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Wed, 02 Feb 2005

Love Songs / Nina Simone
I always feel at least a little bit foolish when I discover an artist long after the rest of the world. Nina Simone had a long and successful career before her death two years ago at the age of 70. And I'd heard of her without really hearing her, if you know what I mean. That changed when I discovered this collection. It's called Love Songs, although the selection is broader than a title like that implies. And Ms. Simone's interpretation of these songs is distinctive. Starting with Cherish that old Association hit I've loved just shy of forever. This version brings shivers; Ms. Simone brings qualities to the song I never would have guessed could be there. She gives new life to The Bee Gees with To Love Somebody and Dusty Springfield on The Look of Love. And her take on Leonard Cohen's Suzanne is a masterpiece.

If you already know and love Nina Simone, what can I say? I'm slow. But if you haven't discovered her yet, you and I have a lot of amazing listening ahead of us.

Love Songs
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