Here Comes the Sun (album)

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Here Comes the Sun
Studio album by Nina Simone
Released 1971
Recorded RCA Victor's Studio B New York City February 9/12/17 1971
Genre Jazz, Blues, African Folk,
Label RCA Victor
Producer Harold Wheeler, Nat Shapiro
Nina Simone chronology
Black Gold
(1970)
Here Comes The Sun
(1971)
Emergency Ward!
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Here Comes the Sun is an album by jazz singer-pianist Nina Simone, consisting of cover versions of songs by pop and rock musicians.

It features songs recorded in the RCA studios with a full orchestra and backing vocals. Although Simone covers songs by Bob Dylan and The Beatles, among others, most of the versions feature arrangements substantially different from the original recordings. This is most clearly in the final song "My Way", which with its fast pacing rhythm deviates significantly from the usual interpretations.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Here Comes the Sun" (George Harrison) - 3:37
  2. "Just Like a Woman" (Bob Dylan) - 4:53
  3. "O-o-h Child" (Stan Vincent) - 3:22
  4. "Mr. Bojangles" (Jerry Jeff Walker) - 5:03
  5. "New World Coming" (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) - 4:53
  6. "Angel of the Morning" (Chip Taylor) - 3:36
  7. "How Long Must I Wander" (Weldon Irvine) - 6:31
  8. "My Way" (Paul Anka, Claude François, Jacques Revaux) - 5:48

Details[edit]

  • "Just Like a Woman", a song by Bob Dylan. In the last verse Simone changes the original third person perspective into first person.
  • "O-O-H Child", a song originally by The Five Stairsteps
  • "My Way", an adaptation by Paul Anka of the French song "Comme d'habitude", written by Claude François and Jacques Revaux. Simone's self-arranged version features up-tempo backing instruments (especially drums and conga) and angelic backing vocals. It is different from other interpretations in its fast-pacing rhythm and African influence.
  • "Angel of the Morning" was included in the album when fellow Juilliard alumnus, Guitarist Bill Aken recommended it to her. She asked Aken to do an arrangement on the song similar to the one he had done for Elvis the year before on "You've Lost That Loving Feeling."
  • The song "Tell It Like It Is" was also recorded during the sessions but not released till 1998 on the compilation The Very Best of Nina Simone: Sugar in My Bowl 1967–1972.

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