - BILLY TAYLOR, Composer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

4
See-Line Woman (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1990)
00:04:14

Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - Georges Bass, Composer, Lyricist - George H Bass, Composer, Writer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

5
Little Girl Blue, Pt. 1 and 2 (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1976)
00:06:43

Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Composer, Lyricist - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

6
Don't Smoke in Bed (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1990)
00:04:46

Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - WILLARD ROBISON, Composer, Lyricist

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

7
Stars (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1976)
00:06:37

Janis Ian, Composer, Writer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

8
What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1990)
00:04:26

Harry Woods, Composer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

9
African Mailman (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1976)
00:06:53

Nina Simone, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Composer, Writer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

10
Four Women (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1990)
00:05:30

Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Composer, Writer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

11
No Woman No Cry (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1990)
00:03:57

Vincent Ford, Composer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

12
Liberian Calypso (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1990)
00:06:41

Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Composer, Writer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

13
Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1990)
00:05:05

Jacques Brel, Composer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - J.Brel, Composer, Writer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

14
Montreux Blues (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1981)
00:03:27

Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Composer, Writer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

15
My Baby Just Cares for Me (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1990)
00:03:58

Walter Donaldson, Composer - Gus Kahn, Lyricist, Writer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

16
Intro (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:00:23

Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Composer, Writer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

17
Go to Hell (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:03:29

Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - Morris Bailey, JR, Composer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

18
Just in Time (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:04:40

Jule Styne, Composer, Writer - Adolph Green, Composer, Writer - Betty Comden, Composer, Writer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

19
When I Was a Young Girl (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:04:42

Billy Mure, Composer, Writer - Sebastian Mure, Composer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

20
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:04:42

B. Benjamin, Composer, Lyricist - Gloria Caldwell, Composer - G. CALDWELL, Composer, Lyricist - S.Marcus, Composer, Lyricist - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - BENNIE BENJAMIN, Composer - Sol Marcus, Composer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

21
Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:05:05

Jacques Brel, Composer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - J.Brel, Composer, Writer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

22
To Love Somebody (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:04:21

Barry Gibb, Composer, Writer - Robin Gibb, Composer, Writer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

23
Backlash Blues (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:03:54

Nina Simone, Piano, Writer, MainArtist - Langston Hughes, Composer, Writer - Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Composer, Writer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

24
The House of the Rising Sun (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:07:26

A. Price, Composer, Lyricist - Traditional, Composer - Josh White, Composer - Libby Holmes, Composer - Nicholas Ray, Composer - Nina Simone, Arranger, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

25
See-Line Woman (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:04:43

Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - Georges Bass, Composer, Lyricist - George H Bass, Composer, Writer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

26
Please Read Me (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:03:21

Barry Gibb, Composer - Robin Gibb, Composer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

27
Ain't Got No, I Got Life (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:10:56

McDermot, Composer - Gerome Ragni, Composer - James Rado, Composer - Rado, Composer - Ragni, Composer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - Galt Macdermot, Composer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

28
Gin House Blues (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:06:25

Fletcher Henderson, Composer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - Henry Troy, Composer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

29
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1968)
00:08:42

Richard Lamb, Writer - Nina Simone, Piano, MainArtist - BILLY TAYLOR, Composer

© 2021 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2021 Nina Simone Charitable Trust and Rich & Famous Records Ltd. under exclusive license to Montreux Sounds / Montreux Media Ventures and BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd..

Album Description

Both jazz and classical music are often better on stage than in the studio, and Nina Simone bridged the gap between both of these art forms. One of Nina Simone's best albums, It Is Finished, is a live recording. And Montreux, here, a compilation of her previously-unpublished performances at the famous jazz festival, ranks alongside that earlier work in terms of quality. In it we hear segments from five concerts given on the shores of Lake Geneva, in 1968, 1976, 1981, 1987 and 1990, all of which enjoy excellent sound quality. 1968 saw the second outing of the festival and the beginning of a long relationship between Nina Simone and Montreux. This concert was previously only available on rare and expensive pressings, and this release allows us to hear Simone's great works from those days (from I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free to Backlash Blues or See-Line Woman plus her cover of Ne me quitte pas) performed in a workmanlike but relaxed style. It was later, and most notably in 1976, that her music reached extremes, moving between a fresh breeze and a cathartic rampage. High priestess of soul, Nina Simone became a shaman, an enchantress who did what she wanted with music and audiences. From intimate ballads to trancelike Afro-Jazz, Simone reigns supreme, totally in command of her material. The tracks from 1990 show an artist tested by life's trials, with quite a different voice. She had lost confidence and power, but this fragility made her even more affecting. © Stéphane Deschamps / Qobuz

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