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Essential

Nina Simone Audio CD
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Nina Simone was born Eunice Wayman on February 21st 1933, in Tryon, South Carolina. She is, for many, the ultimate jazz/blues diva. Few know however, that Ms. Simone holds a doctorate in music, yet was once refused admission to the legendary Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, an event that has forever marked her life. An intense live performer, Nina Simone's shows are legendary, ... Read more in Amazon's Nina Simone Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B00004RIMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Baby Just Cares for Me
2. Mood Indigo
3. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
4. Don't Smoke in Bed
5. Love Me Or Leave Me
6. He Needs Me
7. Little Girl Blue
8. Plain Gold Ring
9. House of the Rising Sun
10. Ain't Got No/I Got Life
11. Gin House Blues
12. Ain't No Use
13. Mississippi Goddam
14. See Line Woman
15. Four Women
16. I Sing Just to Know That I'm Alive
17. Fodder On Her Wings
18. I Loves You Porgy

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At the turn of the century, Lauryn Hill was crowned as the soul talent par excellence on the basis of her work with the Fugees and one solo album, the fêted The Miseducation of. Still, she's a good a choice as any to make the point: without Nina Simone, there would be no Hill. Before even Aretha Franklin demanded "Respect", Simone was commanding audiences with her voice, virtuoso piano and powerful presence. In the early 1960s, she wrote "Mississippi Goddam" in response to the murder of civil-rights activist Medgar Evers; it remains one of the most potent protest songs of the era. Whether singing her own compositions or interpreting others, Simone puts her own stamp on every song, be it sad and bluesy ("Don't Smoke In Bed") or up-tempo and playful (but still deadly serious on "Love Me or Leave Me"). Amazon.co.uk contributor Lucy O'Brien compiled this Essential collection, and her take on Simone is joyously expansive, covering best-known works ("My Baby Just Cares For Me"), live tracks and some of O'Brien's favourites. The definitive Simone wouldn't fit on a single disc, so while there are plenty of greats not here, The Essential Nina Simone lives up to its billing. --Randy Silver

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Essential 10 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
I love Nina Simone's music so my problem with this CD is not her. Titled "The Essential" it is mostly drawn from 2 sessions; one studio and one live. The first has some great tracks, but the second has poor sound quality. Finally there are a couple of more recent oddities. The sleeve notes are good on Simone's life, but give no details of dates. There are some great tracks- my favourite is Mood Indigo, but it really comes over as some cheap recordings bundled together and called essential- It does little to show the range of Simone, nor does it include many of her best recordings. I would look elsewhere for a collection of her work.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of better collections to choose from 19 July 2008
By P. Barclay VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album for the My Baby cares for me track a few years ago. Beyond that standard, the sound quality deteriorates to the point where it is hardly possible to make out the words of "Ain't Got No/I got Life", even on an 8000 hi-fi system! So, not the album for the audiophile.

Nor does it contain the Nina Simone tracks that most people would consider to be part of any Essential collection: Feeling Good and Sinnerman are particularly noticeable by their absence.

I bought Nina Simone Gold soon afterwards - my daughter was astonished that the woman who produced the messy sound I played from the Essential album was capable of the astounding beauty of Feeling Good.

I am still in search of a version of Ain't Got No/I got Life I can enjoy, particularly as it features on the current Muller adverts. I guess I will just have to buy another Nina Simone album!
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i chose this product as this was what i thought i was looking for leaving any feedback i am not interested in doing although Amazon make it difficult for this not to happen , there is no reason the fedback is like it is other than they are my feelings
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13 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 24 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
buy this and listen. savor every moment, its wonderful. someone should send a copy to all the pop trash. my favorite artist second only to janis.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential PowerVoice 9 Feb 2007
By Denise - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ten or so years ago, when I lived in wild and wikkit El Lay, I was having drinks with a client at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons (which as we all know, is NOT in Beverly Hills proper, but just across the street on Doheny). As we sat there, my client and I heard a woman (man?) talking just out of eyesight. The voice, while not loud, cut through the pre-cocktail hour buzzle like a small frigate---clean, strong, and distinctive. She wasn't being loud, it was just that that voice...that voice. My client persuaded me to go find out who was speaking, as we were mesmerized. I went into the next little salon off the bar area and saw an elegant black woman talking with an earnest young white man in his first grown-up suit, in his first grown-up A&R job (probably fresh from USC business school). She was talking and he had the most incoherent look on his face. In retrospect, I think he had never met someone like her, and of course, he never will again. I hope he appreciated her. I asked, "Excuse me, but your voice is so distinctive---it sounds very familiar. Do I know you?" She stopped her narrative, languidly looking up at me, extended her hand in a regal but not royal way, and simply said, "I am Nina Simone."

