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Four Women: The Nina Simone Philips Recordings [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1: NINA SIMONE IN CONCERT/BROADWAY-BLUES-BALLADS:
    1. I Loves You, Porgy - (live)
    2. Plain Gold Ring - (live)
    3. Pirate Jenny - (live)
    4. Old Jim Crow - (live)
    5. Don't Smoke in Bed - (live)
    6. Go Limp - (live)
    7. Mississippi Goddam - (live)
    8. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
    9. Night Song
    10. Laziest Gal in Town, The
    11. Something Wonderful
    12. Don't Take All Night
    13. Nobody
    14. I Am Blessed
    15. Of This I'm Sure
    16. See Line Woman
    17. Our Love (Will See Us Through)
    18. How Can I?
    19. Last Rose of Summer, The
    0. DISC 2: I PUT A SPELL ON YOU/PASTEL BLUES:
    1. I Put a Spell on You
    2. Tomorrow Is My Turn
    3. Ne Me Quitte Pas
    4. Marriage Is for Old Folks
    5. July Tree
    6. Gimme Some
    7. Feeling Good
    8. One September Day
    9. Blues on Purpose
    10. Beautiful Land
    11. You've Got to Learn
    12. Take Care of Business
    13. Be My Husband
    14. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
    15. End of the Line
    16. Trouble in Mind
    17. Tell Me More and More and Then Some
    18. Chilly Winds Don't Blow
    19. Ain't No Use
    20. Strange Fruit
    21. Sinner Man
    0. DISC 3: LET IT ALL OUT/WILD IS THE WIND:
    1. Mood Indigo
    2. Other Woman, The
    3. Love Me or Leave Me
    4. Don't Explain
    5. Little Girl Blue
    6. Chauffeur
    7. For Myself
    8. Ballad of Hollis Brown, The
    9. This Year's Kisses
    10. Images
    11. Nearer Blessed Lord
    12. I Love Your Lovin' Ways
    13. Four Women
    14. What More Can I Say
    15. Lilac Wine
    16. That's All I Ask
    17. Break Down and Let It All Out
    18. Why Keep on Breaking My Heart
    19. Wild Is the Wind
    20. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair
    21. If I Should Lose You
    22. Either Way I Lose
    0. DISC 4: HIGH PRIESTESS OF SOUL:
    1. Don't You Pay Them No Mind
    2. I'm Gonna Leave You
    3. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
    4. Keeper of the Flame
    5. Gal from Joe's, The
    6. Take Me to the Water
    7. I'm Going Back Home
    8. I Hold No Grudge
    9. Come Ye
    10. He Ain't Comin' Home No More
    11. Work Song
    12. I Love My Baby
    13. Monster, A
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 065021

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    FOUR WOMEN: THE NINA SIMONE PHILLIPS RECORDINGS contains 7 LPs on 4 CDs: NINA SIMONE IN CONCERT (1964)/BROADWAY-BLUES-BALLADS (1964)/I PUT A SPELL ON YOU (1965)/PASTEL BLUES (1965)/LET IT ALL OUT (1965)/WILD IS THE WIND (1965)/HIGH PRIESTESS OF SOUL (1966).
    Personnel includes: Nina Simone (vocals, piano); Rudy Stevenson (guitar); Lisle Atkinson (bass, percussion); Bobby Hamilton (drums).
    Producer: Hal Mooney.
    Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
    Recorded between 1964 & 1966. Includes liner notes by Ashley Kahn.
    FOUR WOMEN was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Album Notes.
    Personnel: Nina Simone (vocals, piano); Rudy Stevenson (guitar, flute); Al Schackman (guitar, harmonica); Bobby Hamilton (drums); Lisle Atkinson (percussion).
    Liner Note Author: Ashley Kahn.
    Recording information: New York, NY (03/21/1964-08/26/1966).
    Photographers: Peter Basch; Burt Goldblatt; Herb Snitzer; Jan Persson.
    Arrangers: Hal Mooney; Horace Ott; Nina Simone.
    Although Nina Simone's years at RCA have their passionate devotees, most fans believe her mid-'60s tenure at Philips was the pinnacle of her career. Indeed, her first album for the label, 1964's still-startling NINA SIMONE IN CONCERT, is probably Simone's single finest album of all time, introducing such masterpieces as her chilling reinterpretation of Kurt Weill's "Pirate Jenny" and the anti-segregation broadside "Mississippi Goddam," which she delivers with absolutely brutal humor. The six studio albums that followed are all included in full, and each of them continues Simone's no-boundaries musical worldview (one album was called BROADWAY-BLUES-BALLADS, and she cut the occasional pop song, like her dramatic remake of the Animals' "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"), her increasingly socio-political choices of material, and above all, her absolute mastery of the jazz vocal form. Beautifully packaged and extensively annotated, this four-disc set is a perfect overview of some of the '60s' finest and most uncompromising vocal jazz.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (6/26/03, p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Complex music in the key of bittersweet..."
    JazzTimes (8/03, p.131) - "...She recorded what she wanted, how she wanted, when she wanted....She was simultaneously jazz, folk, blues and gospel. The lines crossed and blurred....As a storyteller, she rivaled Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan..."
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