Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul, Gets Remixed & Reimagined

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"She is one of pop's first and greatest divas" - Entertainment Weekly, 2005
"In the 1960s, no black woman was more gangsta than Nina Simone" – NPR, 2005

RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAIN­MENT, teams up with producer Scott Schlachter (of New York-based dance/electronic music imprints C&S, Adrenalin and Topaz Records) to present the maiden release of a new series, REMIXED & REIMAGINED.

This brand-new collection includes many of Nina Simone's most definitive works from her RCA Records recording period (1967–1974), reinvented by some of contemporary dance and electronic music's best producers, including Francóis K., Tony Humprhies, Mocean Worker, Coldcut, Nickodemus, Groovefinder, Madison Park & Lenny B., Chris Coco, DJ Logic, Organica, and more. Other legendary Legacy artists will appear with their own Remixed & Reimagined titles in the months to come.

Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon) established herself as the preeminent "self-invented" Black American singer, songwriter, pianist and outspoken activist. Although generally classified as a jazz artist/musician (which she despised), Nina covered a diverse range of influences -- from blues, soul, R&B, classical, Broadway musicals, folk, African, European pop to gospel. Her music carries a distinctive trademark that defies simple categorization, and she remains one of the most significant voices of the 20th Century.

Simone seduced (and often provoked) the world with such classics as "My Baby Just Cares for Me," "Love Me or Leave Me," "Feeling Good," "Ne Me Quitte Pas," "To Be Young Gifted And Black," "Do I Move You," House of the Rising Sun," "I Put a Spell on You," "Here Comes the Sun," "Four Women," "I Shall Be Released," "To Love Somebody," "O-o-oh Child," and "Ain't Got No/I Got Life." The latter track from the musical Hair reached No. 2 in the UK charts in 1968.

altREMIXED & REIMAGINED assembles a cross section of these stand-out selections from Nina's RCA Records period, namely those titles that sparked the imagination of the club world. Her music and life struck a powerful chord with the emerging club underground that was simmering in New York and Chicago during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s post-disco era. Fueled largely by the gay and multi-ethnic minorities that pioneered the movement, the flourishing subculture -- and soon-to-be global dance music revolution -- embraced Simone's music and message. The DJs and dancefloor denizens related to her authenticity and inspiring words of liberation, empowerment, equality, passion and love. Providing a voice for the disenfranchised, Simone channeled her beliefs through music which could uplift and motivate.

But it wasn't just Nina's soul-stirring songs that transfixed clubgoers, it was also the blistering funk, fiery gospel, tribal African rhythms and underpinning soul jazz grooves that ignited the dancefloor. It wasn't uncommon to hear songs like "See Line Woman," "Westwind," "Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter," "O-o-oh Child," "African Mailman," the reggae-tinged "Baltimore" or "To Be Young Gifted And Black" (many of which are included on this release) reverberating on sound systems at seminal dance clubs like New York's Paradise Garage, The Loft, The Gallery and Better Days, New Jersey's Club Zanzibar or Chicago's Music Box and The Warehouse.

Influential DJs like Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, Francois K., David Mancuso, Nicky Siano, Ron Hardy, Tee Scott – who championed musical diversity and experimentation -- regularly featured these tracks in their sets.

Since her untimely death on April 21, 2003, Nina's vast and vibrant catalog (which spans over three decades) has experienced several resurgences courtesy of film and motion picture soundtracks (Point of No Return, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Bourne Identity and The Dancer Upstairs), placements on award-winning TV shows (Six Feet Under, 24 and Scrubs), commercial advertisements, video games, compilations (namely the Verve Remixed collection) and remixes – most notably, Groovefinder's platinum-selling UK Top 30 remix for "Ain't Got No/I Got Life" (from the musical production Hair and featured on her 1968 RCA album Nuff Said!), which is included on this collection.

