Nina really shines on this two-fer (2 albums compiled onto 1 CD), especially the concert one. Hear her joke, preen, charm and stimulate the audience thru her banter and mostly, her invigorating songs and singing. She really lets go on some of these songs during her concert, especially "Mississippi Goddam" and "Old Jim Crow", her "protest" songs against racism and social inequality. Considering these songs were done before the racial movement in late 60s, Nina was really ahead of her time. But it was never Nina's intention to fit in the mold, her music is a perfect example and may not be for everyone. But if you like to be stimulated by thought and emotions, then Nina Simone and her music is for you. The studio album is almost as good and Nina transcends the confines of the lame orchestrations, especially on "I Put A Spell on You", her sizzling version of the famous Screamin' Jay Hawkins song about an unfaithful lover.