Wild Is the Wind (album)

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Wild Is the Wind
Studio album by
Released16 September 1966
RecordedNew York City, 1964-1965
GenreJazz, blues, folk, R&B
ProducerHal Mooney
Nina Simone chronology
Let It All Out
Wild Is the Wind
High Priestess of Soul
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Wild Is the Wind is jazz singer-songwriter and pianist Nina Simone's sixth album for Philips Records. The album was compiled from several recordings that were left over from sessions (in 1964 and 1965) for previous Philips albums.[3]


The album was a Billboard magazine "special merit pick" on release, with the reviewer commenting: "Simone ... sets up an exceptional romantic mood that offers top listening delight".[4]

The song "Four Women" was released as a single, and gained attention when banned by the New York jazz focused radio station WLIB due to concern over the lyrics.[5]

Simone first recorded "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" in 1955, in Philadelphia with a strings arrangement and was not intended for release at the time. (In 1970 that version appeared on the album Gifted & Black.) In April 1964 she went into a New York Studio with her band, and on the second day in the studio, she recorded the version of "Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair" that would appear on Wild Is The Wind. For the song, Simone only wanted a minimal accompaniment with her playing the piano and a bass drone. Lisle Atkinson [describes] what he was asked to do during his time in Nina Simone’s band: “She wanted the least amount of complication as possible—roots and 5’s, nothing too slick. I have to give Nina credit for being aware that I could bow, and she utilized it a lot. She had me playing a lot of arco in performances.”[6][better source needed]

"Wild Is The Wind" was covered by David Bowie on his 1976 studio recording Station to Station.

"Lilac Wine" was covered by Jeff Buckley on his album Grace (1994).

The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[7] The album was also rated the 5th best album of the 1960s by Pitchfork.[8]

Track listing[edit]

1."I Love Your Lovin' Ways"
2."Four Women"Nina Simone4:24
3."What More Can I Say"
4."Lilac Wine"James Shelton4:13
5."That's All I Ask"Ott2:28
6."Break Down and Let It All Out"Van McCoy2:37
7."Why Keep On Breaking My Heart"
  • Benjamin
  • Marcus
8."Wild Is the Wind"6:56
9."Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair"Traditional3:24
10."If I Should Lose You"3:56
11."Either Way I Lose"McCoy2:43
Total length:39:05


Chart 1966 Peak position
Billboard 200 110[9]
Billboard R&B Chart 12[9]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Wallace, Carvell (July 30, 2016). "Nina Simone: Wild Is the Wind". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  3. ^ Richie Unterberger. "Wild Is the Wind - Nina Simone". allmusic.com. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "Album Reviews - Special Merit Picks". Billboard: 38. July 2, 1966. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  5. ^ George Brown (December 14, 1966). "San Juan Entertainment". The Virgin Islands Daily News. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, by Nina Simone", The Music Aficionado, September 19, 2016.
  7. ^ ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (March 12, 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  8. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1960s | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  9. ^ a b "Nina Simone". AllMusic. Retrieved March 15, 2012.

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