Forbidden Fruit + Bonus Album + 2...
Forbidden Fruit + Bonus Album + 2...

Forbidden Fruit + Bonus Album + 2 Bonus Tracks

Nina Simone
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Contains new specially prepared liner notes by PENGUIN GUIDE TO JAZZ’s writer BRIAN MORTON and by Paris’ prestigious JAZZ MAGAZINE


“1960 saw the beginnings of a change in her music, a new confidence and militancy as Nina, like Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, and other female jazz singers of the time, abandoned the gowned and earringed supper club image and started to speak out as militant performers. The Oscar Brown songs on Forbidden Fruit keep the anger protected by a layer of pawky humour. With Forbidden Fruit, Simone became one of the defining voices of the 1960s.”

“On Forbidden Fruit Simone is already a breathtaking performer and a formidable pianist. On the songs ‘No Good Man’, ‘I Love to Love’, and ‘Where Can I Go Without You’, she draws an overwhelming panorama of all the nuances of love and passion, offering unforgettable interpretations that have lost none of their emotional strength.” JAZZ MAGAZINE


Nina Simone, vocals & piano
Al Shackman, guitar
Chris White, bass
Bobby Hamilton, drums

New York, 1960-61.

Nina Simone, vocals & piano. The Malcolm Dodds Singers (vocal choir).
Orchestra conducted & arranged by Ralph Burns. New York, June 1961.

(**) BONUS TRACKS: Nina Simone, vocals & piano; Jimmy Bond, bass; Albert “Tootie” Heath, drums. New York, December 1957.


01. Rags and Old Iron
02. No Good Man
03. Gin House Blues
04. I’ll Look Around
05. I Love to Love
06. Work Song
07. Where Can I Go Without You
08. Just Say I Love Him
09. Memphis in June
10. Forbidden Fruit

11. Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me (*)
12. I Got It Bad (*)
13. Hey, Buddy Bolden (*)
14. Merry Mending (*)
15. Something to Live For (*)
16. You Better Know It (*)
17. I Like Sunrise (*)
18. Solitude (*)
19. The Gal From Joe’s (*)
20. Sarin Doll (*)
21. It Don’t Mean a Thing (*)
22. Love Me or Leave Me (**)
23. My Baby Just Cares for Me (**)

TOTAL TIME: 78:48 min.

Label code
TCM 161665

Nina Simone

Nina Simone is the eclecticism in a breathy, singular, stifled-breathing voice, with a contralto typical of the African-American musical universe of the last century.

With the real name of Eunice Kathleen Waymon, but also known as the High Priestess of Soul, Nina was an American pianist, singer and composer and, above all, one of the greatest exponents of blues, jazz and soul. 

Listening to her, watching her sing or enjoying one of her performances in front of the piano, with that strength of voice and that stage presence that characterized her, is still awe-inspiring. Nina Simone captivated her audience with the kind of musical combinations that forged her own genuine style: improvisation, silence, sporadic shouting or wailing and a minimalist accompaniment that generated a high level of intimacy with her audience. 


Nina was born in Tryon, North Carolina, on February 21, 1933 and died in Carry Le Rouet, France, on April 21, 2003. Her life was marked by adverse circumstances related to racism, which influenced her musical training, her struggle for the civil rights of people of African descent and many of the decisions she made throughout her life.

In her early years, Nina Simone was moved by an intense interest in classical music: at the age of two she began to play the piano and at the age of twelve she gave an anecdotal recital, as her parents, seated in the front row, were forced to leave because they were occupying seats that corresponded to whites. Nina stopped the recital until her parents returned to the front row.

This anecdote, in addition to the rejection she received at the Curtis Institute of Music for being black and a situation of poverty, led her to abandon classical music and approach jazz and blues, which she got to know while working in nightclubs.  Raped, exploited and even ruined by her own husband (Andrew Stroud), Nina Simone left the United States after suffering disagreements with artistic agents and record labels, but above all she left her country because she was tired of the racism of American society.


Nina Simone's legacy (jazz, soul, blues, gospel), translates into 40 albums, a place in the North Carolina Hall of Fame, four Grammy nominations and a place also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. 

But beyond the musical influence left by her career, recognized by record labels such as RCA, Phillips or Colpix, with whom she produced numerous albums and singles, Nina Simone (Music and civil rights), left a legacy of struggle and resistance for civil rights, to whom she even dedicated a good part of her musical career and for which she was even admired, respected and turned into a reference. 


Although in the last years of her career she was accompanied by Paul Robinson on drums, Tony Jones on bass, Leopoldo Fleming on percussion and Al Schackman on guitar and musical direction, Nina Simone developed a career from the musical intimacy or, in other words, from the tendency to make her voice the main protagonist. However, Nina Simone managed to include herself among the artists and share the stages of social struggles with artists such as Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, Anthony Perkins, Peter, Paul & Mary. She was also able to perform songs with Ray Charles and Emile Latimer, and exerted an important influence on the music of Bob Dylan.


Nina Simone's discography is wide and varied, take a look at a lifetime of musical production, arranged chronologically (Nina Simone Allmusic):

1957: My Baby Just Cares for Me

1958: Little Girl Blue

1959: Nina Simone And Her Friends

1959: The Amazing Nina Simone

1959: Nina Simone At Town Hall

1960: Nina Simone At Newport

1960: Forbidden Fruit

1962: Nina At The Village Gate

1962: Nina Simone Sings Ellington

1963: Nina's Choice

1963: Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall Live

1964: Folksy Nina

1964: Nina Simone In Concert

1964: Broadway-Blues-Ballads

1965: I Put A Spell On You

1965: Pastel Blues

1966: Nina Simone With Strings

1966: Let It All Out

1966: Wild Is The Wind

1967: High Priestess Of Soul

1967: Nina Simone Sings The Blues

1967: Silk & Soul

1968: Nuff Said

1969: A Very Rare Evening

1969: Nina Simone And Piano

1969: To Love Somebody Studio

1970: Black Gold

1971: Here Comes The Sun

1972: Emergency Ward

1974: It Is Finished

1978: Baltimore

1980: The Rising Sun Collection

1982: Fodder On My Wings

1985: Nina's Back

1985: Live & Kickin

1987: Let It Be Me

1987: Live At Ronnie Scott's

1993: A Single Woman

2003: Gold


In "Feeling Good", Nina Simone has already earned worldwide recognition. Beyond this song, the singer also immortalized songs such as "I Loves You, Porgy", her first single and immediately popular; "I Wish I Know How It Would Feel To Be Free", "Aint Got No-I Got Life", or the versions with the best of her style of "Just Like a Woman", "Here comes the sun" or "Suzanne".

Other emblematic versions were also: "I Put a Spell on You", by the Beatles; and "House of the Rising Sun", later also covered by Bob Dylan and The Animals.

Nina Simone was a versatile, minimalist artist, focused more on her voice and piano playing than on baroque or overloaded arrangements. In addition to her musical quality, Nina was at the height of her time and knew how to combine music with the message of her deepest concerns. Her voice and piano can be placed in any important collection of jazz, blues or soul, even gospel, but also within the film repertoire that gave her talent a place in numerous soundtracks.

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