Nina Simone, Baltimore (1978)
I dig a lot of Nina Simone music – she was certainly something else. That voice. That playing. The hardship – the intensity – it can’t have been nice living in her head, or with that head. But so much of the music is wonderful. In recent years I’ve become hooked on her version of the song Baltimore. A favourite, one of so many great Randy Newman songs (and yeah, I love his version – even bought a Nils Lofgren record once so I could hear his version). Some other good things on this record too – was interesting to read that Simone herself wasn’t fussed with this. Even though it was something of a “comeback” record. She felt she had no control over the tracklisting and marketing of the album, she didn’t believe in it. It went some way towards reintroducing her – and in some cases introducing her. That sort of story seems to sum up some of the difficulties around this proud, intriguing artist.
Sample Track: The Family
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