NINA SIMONE

Nina Simone: The Montreux Years

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Nina Simone’s story from the late sixties to the nineties can be told through her legendary performances in Montreux. Taking to the Montreux stage for the first time on 16 June 1968 for the festival’s second edition, Simone built a lasting relationship with Montreux Jazz Festival and its Creator and Founder Claude Nobs, which uniqueness, trust, and electricity can be clearly felt on the recordings.

Featuring rare and previously unreleased material from Claude Nobs’ private collection, Nina Simone devotees worldwide will be thrilled by the inclusion of the powerful I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, poignant and fearless Four Women and Simone’s hauntingly beautiful performance of Ne Me Quitte Pas. A spinetingling version of Janis Ian’s searing and potent Stars, which Simone covered for the very first time during her 1976 Montreux performance, sits alongside her bold and electrifying re-imagine of Bob Marley’s ballad No Women No Cry in 1990. The collection closes with the encore of Nina Simone’s final Montreux Jazz Festival concert and one of Simone’s most loved and best-known recordings, the exuberant My Baby Just Cares For Me, showcasing the deep and multidimensional facets of Simone’s life and music.

The CD edition of Nina Simone: The Montreux Years includes Simone’s 1968 landmark concert in full, the first time the full concert will be available on CD.

Tracklist

CD1
1. Someone to Watch Over Me (Intro) (Live At Casino Montreux, 10th July 1987)
2. Backlash Blues (Live At Casino Montreux, 3rd July 1976)
3. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1976)
4. See-Line Woman (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)
5. Little Girl Blue, Pt. 1 and 2 (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1976)
6. Don't Smoke in Bed (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)
7. Stars (Live At Casino Montreux, 3rd July 1976)
8. What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)
9. African Mailman (Live At Casino Montreux, 3rd July 1976)
10. Four Women (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1990)
11. No Woman No Cry (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)
12. Liberian Calypso (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)
13. Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)
14. Montreux Blues (Live At Casino Montreux, 19th July 1981)
15. My Baby Just Cares for Me (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)

CD2
1.  Intro (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
2. Go to Hell (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
3. Just in Time (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
4. When I Was a Young Girl (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
5. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
6. Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
7. To Love Somebody (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
8. Backlash Blues (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
9. The House of the Rising Sun (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
10. See-Line Woman (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
11. Please Read Me (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
12. Ain't Got No, I Got Life (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
13. Gin House Blues (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
14. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
LP - SIDE A

1. Someone To Watch Over Me
2. Backlash Blues
3. I Wish I Knew How It
4. Would Feel to Be Free
5. See -Line Woman

LP - SIDE B

1. Little Girl Blue
2. Don't Smoke in Bed
3. Stars
4. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

LP - SIDE C

1. African Mailman
2. Just In Time
3. Four Women
4. No Woman No Cry

LP - SIDE D

1. Liberian Calypso
2. Ne Me Quitte Pas
3. Montreux Blues
4. My Baby
5. Just Cares for Me