Alongside Groovefinder's sweltering big beat ‘60s pop re-rub of "Ain't Got No/I Got Life," REMIXED & REIMAGINED also includes reconstructions from famed dance/electronic music icon Francóis K. (whose incandescent reworking of "Here Comes the Sun" channels the introspective electro-jazz house nuances of classic Mr. Fingers/Larry Heard), influential cut-up beat reconstructionists/Ninja Tunes recording artists Coldcut (aka Matt Black and Jonathan More), soulful "Jersey" House music mastermind Tony Humphries (of Club Zanzibar), and electronic sophisticate Mocean Worker (who tastefully recasts Nina's derisive "Go To Hell" into a irresistible hip-shaker laced with funky breaks and mesmerizing sound effects).

Dreamy dance pop duo Madison Park and versatile House music producer Lenny B. collectively reinvent "The Look of Love" into a radiant late night seduction. Veteran NYC hip hop, funk and modern soul DJ/producer/remixer and Giant Step/Turntables on The Hudson mixmaster Nickodemus transforms "O-o-oh Child" into a colorful rollicking anthem reminding you just how blissful life can be. Newcomer Daniel Yaghoubi injects Simone's haunting rendition of "I Can't See Nobody" with a sumptuous backdrop of midtempo hip hop beats and lush orchestration that updates this classic for the chill-out generation. And DJ Logic delivers a spiritually-charged remix of "Obeah Woman" that soars with rousing keys and propulsive back beats which create a transcendent insurrection that rivals the original.

REMIXED & REIMAGINED is set to rekindle the world's fascination with the celebrated High Priestess of Soul. It is a powerful reminder of the gifts she bestowed to a generation of music lovers to uncover, embrace and share. It is also a homage to her music and life, which deeply impacted and inspired the global dance community.

This title follows the January 2006 release of two expanded editions from Simone on RCA/Legacy, Nina Simone Sings the Blues and Silk And Soul, and the new compilation Forever Young Gifted And Black: Songs of Freedom and Spirit. In September of 2005, The Soul of Nina Simone arrived in stores from RCA/Legacy and has the distinction of being the first newly-created compilation released on DualDisc.

For further information on REMIXED & REIMAGINED contact:

Judy Miller Silverman, Motormouth Media



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Re: .Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul, Gets Remixed & Reimagined
Hamattan posted on 10-25-2006, 09:17:06 AM
Nina Simon rank among rare musical giants that walk this earth once in a lifetime.
Her soulful voice carries the message of any lyric with such clearity you almost live through it. I have always collected Nina's works from my days as a young producer with FRCN. Bringing back this graet Diva' works in remix form is a great idea, and I cant wait to lay my hands on it.
Re: .Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul, Gets Remixed & Reimagined
Ajibs posted on 10-25-2006, 10:30:21 AM
Why do I want to win the CD????

Haba NVS / Giantstep...simple! A couple of reasons....

1. I am a Nigerian and by nature I like anything FOC, who no like FOC???

2. Nina Simone...yikes let me not betray my age, but who is she? So let me get the CD and find out!

3. I like a diversity in my musical collection so why not!

4. If NPR callers her "gangsta" its worth owning a copy!

5. last but not the least...maybe she fit teach me how to chake ma botty old school original sti-le! Ala James Brown moves and more...?
Re: .Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul, Gets Remixed & Reimagined
Soul Sista posted on 10-25-2006, 19:32:47 PM
Why do I want to win a CD.

1. Awoof no get master. If it is free, I want it.

2. I love Nina Simone's music.

3. I want to build up my music collection and it is expensive to do so. This free gift will give me a leg up.

4. If you have a lot, you should be willing to share, so give me. Unto whom much is given, much is expected.

5. I am among the first couple of people to ask so it shows that I really want it. You should reward my diligence. Equity aids the vigilant and not the indolent.

6. Nina Simone is an institution, I want to associate with her vicariously through her music. Success has many friends, failure is an orphan.

