Nina Simone album Fodder on My Wings gets long-awaited reissue

One of Nine Simone’s favourite but most obscure albums will finally be reissued this spring after being only sporadically available since its initial release in 1982.

The legendary jazz vocalist recorded Fodder on My Wings in the later era of her career, not long after she moved to Paris. It was recorded for a small French label and was not widely distributed.

The album is being reissued on April 3 by Verve and UMe, including CD, vinyl and digital versions.

Fodder on My Wings is considered one of Simone’s most deeply personal and introspective works, with songs that deal with loneliness, mental illness and the death of her father. However, it also captures a feeling of rejuvenation thanks to her new surroundings in France and the African musicians she met there.

Among the more well-known songs are I Sing Just to Know That I’m Alive, a song that Simone often performed at concerts in her later years, and the highly emotional Alone Again (Naturally).

This expanded edition of the album includes three bonus tracks taken from the recording sessions of a rare French reissue that was released in 1988.