Nina Simone – High Priestess of Soul (1966)
Jazz | MP3 320 Kbps | Label: Verve | 82,3 MB
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Bryan Koniarz Producer
Kazumi Matsumoto Series Design
Hal Mooney Arranger, Conductor, Producer
Nina Simone Piano, Vocals
Sherniece Smith Art Producer
Jeff Willens Mastering
More great stuff from the late great Nina.
Perhaps a bit more conscious of contemporary soul trends than her previous Philips albums, this is still very characteristic of her mid-’60s work in its eclectic mix of jazz, pop, soul, and some blues and gospel.
Hal Mooney directs some large band arrangements for the material on this LP without submerging Simone’s essential strengths. The more serious and introspective material is more memorable than the good-natured pop selections here.
The highlights are her energetic vocal rendition of the Oscar Brown/Nat Adderley composition “Work Song” and her spiritual composition “Come Ye,” on which Simone’s inspirational vocals are backed by nothing other than minimal percussion.
Review by Richie Unterberger
1. Don’t You Pay Them No Mind
2. I’m Gonna Leave You
3. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
4. Keeper of the Flame
5. Gal from Joe’s
6. Take Me to the Water
7. I’m Going Back Home
8. I Hold No Grudge
9. Come Ye
10. He Ain’t Comin’ Home No More
11. Work Song
12. I Love My Baby
Here be Nina
Big thanks to the original poster
Nina Simone – I Put A Spell On You (1965)
MP3 ~210 Kbs VBR | Genre: Oldies | 67 mb | 1965
Nina Simone can be considered an acquired taste–like black coffee, fine brandy, or good cigars. With a voice that’s less than perfect, she’s nevertheless full of passion and pain, joy and raunchiness in her music. This album covers all those emotions set against the background her of well-arranged orchestration and her exceptional skill as a pianist.
Nina is a genre all her own. Her style varies broadly–from blues to jazz to gospel to folk and political music. This album is not a showcase that variety, merely one facet of it. This album has more of a fun feel to it than some of her other recordings–with songs like ‘Marriage is for Old Folks’ and ‘Gimme Some’ as well as the child-like ‘Beautiful Land.’ Nina is certainly no idealist, though, showing her passion and her pain in songs like ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’ and ‘You’ve Got to Learn.’
For Nina fans, this album is a nice break away from some of her moodier, darker work. For those just discovering Nina, this album would be an excellent way to ease into acquiring the taste for her music–splashing a little cream into one’s black coffee, as it were.
As a dedicated fan of Nina’s musical uniqueness, I’ve found this to be a very pleasant album that’s just right for lifting the stresses of day away and losing myself in a little bit of fun.
- Amazon reviewer
Here Nina sings the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins hit, only the way she can , in London, 1968!
I think you can see one of the Walker Brothers in the audience!
01. I Put A Spell On You
02. Tomorrow Is My Turn
03. Ne Me Quitte Pas
04. Marriage Is For Old Folks
05. July Tree
06. Gimme Some
07. Feeling Good
08. One September Day
09. Blues On Purpose
10. Beautiful Land
11. You’ve Got To Learn
12. Take Care Of Business