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Wild Is The Wind

Nina Simone

1966

Wild Is The Wind

Album Summary

Wild Is the Wind is the sixth studio album by American singer and pianist Nina Simone released by Philips Records in 1966. The album was compiled from several recordings that were left over from sessions (in 1964 and 1965) for previous Philips albums. In 2020, the album was ranked 212 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album was a Billboard magazine "special merit pick" on release, with the reviewer commenting: "Simone ... sets up an exceptional romantic mood that offers top listening delight". The song "Four Women" was released as a single, and gained attention when banned by the New York jazz focused radio station WLIB due to concern over the lyrics. Simone first recorded "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" in 1955, in Philadelphia with a strings arrangement and was not intended for release at the time. (In 1970 that version appeared on the album Gifted & Black.) In April 1964 she went into a New York Studio with her band, and on the second day in the studio, she recorded the version of "Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair" that would appear on Wild Is The Wind. For the song, Simone only wanted a minimal accompaniment with her playing the piano and a bass drone. Lisle Atkinson [describes] what he was asked to do during his time in Nina Simone’s band: “She wanted the least amount of complication as possible—roots and 5’s, nothing too slick. I have to give Nina credit for being aware that I could bow, and she utilized it a lot. She had me playing a lot of arco in performances. "Wild Is The Wind" was covered by David Bowie on his 1976 album Station to Station. "Lilac Wine" was covered by Jeff Buckley on his album Grace (1994). The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was also rated the 5th best album of the 1960s by Pitchfork.

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Rating

3.68

Votes

6083

Genres

  • Blues
  • Soul
  • Jazz
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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Tough to put to words, but when you feel something powerful through a work of music, it has achieved its purpose.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

LOVE. I want to swing in a hammock strung from her vocal cords.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

*Gordon Ramsay voice* finally some good fucking music. Seriouly, this album could come out today and nobody would blink an eye. It's completely outstanding not just among 60s music, but 20th century music in general.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

This was honestly gorgeous. A surprising new discovery even though I had heard of Nina Simone. Every song on the record captivated me.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

i wrote such a good review but then this bitch ass deleted it 🙄 here’s what i can remember: IM ROCKIN WITH NINA four women is where it’s at (fight me) part of lilac wine is used in a beyoncé documentary and i fully got whiplash when i heard it break down and let it all out is a fucking BANGER THIS SHIT SLAPS she sings so intimately, like it’s a conversation i love her voice 0 skips

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Sat May 29 2021
5

A powerful, profound, and gripping album by an indisputable icon. While I was already familiar with Ms. Simone's enormous and versatile talent, I was not familiar with her story, which I read in the linked Wikipedia article. Wow. What a strong, brave, and visionary person. I hope more people get the chance to learn her story. And of course, listen to her wide-ranging, massive, and incredible body of work.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Genre: Vocal Jazz 5/5 A titan of her time, Nina Simone is one of the greatest voices in the history of modern music. Wild Is the Wind is her opus, a collection of songs that truly showcase her range, and not just vocally. Nina Simone does not just sing, she performs. The power of a song like Four Women isn't just in its dark, brooding soundscape or its biting, socially critical lyrics, but Nina's raw power and genuine emotion, which is felt with every note. Every song on here, especially the aforementioned Four Women and the album's title track, are perfect examples of the genre, but even better examples of how talented Nina was, and how good she sounded on anything you gave her. From the upbeat, near doo-wop style of I Love Your Lovin' Ways, to her classic heartfelt tearjerkers like Either Way I Lose, she just simply floats on top of the track. An essential listen, and a perfect foray into what we now know as Vocal Jazz, a genre rife with wonderful artists with some really wonderful records.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Nina Simone is a pleasure to listen to even if you only know her through being sampled all over the place. She makes you feel the struggles and torment of black Americans through this album. She didn’t have a bad track; her vocal performance was outstanding and very track felt new. The Soul, Jazz vibe was so fun and it's clear why artists use her work, the most famous being Jay-Z using the beat and vocals from ‘Four Woman’. The album didn’t stop on this great track it also had soulful powerful vocals on ‘Break Down and Let It All Out’. Overall this album was amazing, I will defiantly come back in the future.

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Tue May 18 2021
2

Apparently this is an album made up of left over bits from other recording sessions, and it sounds like it. Generally it's quite nice, but a bit lacking in cohesion and some of the tracks sound a bit unfinished. I'm also not overly keen on her voice. Sure its objectively great, just not to my taste.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
2

Only a couple of songs are strong to me. The lyrics are very romantic, the voice of Nina Simone is amazing, but that's it. The album have a lot of weaknesses, really far from her best work as an album, maybe because it's made of leftovers from other sessions and compiled into this.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

The energy and emotion she puts in her lyrics, especially in her song, "Four Women" sends absolute chills and amazement. Would Give It: 5/5

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

Absolutely wonderful album. A beautiful but authentic mix of genres that just feel good. Nina's songwriting is both challenging and comforting and she has the voice of an angel. Really surprised and pleased with this one.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

This album blew me out of the water. Nina Simone's voice and delivery demands attention. It is textured, deep (contralto), and arresting. Everything about this album is striking down to the socially conscious lyrics. This is one of those albums that make me understand the simple power the human voice can have.

