4 albums Nina Simone recorded for Phillips Records just hit the site. The iconic singer-songwriter’s debut release for the label was 1964’s Nina Simone In Concert, which features three live performances recorded at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The LP is widely recognized as the kickoff point for Ms. Simone’s career trajectory as a “Civil Rights singer,” and songs like “Mississippi Goddam,” “Old Jim Crow,” “Go Limp,” and “Pirate Jenny” clearly showcase her influence as one of the most outspoken, politically charged artists of her generation.
In 1965, Ms. Simone released her third album for Phillips Records, and I Put A Spell On You stands one of the highlights of her prolific discography. The title track is a cover of Scremin’ Jay Hawkins’ song, and numbers like Jacques Brel’s “Ne Ne Quitte Pas” and “Feeling Good” are perhaps some of her best known recordings.
A year later, Nina Simone recorded her 6th studio effort for Phillips Records, and the album consists of unused sessions she worked on for the label up ’til then. Wild Is The Wind is marked by the diversity of styles it covers: jazz ballads, traditional folk tunes, and even some calypso-informed numbers fill up the album.
The last of the recent Nina Simone arrivals at Lab is her ’67 album High Priestess of Soul. Hal Mooney worked on the album and incorporated big-band-style arrangements and soul music trends of the mid ’60s, but some of the strongest moments of the LP come from Ms.Simone’s more poignant materials, such as the deeply spiritual “Come Ye.”