Nina Simone: Nina Simone And Her Friends
Nina Simone and Her Friends was first released by Bethlehem Records as a compilation album, composed of leftover and previously unreleased tracks from the "Little Girl Blue" recording session, plus two additional songs recorded by the singers, Carmen McRae and Chris Connor, both onetime artists with Bethlehem Records.
In the wake of the new release, "Nina Simone and Her Friends (2021 - Stereo Remaster)," Daphne A. Brookes explains in her essay, "Bethlehem Records managed to pull their work together - some tracks were previously released on the "Girlfriends" compilation - and together with Simone, presented a compilation of songs that crossed genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop Song Staples, Love Songs and some provocative compositions by McRae and Simone. Each track serves as a kind of Memorial, of an independence, of three confident and talented women artists who were trailblazers in the late 1950s, especially in the Reinvention of women as musical performers."
The release features a brand new stereo mix by four-time Grammy winner Michael Graves and includes a new essay by the author of "Liner Notes for the Revolution," Daphne A. Brooks.
1. Nina Simone - He's Got the Whole World In His Hands
2. Chris Conner - Someone To Watch Over Me
3. Carmen McRae - Old Devil Moon
4. Nina Simone - I Loves You, Porgy
5. Chris Conner - I Concentrate On You
6. Carmen McRae - You Made Me Care
7. Nina Simone - For All We Know
8. Chris Conner - From This Moment On
9. Carmen McRae - Too Much In Love To Care
10. Nina Simone - African Mailman
11. Chris Conner - All This and Heaven Too
12. Carmen McRae - Last Time For Love