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Sat May 28 2022
5

I like stouts, and a while back I drank one with a uniquely Mexican take, flavors of chocolate and cinnamon, and then the bite of some jalapeno heat. It’s one of the best stouts I’ve ever had. Likewise, on 'Wild Is The Wind,' Nina Simone brings the rich smoothness of chocolate, the spice of cinnamon, and definitely the passionate pepper heat to create her own intoxicating brew; and, it’s heady stuff. I was emotionally worn out by the end of the fourth song, ‘Lilac Wine,’ a particularly soulful rendering, sung with incredible heart, and an ending I can best describe as true. Ms. Simone’s powerful vibrato heralds her passion, her vocals at times sheer power, but also showing great restraint when the mood is required. The way she relaxes into each word, often patiently drawing out syllables, allows time for the listener to really let the lyrics settle in. The total length of the LP is under 40 minutes. It felt longer, and in a good, satisfying way. The variety on Wild Is The Wind is pretty amazing. I counted no less than seven genres of music, including R&B/Soul, rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, pop (the first four songs), folk, and believe it or not, to close the LP, doo-wop! Shoot, Nina could probably take on country and make it her bitch, too, if she wanted. Apparently, she desired only minimal accompaniment, and it works, revealing a very intimate and honest look into the emotions of her heart and mind. That said, the musicians who do accompany her from the tasteful stand up jazz bass on ‘That’s All I Ask’ to the controlled gallop of the drummer on ‘Break Down and Let It All Out,’ are all terrific. Including, of course, Nina’s own heartfelt piano playing. Her accompaniment on ‘If I Should Lose You’ is simply lovely. 'Wild Is The Wind' definitely brings the feel of 1966. The overall sound’ll take you right back there before the opener, ‘I Love Your Lovin’ Ways,’ finishes it’s first verse. As for Nina Simone and her piano? Well, that’s a little harder to pin down to any one time or place, much like a wild wind itself.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

Haunting, beguiling, soulful, intelligent and extraordinarily beautiful. Once Nina Simone has drawn your attention, be it from a tv documentary, video clip or radio program, that’s it - there really is no escape - ever. She was utterly magnetic in concert by the look of videos.

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Mon Jan 11 2021
4

Starts strong but gets boring

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

I knew Wild Is The Wind from Bowie's Station to Station, never realised it was a cover. The song Four Women is an emotional gut punch, very powerful.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

I have a pretty great 2 disc Nina Simone anthology that I listened to alot for awhile but I've never really listened to one of her albums in it's entirety. It's hard to choose with such a long and prolific career (and I'd say she was pretty consistently great through it all). This album has some great tracks for sure. It's fairly spare in it's arrangements on most tracks and she has an amazing ability to use space/silence to build drama. Powerful voice, incredible piano playing. I can't even imagine seeing this live. It would be so intense. I had to check and see if spotify had changed to a new album when I heard the last track "Either way I lose" come on.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Soulful and deep. A uniquely classic album that shines on its elegance and simplicity. Four Women is a beautiful and moving song. Overall enjoyed more than I expected. 7.7/10

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Always incredible. *What More Can I Say? *Why Keep On Breaking My Heart?

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Some interesting lyrics (a tad rambly), glimpses of life as a black woman in the US '60. Good musical variety. "I love your loving ways" stands out. "Four women" is trying to tell a story, but the "my name's" shtick makes it kinda forced.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

 Regarded by many as Simone's greatest artistic triumph, Wild is the Wind his a collection of very different songs that work together on multiple levels. They work as social commentary, the singer voicing her frustration with the limited opportunities of African American women in a ways both overt and subtle. They also work as a showcase for the artist's versatility, as she tackles everything from sexy soul to soothing pop, from traditional folk to angry blues. Simone was not just capable of playing in these varied mediums; she could turn each into mesmerizing performance art, powerful self-expression composed of elegance and drama simultaneously.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
3

This isn’t a album you listen to. It’s one you feel. Love, hate, passion all central to the themes of what Nina wants you to feel.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Vocal competence, well arranged music, but not for me. I prefer both Billie Holiday and Eartha Kitt. As usual for the genre and time, the songs are not written by the performer, with the exception of Four Women, which in contradiction to the statement on the album cover, is highly forgettable. Overall OK, but nothing exceptional.

