ROIO of the Week
[Recordings of Indeterminate Origin]

A Single Woman

No one dared more. With a full gospel choir from the Bethany Baptist Church roaring behind her, Nina Simone is singing My Sweet Lord in front of American GIs when she breaks into a poem Today Is A Killer where she insinuates, bit by bit, line by line until suddenly we are at the end. Then she abruptly concludes that "you Lord, are the killer". You can buy that 1971 show on the album Emergency Ward. But this 1977 concert we are sharing today, also deserves to be heard. This rare concert by Nina Simone is offered to celebrate International Women's Day, March 8.



Click on the panels to download artwork



Nina Simone
At Drury Lane 1977 [no label 1CD]
Live at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, England, December 1977.

"I attended a Nina Simone concert at the Drury Lane Theatre in London in December, 1977. Nina played and sang to an ecstatic, packed house. It was clearly evident why her concerts have always been regarded by critics and audiences as an 'experience'.

"A month later, I went to Brussels to produce this Nina Simone recording."

- Producer, musician, record label owner Creed Taylor writing in his liner notes to the original album, Baltimore, by Nina Simone. Released March 15, 1978.

Nina Simone was fresh off the boat in London in 1977. Disappointed with the civil rights movement in America, the temperamental singer had left to live in self-imposed exile in Europe where she remained till her death in Carry-le-Rouet, France in April, 2003.

Simone was not any interpreter of songs but breathed life into them making them autobiographies of her own experience. She was a fierce feminist, a champion for black pride and politically incorrect before the term was invented. There is at least one four-letter expletive in this concert and a comment on gays, unheard of coming from a woman performer at the time. This show at Drury Lane is like a summary of who Simone was - performer, artist, lover, feminist, militant and friend.

She opens this concert with the traditional gospel Balm In Gilead, a song about healing and her own search for renewal in a foreign land.

There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole,
there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul...
Sometimes I get discouraged to think my work's in vain
But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again

The audience are ecstatic when she launches into a scathing attack on the Hall And Oates' pop song Rich Girl, transforming it into class struggle ["It's so easy to hurt others when you can't feel pain... ain't it?"] with the punchline "You're a rich girl and you know you've gone too far". Her voice shrieks our outrage, something totally missing in the original context of the pop song.

There is also a song about prejudice in Turning Point about a young white girl's innocent question to invite her black classmate home. Suddenly it becomes a race issue, "that terrible disease that's in the world today". Brecht-Weill's Pirate Jenny about slaves and slavers turns prejudice over to see the other side - the African-American's anger. The slave is waiting for the Black Ship to dock and take her away. While The Other Woman is read from a feminist point of view - why should women fight over a man?

The final three songs offer a light on Simone's personal quest that people must change first before systems, bureaucracies and governments can. In spite of all the gnashing and growling and pounding on the piano, Simone closes the show on a positive note for hope and healing.

Her rejoinder to all the obstacles in life is this, a list of positives:

I got my tongue, I got my chin
I got my neck, I got my tits
I got my heart, I got my soul
I got my back, I got my sex

We can still punch our fists in the air.

There were none of her popular songs performed this evening - no To Love Somebody, Young, Gifted and Black or Mississippi Goddam. Simone has never played an oldies show despite her reputation as a late-night lounge singer. Her on-stage banter, her love for improvising the lyrics and her emotional performance all made her so genuine as a person.

This Capital radio show was broadcast on November 10, 1978. It is probably the show that Creed Taylor saw before he recorded Simone's Baltimore album. Of that album, Simone had this to say, "The material was not my personal choice, and I had no say whatsoever in the selection of songs. It was all done before I could make any decisions." No one dared as much as she did. - Professor Red

Note: Thanks to wonderboy for sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site and to TitoPuente for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released.

 
Track 01 Balm In Gilead (5.8MB)
Track 02 Balm In Gilead [reprise] (2.7MB)
Track 03 Rich Girl (4.6MB)
Track 04 Little Girl Blue (7.6MB)
Track 05 The Other Woman (7.0MB)
Track 06 Turning Point (4.6MB)
Track 07 Pirate Jenny (6.6MB)
Track 08 Pirate Jenny [reprise] (4.6MB)
Track 09 Everything Must Change (8.1MB)
Track 10 That's All I Want From You (10.5MB)
Track 11 Ain't Got No/ I Got Life (5.1MB)

Nina Simone accompanies herself on piano. Several of the songs here [Balm In Gilead, Rich Girl, Everything Must Change and That's All I Want From You] are from her 1978 album, Baltimore [CTI], released March 15, 1978.

