Nina Simone

Only the Best of Nina Simone (An Ecletic Collection)

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In 2007, Collectables reissued ten classic Nina Simone albums, nine of which were originally released on the Colpix label. The Amazing Nina Simone and Nina Simone at Town Hall date from 1959; Nina Simone at Newport is from 1960, and Forbidden Fruit came out in 1961; Nina Sings Ellington and Nina Simone at the Village Gate (courtesy of Roulette Records) appeared in 1962. Nina's Choice and Nina Simone at Carnegie Hall are vintage 1963; Folksy Nina" is emblematic of 1964, and Nina with Strings, the latest of the albums reissued here, is dated 1966. This six-CD set covers more ground than both the Roulette and Rhino reissues of Simone's Colpix material, a body of work that documents her career between her early Bethlehem sessions and the universally acclaimed records she cut for Philips during the late '60s.

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