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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

timeless cool

I bought this album after hunting for the song "Sinner Man" after seeing the movie The Thomas Crown Affair. It's a great song. I didn't know Nina Simone at all then and took a gamble buying the whole album to get this one song. But, wow, no worries at all. This is top quality stuff and sounds ridiculously modern considering its age. Nina must have been one talented lady.

Great Introduction to Ms. Simone

When I first discovered Nina, thanks to a dear friend, there were only a couple albums readily available. Now there are many. This is a great introduction, with many amazing songs. Simone has an unmistakably original voice and brings intense emotion to her songs. As an aside to Jane Doe: It's not Nina that's ripping you off. And if you knew how badly she was ripped off by record companies during her life you would have an idea who to criticize for iTunes song pricing.

just so you know jane doe...

Nina Simone is an icon of black music and history. this album is as good as it gets. classic Nina. and just so you know Jane Doe, Nina has passed on... it's itunes that is ripping you off.


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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