To Be Free:nina Simone Story(w/ Bonus DVD) CD (2008)

Artist: Nina Simone

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Label RCA Records/sbme
SKU 209059982
UPC 886971100921
UPC 14 00886971100921
Format CD
Release Date 9/30/2008
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Author Nina Simone
Associated Artist/Work Ayissi Chantal
Associated Artist/Work Connor, Chris (Vocals)
Associated Artist/Work DJ Maestro
Associated Artist/Work Fitzgerald, Ella
Associated Artist/Work Groovefinder
Associated Artist/Work Holiday, Billie
Associated Artist/Work NdegeOcello, Me'Shell
Associated Artist/Work Nina Simone Trio (The)
Associated Artist/Work Washington, Dinah
Technical Info
Producer Richard Seidel (Compilation)
CatalogID 88697110092
Lable Name Legacy
Released 09/30/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 4
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886971100921
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Nina Simone (vocals, piano).
Audio Mixer: Todd Whitelock.
Audio Remasterer: Mark Wilder.
Liner Note Author: David Nathan .
Jazz singer and pianist Nina Simone was such a prodigious talent that even a four-disc box set might seem too small a canvas to fully sketch her genius, but TO BE FREE: THE NINA SIMONE STORY is nonetheless an ideal introduction. The three CDs contain 51 tracks covering Simone's career from 1953 to 1993, from her beginnings as a classically trained supper club artiste through her period of political awakening into her later, idiosyncratic blend of jazz, blues, pop, and rock. The fourth disc is a DVD containing a documentary film with live concert footage that was completed in 1970 but never released until this set. The set also contains eight previously unreleased songs and a book with essays and track-by-track commentary.
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Over the course of 3CDs, we bear witness to a singer who had no equal. Simone carved phrases with that smoky tenor, a natural instrument so regal that her whisper packed more power than the caterwauling of lessers who compensate with overkill."
Blender (Magazine) (p.81) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "She squeezed audiences with a mysterious intensity, and this three-disc set is rightly heavy on the live tracks."
Paste (magazine) (p.66) - "TO BE FREE: THE NINA SIMONE STORY stirringly captures Simone's journey from a reluctant cabaret performer to one of the most powerful voices of the Civil Rights era."
Uncut (magazine) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "The songs Simone wrote or covered in response to the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s suited her throaty snarl perfectly."
Disc 1
1 Mood Indigo,Mississippi Goddam - (live),No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
2 I Loves You, Porgy,In the Morning - (previously unreleased, alternate take),Just Like a Woman - (previously unreleased)
3 My Baby Just Cares For Me,Ain'T Got No-I Got Life,Here Comes the Sun - (live)
4 Nobody Knows You When You'Re Down and Out,Do What You Gotta Do,Tanywey - (previously unreleased, live)
5 You Can Have Him - (live),Seems I'M Never Tired Loving You,Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter - (previously unreleased, live)
6 Wild is the Wind - (live),Just Like Tom Thumb'S Blues,My Sweet Lord/Today is a Killer - (live)
7 Trouble In Mind - (live),Times They Are a-Changin', The,Let It Be Me - (previously unreleased, live)
8 When Malindy Sings/Swing Low Sweet Chariot - (previously unreleased, live),Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season) - (live),Poppies - (live)
9 See-Line Woman - (live),Other Woman, The (Live) - (live),Mr. Bojangles - (previously unreleased, live)
10 Pirate Jenny - (live),I Think It'S Going To Rain Today - (live),I Want a Little Sugar In My Bowl - (previously unreleased, live)
11 Don'T Let Me Be Misunderstood,Save Me - (live),Nina - (previously unreleased, live)
12 I Put a Spell On You,Revolution - (live),Zungo - (previously unreleased, live)
13 Ne Me Quitte Pas,To Be Young, Gifted and Black - (live),Baltimore
