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Album Review

The Best of Nina Simone presents 12 tracks taken from the many recordings Simone did for Phillips in the '60s. As is often noted, Simone is a dynamic and powerful vocal interpreter who often brought her social consciousness directly into her artistry. Some of the material on this record would have been considered topical for the period when it was first issued. 20 years later (1985) much of it still retains the emotional power of its original time. Ignore the liner note hyperbole; this is in fact certainly some of the BEST of Simone. There's a universality to the emotion and text of this theatrical music - any doubts, just substitute the name "South Africa" for "Mississippi" in "...Goddamn." Too removed? Try your own locale. ~ Bob Rusch, Cadence, Rovi

Customer Reviews

whats keeping me from buying

OK look, I love the song Sinner Man in fact i would pay 2 dollars for it maybe 3. the problem is the only good versions are album only, I SWEAR if they fix this i know a lot of people would buy this song. still Nina Simone is an Incredible artist

Greedy. Sinnerman is "album only"

I finally discovered the name of the song that so excited me in movies and tv shows. Sinnerman. Great, I need to add it to my playlist alongside arcade fire and imagine dragons etc.

Greedy SOBs have made the song "album only" so instead of a 1.25 song I have to shell out $10 for a whole album if I want the one song. I thought digital music was supposed to liberate the music lover. Give us choices.

I see now apple is just as greedy and power hungry as the rest of the music industry. I will go download this song for free now. It was always an option but given a choice, I would rather pay for a song and support an artist, but not when the payment is exorbitant.


Nina Simone is priceless. Her soulfull renditions touch the soul. Of course my favourite is Sinnerman.


Born: February 21, 1933 in Tryon, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Nina Simone was one of the most gifted vocalists of her generation, and also one of the most eclectic. Simone was a singer, pianist, and songwriter who bent genres to her will rather than allowing herself to be confined by their boundaries; her work swung back and forth between jazz, blues, soul, classical, R&B, pop, gospel, and world music, with passion, emotional honesty, and a strong grasp of technique as the constants of her musical career. Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon,...
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