Hearing the amazing Nina Simone in concert can be a truly electrifying, magical, and intensely emotional event. Simone has been dubbed "the high priestess of soul," and fans regard her concerts as near-mystical experiences. In programs that are eclectic and richly varied, Simone channels the mighty spirits of song. THE GREAT SHOW OF NINA SIMONE IN PARIS, recorded in 1968 with her quartet of fine musicians, forever captures on disc one such unforgettable evening.
This is middle-period Nina in her prime. The signature finger-poppin' shuffle of "Just in Time" is a concert standout, and you can hear Simone humorously berating the audience for taking pictures. A bone-chilling, absolutely devastating version of Sebastian Mure's "When I Was a Young Girl" finds Simone alone at the piano. It's a brilliant segue into her classic, African-flavored arrangement of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (Simone's version inspired The Animals' hit recording of the song). The concert also features an utterly heart-wrenching French-language rendition of Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas," a wonderful voice-and-percussion presentation of Simone staple "See-Line Woman," and her hit "Aint Got No/I Got Life" (from HAIR). This is a must-own CD for every Simone lover.