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The Amazing Nina Simone Deluxe Gatefold Edition 180 Gram Vinyl

The Amazing Nina Simone Deluxe Gatefold Edition 180 Gram Vinyl

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There is a remarkable amount of variety on this disc, Nina Simone's second recording. Her repertoire ranges from a swinging "Stompin' at the Savoy" and an emotional "It Might as Well Be Spring" to an English folk ballad ( "Tomorrow" ), spirituals, an R&B song ( "You've Been Gone Too Long" ) and the theme song from the movie Middle of the Night. Somehow Simone brings credibility to each of these very different songs. She does not play much piano ( just cameos on two songs ) and is backed by a subtle orchestra arranged by Bob Mersey that is effective accompanying her vocals. This session finds Nina Simone's voice in top form and with a few exceptions is generally jazz-oriented.

~ Scott Yanow