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The Nina Simone Database
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1993: Hollywood (US-CA) Oceanway Studios
Michael Alago signed Nina Simone to Elektra in '92, and I'm pretty sure she made her last studio album as a result. Michael, at that point, was very friendly with her, having been an ardent fan for several years. Nina was living in LA at the time, and during October of that year, she and Michael were together doing pre-production in some studio off Hollywood Blvd.
I was in town for The Cramps as they were preparing FLAMEJOB for my label, Medicine, and had timed the trip around a three day run The Ramones were doing at The Palladium (10/14 - 16, to be exact). It was a fun one.Both Micheal and I, as well as Johnny Ramone, Arturo Vega (The Ramones' career long light & design guy) and Monte Melnick (their tour manager), all shared birthdays within days of each other in that exact time frame, so Alago decided to have a pre show dinner party at The Hollywood Athletic Club to celebrate all five, as well as his Nina/Elektra signing.
By then he was having a slightly difficult time getting her to record the songs he wanted. On that particular night, it didn't help that I was enamored with her Philips period stuff. She and I sat across from each other at this long table. With Nina right next to Joey, she just got into deep details about her time with that label as soon as we asked. It was fascinating info, I was even interested in what she could recall about the actual Philips offices, which surprisingly was a lot. Plus the details of the studios, her engineers and the small, small recording budgets of the day.
-So many records, so little time
Nina Simone vocal - Michael Melvoin piano - John Clayton bass - Jeffrey Hamilton drums
Just Say I Love Him Jimmy Dale, Rodolfo Falvo, Enzo Fusco, Martin Kalmanoff, Jack Val, Sam Ward
1993 [4:29] CD 8 A Single Woman Elektra 7559-61503-2 (US)
2008 [4:29] CD 8 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
Baseball Boogie Bill Williams
2008 [0:56] CD 13 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
Do I Move You? Nina Simone
2008 [3:20] CD 15 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
The Folks Who Live on the Hill Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern
1993 [3:39] CD 4 A Single Woman Elektra 7559-61503-2 (US)
2008 [3:39] CD 4 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter Joe Young, Fred Ahlert
2008 [2:55] CD 12 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
The Long and Winding Road John Lennon, Paul McCartney
2008 [3:35] CD 11 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
No Woman No Cry Bob Marley
2008 [3:15] CD 14 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
Papa, Can You Hear Me? Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michele Legrand
1993 [4:22] CD 6 A Single Woman Elektra 7559-61503-2 (US)
2008 [4:22] CD 6 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
Sign O' the Times Prince
2008 [5:37] CD 17 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
A Single Woman Rod McKuen
1993 [3:33] CD 1 A Single Woman Elektra 7559-61503-2 (US)
2003 [3:33] CD 2-16 Anthology RCA (US)
2008 [3:33] CD 1 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
2008 [3:33] CD 3-14 To Be Free Legacy Recodings 88697 38192 2 (US)
Il n'y a pas d'amour heureux Luis Aragon, George Brassens Jim Hughart, bass - Larry Bunker, percussion
1993 [6:26] CD 7 A Single Woman Elektra 7559-61503-2 (US)
2008 [6:26] CD 7 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
Lonesome Cities Rod McKuen Jim Hughart, bass - Larry Bunker, percussion
1993 [3:08] CD 2 A Single Woman Elektra 7559-61503-2 (US)
2008 [3:08] CD 2 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
If I Should Lose You Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin John Chiodini, guitar
1993 [3:59] CD 3 A Single Woman Elektra 7559-61503-2 (US)
2008 [3:59] CD 3 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
Love's Been Good To Me Rod McKuen John Chiodini, guitar
1993 [3:57] CD 5 A Single Woman Elektra 7559-61503-2 (US)
2008 [3:57] CD 5 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
Marry Me Nina Simone John Chiodini, guitar
1993 [2:51] CD 10 A Single Woman Elektra 7559-61503-2 (US)
2008 [2:51] CD 10 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
The More I See You Mack Gordon, Harry Warren John Chiodini, guitar - Jack Sheldon, trumpet
1993 [2:42] CD 9 A Single Woman Elektra 7559-61503-2 (US)
2008 [2:42] CD 9 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)
The Times They Are A-Changing Bob Dylan
2008 [0:58] CD 16 A Single Woman - Expanded Edition Elektra 8122-79999-0 (US)