Baltimore (album)

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Studio album by Nina Simone
Released 1978
Recorded Brussels, January 1978, Van Gelder Studios
Genre Soul
Label CTI
Producer Creed Taylor
Nina Simone chronology
The Great Show Live In Paris
Fodder On My Wings
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B-[2]

Baltimore is an album by Nina Simone. After completing the album, Nina expressed her dissatisfaction with it on numerous occasions, mainly because she had no say in the arrangements, selection of songs and the cover picture. Despite this, critics were positive about the album and it gave a resurgence to Nina's then fading career.[3]

Information about songs on this album[edit]

  • "Baltimore" was composed by Randy Newman and originally appeared on his 1977 album Little Criminals.
  • "If You Pray Right" is also called "Heaven Belongs To You"

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Baltimore" (Randy Newman) - 4:37
  2. "Everything Must Change" (Benard Ighner) - 3:57
  3. "The Family" (John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins) - 4:57
  4. "My Father" (Judy Collins) - 4:54

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Music For Lovers" (Bart Howard) - 3:40
  2. "Rich Girl" (Daryl Hall) - 3:11
  3. "That's All I Want From You" (Fritz Rotter) - 2:52
  4. "Forget" (Rocky "Cole" Coluccio, David Matthews) - 2:54
  5. "Balm In Gilead" (Traditional) - 2:24
  6. "If You Pray Right" (Traditional) - 3:17



  • Nina Simone - vocals, piano
  • Eric Gale - guitar
  • Gary King - bass
  • Charles Isreals, Homer Mensch, John Beal - double bass
  • Jim Madison - drums
  • Nicky Marrero - percussion
  • Alan Shulman, Charles McCracken, Jonathan Abramowitz - cello
  • Alfred Brown, Emanuel Vardi, LaMar Alsop - viola
  • Barry Finclair, Charles Libove, David Nadien, Harry Glickman, Harry Lookofsky, Herbert Sorkin, Marvin Morgenstern, Max Ellen, Richard Sortomme - violin
  • Albertine Robinson, Babi Floyd, Debbie McDuffie, Frank Floyd, Joshie Armstead, Maeretha Stewart, Milt Grayson, Ray Simpson - background vocals
  • David Matthews - string arrangements, piano on "The Family" and "Forget"
  • Al Schackman - piano on "Baltimore"
  • Jerry Friedman - guitar on "The Family" and "Rich Girl"
  • Will Lee - bass on "Rich Girl"
  • Andy Newmark - drums on "Rich Girl"



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Nina Simone". Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ Review of Baltimore and Fodder On My Wings on