Nina Simone

Tomato Collection

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Tomato Collection Review

by Richie Unterberger

A ragtag double-CD anthology that ranges all over the place: solo jazz piano, show tunes, soul, and live versions of many of her best-known songs, seemingly taken from the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Annoyingly -- and, sadly, typically for the Tomato label -- there is absolutely no information about when and where the tracks were recorded. Despite the drawbacks, in a way this is about the most wide-ranging Simone collection available, and much of the live material is good and quite different from the studio versions, although the fidelity on these is sometimes hissy.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Nina Simone 03:44 Amazon
2 Nina Simone 04:03 Amazon
3 Nina Simone 02:22 Amazon
4 Nina Simone 03:33 Amazon
5 Nina Simone 02:26 Amazon
6 Nina Simone 02:08 Amazon
7 Nina Simone 04:55 Amazon
8 Nina Simone 03:58 Amazon
9 Nina Simone 05:13 Amazon
10 Nina Simone 03:41 Amazon
11 Nina Simone 04:12 Amazon
12 Nina Simone 03:06 Amazon
13 Nina Simone 06:11 Amazon
14 Nina Simone 05:25 Amazon
15 Nina Simone 04:38 Amazon
16 Nina Simone 04:22 Amazon
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Nina Simone 02:23 Amazon
18 Nina Simone 02:21 Amazon
19 Nina Simone 02:43 Amazon
20 Nina Simone 04:10 Amazon
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