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The Ultimate Nina Simone

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Nina Simone 11/4/1997

Review

On this celebrity's choice tour through the Verve archives, singer Dianne Reeves comes up with a most interesting, idiosyncratic selection of the Philips recordings of Nina Simone, intuitively sequencing the tracks herself. Reeves zeroes in on the experimental side of Simone, celebrating her differences from Tin Pan Alley-oriented singers, even equivocating a bit on the term "jazz singer" in describing her style. Reeves mostly avoids standards like the plague, opting for unusual songs like the stark a cappella "Images"; the chain-gang-styled "Be My Husband"; the hypnotic, percussion-backed "Come Ye"; and an example of Simone on piano only, "Blue on Purpose." Besides being her congenitally feisty self, Simone is also caught displaying poignant moodiness on "The Other Woman," a live remake of her hit "I Loves You, Porgy," and "Don't Explain" -- all sequenced together. Any adventurous listener coming to Nina Simone for the first time through this collection will definitely be tempted to explore more of her output. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Images [Live at New York, 1964][Stereo] Nina Simone 2:48
  3. 2 Four Women Nina Simone 4:23
  4. 3 See-Line Woman [Stereo] Nina Simone 2:34
  5. 4 Be My Husband [Stereo] Nina Simone 3:21
  6. 5 Come Ye Nina Simone 3:35
  7. 6 Take Me to the Water Nina Simone 2:50
  8. 7 I'm Going Back Home Nina Simone 2:47
  9. 8 Blue on Purpose Nina Simone 3:13
  10. 9 Wild Is the Wind [Live at New York, 1964][Stereo] Nina Simone 6:56
  11. 10 Don't Smoke in Bed [Live at New York, 1964][Stereo] Nina Simone 5:23
  12. 11 The Other Woman [Live at New York, 1964][Stereo] Nina Simone 3:0
  13. 12 I Loves You Porgy [Live at New York, 1964][Stereo] Nina Simone 2:27
  14. 13 Don't Explain Nina Simone 4:17
  15. 14 Lilac Wine Nina Simone 4:13
  16. 15 If I Should Lose You Nina Simone 3:56
  17. 16 Tell Me More and More and Then Some [Stereo] Nina Simone 3:6

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