Albums »Nuff Said

nina simone nuff said'Nuff Said! was recorded at the Westbury Music Fair in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. days after his devastating assassination; track 6, 'Why? (The King of Love is Dead)', was written by bass player Gene Taylor. His brother remembers the concert in this NPR story:

“We learned that song that (same) day. We didn't have a chance to have two or three days of rehearsal. But when you're feeling compassion and outrage and wanting to express what you know the world is feeling, we did it because that's what we felt.”

Introduced as “The High Priestess of Soul”, the warbly and smooth voiced Nina Simone takes us through a stirring, uplifting set beginning with the soft and beautiful 'In the Morning' and 'Sunday in Savannah' before pulling out all the stops for 'Gin House Blues' and an amazing cover of 'Ain't Got No' from the musical Hair, which you can see here.

It may not be the most well known album of her illustrious career, but it's a great record that's simple and heartfelt.

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Posted on May 25, 2009

Albums »Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense Talking Heads My parents have always been huge Talking Heads fans and I grew up listening to this album. It's still one of the best to lift my spirits on my commute to work. Of course, the Jonathan Demme concert film of the same name is also a must.


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Posted on January 30, 2006

Albums »Live 1975-1985

bruce springsteen Begins with “Thunder Road”. Which is so good you never listen to anything else again and cry yourself to sleep every night for the rest of your life.
But you would miss out on 39! more songs. Sometimes there can be too much Clarence for my taste, but with “The River”, “Jersey Girl” (written by Tom Waits), and “Spirits of the Night”, one can forgive.

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Posted on November 14, 2005