Forbidden Fruit (Nina Simone album)
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|Recorded||New York City 1960 - 1961|
|Genre||Vocal jazz, jazz, blues, folk|
|Nina Simone chronology|
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.
- "Gin House Blues", Simone re-recorded this song in a more upbeat way on Nuff Said (1968).
- "Work Song", written by Oscar Brown, Jr and Nat Adderley tells the story of a chain gang. This song also appears on Nina’s Choice (1963), Nina Simone with Strings (1966) and, newly recorded, on High Priestess of Soul (1967).
- "Forbidden Fruit", the title song, one of three on the album by Oscar Brown, Jr It's a "humorous up-tempo take on Adam and Eve was part nursery rhyme, part call and response."
- "Rags and Old Iron" (Norman Curtis (m), Oscar Brown, Jr (l))
- "No Good Man" (Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham, Sammy Gallop)
- "Gin House Blues" (Fletcher Henderson (m), Henry Troy (l))
- "I'll Look Around" (George C. Cory (m), Douglas Cross (l))
- "I Love to Love" (Lennie Hayton (m), Herbert Baker (l))
- "Work Song" (Nat Adderley (m), Oscar Brown, Jr (l))
- "Where Can I Go Without You?" (Victor Young (m), Peggy Lee (l))
- "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)
- "Memphis in June" (Paul Francis Webster, Hoagy Carmichael)
- "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.
- "Porgy, I Is Your Woman Now" (George Gershwin (m), DuBose Heyward, Ira Gershwin (l))
- "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" (Robert Wright, George Forrest)
- "Gimme a Pigfoot" (Wesley Wilson)
- "Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye" (Cole Porter)
- "Spring Is Here" (Richard Rodgers (m), Lorenz Hart (l))
- "Lonesome Valley" (traditional)
- "Golden Earrings" (Jay Livingston, Victor Young (m), Ray Evans (l))
- "My Ship" (Kurt Weill (m), Ira Gershwin (l))
- "'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness if I Do" (Porter Grainger, Robert Graham Prince, Clarence Williams, Everett Robbins)
- "Try a Little Tenderness" (Harry M. Woods, Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly)
- "Od Yesh Homa" (traditional)
- 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..."
- 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.
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