Nina Simone



That Montreaux version of “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” is stunning


some fabulous albums over the years, the biggest problem is working out which compilations are worth having over the others. some of her work can leave you mesmerised and uncomfortable at the same time. Stunning Lady in many ways


Philips LPs and her live albums are a good place to start.

This one collects a lot of her more popular and recognisable classics -



For compilations:


and this…

are pretty definitive. To Be Free is particularly interesting because it captures some of the lesser known tracks over a three-disc set.