Nina Simone - Best Of: Songs To Sing: 2CD £2.99 + Free Delivery @ HMV

Nina Simone - Best Of: Songs To Sing: 2CD £2.99 + Free Delivery @ HMV

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Found 11th Oct 2009Made hot 12th Oct 2009
For four decades, Nina Simone has bewitched listeners with her uncategorizable blend of music. Unwilling to compromise to popular standards, hers has been a lonely course which led her away from the United States. Nina Simone adds to her recording legacy with this fine 1993 collection of contemplative tracks (which was her first release in more than five years).
A SINGLE WOMAN is an appropriately titled, almost autobiographical testament to her life, a meditation on the joys and pains of a woman alone. Her rich, deep voice soars dramatically over lush orchestral arrangements. The album's high point is a superb reprise of her haunting tango arrangement of "Just Say I Love Him" with guitarist Al Shackman (whom she worked with during her early years) making a guest appearance. Also included are three Rod McKuen songs and a moving version of the standard "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" that is dedicated to the late Prime Minister of Barbados.

Disc 1
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
See-Line Woman
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Love Me Or Leave Me
Strange Fruit
I Put A Spell On You
Break Down & Let It All Out
Ain't Got No - I Got Life (live)
The House Of The Rising Sun (live)
Do What You Gotta Do (live)
Mississippi Goddam (live)
Don't Smoke In Bed
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
Mood Indigo
I Love You Porgy
For All We Know
Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair
Four Women
Nobody Knows You When Your Down & Out
No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (live)

Disc 2
To Be Young Gifted & Black (live)
After You've Gone (live)
I'll Look Around (live)
When I Was In My Prime (live)
Ain't No Use (live)
You'll Never Walk Alone
Little Girl Blue
African Mailman
Central Park Blues
He Needs Me
Good Bait
Plain Gold Ring
The Assignment Song (live)
I Sing Just To Know I'm Alive (live)
Gin House Blues (live)
The Other Woman (live)
You Took My Teeth
Pirate Jenny


worth it for the live version of this alone never mind the rest of an unique talent…UOQ

The Muller advert uses her music - cool

I'm getting £4.99 not £2.99 :?

£4.99free uk delivery
list price £10.99 - Your saving £6.00

I was all primed to buy it - my hubbie is a big Nina fan.

Me too


The Muller advert uses her music - cool

That's right! It's the song called Ain't Got No... I Got Life, here in live format (IMHO better than the studio version heard in the Muller ad). Plenty of other great songs and covers, some you must already know like My Baby Just Cares For Me, The House of the Rising Sun (she sung it first), or I Put A Spell On You.

For a "best of" album though, I find there are a few shortcomings. Two of her best and most famous songs are definitely missing, Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat had a hit with a remix of it a few years ago) and my all-time favourite I'm Feeling Good (brilliantly covered by Muse).

At £2.99 that would still be a great introduction to one of the most influencial artists of last century's second half. But right now it shows at £4.99 here too.
Note that you can listen to it for free on Spotify, especially if you want to try before you buy, or if Spotify has replaced your CD & MP3 collection (like for me):
]Nina Simone: Songs To Sing on Spotify
URI: spotify:album:5ak75NmZ6PYRQPW7EMsHsW

Good find nonetheless, Nina Simone is one of these artists that everyone should know.
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