Nina Simone

The Late Great Nina Simone

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British discount label Prism Leisure's Nina Simone live collection, apparently called The Late Great Nina Simone (although the words "Legendary Concert Recordings" also appear on the cover), seems, from the audible evidence, to date from a concert in Trinidad in 1985. Annotator Michael Heatley will say only that the selections come "from the 1980s." In any case, this sounds like a show that just happened to have been taped, and not particularly well; the sound occasionally distorts, there are drop-outs, and the editing is sometimes odd. Simone is in typical mature form, leading a band through some of her best-known numbers, including "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "Mississippi Goddam," "The Other Woman," "Four Women," and "I Loves You Porgy." She is also typically quirky in her stage remarks, repeatedly complaining toward the end, "How come I didn't have a full house tonight?" Simone fans may want a copy of this disc as an example of what her live performances were like in the '80s, but it is not among her best recordings. (The contents of this album have been released previously in slightly different form on such albums as Live & Kickin, Ain't Got No-I Got Life: In Concert, Destiny, Live! (Laserlight), and Live & Kickin': In Europe & the Caribbean, Vol. 1.)

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