The Bebop Shop : Body & Soul: Billie, Ella & The Great Jazz Voices : Nina Simone
She made her recording debut in 1958, and the next few years were among the most prolific of her career, encompassing both studio and live recordings as she recorded first for the Bethlehem label and then for Colpix, marking her down as a pianist and singer who was a versatile and unique interpreter of songs from across the jazz, blues and pop spectrum.
This great-value 78-track 4-CD set comprises just about every recording which she released during the formative years of her career and which established her reputation, featuring the tracks from the albums Little Girl Blue, Nina Simone & her Friends, The Amazing Nina Simone, Nina Simone at Town Hall, Nina Simone at Newport, Forbidden Fruit, Nina at the Village Gate and Nina Simone Sings Ellington.
It also includes tracks released on singles which were not otherwise included on albums, naturally featuring the chart hits I Loves You Porgy, Nobody Knows You When Youre Down And Out and Trouble In Mind. Its a comprehensive overview of the early career of a very special artist. (Discovery Records) Price: £19.99