Click on the link to order Nina Simone albums.




For more... email [email protected] with the message, "Put me on your mailing list."


 
March 7, 2007









 

FOR MORE:

Dylan Hears A Who!
click here (open)

Neil Young
Nagoya 1976
click here (open)

Maria Muldaur
Denver 1974
click here (open)

Neil Young
Norfolk 1973
click here (open)

Various
Warrior Heart Of The Velvet Underground
click here (open)

Carole King
Boston
click here (open)

Norah Jones
Paris 2007
click here (open)

Tom Waits
Akron 2006
click here (open)

Neil Young
Last Album
click here (open)

Joni Mitchell
Mississippi River Festival 1969
click here (open)

McCoy Tyner
Tokyo 1972
click here (open)

Corinne Bailey Rae
New Pop Festival 2006
click here (open)

Neil Young
New York 1974
click here
(open)

Joe McPhee
New York 2005
click here

Bonnie Prince Billy
Edinburgh 2006
click here

Eric Clapton
Hong Kong 2007
click here

Paul Rodgers' Peace
BBC 1971
click here

Gamelan Shokbreker
London 2006
click here

Alice Coltrane
UCLA 2006
click here

Led Zeppelin
Texas 1969
click here

Traffic
Fillmore West 1970
click here

Wolf Eyes with
Anthony Braxton
Quebec 2005
click here

Eric Clapton
Osaka Nov 14, 2006
click here

Nerina Pallot
Baden-Baden 2006
click here

The Dresden Dolls
Austria 2006
click here

John Zorn
Derek Bailey Tribute
click here

The Who
Amsterdam 1969
click here

John Coltrane
Temple University 1966
click here

Wolfmother
Sydney 2005
click here

Chris Stamey, et al
A Stamey Christmas
click here

Eric Clapton
Osaka, Nov 12, 2006
click here

Beck, Bogart & Appice
Rainbow 1974
click here

Lou Reed
Brooklyn 2006
click here

Aimee Mann
KCRW 2006
click here

Procol Harum
Hollywood Bowl 1973
click here

Sonny Rollins
Austria 1966
click here

Beck
KCRW 2006
click here

Derek And The Dominos
Cincinnati 1970
click here

Randy Newman
San Francisco 1972
click here

Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Ensemble
Italy 2006
click here

