Nina Simone Anthology (2003) These 31 tracks from six labels begin with Simone's 1959 hit (Gershwin's "I Loves You Porgy") and end with 1993's return-from-exile "A Single Woman." The… 2003-07-01 Nina Simone
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Nina Simone Anthology (2003)

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A-

Details Release Date: Jul 01, 2003; Lead Performance: Nina Simone

These 31 tracks from six labels begin with Simone's 1959 hit (Gershwin's ''I Loves You Porgy'') and end with 1993's return-from-exile ''A Single Woman.'' The singer and pianist's unclassifiable allure is evidenced by 1957's definitively swinging ''My Baby Just Cares for Me''; 1964's politically charged ''Mississippi Goddam''; a gut-wrenching ''Strange Fruit'' (1965); and a tender 1971 take on George Harrison's ''Here Comes the Sun.'' Even the final cut's schmaltzy strings can't dim Simone's star.

Originally posted Aug 01, 2003 Published in issue #721 Aug 01, 2003 Order article reprints