Thank you. I hope you will consider my request in good faith. May the best people win.

Soul Sista a/k/a Soul Sizzling
Re: .Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul, Gets Remixed & Reimagined
Buki posted on 10-25-2006, 19:35:36 PM
"...like Nina Simone/I be defeca*&^g on your microphone" - anyone remember that line? lauryn Hill sang it on a fugees track. I didn't know about Nina Simone then but I thought that line was tight! Then one christmas, a friend gave me the 'The very best of Nina Simone - sugar in my bowl 1967 - 1972' and 'The Tomato Collection' with an assorted tea pack. It was the best christmas present I got that year - Dec. 1999.

I brewed a cup of tea and put in the first disc and when she belted out the first line of the song 'My man's gone now' I was hooked! She sang with such a depth of passion it was amazing! She was not afraid to be vulnerable and open on her songs and 30+ years later you could still feel the passion and emotions in the song. I still have those CDs today.

With that said, I would looooovveee to have this CD and see if there really is a way to improve on greatness, or at the very least to re-interpret it.
Re: .Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul, Gets Remixed & Reimagined
Abraxas posted on 10-25-2006, 20:00:59 PM
Hi!

Honestly, I do not like Nina Simone's music. However, if this is a remixed version of her songs, then, hopefully, there is a good chance that she might impress me this time around. Who knows?

That is why I badly need a copy of this new improved Nina Simone CD. Please ensure that I am one of the lucky 10 winners, or else ...

Actualy, I lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ve Nina Simone's soulful music.
(Na lie I dey lie, ke). Now, evribodi hands op! ... Spread eagle! ... Give me my Nina Simone CD, kia-kia!

(
Ehen, okada pilot, full speed ahead. I beg, jo, give me second bez, ojare, before overtake go come overtake overtake. Bye-bye)

Muchas gracias.

Don Juan Carlos ABRAXAS (III)
Re: .Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul, Gets Remixed & Reimagined
Anike posted on 10-25-2006, 20:30:37 PM
Because Nina Simone is the Queen of African Classical Music and I am the princess. I need to win the CD. Because I love freebies. Because, though I have heard the name, I've never consciously listened to her song and what sort of princess does that make me? Because I love soul music. Because.... I want it and I deserve it and also because... I wish I knew why anyone else should get it.
Re: .Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul, Gets Remixed & Reimagined
Emj posted on 10-25-2006, 22:07:41 PM
QUOTE:
REMIXED & REIMAGINED is set to rekindle the world’s fascination with the celebrated High Priestess of Soul. It is a powerful reminder of the gifts she bestowed to a generation of music lovers to uncover, embrace and share. It is also a homage to her music and life, which deeply impacted and inspired the global dance community.


Sincerely Simone's face seems familiar.........maybe a lost descendant.........she reminds me of my late mum........they look so much alike.......that i believe is the Huge reason why i shld get a Free copy of the Remixed and Reimagined CD with free shipping.
Re: .Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul, Gets Remixed & Reimagined
Iseoluwa posted on 10-26-2006, 05:05:30 AM
i am hearing about her for the ifrst time, hope that is why i would like to win the cd
Re: .Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul, Gets Remixed & Reimagined
Oluyemisi posted on 10-26-2006, 06:27:54 AM
Why I want a Nina Simone CD.

I've been hearing about Nina Simone for a while but I did not get listen to her until after another musician by the name of Talib Kweli sampled her song Four Women. I quickly got my hands the original song and I have been hooked on her ever since.
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Ehh posted on 10-26-2006, 12:41:59 PM
Yes!Mine is the tenth response.Here's hoping it will be a first come first served basis.I love Nina Simone,even though the only song of hers that I'm really familiar with is 'My Baby Just Cares For Me'.I am a big fan of that style of song which to the greater part of my generation is unknown.The fusion of R&B,jazz and soul is amazing.Plus, the woman's voice is fantastic.So,having said all that, may I have a CD please?
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