Nina Simone for Lovers
Performer: Nina Simone
Artist: Rudy Stevenson; Arthur Adams; Lisle Atkinson; Bobby Hamilton; Cornell McFadden
Producer: Ron Berinstein; Miriam Cutler; David Kreisberg; Hal Mooney; Ron Berinstein; Miriam Cutler; David Kreisberg; Hal Mooney; Ken Druker (Compilation)...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Personnel: Nina Simone (vocals, piano); Nina Simone; Lisle Atkinson, Arthur Adams (bass instrument); Ken Druker (sequencer); Rudy Stevenson (guitar); Cornell McFadden, Bobby Hamilton (drums). Liner Note Author: Al Young. Recording information: New York, NY. Illustrator: Am�lie Hazard. Arrangers: Nina Simone; Hal Mooney; Horace Ott. This second of two Nina Simone compilations issued in 2005 (and third in two years), For Lovers focuses on Simone's crucial tenure on the Verve imprint. It's not a thorough examination of her career by any stretch, but it does feature what many consider to be ideal performances of two of her most well-known songs: "I Loves You, Porgy" and "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair." Fans of Simone's work will already have many of these recordings courtesy of other records, but casual listeners wanting to hear the softer side of this revolutionary jazz chanteuse will find this an excellent place to start, and will want to dig deeper into her rich back catalog. ~ Rob Theakston
Nina Simone was a great pianist, a riveting vocalist, and an uncompromising personality. Her sociopolitical consciousness and eclecticism set her apart from the pack. Her interpretations of soul, jazz, blues, and standards are both striking and unique; not for nothing do her fans refer to her as "the Goddess." She established her jazz credentials with an emotive interpretation of George Gershwin 's 'I Loves You Porgy' in 1959. Her influential '60s work included "Forbidden Fruit" and "I Put A Spell On You." One of her singles, "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," later became a worldwide hit for the Animals. In later years, she recorded less frequently, but in 1987, while in self-imposed exile in France, she had a fluke hit after her '50s version of "My Baby Just Cares For Me," was resurrected in a TV commercial. Simone died in 2003 at her home in France at age 70.
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