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In Concert/I Put A Spell On Yo [Best of, Live]

Nina Simone Audio CD
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1. I Loves You, Porgy
2. Plain Gold Ring
3. Pirate Jenny
4. Old Jim Crow
5. Don't Smoke In Bed
6. Go Limp
7. Mississippi Goddam
8. I Put A Spell On You
9. Tomorrow Is My Turn
10. Ne Me Quitte Pas
11. Marriage Is For Old Folks
12. July Tree
13. Gimme Some
14. Feeling Good
15. One September Day
16. Blues On Purpose
17. Beautiful Land
18. You've Got To Learn
19. Take Care Of Business

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The first disc of this two-CD set is a 1964 live recording of Simone at her most righteous. Having just left Colpix Records, where she was catering for a predominantly white supper club audience, she unleashed a well of pent-up fury against racism. This is evident on the holy rollin' "Old Jim Crow", and a raucous version of Brecht's "Pirate Jenny", relocated to a dockside hotel in the American South. The second CD, meanwhile, is her more measured 1965 album I a Spell on You--worth buying for the title track alone. This is one of her best songs, a heart-stopping version of the Screamin' Jay Hawkins original that combines vulnerability with bluesy menace. "I don't care if you don't want me/I'm yours right now", she moans. Chillingly perfect. --Lucy O'Brien

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4.0 out of 5 stars Soul Diva April 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
Yesterday I got the news that Nina Simone had passed away; curiously enough I had been listening to some of her discs quite a bit of late. Her discography is extensive and consequently several "2-fer" disc have been released featuring two albums on one disc. This is one of those and features a fine collection of songs and a telling live performance. I say telling because Simone not only conveyed a message in her music but cajoled and incited her audience to feel the passion of her song. Simone was a superb story teller, a fine pianist and just happened to have one of those voices often imitated but never duplicated. Her voice had a shimmering , frolicking vibrancy that comes from living the emotions of her music. Her folk-jazz style was not only unique and provocative it was the music that reflected the times of the civil rights era in America. Her anti- racism anthems abound on the live performance, including "Old Jim Crow" which she co-penned and the scorching, seething "Mississippi Goddam" which she wrote. Although "Mississippi Goddam"is a scathing outcry of American injustice there is a jubilant feeling to the song. It is reminiscent of a lively spiritual or as she says"a show tune but the show hasn't been written for it yet." Although these songs of protest are powerful , for my money her real strength was in her bluesy-jazzy vocals like "I Put a Spell on You" and her signature song, which also happened to be her first "hit" in 1959, "I Loves You, Porgy." The second part of the disc has Simone doing more of her scat, jazz singing, even doing three French(where she eventually died) songs, including"Ne Me Quitte Pas"that features a soft, nasal Simone backed by a suttle orchestra. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nina at her best! Dec 20 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite collection of Nina Simone. "In Concert" is a rare treat because it captures Nina in full force, playfully chiding her audience as she sings some of her most socially active songs like "Mississippi Goddam" and "Pirate Jenny." "I Put a Spell on You" offers up such pearls as "Blues on Purpose," which showcases Nina on piano. She is such a great storyteller, and this concert is Nina at her best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nina Charms & Shines Aug. 30 2000
By Peter
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nina Charms & Shines Aug. 30 2000
By Peter
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In Concert I Put A Spell On You April 24 2000
Format:Audio CD
The music touches your heart, but for Nina to touch your soul you need to hear her in concert and on her collected works...She has been with me since the early 70's...no part of your music collection is complete or valid until Nina is part of your life and your love, because she is not only both, she is our Voice and our heart's lament, as well as our joy!
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