Four Women (The Nina Simone Philips Recordings) - Nina Simone

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Four Women (The Nina Simone Philips Recordings) - Nina Simone

4 CD(s) - Modern Jazz Vocals - Label: Verve - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 07/07/2003 - 44006502120

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Review of "Four Women (The Nina Simone Philips Recordings) - Nina Simone"

published 21/02/2009 | bella6789
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Pro A whopping 75 tracks and a very high quality presentation box.
Cons "My Baby Just Cares For Me" & "Ain't Got No/I Got Life" not included in this set.
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"A boxed set to rival all boxed sets, a genius at work."

This boxed set celebrates the catalogue of recordings that Nina Simone made for the Philips record label which she joined in 1964 and left in 1973. This was definitely her most successful and productive period and gave birth to many classic performances that have stood the test of time and still to this day will lift you up and send a shiver down your spine.

The 4 CDs are impressively held in an orange colour, hard bound, high quality book which starts with 42 (yes 42!) pages of album pictures, track listings, photographs, sketches and biographies of Nina Simone the performer, and the person.

The Orange bound book then smoothly slides into a thick luxuriant, shiny mink coloured, mock croc look holder. This is a boxed set that you definitely look after, both for the sheer quality of the music and for the beautiful presentation of the packaging.

On to the music itself:

There are a staggering 75 tracks. This collection is almost of encyclopaedic proportions.

Among my personal favourites are: I Loves You Porgy, Don't Smoke In Bed,Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, I Put A Spell On You, Ne Me Quitte Pas, Feeling Good, Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out, Tell Me More And More And Then Some and Lilac Wine. Plus a mammoth 66 more tracks!

This compilation of great performances is surely what all Nina Simone fans would love to have proudly displayed in their collection.

"My Baby Just Cares For Me" & "Ain't Got No/I Got Life" are unfortunately not included in this set as I think they were on the RCA label.

In my opinion Ms Simone is amongst the greatest of all time in terms of expressing deep feelings of love, pain, sorrow, desire and happiness in her music.

I Put A Spell On You, Ne Me Quitte Pas, Feeling Good, Tell Me More And More And Then Some and Lilac Wine are tracks that I will still be playing when I am old and grey.

Full track listings and running times:

1. I Loves You Porgy 2:30

2. Plain Gold Ring 6:21

3. Pirate Jenny 6:37

4. Old Jim Crow 2:38

5. Don't Smoke In Bed 5:28

6. Go Limp 7:04

7. Mississippi Goddam 4:53

8. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood 2:44

9. Night Song 3:03

10. The Laziest Gal In Town 2:16

11. Something Wonderful 2:42

12. Don't Take All Night 2:50

13. Nobody 4:15

14. I Am Blessed 2:54

15. Of This I'm Sure 2:33

16. See-Line Woman 2:35

17. Our Love (Will See Us Through) 2:58

18. How Can I? 2:02

19. The Last Rose Of Summer 3:04

Disc 2


1. I Put A Spell On You 2:34

2. Tomorrow Is My Turn 2:48

3. Ne Me Quitte Pas 3:34

4. Marriage Is For Old Folks 3:29

5. July Tree 2:40

6. Gimme Some 2:57

7. Feeling Good 2:53

8. One September Day 2:48

9. Blues On Purpose 3:16

10. Beautiful Land 1:54

11. You've Got To Learn 2:41

12. Take Care Of Business 2:03

13. Be My Husband 3:20

14. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out 2:38

15. End Of The Line 2:54

16. Trouble In Mind 2:40

17. Tell Me More And More And Then Some 3:08

18. Chilly Winds Don't Blow 4:01

19. Ain't No Use 3:00

20. Strange Fruit 3:28

21. Sinnerman 10:19


Disc 3


1. Mood Indigo 2:25

2. The Other Woman 3:02

3. Love Me Or Leave Me 4:05

4. Don't Explain 4:18

5. Little Girl Blue 2:32

6. Chauffeur 2:48

7. For Myself 2:05

8. The Ballad Of Hollis Brown 4:55

9. This Year's Kisses 2:58

10. Images 2:50

11. Nearer Blessed Lord 4:30

12. I Love Your Lovin' Ways 2:35

13. Four Women 4:24

14. What More Can I Say? 2:48

15. Lilac Wine 4:13

16. That's All I Ask 2:28

17. Break Down And Let It All Out 2:37

18. Why Keep On Breaking My Heart 2:34

19. Wild Is The Wind 6:56

20. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair 3:24

21. If I Should Lose You 3:55

22. Either Way I Lose 2:43

Disc 4

1. Don't You Pay Them No Mind 3:05

2. I'm Gonna Leave You 2:15

3. Brown Eyed Handsome Man 2:02

4. Keeper Of The Flame 3:21

5. The Gal From Joe's 2:43

6. Take Me To The Water 2:49

7. I'm Going Back Home 2:46

8. I Hold No Grudge 2:17

9. Come Ye 3:33

10. He Ain't Comin' Home No More 3:06

11. Work Song 3:03

12. I Love My Baby 4:00

13. A Monster

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  • Soho_Black published 26/12/2009
    Sorry for the SH, but I don't feel all those track listings were entirely necessary, not at the expense of your own opinion, anyway.
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4 CD(s) - Modern Jazz Vocals - Label: Verve - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 07/07/2003 - 44006502120

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