Strange Fruit

LP £15.99
  • SKU: JWR4582
  • UPC: 8436559462136
  • Release Date: 14 July 2017


Label Review.

Collection of early tracks.

Our Overview.

Legendary jazz singer Nina Simone aka “Priestess of Soul” composed over 500 songs, recorded almost 60 albums. She was the first woman to win the Jazz Cultural Award and contributed through her music and activism to the Black Freedom Struggle of the 1960s.

In 1993, Don Shewey wrote of Nina Simone in the Village Voice, "She's not a pop singer, she's a diva, a hopeless eccentric ...who has so thoroughly co-mingled her odd talent and brooding temperament that she has turned herself into a force of nature, an exotic creature spied so infrequently that every appearance is legendary."

This 180g vinyl LP release compiles a collection of rare tracks from the early stages of Nina Simone’s career. It is presented here for the first time ever on a single set. Among the treasures are her seldom heard earliest recordings, four tracks recorded live, unbeknownst to the artist, at a club date in Atlantic City in 1956 (and first released, illegally, in 1964).

Four seldom heard singles waxed for Colpix follow, recorded with an orchestra between 1959-61. Various live recordings from the same period complete the album, with Nina on piano and vocals, unaccompanied.


1. I Loves You Porgy 2. Since My Lover Has Gone 3. Black Is The Colour Of My True 4. Love’s Hair 5. Lovin’ Woman 6. Baubles, Bangles & Beads 7. Since My Lover Has Gone #2 8. If Only For Tonight 9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out 10. Come On Back, Jack 11. I Love To Love 12. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out #2 13. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl 14. Strange Fruit


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