Two collections of Nina Simone music offer a mix of new and classic material
Two collections of music by cultural icon Nina Simone will be released (or reissued) by the end of this year.
The first collection titled Feeling Good: Her Greatest Hits and Remixes is slated for release Oct. 29 via Verve Records.
The 26-track album compiles Nina Simone’s greatest hits and classics throughout her storied career, including Mississippi Goddam, Strange Fruit, I Loves You Porgy, I Put a Spell on You and, of course, Feeling Good. It also features seven remixes from some of the world’s most prolific DJs, helping to bridge her legacy to a new generation of listeners.
The first single was a Feeling Good remixed by English producer Joel Corry:
Following that, the 1959 compilation Nina Simone and Her Friends will be reissued on vinyl on Dec. 3 via BMG.
This new reissue will feature remastered audio, unreleased tracks from her Little Girl Blue sessions, original compositions by Carmen McRae and Chris Connor, and a new essay from professor and author Daphne A. Brooks.
You can get a sneak peek of the compilation with an instrumental of African Mailman, showcasing Simone’s ability on the piano. It was recorded when she was in her twenties, aspiring to be a classical concert pianist.
Here’s the track listing for Feeling Good: Her Greatest Hits and Remixes:
My Baby Just Cares for Me
I Put a Spell on You
Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
Ain’t Got No, I Got Life
Ne Me Quitte Pas
Love Me or Leave Me
Wild is the Wind
I Loves You Porgy
Take Care of Business
Feeling Good” (Joel Correy Remix)
See-Line Woman (Riton Remix)
Sinnerman (Sofi Tukker Remix)
My Baby Just Cares for Me (HONNE Remix)
Take Care of Business (Rudimental Remix)
I Put a Spell on You (Floorplan Remix)
Be My Husband (Hot Chip Remix)
Here’s the track listing for Nina Simone and Her Friends:
Nina Simone – He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands