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Nina Simone: The Montreux Years Limited Vinyl 2LP Set

by Nina Simone

Release Date: 28 May 2021

Format: LP Double Vinyl

Label: BMG

£24.99

Nina Simone: The Montreux Years Limited Vinyl 2LP Set

Overview:

Nina Simone: The Montreux Years is released as part of a brand new Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG collection series “The Montreux Years”. The collections will uncover legendary performances by the world’s most iconic artists alongside rare and never-before-released recordings from the festival’s rich 55-year history, remastered in superlative audio. Each collection will be accompanied by exclusive liner notes and previously unseen photography. 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. Simone’s multi-faceted and radical story is laid bare on ‘Nina Simone: The Montreux Years’. From Nina’s glorious and emotional 1968 performance to her fiery and unpredictable concert in 1976, one of the festival’s most remarkable performances ever witnessed, the collection includes recordings from all of her five legendary Montreux concerts – 1968, 1976, 1981, 1987 and 1990. 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 spine-tingling 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.

Featured Tracks:

Side One:

Someone To Watch Over Me (Intro) (Live At Casino Montreux, 10th July 1987)
Backlash Blues (Live At Casino Montreux, 3rd July 1976)
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Live At Casino Montreux, 3rd July 1976)
See-Line Woman (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)

Side Two:

Little Girl Blue (Pt. 1 and 2) (Live At Casino Montreux, 3rd July 1976)
Don't Smoke in Bed (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)
Stars (Live At Casino Montreux, 3rd July 1976)
What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)

Side Three:

African Mailman (Live At Casino Montreux, 3rd July 1976)
Just In Time (Live At Casino Kursaal, 16th June 1968)
Four Women (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)
No Woman No Cry (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)

Side Four:

Liberian Calypso (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)
Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)
Montreux Blues (Live At Casino Montreux, 19th July 1981)
My Baby Just Cares for Me (Live At Casino Montreux, 13th July 1990)

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