Nina at the Village Gate

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Nina Simone at the Village Gate
Live album by
ReleasedJanuary 15, 1962 (1962-01-15)
VenueThe Village Gate, New York City
Genre Vocal, jazz, blues, folk
CP 421 (mono), SCP 421 (stereo)
ProducerCal Lampey
Nina Simone chronology
Forbidden Fruit
Nina Simone at the Village Gate
Nina Simone Sings Ellington
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Gaslight Records9.5/10 stars [2]

Nina Simone at the Village Gate is an album by singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone. 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.[3]

Use in media[edit]

  • "Just in Time" was used at the end of the movie Before Sunset (2004).

Critical reception[edit]

The record received a glowing response when reviewed in 2012 by Gaslight Records, being given a rating of 9.5/10. The reviewer highlighted the "rawness of the recording technique", stating that it catches the "incredible atmosphere" of the nightclub and succeeds in presenting "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] AllMusic's reviewer stated that "Nina Simone, who was always in a category by herself, is heard throughout in her early prime," and that she "has the rare ability of really being able to dig into material and bring out unexpected meaning in familiar lyrics."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Just in Time"6:34
2."He Was Too Good to Me"4:52
3."House of the Rising Sun"
4."Bye Bye Blackbird" (instrumental)8:15
Side two
5."Brown Baby"Oscar Brown5:46
6."Zungo"Babatunde Olatunji3:00
7."If He Changed My Name"Robert MacGimsey3:58
8."Children Go Where I Send You" (arranged by Nina Simone)Traditional7:45
Total length:44:47



  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Album review". Gaslight Records. 2 January 2012. Archived from the original on 24 February 2015.
  3. ^ 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