Nina Simone

Only the Best of Nina Simone (An Ecletic Collection)

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Only the Best of Nina Simone (An Ecletic Collection) Review

by arwulf arwulf

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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