No slouch as a songwriter herself, Nina Simone ably picked a variety of compositional classics from the new Rock era for her 1969 LP To Love Somebody. Opening with a beautiful, introspective version of Leonard Cohens Suzanne, Simone shows an obvious affinity for social statements with the Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) and a trio of Dylan standards: I Shall Be Released, Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues, plus a dramatic, meditative The Times They Are A-Changin.
The album title is taken from the Bee Gees song To Love Somebody. Her cover of the song became her second British hit single after Aint Got No-I Got Life. Also I Cant See Nobody is a song by the Bee Gees. Revolution (parts 1 & 2) was Simones third subsequent single released in the UK, after Aint Got No-I Got Life and To Love Somebody both became hits. The song was released around the time of the same titled song by The Beatles and, although it has a similar hook (Dont you know its gonna be - all right) and structure, most of the lyrics differ.
Title:To Love Somebody
Year: 2015 (remastered from 1969)
2. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
3. Revolution (Part I)
4. Revolution (Part II)
5. To Love Somebody
1. I Shall Be Released
2. I Cant See Nobody
3. Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues
4. The Times They Are A-Changin