“Wild Is the Wind,” Nina Simone’s sixth Philips recording, is disarmingly and unrelentingly intimate, encompassing eleven tracks that display compelling consistency in mood, delivery and production. Sensitive arrangements, restrained piano playing and rich, tightly stripped vocals characterize this outstanding album, which also includes Simone’s stirring original “Four Women.”
On “Wild Is The Wind,” the singer and pianist has impressively demonstrated her versatility. The repertoire – compiled from previously unreleased recordings she had already made in 1964 / 65 – ranged from the minimalist title track to the traditional folk song “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair” to the song “Four Women”, written by Nina herself, which was not allowed to be played on the radio at the time. in 2020, the album was included by Rolling Stone in its list of the “500 greatest albums of all time”.
Verve Acoustic Sounds series: mastered entirely in analog by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original tapes, QPR pressing (180 g), sturdy tip-on gatefold (Stoughton Printing), padded inner sleeve.