Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
There's a little bit of everything on this eclectic 1970 collection from the High Priestess of Soul--blues, gospel, jazz, rock, you name it. Live tracks, studio tracks, intimate combos, big orchestras, gospel choirs--an... more »
There's a little bit of everything on this eclectic 1970 collection from the High Priestess of Soul--blues, gospel, jazz, rock, you name it. Live tracks, studio tracks, intimate combos, big orchestras, gospel choirs--and music by Bob Dylan, Barry Gibb, Leonard Cohen, Jimmy Webb, and George Gershwin! The only constant, of course, is Simone's resonating voice--mother to the likes of Tracy Chapman and Joan Armatrading. It's an impressive survey of sounds, although it doesn't make for a cohesive listening experience; you're more likely to want to sample a track here and a track there, depending on your mood. Still, when you want a little sugar in your bowl, you'll know where to find it. --Jim Emerson
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A Nina Novice
S. Harrison | Rosedale, NY United States | 04/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In my quest to be more diverse in my musical selections, I purchased this CD last year after reading about and studying Ms. Nina Simone. I'm happy "I got to know her" before her passing earlier this month.I love who see is and what she stood for even more than the music itself. The only disappointment w/this "Best Of" CD is that it does not have some of the songs that Nina is MOST known for including Mississippi Goddam.That's ok though. This is just the first of other purchases I intend to make. From what I've read on the internet, Nina's history is very diverse yet strong. In addition to her music, I will also be purchasing some books about this Soulful Diva! (Probably the 1st REAL DIVA) This Best of collection is just a good place to start but you do need some of the others to get the full essence of this amazing woman."
irate_consumer | Menlo Park, Ca | 07/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the first Simone CD I ever bought so perhaps this review is tainted with sentimentality. Nevertheless, I have to sing my praise for it. I adore her. Her voice is not only magnificent, bursting with soul, passion and raw emotion but she is angry, which I love in a woman. I encourage you to read about her and find transcripts of her interviews.Anyway, back to the album. Firstly, her vesion of "Suzanne" is fantastic. Lord knows I love Cohen but, after I heard this, his version of his own song is a thing to pity. "Why?" her tribute to Martin Luther King is deeply touching and if "Go To Hell" doesn't get your toes atappin' there has to be something wrong with you. Her version, too, of "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl" is very sensual and lucious, a song to seduce by. No song on this a disappoinment. You should love it all."