I Put a Spell on You (album)

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I Put a Spell on You
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1965
Recorded1964 – 1965
StudioNew York City
ProducerHal Mooney
Nina Simone chronology
I Put a Spell on You
Pastel Blues
Singles from I Put a Spell on You
  1. "I Put a Spell on You"
    Released: 1965
  2. "Feeling Good"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores

I Put a Spell on You is a studio album by American jazz singer, songwriter, and pianist Nina Simone. Recorded in 1964 and 1965 in New York City, it was released by Philips Records in 1965. It peaked at number 99 on the Billboard 200 chart[3] and number 9 on the UK Albums Chart.[4] The title track, "I Put a Spell on You," peaked at number 23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart[5] and number 28 on the UK Singles Chart.[4]

The album was re-issued in November 2020 by Verve and Universal Music Enterprises as part of their "audiophile-grade" Acoustic Sounds series.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic reviewer Richie Unterberger gave the album 3 stars out of 5, calling it "One of her most pop-oriented albums, but also one of her best and most consistent."[1] He added, "There are really fine tunes and interpretations, on which Simone gives an edge to the potentially fey pop songs, taking a sudden (but not uncharacteristic) break for a straight jazz instrumental with 'Blues on Purpose.'"[1]

In 2017, NPR placed it at number 3 on the "150 Greatest Albums Made by Women" list.[7] Writing for NPR, Audie Cornish called it "the closest you'll ever hear her come to pop."[7]

Track listing[edit]

1."I Put a Spell on You"Jalacy Hawkins2:34
2."Tomorrow Is My Turn"Charles Aznavour, Marcel Stellman, Yves Stéphane2:48
3."Ne me quitte pas"Jacques Brel3:34
4."Marriage Is for Old Folks"Leon Carr, Earl Shuman3:29
5."July Tree"Irma Jurist, Eve Merriam2:41
6."Gimme Some"Andy Stroud2:57
7."Feeling Good"Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley2:53
8."One September Day"Rudy Stevenson2:48
9."Blues on Purpose"Rudy Stevenson3:16
10."Beautiful Land"Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley1:54
11."You've Got to Learn"Charles Aznavour, Marcel Stellman2:41
12."Take Care of Business"Andy Stroud2:03


Credits adapted from liner notes.


Chart (1965) Peak
US Billboard 200[3][8] 99
UK Albums (OCC)[4] 18
Chart (2020) Peak
US Traditional Jazz Albums[9] 10


  1. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie. "I Put a Spell on You - Nina Simone". AllMusic. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Wallace, Carvell (July 30, 2016). "Nina Simone: I Put a Spell on You". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Nina Simone - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Nina Simone". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "Nina Simone - Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Helfet, Gabriela (September 27, 2020). "Nina Simone's I Put A Spell On You and Pastel Blues reissued in "audiophile-grade" editions". The Vinyl Factory. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Turning The Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women 10-1". NPR. July 24, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Nina Simone - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on March 23, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Nina Simone - Traditional Jazz Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2021.

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