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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 (5 Jan. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe
  • ASIN: B000EJ9MJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Don't Le Me Be Misunderstood
2. See-line Woman
3. My Baby Just Cares for Me
4. Love Me Or Leave Me
5. Strange Fruit
6. I Put a Spell On You
7. Break Down & Let It All Out
8. Ain't Got No - I Got Life
9. The House of the Rising Sun
10. Do What You Gotta Do
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. To Be Young Gifted & Black
2. After You've Gone
3. I'll Look Around
4. When I Was in My Prime
5. Ain't No Use
6. You'll Never Walk Alone
7. Little Girl Blue
8. African Mailman
9. Central Park Blues
10. He Needs Me
See all 19 tracks on this disc

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Mar. 2011
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This is a superb double album: 39 tracks, a mixture of studio and live performances, and over 140 minute running time. The classics are here, including a particularly chilling version of 'Strange Fruit', the quirky bounce of 'My Baby Just Cares for Me', a wholly unusual live cover of the 'House of the Rising Sun' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone', the iconic and heartfelt 'I Put a Spell on You' and the downbeat 'After You've Gone', but there are no dud songs here, and some real discoveries lying in wait for you, including some solo piano pieces. A good production job overall, even on most of the live pieces, which crackle with a bluesy energy which powers her smoky, husky tones. Superb value at an attractive price, and a great introduction to this fine songstress.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Aug. 2013
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For some reason, a few weeks ago I decided I needed a Nina Simone compilation in my collection. I can't remember why, though something must have sparked it off, but be that as it may I went on to Amazon and trawled through the many collections to find one which balanced price with range and finally settled on a Music Club collection. I've had Music Club CDs before and they've generally been cheap but good and so I obtained this 39-track 2-CD set.

There's a brief but informative booklet by Paolo Hewitt which is, as informative booklets always are, a good start. The selection covers a wide range of styles and includes 13 live tracks -Simone was noted for her live performances, many of which have been released as albums. What there isn't, however, and is the collection's one bad mark against it, is any indication of which albums the tracks are taken from which might have been very useful had I wanted to pursue investigating Simone further (though there's always AMG -All-Music Guide- for that).

I'm 65 years old so obviously I've heard and seen Nina Simone before but never to the extent of buying an album but I was obviously aware of her ferocious talent. What I hadn't realised before was that she's is simply amazing. Her voice, while not possessed of an enormous range, does have profound depth. I know it's a cliche but Simone does indeed inhabit, live in a song, possessing it completely. She knows exactly what she is doing with every note and every word, phrasing them with precision to obtain the effect she wants no matter whether it's a song she's interpreting or has written, no matter what the genre of the song -jazz, blues, pop, folk, contemporary, show tunes, or whatever. She takes your breath away.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Tessier on 22 Jun. 2010
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I bought this cd and listened to it several times, every song is amazing. Its definately an essential for anyone who is new to Nina Simone or is an avad listener. Pure musical genious!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Z. Walker on 12 Feb. 2007
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Amazing album from an amazing singer.

Perfect relaxing music. Various live recordings add spice to this double disc set and prove how talented a singer Nina Simone really was. Both discs are worth putting on repeat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Telford on 26 Aug. 2012
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I am primarily a jazz fan and only recently 'discovered' Nina Simone. This CD contains all her 'protest' songs and her hits. As such it is a superb introduction to Nina. I had not known that she was a classically trained pianist, which shows through in her self-accompaniment and in the piano solo tracks. If possible, I would have given this CD four-and-a-half out of five.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EWC Johnson on 26 Sept. 2011
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One of the greatest selections of nina simones I have heard on Cd .
This Cd Is worth buying by any jazz loving fan,
Eddie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr c. on 19 Aug. 2013
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A wonderfull selection of her songs and soulfull voice. Wonderfull listening. You will thoroughly enjoy this cd, whatever time of day.
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By S. D. Howard on 19 Oct. 2013
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A disappointing collection although it's no fault of Ms Simone. The studio recordings are fine but the live recordings have abysmal sound quality and spoil such important songs as "I Got No-I Got Life" and "Mississippi Goddam".
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