Broadway-Blues-Ballads

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Broadway-Blues-Ballads
Studio album by Nina Simone
Released November, 1964
Recorded New York, 1964
Genre Vocal, soul, jazz, folk, blues
Label Philips
Producer Hal Mooney
Nina Simone chronology
Nina Simone in Concert
(1964)
Broadway-Blues-Ballads
(1964)
I Put a Spell on You
(1965)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Broadway-Blues-Ballads is an album by singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone (1933–2003). It was her second album for Philips. In contrast to her first Philips album, the live In Concert, which was politically laden with civil rights motifs, this studio album is more playful. It is not regarded as one of Simone's best efforts, though it contains songs that became standards in her repertoire.

Information about songs on this album[edit]

  • "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" was written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus and is one of Simone's most well known songs. Arranger and Conductor Horace Ott co-wrote this song, but credited it under his wife's name Gloria Caldwell.
  • "How Can I?", "I Am Blessed", "Don't Take All Night", "Of This I'm Sure", "Our Love (Will See Us Through)" were also written by Bennie Benjamin and Sol Marcus.
  • "See Line Woman" became a standard in Simone's live repertoire. It is loosely based on a traditional children's song, "Sea Lion Woman."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, Sol Marcus) - 2:48
  2. "Night Song" (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse) - 3:06
  3. "The Laziest Gal in Town" (Cole Porter) - 2:19
  4. "Something Wonderful" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) - 2:46
  5. "Don't Take All Night" (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus) - 2:54
  6. "Nobody" (Alex Rogers, Bert Williams) - 4:18
  7. "I Am Blessed" (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus) - 2:57
  8. "Of This I'm Sure" (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus) - 2:37
  9. "See-Line Woman" (George Bass) - 2:38
  10. "Our Love (Will See Us Through)" (Bennie Benjamin, Nina Simone) - 3:01
  11. "How Can I?" (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus) - 2:05
  12. "The Last Rose of Summer" (Richard Alfred Milliken, Thomas Moore, Nina Simone) - 3:08
  • on some CD releases the single "A Monster" is added as a bonus track. (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus) - 2:47

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