Nina Simone - Forbidden Fruit [2LP]


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A1 Rags And Old Iron
A2 No Good Man
A3 Gin House Blues
A4 I'll Look Around
A5 I Love To Love
B1 Work Song
B2 Where Can I Go Without You
B3 Just Say I Love Him (English Version)
B4 Memphis In June
B5 Forbidden Fruit

C1 Porgy I Is Your Woman Now    
C2 Baubles, Bangles And Beads    
C3 Gimmie A Pigfoot    
C4 Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye    
C5 Spring Is Here    
C6 Lonesome Valley    
D1 Golden Earings    
D2 My Ship    
D3 'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do    
D4 Try A Little Tenderness    
D5 Od Yesh Homa

The original LP has been reissued as part of other collections and many of the individual tracks also feature in other compilations. Both the songs from the original LP and the additional tracks feature Nina with just a small, sympathetic band - guitar, bass and drums - so there are no distractions from her voice and piano. She's on great form here and songs like "Gin House Blues", and Oscar Brown Junior's "Work Song" and "Rags and Old Iron" are among her best work. The title track is also an Oscar Brown Jr. song and she and the band all sound as though they are really enjoying themselves on this uncharacteristically light-hearted song. Many of the additional tracks are also high quality offerings including Gershwin's "Porgy I'm still your woman" and Bessie Smith's "Gimme a pigfoot" and we particularly liked "Lonesome valley" and the very emotional "My ship".

This one represents essentials from the early 60s featuring Nina at the top of her game doing a mixture of blues, jazz and standards.