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Mon Nov 09 2020
5

album muito intimista, emotivo e espetacular. Não conhecia Nina Simone.

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Mon Nov 09 2020
5

Nina é foda. Sempre canta a alma pela boca, em todas as fases (e foram muitas). Esse disco é animal, só Lilac Wine já o deixa memorável

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

truly amazing classic jazz record

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Fantastic album, haven't really listened to Nina Simone before but thought this album was great.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Every track is a banger.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

I mean, Nina.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

love you nina

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

Nina Simone classic bluesy jazz. transported to a different place. easy listening warmth.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Get it up ye

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Wonderful

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Meilleur album que j’ai ecoute de Nina simone, j’adore. 5*

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Me gustó la mezcla de géneros, pero sobre todo la tranquilidad que transmite la enorme voz de Nina. Gran descubrimiento

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

Esta mujer me transmite mucho cuando la escucho. Además, todo suena muy bien y pues a veces las letras tienen gran impacto; otras veces pueden ser muy románticas y todo bien. Canciones fav: "Four Women" (¡ese final!), "Break Down and Let It All Out", "Either Way I Lose" y obvio ese clásico que es "Wild Is The Wind". Tqm, Nina. 10/10

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

nina simone nina simone nina simone nina simone nina simone nina simone nina simone nina simone 9/10

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Excelente. Su voz, su vibración... su sentimiento. Gracias por la recomendación.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Nina rarely disappoints! I had not heard of this album and thoroughly enjoyed listening to her cover versions.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Menuda voz tiene la hija de puta

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Sat Apr 17 2021
5

Lots of soul

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

Bello bello album, bella voz y bella instrumentación. ritmo, drama, tristeza y alegría. Quedé muy contento después de escuchar este disco. Fue difícil escoger una canción favorita, pero creo que breakdown and let it all out fue la que más disfruté. Mood: She put a spell on me

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

I think this is an incredible work, and it is truly so unique and beautiful. Her voice is so iconic, and the piano is really amazing too.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Amo

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Mon May 31 2021
5

Zo een prachtig album. Puur genieten gewoon. Ik kan niet wachten om het luid door het hele huis te laten schallen.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

god bless nina simone's voice

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Sat May 22 2021
5

Astonishingly beautiful. An amazing album and experience.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

Todo este disco es un mood, excepto la primera canción que iba como por otro lado. Esa voz...

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

просто пушечка

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

Отличный альбом. Опять же, имею крайне ограниченное представление об исполнителях в сфере, возможно, сопоставимых альбомов – тьма. Но даже если мы предположим, что сами композиции – продукт своего времени и оригинальностью не отличаются, то всё равно нельзя будет сказать, что вокальные партии Нины Симон, её голос может быть чем-то конвейерным. Да и композиции не воспринимаются как нечто вторичное, они грамотные: минималистичные аранжировки, где всё на своём месте, лаконичные мелодии, в которых всё равно есть место внутреннему развитию, замечательно. В целом, хорошая музыка. Но что для меня отличает хорошую музыку от прекрасной? Нет, не вклад в развитие жанра, не оказанное влияние на общество или конкретных людей. Это всё, конечно, хорошо, но отличную музыку для меня определяет катарсис. Момент, когда тот или иной трек берёт за яйца, грубо говоря, захватывает дух. Тут такое есть: концовка Four Women, вторая половина What More Can I Say? Альбом создаёт густую атмосферу, а записан так, будто обращён в вечность. Да, из-за не слишком высокой сложности существует риск, что просто-напросто быстро надоест. Но пока не надоело – это ведь чудесно.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Good

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Mon Jul 12 2021
5

Beautiful!

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Not into jazz

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

Gorgeous, beautiful, emotional musicianship. Why have I never heard of this?

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Great album.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

Wow!

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

Love some Nina

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Wed Aug 18 2021
5

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Sat Aug 28 2021
5

The opener is slight compared to its follow-up, which I recognize thanks to its legacy as sample. In not too much longer, that song unfolds, with subtle drama and plenty of good nature. For forty minutes, it's the Nina's Voice Show; With minimal accompaniment, one still gets the distinct sense of traveling through many corners of American music. Comparisons are inevitable because of the mentioned samples and the Buckley cover served to me two months ago by this very site. The songs here have powerful forward momentum, but the lateral movements are quite delicate. That makes me think of Wild as an album not quite arresting enough to fall in love with, and then I hear the blatant parallel with Mitski's Nobody (which I was absolutely arrested by). Desaturation by familiarity: That's something decently new to yours truly. But in the interests of ending speculation about things I know nothing about: One hundred percent beautiful, fascinating as a document of singers'-songwriter's songs. I can't wait to digest it again and hear a more focused project. I can tell she's capable of a better run of songs and yet this one is better than so many others...

