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The Essential Nina Simone

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My Baby Just Cares For Me
3:38  
02
Mood Indigo
4:02  
03
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
3:09  
04
Don't Smoke In Bed
3:11  
05
Love Me Or Leave Me
3:22  
06
He Needs Me
2:29  
07
Little Girl Blues
4:17  
08
Plain Gold Ring
3:50  
09
House Of the Rising Sun (Live) (Live)
6:56  
10
Ain't Got No/I Got Life (Live) (Live)
4:39  
11
Gin House Blues (Live) (Live)
4:55  
12
Ain't No Use (Live) (Live)
2:45  
13
Mississippi Goddam (Live) (Live)
4:42  
14
See Line Woman (Live) (Live)
3:46  
15
Four Women (Live) (Live)
4:54  
16
I Sing Just To Know That I'm Alive
3:24  
17
Fodder On Her Wings
5:08  
18
I Loves You Porgy
4:10  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 18   Total Length: 73:17

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They Say All Music Guide

Nina Simone has penned unforgettable protest material, covered jazz, folk, rock, and pop with equal flair, and created a body of work that’s kept her popularity high. While this title is hardly accurate, since it only covers RCA material from 1967-1972, there’s plenty of anthemic fare among The Essential Nina Simone’s 16 selections. These include “Mr. Bojangles,” “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,” “Seems I’m Never Tired Lovin’ You,” and “Since I Fell for You.” While the absence of “Baltimore,” “I Wish I Knew How It Feels to Be Free,” and “Here Comes the Sun” (to name only three) is sizable, and the weighting of this compilation toward well-known rock types (Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, George Harrison, two Bee Gees cuts) debatable, there’s still no way it can be dismissed. – Ron Wynn

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