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Nina Simone – High Priestess of Soul


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Nina Simone – High Priestess of Soul


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“High Priestess of Soul is a studio album by jazz singer, pianist and songwriter Nina Simone. The songs are accompanied by a large band directed and arranged by Hal Mooney. The album contains popular songs (such as "Don't You Pay Them No Mind") and African American gospel and folk related songs written by Simone herself (such as "Take Me to the Water" and "Come Ye"). After this album title –an attempt to broaden her appeal by management execs– Nina Simone was sometimes titled “the high priestess of soul”, although she completely rejected the title herself because it placed a label on her as an artist. However, according to her daughter, Simone, she never hated that moniker.” – Wiki

“Once more presenting Simone’s vast stylistic range, The High Priestess Of Soul also introduced Simo-ne’s enduring epithet to the wider world. From rock’n’roll (Chuck Berry’s ‘Brown Eyed Handsome Man’) to spirituals (‘Come Ye’, ‘Take Me To The Water’), jazz, pop and soul, the album saw Simone end her Philips tenure as confidently – and uncompromisingly – as she began it.” – Universal

“Perhaps a bit more conscious of contemporary soul trends than her previous Philips albums, this is still very characteristic of her mid-'60s work in its eclectic mix of jazz, pop, soul, and some blues and gospel. Hal Mooney directs some large band arrangements for the material on this LP without submerging Simone's essential strengths.” – AllMusic

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Nina Simone


High Priestess of Soul


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Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo



Release Date:

This reissue: 2016 | Original - 1965




Soul-Jazz, Female Vocals

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