Here Comes the Sun (album)
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|Here Comes the Sun|
|Studio album by Nina Simone|
|Recorded||RCA Victor's Studio B New York City February 9/12/17 1971|
|Genre||Jazz, blues, African folk|
|Producer||Harold Wheeler, Nat Shapiro|
|Nina Simone chronology|
It features songs recorded in the RCA studios with a full orchestra and backing vocals. Although Simone covers songs by Bob Dylan and The Beatles, among others, most of the versions feature arrangements substantially different from the original recordings. This is most clearly in the final song "My Way", which with its fast pacing rhythm deviates significantly from the usual interpretations.
- "Here Comes the Sun" (George Harrison) - 3:37
- "Just Like a Woman" (Bob Dylan) - 4:53
- "O-o-h Child" (Stan Vincent) - 3:22
- "Mr. Bojangles" (Jerry Jeff Walker) - 5:03
- "Just Like a Woman", a song by Bob Dylan. In the last verse Simone changes the original third person perspective into first person.
- "O-O-H Child", a song originally by The Five Stairsteps
- "My Way", an adaptation by Paul Anka of the French song "Comme d'habitude", written by Claude François and Jacques Revaux. Simone's self-arranged version features up-tempo backing instruments (especially drums and conga) and angelic backing vocals. It is different from other interpretations in its fast-pacing rhythm and African influence.
- "Angel of the Morning" was included in the album when fellow Juilliard alumnus, Guitarist Bill Aken recommended it to her. She asked Aken to do an arrangement on the song similar to the one he had done for Elvis the year before on "You've Lost That Loving Feeling."
- The song "Tell It Like It Is" was also recorded during the sessions but not released till 1998 on the compilation The Very Best of Nina Simone: Sugar in My Bowl 1967–1972.