1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

924. Wild is the Wind – Nina Simone

Brief Background: Wild Is the Wind is and album of leftover recordings that were recorded between 1964 and 1965.

What I think: This album was a godsend after eleven straight rock albums. Don’t get me wrong I love the rock, but you’d think nothing else happened in 1966 except rock n’ roll in an increasingly psychedelic manner. Simone’s songs are all great here. She has sort of a soul vocal placed over jazzy instrumentation. My favorites are “Lillac Wine”, “If I should Lose You” and the heartbreaking “Either Way I Lose”.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m actually surprised to see an out-takes album here, especially one that seems to inspire a love/hate relationship between listeners,  but I think it belongs. It certainly shows illustrates some variety in its time period.

Rating (Out of 5):4

Amazon Review (Out of 5):3

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (60/78)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%


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