Nina Simone’s ‘In Concert’ is a live album recorded at Carnegie Hall in New York City, on March 21, April 1 & 6 1964 and released the same year by Philips.
Track Listing : 1.I Loves You Porgy (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 02:30 . 2.Plain Gold Ring (Earl Burroughs) – 06:21 . 3.Pirate Jenny (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Marc Blitzstein) – 06:37 . 4.Old Jim Crow (Nina Simone, Jackie Alper, Ron Vander Groef) – 02:38 . 5.Don’T Smoke In Bed (Willard Robison) – 05:28 . 6.Go Limp (Alex Comfort, Nina Simone) – 07:04 . 7.Mississippi Goddam (Nina Simone) – 04:54
Musicians : Nina Simone – Piano, Vocals, Arranger . Bobby Hamilton – Drums . Lisle Atkinson – Bass . Rudy Stevenson – Guitar
Production : Produced By Hal Mooney . Jeff Willens – Mastering
Package : Hollis King – Art Direction . Nat Shapiro – Liner Notes . Mort Shuman – Cover Photo
Recorded On March 21, April 1 & 6 1964 At Carnegie Hall, New York City.
Released In 1964 By Philips.
I don’t think anyone’s out to deny Ms. Simone’s talent & passion, she turns show tune ‘Pirate Jenny’ into such a powerful metaphor for oppression that the track may be her finest hour. & in addition to that the album boasts moody renditions of earlier numbers, fiery political statements & humor to boot when she forgets some of the words to ‘Go Limp.’ It may be short, but this is the perfect Nina Simone showcase. […]
Simone for the first time openly addressed the racial inequality that was prevalent in the United States with the song ‘Mississippi Goddam’, her response to the murder of Medgar Evers and the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four black children. The song was released as a singleand it was boycotted in certain southern states. ‘Old Jim Crow’, on the same album, addressed the Jim Crow Laws. […]
The piano and vocalalist virtuoso at the top of her artistic expression. Her version of the Pirate Jenny soliloque from the Three Penny Opera is chilling. Her ‘Plain Gold Ring’ brought me to tears with the inherent sadness of the portrayal of love lost and put aside. Nina Simone is another artist gone too soon […]