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Nina Simone 10/9/2007

Review

Just one of three similarly titled collections -- all with entirely different track listings, including a Canadian version that has the same design template -- the American version of Nina Simone's Gold concentrates on the jazz iconoclast's recordings between 1964 and 1969. (The period covers her time on Philips and the first few years of her RCA contract, to which are added two 1987 tracks from Verve.) At the height of the protest movement, Simone was gaining new fans by the thousands with her strident performance of "Mississippi Goddam" or her suitably harrowing cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" (which became her biggest hit). Simone was performing all manner of material during these years, including traditional songs such as "Sinnerman," songs from her own pen ("Four Women," "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," "Revolution"), and covers that, no matter how surprising, managed to be overwhelmed by her powerful persona -- everything from Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" to the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" to a Jimmy Webb song, "Do What You Gotta Do." It's difficult to recommend concentrating this hard on a short period of virtually anyone's career -- room is even made for some non-album material, including the odd novelty B-side "A Monster" -- but there's a healthy percentage of Nina Simone's best work here, and a lot to love for her biggest fans. ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I Loves You Porgy Nina Simone 2:29
  3. 2 Images Nina Simone 2:50
  4. 3 See-Line Woman Nina Simone 2:37
  5. 4 Mississippi Goddam Nina Simone 4:53
  6. 5 Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood Nina Simone 2:45
  7. 6 A Monster Nina Simone 2:46
  8. 7 Don't Take All Night Nina Simone 2:51
  9. 8 I Put a Spell on You Nina Simone 2:34
  10. 9 Ne Me Quitte Pas Nina Simone 3:36
  11. 10 Tomorrow Is My Turn Nina Simone 2:47
  12. 11 Feeling Good Nina Simone 2:54
  13. 12 Gimme Some Nina Simone 2:58
  14. 13 Take Care of Business Nina Simone 2:5
  15. 14 I Love Your Lovin' Ways Nina Simone 2:36
  16. 15 Be My Husband Nina Simone 3:20
  17. 16 Ain't No Use Nina Simone 3:2
  18. 17 Sinnerman Nina Simone 10:20
  19. 1 Four Women Nina Simone 4:25
  20. 2 For Myself Nina Simone 2:7
  21. 3 The Other Woman Nina Simone 3:3
  22. 4 Either Way I Lose Nina Simone 2:43
  23. 5 Break Down and Let It All Out Nina Simone 2:37
  24. 6 Don't You Pay Them No Mind Nina Simone 3:6
  25. 7 I'm Gonna Leave You Nina Simone 2:16
  26. 8 Brown Eyed Handsome Man Nina Simone 2:3
  27. 9 Keeper of the Flame Nina Simone 3:24
  28. 10 I Hold No Grudge Nina Simone 2:19
  29. 11 Do What You Gotta Do Nina Simone 2:59
  30. 12 Peace of Mind Nina Simone 2:46
  31. 13 Ain't Got No-I Got Life Nina Simone 2:8
  32. 14 To Love Somebody Nina Simone 2:39
  33. 15 Revolution, Pt. 1 Nina Simone 2:50
  34. 16 To Be Young, Gifted and Black Nina Simone 2:53
  35. 17 If You Know/Let It Be Me Nina Simone 5:22
  36. 18 My Baby Just Cares for Me Nina Simone 3:4

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