14 Feeling Good,Black is the Color of My True Love'S Hair - (live),Single Woman, A
15 Four Women,Westwind - (live)
16 My Man'S Gone Now,Who Knows Where the Time Goes - (previously unreleased, live)
17 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free,Suzanne - (previously unreleased, live)
18 To Love Somebody
19 Sunday In Savannah - (live)
20 Backlash Blues - (live)
Disc 2
1 Mood Indigo,Mississippi Goddam - (live),No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
2 I Loves You, Porgy,In the Morning - (previously unreleased, alternate take),Just Like a Woman - (previously unreleased)
3 My Baby Just Cares For Me,Ain'T Got No-I Got Life,Here Comes the Sun - (live)
4 Nobody Knows You When You'Re Down and Out,Do What You Gotta Do,Tanywey - (previously unreleased, live)
5 You Can Have Him - (live),Seems I'M Never Tired Loving You,Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter - (previously unreleased, live)
6 Wild is the Wind - (live),Just Like Tom Thumb'S Blues,My Sweet Lord/Today is a Killer - (live)
7 Trouble In Mind - (live),Times They Are a-Changin', The,Let It Be Me - (previously unreleased, live)
8 When Malindy Sings/Swing Low Sweet Chariot - (previously unreleased, live),Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season) - (live),Poppies - (live)
9 See-Line Woman - (live),Other Woman, The (Live) - (live),Mr. Bojangles - (previously unreleased, live)
10 Pirate Jenny - (live),I Think It'S Going To Rain Today - (live),I Want a Little Sugar In My Bowl - (previously unreleased, live)
11 Don'T Let Me Be Misunderstood,Save Me - (live),Nina - (previously unreleased, live)
12 I Put a Spell On You,Revolution - (live),Zungo - (previously unreleased, live)
13 Ne Me Quitte Pas,To Be Young, Gifted and Black - (live),Baltimore
14 Feeling Good,Black is the Color of My True Love'S Hair - (live),Single Woman, A
15 Four Women,Westwind - (live)
16 My Man'S Gone Now,Who Knows Where the Time Goes - (previously unreleased, live)
17 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free,Suzanne - (previously unreleased, live)
18 To Love Somebody
19 Sunday In Savannah - (live)
20 Backlash Blues - (live)
Disc 3
1 Mood Indigo,Mississippi Goddam - (live),No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
2 I Loves You, Porgy,In the Morning - (previously unreleased, alternate take),Just Like a Woman - (previously unreleased)
3 My Baby Just Cares For Me,Ain'T Got No-I Got Life,Here Comes the Sun - (live)
4 Nobody Knows You When You'Re Down and Out,Do What You Gotta Do,Tanywey - (previously unreleased, live)
5 You Can Have Him - (live),Seems I'M Never Tired Loving You,Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter - (previously unreleased, live)
6 Wild is the Wind - (live),Just Like Tom Thumb'S Blues,My Sweet Lord/Today is a Killer - (live)
7 Trouble In Mind - (live),Times They Are a-Changin', The,Let It Be Me - (previously unreleased, live)
8 When Malindy Sings/Swing Low Sweet Chariot - (previously unreleased, live),Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season) - (live),Poppies - (live)
9 See-Line Woman - (live),Other Woman, The (Live) - (live),Mr. Bojangles - (previously unreleased, live)
10 Pirate Jenny - (live),I Think It'S Going To Rain Today - (live),I Want a Little Sugar In My Bowl - (previously unreleased, live)
11 Don'T Let Me Be Misunderstood,Save Me - (live),Nina - (previously unreleased, live)
12 I Put a Spell On You,Revolution - (live),Zungo - (previously unreleased, live)
13 Ne Me Quitte Pas,To Be Young, Gifted and Black - (live),Baltimore
14 Feeling Good,Black is the Color of My True Love'S Hair - (live),Single Woman, A
15 Four Women,Westwind - (live)
16 My Man'S Gone Now,Who Knows Where the Time Goes - (previously unreleased, live)
17 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free,Suzanne - (previously unreleased, live)
18 To Love Somebody
19 Sunday In Savannah - (live)
20 Backlash Blues - (live)
Product Attributes
Artist Simone,Nina
Label Rca Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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