PORGY collects tracks recorded at sessions in New York City in 1985 and 1989. It boasts the heavy R&B production of Eddie Singleton and Anthony Sunucci, which comes across as an obvious attempt to reach a mainstream pop audience.
The opening cut, "It's Cold Out There," offers a socially conscious lyric with a Marvin Gaye-influenced arrangement; it features the guitar and bass playing of Arthur Adams of the Jazz Crusaders, as well as the gospel group The Waters on background vocals. Also included is Gershwin's "I Loves You, Porgy," a song associated with Simone ever since her 1958 version for Bethlehem Records became a hit; here she weaves an autobiographical narrative into the song, hitting on key events in her career. The CD also includes a dark, psychedelic treatment of the Simone original "Fodder on Her Wings."