Nina at the Village Gate

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Nina Simone at the Village Gate
Live album by Nina Simone
Released 1962
Recorded Live at The Village Gate, New York City, 1961
Genre Vocal, jazz, blues, folk
Label

Colpix

CP 421 (mono), SCP 421 (stereo)
Producer Cal Lampey
Nina Simone chronology
Forbidden Fruit
(1961)
Nina Simone at the Village Gate
(1962)
Nina Simone Sings Ellington
(1962)

Nina Simone at the Village Gate (1962) is an album by singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone (1933-2003). It was her third live album for Colpix recorded at The Village Gate, a nightclub in Greenwich Village, New York. It is particularly notable for the amount of folk songs and African related songs on the album early in Simone's career. Richard Pryor had one of his first nights as a comedian, opening for her.[1]

Information about songs on this album[edit]

  • "House of the Rising Sun", recorded few months prior to the version by Bob Dylan. It later became a big hit for The Animals in 1964. It is said that they were inspired by the Nina Simone version (although there is a lot of discussion about that).
  • "Just in Time" was used at the end of the movie Before Sunset (2004).

Critical Response[edit]

The record received a glowing response when reviewed in 2012 by Roland Ellis on Pig River Records, being given a rating of 9.5/10. The “rawness” due to the simple recording technique he sees as a quality, that catches the “incredible atmosphere” of the nightclub and achieves “to present a young Nina Simone in her most real and free flowing state yet and this is perhaps most apparent in the way that her flawless vocal along with her innovative and dynamic piano playing shine through as effortless and unrivalled abilities without any need for recording studio gloss or trickery.”[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Just in Time"
  2. "He Was Too Good to Me"
  3. "House of the Rising Sun"
  4. "Bye Bye Blackbird" (instrumental)
  5. "Brown Baby"
  6. "Zungo"
  7. "If He Changed My Name"
  8. "Children Go Where I Send You"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simone about Pryor's first night: “He shook like he had malaria, he was so nervous. I couldn't bear to watch him shiver, so I put my arms around him there in the dark and rocked him like a baby until he calmed down. The next night was the same, and the next, and I rocked him each time.” In: Nina Simone & Stephen Cleary, I Put a Spell on You, pp. 70-71
  2. ^ Review on Pig River Records