‘I started to think about myself as a black person in a country run by white people and a woman in a world run by men.’ – Nina Simone
Nina Simone was born this day in 1933 and left us in 2003. To celebrate her amazing career we’re taking a look at her 1967 album she recorded for the Phillips label. Is it her best?
It’s an eclectic mix of jazz, soul and R & B has Nina Simone at the peak of her powers, delivering, on this her seventh for Philips, arguably her most consistent album. Her commitment to her material was always strong and passionate and while this is an album of mainly covers the real standout is ‘Come Ye’ in which she sings with just percussion for accompaniment; it’s genuinely moving.
On his original liner notes, Del Shields, National Association of Radio Announcers writes, “There is nothing superficial about Nina Simone. There is no fakery. There is no planned premise that given the right amount of exposure and the right tunes will deliver a certain portion of the record buying public. Nina is simply a tremendously talented artist who has integrity and conviction.” Amen to that.
If not this what? Her 1964 In Concert album? Pastel Blues from 1965?