• nina simone The Amazing Nina Simone (180g vinyl LP, £33.95)

    label: 4 Men With Beards

    Nina's second LP, originally released in 1959, The Amazing Nina Simone features a repertoire ranging from a swinging "Stompin' at the Savoy" and an emotional "It Might as Well Be Spring" to an English folk ballad ("Tomorrow"), spirituals, and an R&B song ("You've Been Gone Too Long") and is backed by a subtle orchestra arranged by Bob Mersey that effectively showcases her top-form vocals. Original artwork.

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