I have to admit that I had heard of her, but couldn't have named one song she'd recorded. Even in the hip 80's and 90's, she was radically underappreciated and heard in the States. Needless to say,(and this was way before amazon.com et al)I raced to Tower and bought several of her recordings. This recording is a favorite, and the more I listen to this amazing singer, the more I wonder why she never had a wider American audience. Her singing, like her speaking, was so very distinctive and mesmerizing. You may not want to, but you cannot help yourself from stopping to listen. I have had more people ask me "Who's playing?" when one of her songs comes up in the mix.

Her take on any song is memorable. Her voice has a resonant quality unlike the thin, reedy, over-produced songbirds on the charts today. Most modern singers in any genre seem hell-bent on showing off what their voices CAN do. It's like nude scene in a movie: gets your attention, but does nothing to move the plot along. Same with all the vocal melisma of current artists---all the shrieking does nothing to sell the song. With La Nina, it is just pure singing, straight out and true.

Try this album. You may not like it at first. Her voice is unique and requires attentive listening. But like dark chocolate, which might taste bitter at first, somehow seduces you and milk chocolate becomes a little ho-hum. So it is with Nina Simone. You may not want to play her for your next rave, but with friends over for drinks or dinner, Nina playing in the next room, soon everyone will be asking, "Who's playing?" And you can turn on a new audience to an incomparable, unique voice.
67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Sweet Nina 26 April 2003
By James Hiller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Not really having heard of Nina Simone prior to her recent passing, I caught a retrospective on NPR and was amazed at the power and persuasiveness of her voice. So, I beelined to the nearest music store, and picked out this CD, not knowing which one to select. Needless to say, "The Essential Nina Simone" is a masterful work of perfection.
Nina's voice is so incredibly deep and soulful, and soul-filled. I was immediately drawn to several of the tracks, realizing that just one listen wasn't enough. Nina manages to incorporate the power of her life and times into each song, as a reflection of where she's been and yet a hope of things to come. She's simply unlike any artist I've heard.
This CD is taking a prime place in my stereo for months to come. For relaxing, for reflection, for memories, for living, this CD and Nina Simone is a requisite.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but these are not Nina's best renditions 15 Jan 2009
By Lincoln DeCoursey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is certainly a competent survey of some of Nina's better songs, but oddly this disc doesn't contain any of her peak output. She's presented these and other songs in much more soulful renditions elsewhere.

There's even a chance that an uninitiated listener might hear this album and come away not truly getting the point.

Nina's best work was on Philips in the mid 1960s. If you're looking for a first glimpse of Nina Simone, probably the correct place to start is 1966's Wild Is the Wind. That album would better be described as "essential Nina Simone" than this collection.

Four stars for being a decent survey and since it's Nina Simone.
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely took my breath away... 12 Jun 2003
By Adam Teak Lagowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I consider myself very fortunate to have discovered this truly amazing lady. My aunt had this disc in her cd changer on a day I just happened to be having dinner at her house. I really wasn't paying attention to the music in the background. But when I first heard Nina's voice, I found myself absolutely mesmerized. All I could say was "Who's that playing on the stereo?" It was, of course, Nina. I had never heard of this legendary lady before, but I became an instant fan. Nina has one of those voices that you just can't classify, like Macy Gracy, Tina Turner, Billie Holliday, Rod Stewart, Anastacia, Bjork and the list goes on... It's a potent instrument, soulful, emotional, beautifully textured, and deep. It's one of those rare voices that truly stands out from the millions of singers around the world. It's just heaven... One must hear Nina's voice to get a true sense of what I'm talking about. Her voice really will take your breath away...
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unending variety 27 Feb 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Nina: The Essential Nina Simone, is a wonderful compilation of some of Nina's best music. There are songs that seem dark and sad, as well as music that expresses great love and joy. Her arrangement of House of the Rising Sun is probably my favorite. She has taken that song and given it more feeling than I thought it could ever have.
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