Today we celebrate the 80th birthday of the late, great Nina Simone.
In honour of her legacy we'd like to give you the opportunity to win the 4 releases we've released so far. Get acquainted with one of music's best known voices and take a shot at winning these beauties! To enter, we need you to get a little social with us...
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Only someone the likes of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith had the power to lay a soul bare like Nina Simone could, as her stripped-down "Be My Husband" on Pastel Blues shows. Naked like a field holler, this song would later capture the imagination of Jeff Buckley and Antony Hegarty.
Also on this record are classics such as "Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out", originally sung by Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday's signature song "Strange Fruit", as well as a Nina Simone favorite: "Sinnerman". Re-released on vinyl for the first time since 1965!
Recorded in New York in 1967, Silk & Soul is Nina Simone's second album for RCA. This album does contain classics "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free", which would become a Civil Rights anthem and "It Be's That Way Sometimes", written by her brother Sam Waymon.
"The Turning Point"' is a song that seems to be about a child making a new friend, but turns out to question the origins of racism.
In 1969, the High Priestess Of Soul, Nina Simone, descended onto the stage of the Philharmonic Hall in New York to record her new live album, Black Gold. It became a legendary performance with the first recording of the Civil Rights song "To Be Young, Gifted And Black", a song which 'is not addressed to white people primarily. Though it doesn't put you down in any way...it simply ignores you. For my people need all the inspiration and love that they can get.'
Her eclectic style takes us past a number of different music forms; past Soul and Gospel and Folk, Jazz and Broadway; her androgynous and distinctive timbre floats somewhere between melancholy and bliss, and yet we always feel that Ms Simone is taking us exactly where she wants us to go.
And when you listen to the album, you fully understand why. This is Nina Simone stripped bare; an introspective, intimate album about death, reincarnation, loneliness and love. The simple piano arrangements and poignant vocals make you creep closer to the music - and the artist - with every listen.