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Sweet 'n Swingin' Simone
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Marble Arch MAL 1136 (1967 UK)

Tracks sorted by number (sort by session or by title)
 1 You Can Have Him (I Don't Want Him)   Irving Berlin

 2 The Other Woman   Jessie Mae Robinson

 3 Cotton-Eyed Joe   Traditional

 4 If You Knew   Nina Simone

 5 Where Can I Go Without You   Peggy Lee, Victor Young

 6 Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me   Duke Ellington, Bob Russell

 7 Forbidden Fruit   Oscar Brown jr

 8 You Better Know It   Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn

 9 The Gal From Joe's   Duke Ellington, Irving Mills

 10 Just in Time   Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne

Liner notes by Nigel Hunter
Soul is a heavily overworked word these days, and often applied with exaggerated extravagance to artists who don't qualify for such an accolade. Nina Simone, however, is one of the elite handful of internationally known stars who portrays the meaning of the word to perfection in her work.
Nina was born Eunice Waymon in Tryon, North Caroline, the sixth of a family of eight children. She was and is a genuine natural as a musician, and had taught herself to play both piano and organ before she was seven years old. Her considerable talent was spotted and encouraged by a local music teacher, but economic times were hard for the Waymon family, and Nina's musical future was in jeopardy. The teacher came to the rescue by establishing a fund for Nina's studies amongst local people willing and eager to help in developing her obvious skill and potentialities.
Nina didn't let them down either. She progressed musically in leaps and bounds, culminating with a successful course at the famous Juilliard School of Music in New York. Her family had moved to Philadelphia by this time and Nina went to a night-club in the area for an audition. her piano playing swiftly impressed the proprietor, but he flabbergasted her by saying she would have to sing as well if she wanted to work at his club.
Hitherto Nina hadn't imagined herself as a professional singer in her wildest dreams and her vocalising had been limited to communal efforts in church or solo performances in the bath. But she tried it, starting with spirituals, and there were a lot of satisfied customers. In the late nineteen fifties Nina scored a substantial American record hit with I Loves You, Porgy, and round about that time met a police sergeant called Andy Stroud. Nina is now Mrs. Stroud in private life, and Andy has a full-time job guiding the Simone artistic career as her manager.
This LP demonstrates two sides of Nina's talent with vivid impact and effect. She is in sweet - sometimes bittersweet - mood for one site, singing movingly of love that has gone right of wrong. On the other she picks up some toe-teasing tempos and a band for the swinging element of the Simone musical nature.
That rich, deep, commanding voice with its crystal clarity of diction and expression is equally potent in either mood, aided and abetted by her consummate piano keyboard technique. Nina Simone is where it's at in terms of superb artistry - and soul.