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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.

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Rating

3.69

Votes

4896

Genres

  • Blues
  • Soul
  • Jazz
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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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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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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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5

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4

Starts strong but gets boring

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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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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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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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4

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

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 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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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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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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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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5

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

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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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truly amazing classic jazz record

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5

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

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5

Every track is a banger.

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5

I mean, Nina.

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love you nina

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5

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

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Get it up ye

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Wonderful

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5

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

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

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5

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

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5

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

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Menuda voz tiene la hija de puta

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5

Lots of soul

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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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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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Amo

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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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5

god bless nina simone's voice

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5

Astonishingly beautiful. An amazing album and experience.

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

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просто пушечка

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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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Good

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Beautiful!

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5

Not into jazz

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5

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

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5

Great album.

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Wow!

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Love some Nina

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5

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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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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5

Ah yeahhh. Nina is my girl!

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5

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

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Utterly glorious

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5

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

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lovely!

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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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ta bonito. um classico

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5

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

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5

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

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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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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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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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genial!

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

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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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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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Maravilhoso! Delicado e vigoroso.

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5

Beautiful music. Great blues as always from Nina.

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Super!

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5

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

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

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🤠

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Brilliant.

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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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Lindão demais!!!

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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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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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5

Wantlist

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I’m screaming

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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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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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How does one woman kick so much ass?

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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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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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Great soul

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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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5

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

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5

A lovely album, great cover of the title song

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Beautiful especially lilac wine

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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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Love her!

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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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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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5

Lovely, emotional and smooth. Nina Simone is one of those artists who's influence is wide-spanning. This album is near damn-perfect. 4.75/5.

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Powerful stuff, enjoyed every moment

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Yeah, this is fantastic. I'm embarrassed to say I don't think I even knew the name Nina Simone until I saw her on The Big Lebowski soundtrack. And she's from North Carolina! Facepalm. There are one of a kind voices and then there's this. Thank God the tunes are there to back it up, as well, which is exactly what that voice deserves. "Either Way I Lose" is a stunning closer. Off to a good start this week!!

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5.0 - What a treasure. So many show-stopping moments on here, from the storytelling on "Four Women" to the intricate piano on "If I Should Lose You" to the vocal bass on "Either Way I Lose." Each song sounds like a classic. Binding it all together is Simone's unmatched chameleonic voice that can equally convey loving tenderness ("Black Is The Color..."), vitriol ("Four Women") and vicious defiance ("Break Down..."). I've been searching for an entry point to Nina Simeone, and I've finally found it.

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5

Heard before: no Absolutely awesome. Favourite Tracks: Four Women, Lilac Wine

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Three stars for Lilac Wine alone. The chords, my god, and her yearning voice... Another each for Black is the Color and Four Women. One more for Wild is the Wind and If I Should Lose You. That's six stars... the other tracks could be pigs squealing (but they're not) and we'd still have an absolute juggernaut.

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5

One of the few perfect albums. All the emotions behind each of these songs still resonate today.

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Sad, soulful, deep, and somewhat alien. Would listen again.

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Amazing voice

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This was very enjoyable to listen to, and really match the vibe of a rainy morning. Nina’s voice is something else.

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5

Great artist, great album

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5

I got absolutely lost in this. Wonderful.

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5 stars. Beautiful album. I want the vinyl

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5

This was a great album. Nina Simone has a lot of variety to provide in her artistry

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5

Tears. Literally so beautiful

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Excellent

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5

WOW!!! Amazing

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I can't believe I've never sat down and listened to Nina Simone before! Such a powerful and haunting voice. Another instant 5. *Chef's kiss*

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5

Simone's voice is incredible as always, and this is one of her strongest collections of songs. An absolute pleasure to listen to

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Surprisingly good!

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Calmo, envolvente e melancólico. 8.5/10

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Não é o tipo de coisa que eu escutaria todo dia, mas definitivamente um álbum que me impressionou. Alem de ser de um estilo e uma gravação completamente diferente das coisas que eu costumo ouvir, um destaque total pra voz, e também pras letras. A gravação pela época, me impressionou bastante.

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I think this is an album a lot of people can enjoy. A powerful voice making powerful songs, great album 8/10

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beautiful!!

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Dejligt album med nogle enkelte svipsere, men meget stemgningsfyldt og nøgent

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4

Decent album but a very passionate and emotional delivery

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<3

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Very emotional

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Nina Simone was a gift to the Earth and we didn't deserve her. MY NAME IS PEACHES. RIP Queen. Hopefully this isn't the only Nina album on this list.

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4

What a voice.

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I liked this album a lot and this one makes sense as to why it it on the list. Will have to dig deeper into her extensive catalog.

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Beautiful voice, very nice production.

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Soothing and beautiful

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What a voice. Damn this album is decent even though I don't like Jazz that much.

