To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

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Nina Simone | Legacy Recordings (2008)

By Tom Greenland

There was only one Nina Simone, an original and highly imaginative artist whose style embodied a wide range of influences from musical Americana and beyond. To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (three CDs and a DVD) is a fine boxed set overview of her career, emphasizing the live performances where she was most in her element. Culling material from her Bethlehem, Colpix, Philips, RCA, PM, CTI and Elektra recordings, To Be Free is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging of many available collections; it includes all the Billboard and UK national chart singles plus previously unreleased jewels.Although Simone’s stylistic epicenter might be categorized as soulful folk music (or better, ‘folkful soul music’), the cuts are aggressively eclectic: “Mood Indigo”‘s medium-swinging jazz; the Billie Holiday-esque crooning of “I Loves You Porgy”; the R&B saunter of “My Baby Just Cares For Me”; the…

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Autore: Paolo Ferrario

"… di tutte le cose è necessario dire che è impossibile che non siano, cioè è necessario affermare che tutte sono eterne" EMANUELE SEVERINO

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