Nina Simone, Emergency Ward! (1972)
Subtitled Nina Simone – In Concert this is the first Nina I heard outside of the many greatest hits compilations. It was a revelation to hear anything but the ubiquitous hits. So much anger in her playing, but such beauty in her sound – so much rage and power and trouble in her soul…I first heard this after watching a live DVD of some footage of Simone in the 1980s. She was not well. And though there were glimpses of the early talent – what she was so sure was genius (and she was, let’s face it, probably right) – it was not what I wanted to see or hear. This album though? Yes, this did the business. I only heard it once – an imported CD that I ordered for myself and played in-store at the music store where I worked. It sold mid-play and though I planned to get myself a copy I never did. So the years went on and I forgot about this album, then remembered, then forgot. I saw it in the store and coveted it – finally I took the plunge. I’m glad I did. It’s like swimming for the first time – this plunge.
Sample Track: My Sweet Lord/Today Is A Killer (Medley)
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