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
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
Bee Gees with
Love Somebody and
Look of Love. And her take on
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.