11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailed by one writer as Simone’s “unintentional masterpiece,” Wild Is the Wind is a grab-bag of jazz, pop, and soul culled from outtakes of earlier album sessions. Yet it offers an engrossing view of the pianist and singer/songwriter at her genre-defying best. “If I Should Lose You” features some of her best piano playing on record. Her deep voice, with its unusual and intense vibrato, is positively chilling on the molasses-slow title track and the floating, out-of-tempo “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” both recorded live. But the centerpiece is the sole original, “Four Women,” a minor-key epic tragedy in under five minutes, a meditation on the Black experience like no other in American song.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailed by one writer as Simone’s “unintentional masterpiece,” Wild Is the Wind is a grab-bag of jazz, pop, and soul culled from outtakes of earlier album sessions. Yet it offers an engrossing view of the pianist and singer/songwriter at her genre-defying best. “If I Should Lose You” features some of her best piano playing on record. Her deep voice, with its unusual and intense vibrato, is positively chilling on the molasses-slow title track and the floating, out-of-tempo “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” both recorded live. But the centerpiece is the sole original, “Four Women,” a minor-key epic tragedy in under five minutes, a meditation on the Black experience like no other in American song.

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