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Let It Be Me
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
Nina Simone's live performances have a power and an intimacy all their own, and those qualities stand out in this 1987 recording from Vine Street. It's a stunning form of cabaret singing, dramatic without melodrama, and wi... more »
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Nina Simone's live performances have a power and an intimacy all their own, and those qualities stand out in this 1987 recording from Vine Street. It's a stunning form of cabaret singing, dramatic without melodrama, and with roots that reach to Billie Holiday's surprising success with "Strange Fruit." Simone can add profundity to a usually carefree song like "My Baby Just Cares for Me," and the range of the performance broadens with the startling "Be My Husband," a simple pattern reduced to the naked force of a field holler, and the stark hymn "Balm in Gilead." Carefully chosen songs from Randy Newman, Bob Dylan, and Janis Ian achieve new dimensions in Simone's treatments. Her own deeply felt "Four Women" and "Mississippi Goddam" are potent and enduring protests. There's some effectively spare accompaniment from guitar, bass, and drums, but Simone's piano is the essential instrumental voice, from slow barrelhouse to Bach. --Stuart Broomer
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Sucha a beautiful record of her amazing presence
L. FELIPE Paiva | Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil | 08/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nina gives us an amazing example of her live performance.
It is just impossible not to be touched by emotion listening to Dylan's Just like a woman or If You Knew/Let It Be Me.
It's just a must have record for any Nina Simone's fan."
Still a huge presence
Rob S. | Maine, USA | 01/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The passion, the power, the heart, the inventive and always thrilling keyboard work are all delightfully evident here. While her voice is not as pure as it used to be, Nina Simone is still a charismatic artist. No matter what may have been lost with the passage of time, to see her live in concert is still a great thrill, and this album demonstrates the great affection her audiences have for her."