Forbidden Fruit (Nina Simone album)

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Forbidden Fruit
Studio album by
RecordedNew York City 1960 - 1961
GenreVocal jazz, jazz, blues, folk
ProducerCal Lampley
Nina Simone chronology
Nina Simone at Newport
Forbidden Fruit
Nina at the Village Gate

Forbidden Fruit is an album by the jazz singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone. It was her second studio album for Colpix. The rhythm section accompanying her is the same trio as on both live albums before and after this release.

Song information[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rags and Old Iron" (Norman Curtis (m), Oscar Brown, Jr (l))
  2. "No Good Man" (Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham, Sammy Gallop)
  3. "Gin House Blues" (Fletcher Henderson (m), Henry Troy (l))
  4. "I'll Look Around" (George C. Cory (m), Douglas Cross (l))
  5. "I Love to Love" (Lennie Hayton (m), Herbert Baker (l))
  6. "Work Song" (Nat Adderley (m), Oscar Brown, Jr (l))
  7. "Where Can I Go Without You?" (Victor Young (m), Peggy Lee (l))
  8. "Just Say I Love Him" ((Dicitencello vuje) (Rodolfo Falvo (m), Enzo Fusco (l); Music adaptation: Jack Val and Jimmy Dale, English lyrics: Sam Ward and Martin Kalmanoff)
  9. "Memphis in June" (Paul Francis Webster, Hoagy Carmichael)
  10. "Forbidden Fruit" (Oscar Brown, Jr)

The 2005 CD version by EMI features 11 bonus tracks roughly recorded at the same time, themselves adding up to a kind of "lost album" of approximately 40 minutes. Four of the songs - Porgy, I Is Your Woman Now, Baubles, Bangles and Beads, Gimme a Pigfoot (a different take), and Spring Is Here - were previously issued on Nina Simone with Strings in edited form with an overdubbed string section.

  1. "Porgy, I Is Your Woman Now" (George Gershwin (m), DuBose Heyward, Ira Gershwin (l))
  2. "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" (Robert Wright, George Forrest)
  3. "Gimme a Pigfoot" (Wesley Wilson)
  4. "Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye" (Cole Porter)
  5. "Spring Is Here" (Richard Rodgers (m), Lorenz Hart (l))
  6. "Lonesome Valley" (traditional)
  7. "Golden Earrings" (Jay Livingston, Victor Young (m), Ray Evans (l))
  8. "My Ship" (Kurt Weill (m), Ira Gershwin (l))
  9. "'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness if I Do" (Porter Grainger, Robert Graham Prince, Clarence Williams, Everett Robbins)
  10. "Try a Little Tenderness" (Harry M. Woods, Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly)
  11. "Od Yesh Homa" (traditional)



  1. ^ All Music Guide to Jazz: The Definitive Guide to Jazz Music Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine – 2002 12, 1959 / Colpix ***** One of Nina Simone's finest recordings, this Colpix LP features the unique singer/pianist ... she steps out of the soulful supper club style into more earthier settings, as on "House of the Rising Sun," "Forbidden Fruit," "Gin House Blues..."
  2. ^ Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone Nadine Cohodas – 2012 "Forbidden Fruit (CP 419, COL-CD6207), produced by Cal Lampley, featured three Oscar Brown songs, including the one picked for the title track, “Forbidden Fruit.” The humorous up-tempo take on Adam and Eve was part nursery rhyme, part call and response.