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:
- Feeling Good
- My Baby Just Cares for Me
- I Put a Spell on You
- Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair
- See-Line Woman
- Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
- Ain’t Got No, I Got Life
- Lilac Wine
- Ne Me Quitte Pas
- Love Me or Leave Me
- Don’t Explain
- Mississippi Goddam
- Strange Fruit
- Wild is the Wind
- Work Song
- I Loves You Porgy
- Mood Indigo
- 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
- Chris Connor – Cottage for Sale
- Carmen McRae – Old Devil Moon
- Nina Simone – I Loves You, Porgy
- Chris Connor – Try a Little Tenderness
- Carmen McRae – You Made Me Care
- Nina Simone – For All We Know
- Chris Connor – What Is There to Say?
- Carmen McRae – Too Much in Love to Care
- Nina Simone – African Mailman
- Chris Connor – Good Bye
- Carmen McRae – Last Time for Love