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Első dal után kicsit sablonos jazz albumnak gondoltam, ami a második szám első felében is megmaradt. Aztán... A Four Women vége lenyűgöző (Stars flashbackek, khm, Bojack Horseman), pláne kombinálva a What more can I say-jel, majd a Lilac Wine közölte, mennyire iszonyatosan változatos lesz ez az egész lemez. Break down and let it all out annyira energikus, Nina hangja mindent elvisz, csak sajnos kicsit túl hirtelen lesz vége. Why keep on breaking my heart kimondottan gyenge, a címadó dal áriázása sem illik a fejemben Nina Simonéről kialakult képhez, viszont ennek ellenére megmutatja, mennyire sokszínű és sokműfajú tud lenni. Mondjuk a Black is the colour of my true love's hair cégére már szeretnék visszatérni a Break Down energikusságához. A legutolsó dal talán kicsit visszahozott belőle, de összességében a lemez második fele csalódás. Ennek ellenére így is került több dal is a csillagozott listámra.

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4

I would like to listen again when paying closer attention. Some fun songs and some good ballets.

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4

Surprisingly clean and modern sound. Perfect background sound for a dinner wirh family and friends.

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4

Great, diverse album. Good blues, R&B, amazing vocals. Great intro into Nina for me

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Her voice sounds old. You really feel like she's going through some shit. It took a second listening for me to recognize that a lot of the instrumentation was pretty modern. Some of it, like WKOBMH, sounds kinda movie score-ish, which is cool, but there are neat guitar riffs, Cool drum pieces, and even some cool showtune harmonies. Favorite Songs: Four Women What more can I say - My slow song of choice for this album. Lilac Wine Break Down and Let it All out Why Keep on Breaking My Heart

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I Love Your Lovin' Ways Four Women What More Can I Say? Break Down and Let It All Out

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Nina Simone has such an expressive voice and tells stories to powerfully. I was expecting a lot from this album, and was expecting more than I got somehow. But after listening to the album a couple times I realized that part of what makes these songs special is their depth - I could probably listen 100 times and still have something to learn from them.

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cool cool cool

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super d'atmosfera. adatto in certi momenti. lento lento lento. altri tempi

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Stunning voice, a pleasure to listen to. Especially loved 'Wild is the Wind'. I do wonder why this record is on the list but not one with more of her hits like 'I put a spell on you'.

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Smoky jazz club vibes - I was unfamiliar with most of these songs, so that was a bonus! Fave track - "Four Women" - powerful stuff, great crescendo!

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Wow, coming full circle with Nina Simone. Our very first album on this list, Station to Station, featured Bowie's cover of "Wild is the Wind," and here we are at the source (well not exactly, but a source for Bowie's cover). We also heard Jeff Buckley's cover of "Lilac Wine," which I didn't realize until today. Nina Simone has one of the most haunting, affecting voices to ever grace a mic. She can communicate levels of pain you never knew were possible. So many tracks on here that stop me in my tracks. Loved hearing "Four Women," sampled by Jay-Z and later, to devastating effect, by Pusha T. And the title track is such a powerful song, made more moving by Nina's lyrical revisions: "You touch me, I hear the sound of mandolins. You kiss me, with your kiss my life begins." I still think I prefer the structure and composition of the Cat Power cover, but Nina's voice is undeniable. Loved this one. Favorite tracks: Wild is the Wind, Four Women, Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair, Lilac Wine. Album art: Nothing crazy, but the pink and black color combo is one of the best. The font and art style definitely put this in the '60s, but it feels timeless. 4.5/5

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3.9* very soulful album, a few songs were sampled in other songs throughout the years including the story of oj by jay z

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A good blues with a great voice is always welcomed

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Imacilate vibes Molly is wrong

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When it comes to older music, this is what I like. Much better than Tex and the Sad Cowboys chasing tiger tails. Nina sings with such heart and has such a strong presence just in the microphone. I liked some songs more than others but having never listened to one of her albums before (only singles) I can say I really enjoyed this. I also love the album cover, the hot pink really sticks out.

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Nina Simone is acclaimed for a reason

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Buen disco de Soul

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powerful, deep, and energetic. Super good album, but towards the end there were a bit more questionable songs

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Love it

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Powerful.

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I really like this. Wasn't expecting to.

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Arguably behind Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan in jazz singing terms but still an amazing artist. Couple of songs fell flat for me but Four Women alone will earn this a solid score

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Nina Simone is a master of words, summoning vivid imagery and commanding you hear them with her soulful voice. The band is simply there to reinforce these things, but that's not to downplay their role! Everything works together in wonderful tandem to set a high bar for vocal jazz and soul music. Simone has one of the greatest voices, doing these songs great justice. The only complaint is that the hard-hitting songs on here (Four Women, Wild is the Wind) are watered down by the more forgettable ones, making the album weaker as a whole.

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One of the greats. If you don't like her, you don't like music. Mix of blues, soul and jazz. BT: I Love Your Lovin' Ways, Lilac Wine, Wild Is The Wind

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Mooie nummers met veel emotie gebracht. Erg rustgevende muziek

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great

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Good but a bit wharbly in places

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A wonderful voice and occasionally the cliche of an album “taking you somewhere” is true, no more so in this case

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A wonderful voice and occasionally the cliche of an album “taking you somewhere” is true, no more so in this case

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Her voice grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go until she’s finished saying what she needs to say. And what she has to say is overwhelming. A beautiful album, heartbreaking and wonderful.

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Classic!

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Oh boy. I like Nina Simone, but I've only listened to under 50% of her discography - so it's great to add another album to my collection. Got to say, this is a weird choice as the ONLY Simone album on the 1001 list. Why not Little Girl Blue, High Priestess of Soul, or Nina Simone Sings the Blues - all three of which are more iconic? Wild is the Wind seems to be a collection of leftover tracks from other album sessions, and was out of print for many years. Having said that, it's really good! The style range from folk to blues to soul to jazz. Mostly ballads, but a few upbeat tracks. Love songs sit alongside tales of suffering. All held together by her smouldering voice with its dramatic flare. It might be a little miscellaneous, but it's certainly a good sampler of her talent.

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Lovely

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ну ниче так, если хочется хочется черную смелую женщину. Break Down And Let It All Out по вокалу напомнило Call My Name Вана Моррисона. В целом положительно вполне, но не сильно прям увлекает, 7 с натяжечкой

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Heartbreaking.

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Feels very true to her.

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Really enjoyed this one and always wanted to check it out

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Little rough, woman can sing though and the lyrics are powerful and strong. They seem very important racially.

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Great album. It is classic jazz; not my favorite genre.

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A truly talented singer. Her voice is unique & powerful. It’s what makes her sound so great. Her lyrics paint a vivid picture in every song

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Algunas se parecen mucho, pero en general es un disco hermoso

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Beautiful music, amazing voice.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Four women, Lilac wine, Break down and let it all out

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A classic.

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Had no idea she sang Lilac Wine. Very cool.

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very good, classic.

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Awesome! Nina is under appreciated appreciated

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This is nice. Great vocal performance, stand out. Faves: Lilac Wine, Break Down, Wild, If I Should Lose You

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First listen for me, some epic crescendos. Love the bass voices on Either way I lose.

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Big fan of Nina Simone's style. I first heard of her back in the late 1980s. She had a hit song, "My Baby Just Cares for Me" when I was living in Europe. I had no idea it was an "old" song at the time. I never heard of her. Then I realized that I had an LP of her's that I got in a box of LPs I found at a garage sale. The Album was "Baltimore". Not one of her best, but had a couple of very good, likable songs. I started listening more to her, but had never really listened to this album until now. Stand Outs: Four Women Wild is the Wind

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Wonderful lyrics and a supreme singer. An authentic voice expressing the social frustrations of black America whilst remaining bound with the personal.

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Groovy, superb and above all Nina Simone’s impeccable voice makes Wild Is The Wind a beautiful album

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This is my first time ever listening to Nina Simone. Her voice was certainly not what I was expecting, though it is compelling. This is not particularly my thing (I'm not enamored with jazz vocalists overall), but I think it's good. There's something ineffable about her voice and the lyrics she conveys. I also felt like the album got stronger as it went 4/5

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Maravillosa Nina Simone. Buen álbum para un sábado 💚

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Her voice grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go until she’s finished saying what she needs to say. And what she has to say is overwhelming. A beautiful album, heartbreaking and wonderful.

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"But boy I want you to know I wouldn't ask you to hold back the light of dawn baby That's too much to ask to anyone" (That's all I ask) "You touch me I hear the sound of mandolins" (Wild is the wind) Reina <3

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A surprising range of styles and there's always that voice...

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MY NAME IS PEACHES

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Mediocre jazz

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The begging is intensive and interesting

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Ero partito un po' prevenuto con questo disco avendo visto l'anno e sentendo il primo pezzo. Conoscevo Nina Simone solo di nome (sicuramente avrò sentito qualche suo pezzo in giro). Mi sono sicuramente dovuto ricredere, questo album mi è arrivato molto e l'ho trovato molto autentico. Questo jazz '60 malinconico alla Julie London mi conquista abbastanza in generale ma la voce di Nina Simone è davvero particolare, molto espressiva ed estremamente tecnica (come spesso era all'epoca). I pezzi hanno tutti un qualche elemento che li caratterizza a livello compositivo o di arrangiamento e devo dire che i 38 minuti sono volati. Un 4 pieno.

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Fabulous voice and wonderful songwriting.

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Great album. Never listened to Simone before, but now I'm more curious about her other work. Favorites: Four Women, What More Can I Say?, Wild is The Wind

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True Rating: 75/100

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Second Listen. Love it. Four Women is amazing. 4/5

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