Nina Simone - The Amazing Nina Simone (180 Gram Vinyl, Deluxe Gatefold Edition) [Import]

Nina Simone - The Amazing Nina Simone (180 Gram Vinyl, Deluxe Gatefold Edition) [Import]

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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