This is everything. Recorded live in Los Angeles, 29 years ago, at the now defunct Vine St. Bar & Grill. Culled from the Verve record Let It Be Me, “Be My Husband” kicks off the set, finding Simone both spirited and in control. Nina Simone :: Be My Husband (live, 1987) Note the, weighted, lived-in […]
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She begins in mid-flow. Sitting down at the piano, effectively taking the reins from her band, the first thing she says into the microphone is ‘So…‘ One simple word, an aside to every single soul in that auditorium. It’s almost a sigh, like the sound of a truth-teller getting down to business, or a teacher […]
Nina Simone’s work, eclectic and nuanced, continually surprises. Her rendition of Jacques Brel’s “The Desperate Ones” is one of countless such displays. A delicate and poetic gem (which appeared on our November mix), the tune closes out Simone’s 1969 LP Nina Simone and Piano! The title is literal: it features only her voice and piano. Released between […]
Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” is a strange, haunting thing. Largely carried by Cohen’s monotone, yet slightly lilting voice and sparse guitar accompaniment, the song evokes a dark, ambiguous feeling. The angelic backing vocals and seraphic strings that periodically emerge give the song a heavenly relief – a bittersweet release of giving yourself into a formless and […]
“I thought it was interesting that Nina Simone did a sort of answer to “Revolution”. That was very good — it was sort of like “Revolution,” but not quite. That I sort of enjoyed, somebody who reacted immediately to what I had said.” – John Lennon, 1971
This performance. There are no words.