A hefty new release of live material from Nina Simone’s long history playing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Collecting tracks from five appearances at the festival between 1968 to 1990, this 2LP collection shows the arc of her career, but also the consistent power of her voice, piano playing, and staunch politics!
From the press release: Nina Simone: The Montreux Years is released as part of a brand new Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG collection series “The Montreux Years"
The collections uncover legendary performances by the world’s most iconic artists alongside rare and never-before-released recordings from the festival’s rich 55-year history, remastered in superlative audio. Each collection is accompanied by exclusive liner notes and previously unseen photography
Simone’s multi-faceted and radical story is laid bare on ‘Nina Simone: The Montreux Years’. From Nina’s glorious and emotional 1968 performance to her fiery and unpredictable concert in 1976, one of the festival’s most remarkable performances ever witnessed, the collection includes recordings from all ofher five legendary Montreux concerts – 1968, 1976, 1981, 1987 and 1990
Featuring rare and previously unreleased material from Claude Nobs’ private collection, Nina Simone devotees worldwide will be thrilled by the inclusion of the powerful I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, poignant and fearless Four Women and Simone’s hauntingly beautiful performance of Ne Me Quitte Pas.