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Ah yeahhh. Nina is my girl!

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Amazing voice. Real mix of Sykes in the songs as well.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

Utterly glorious

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

Strong from start to finish. A lot of soul and emotion in the songs. 5/5

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

lovely!

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

I see we're moving the emotional devastation to a Tuesday instead. What a powerful album, and Four Women will surely stay with me for a very long time.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

ta bonito. um classico

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Beautiful voice. Magically odd collection of songs. Highly influential tracks, often sampled in modern pop/hip hop.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Like being a 7 year old on a long ride with me dad again. Good shit here.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Literally WTF. why haven't I heard some of these songs before - they are spellbinding. I have of course enjoyed Nina Simone songs before, but some of these are masterpieces. I'm in love with 'If I should lose you' and 'what more can I say'.. the piano playing, the lyrics, the chord progressions. 6/5

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

A no brainer!! Musical genius, the most uniquely perfect voice, a journey of an album. I really experienced the album, listened to it a bunch of times. Absolute perfection!!!

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

An incredible album. The voice. Dr Simone’s vocals are spellbinding. So crisp, clear and distinctive. A true milestone. And so far ahead of it’s time. Top tracks: Four Women, What more can I say?

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

genial!

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

Dramatic, passionate, soulful. Real, unfiltered music sung by an intense artist with something to say. Fuck off Lorde.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Gorgeous jazz album. Loved hearing rap samples lol. You can hear the influence on r&b and pop ballads moving forward.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Maravilhoso! Delicado e vigoroso.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Beautiful music. Great blues as always from Nina.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Super!

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Gostei muito, principalmente porque ela tem umas músicas mostrando o sofrimento feminino.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

This is good enough to keep my comments on me and just give it 5 stars

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

🤠

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Brilliant.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

phenomenal album, every song is so beautiful and moving, hitting in a totally different way what an incredible way to spend 40 minutes, please listen to this spectacular, 10/10 album

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Lindão demais!!!

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

Love. Listened to at dusk in my mountain home. Sun setting on the opposite side of the house. The valley growing dark. Cloud rising. Hinze Dam shimmering in the fading light. Perfection

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

Ooh 'Nina Simone' on seeing this come up became very 'oh wow' when you stop and take on tunes like 'Four Women'. She's truly unique, and truly special.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

Wantlist

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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

I’m screaming

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

This is just so stunningly good, a powerful album in every way. The album is a brief 39 minutes, but it's so rich and soulful. It feels more substantial than anything you could fit in 39 minutes, and yet not nearly long enough. I'm still turning over in my mind the fact that this album is comprised of leftover songs (!) from previous albums. Nina Simone's leftovers outshine the best songs of other artists. Fave Songs (All songs, in order from most to least favorite): Wild Is the Wind, Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, Four Women, If I Should Lose You, What More Can I Say, Why Keep On Breaking My Heart, Lilac Wine, Either Way I Lose, I Love Your Lovin' Ways, That's All I Ask, Break Down and Let It All Out

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Fri May 13 2022
5

Frábær plata, algerlega frábær. Mér finnst Bowie ábreiðan af titillaginu betri, en það er ekki eins og þessi útgáfa sé eitthvað slor. Og hin lögin eru æðisleg og mörg hver afar áhrifarík. Hlustið bara, krakkar.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

How does one woman kick so much ass?

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Sun May 22 2022
5

The wonderful Ms Simone. First became aware of her in the early 80's when a girlfriend introduced me to "My Baby Just Cares For Me" before it was a hit due to the Chanel No 5 advert! Her voice is visceral and speaks loudly of her struggles and battles with her mental health. I love these songs "Four Women" and "Wild Is The Wind" (Which I think is, at least as good as Bowies interpretation) are my favourite tracks. A good choice for this list I think.

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Thu May 26 2022
5

Wow Nina is toch next level hoor! Four women als favoriet. Prachtige pijnlijke lyrics en ook top om te herkennen van 'the story of O.J. - Jayz

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Thu May 26 2022
5

Great soul

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

Gorgeous vocals and piano as usual from Nina. She’s just fantastic.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
5

A lovely album, great cover of the title song

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

Beautiful especially lilac wine

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

Love her!

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

Four Women deserves an Academy Award period. Black is the colour of my true love's hair is so tranquil and heartbreaking This album flows well together and you can tell that the lyricism is something she's not trying to force I don't think this is an album I can repeat and I have some skips but I will definitely warm up to it soon because she's an icon

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Four Women is indeed unforgettable. What More Can I Say is a soaring ballad, though its place on the tracklist is strange. The Lilac Wine cover is excellent. Why Keep On Breaking My Heart is Nina showing off. Wild Is The Wind is very nice. Great Album!

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