Ornette Coleman
Carnegie Hall 2006
click here

Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Unreleased
click here

Sufjan Stevens
Portland 2006
click here

Various
Santa's Boots
click here

Arab Strap
Malmo 2006
click here

John Prine
The 5th Peg
click here

TV On The Radio
Birmingham, AL 2006
click here

Miles Davis
Rainbow Theatre 1973
click here

Bob Dylan
Plymouth 1975
click here

Miles Davis
Fillmore 1970
click here

Patti Smith
The Last Show
click here

TV On The Radio
KEXP 2006
click here

Various
The Sound Of Musique
click here

Eric Clapton
Rehearsals 1997
click here

Herbie Hancock
50th Anniversary Concert
click here

Dave Gilmour
Gdansk 2006
click here

Blondie
Old Waldorf 1977
click here

Guns N' Roses
Boston 2002
click here

Eric Clapton
Jersey City 1974
click here

Slayer
Holland 1985
click here

Slayer
Chicago 2006
click here

Talking Heads
Jabberwocky 1977
click here

Lowell George
WHFS 1974
click here

Bill Evans
New York
click here

M Ward
KCRW 2006
click here

Cat Power
KCRW 2006
click here

The Ramones
914 Sessions
click here

Eric Clapton
Orchestra Night 1990
click here

Patti Smith
San Diego 1978
click here

Radiohead
Berlin, Sept 11, 2001
click here

The Clash
Hong Kong 1982
click here

Nirvana
Tokyo 1992
click here

Nirvana
Melbourne 1992
click here

John Zorn's Masada
Taipei 1996
click here

Neil Young
Living With War Live
click here

Deep Purple
Jakarta 1975
click here

New Order
Wellington, NZ, 1982
click here

Michael Jackson
Brunei 1996
click here

Peaches
Toronto 2006
click here

Mike Oldfield
Tubular Bells Live
click here

Van Der Graaf Generator
The Killer Lives
click here

Klaus Schulze
Dune Tour Rehearsals 1979
click here

Stomu Yamashta's Go
Europe 1976
click here

Kraftwerk
Bremen Radio 1971
click here

Erika Stucky's Low Life
Bremen 2006
click here

The Flaming Lips
Stockholm 2006
click here

Camille
Black Session 2006
click here

Slow Music Project
Largo 2006
click here

Roger Waters
Verona 2006
click here

Kyu
Tokyo 2005
click here

Anna Ternheim
Hamburg 2006
click here

Green Zone
Tokyo 2006
click here

Dave Gilmour
Manchester 2006
click here

Keren Ann
Artrock Festival
click here

Bruce Springsteen
Sold On Song
click here

Black Sabbath
San Jose 1999
click here

Branford Marsalis
Live At Ronnie Scott's
click here

Various
A Coltrane Serenade
click here

David Murray Octet
Plays Trane
click here

Death/Voor
Demos
click here

Dark Tranquillity
Hultsfred 2005
click here

Turbonegro
Hultsfred 2005
click here

Rolling Stones
Live'R Than You'll Ever Be
click here

Nikki Sudden
Berlin 2006
click here

Pink Floyd
Best Of Tour '72
click here

Led Zeppelin
For The Benefit Of Anyone Who Was Making A Bootleg
click here

Various
Coca-Cola
Commercials
Part 2
click here

Various
Coca-Cola Commercials
click here

Santana-John McLaughlin
A Live Supreme
click here

Pearl Jam
World Wide Suicide
click here

Neil Young
Tonight's The Night Demos
click here

Robert Wyatt
Un Certo Discorso
click here

Jackson Browne
Jabberwocky Club
click here

James Taylor
Fillmore East 1971
click here

James Blunt
Mermaid Theatre
click here

John Denver
KRHM, Los Angeles
click here

Arctic Monkeys
Koeln 2006
click here

Linda Ronstadt
Keeping Out Of Mischief
click here

Keiji Haino & Coil
Play The Blues
click here

The Smashing Pumpkins
The Complete Machina2
click here

Derek Bailey/John Zorn
Tonic 2001
click here

Shinobu Goto
Sampler
click here

Ryan Adams
Destroyer
click here

Lou Reed And Zeitkratzer
Metal Machine Music Live!
click here

Arcade Fire
First Avenue
click here

Derek Bailey & Ruins
London 1997
click here

Jill Sobule
Nashville
click here

Peter Gabriel
Passion Outtakes
click here

Joni Mitchell and James Taylor
Royal Albert Hall 1970
click here

Laura Nyro
Fillmore East 1970
click here

Wilco
Montreal 2005
click here

John Lennon
You Should'a
Been There
click here

Anthony Braxton Standards Quartet
click here

Charlie Haden
Liberation
Music Orchestra
click here

Black Sabbath
Asbury Park 1975
click here

The White Stripes
Glastonbury
click here

Iron And Wine with Calexico
click here

The Magic Numbers
Hultsfred Festival 2005
click here

Robert Fripp & Brian Eno
John Peel's Top Gear
click here

Pink Floyd
BBC Archives
click here

V Fest 2005
(The Magic Numbers, Doves, Zutons)
click here

Laura Veirs
Railway Inn
Winchester, UK
click here

Devendra Banhart
Live @ France's Inter White Session
click here

Bruce Springsteen
Singin' Our Birthday Song
click here

Pink Pumpkins/Smashing Floyd
A Comfortable Hum
click here

Sufjan Stevens
Live At The Triple Door
click here

Douglas Ewart, Wadada Leo Smith, Jeff Parker, Hamid Drake
12th Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada
Sept 10, 2005
click here

The New
Pornographers
Live At The Triple Door
click here

The Band
Tombstone: The Lost Album
click here

The Bee Gees
A Kick In The Head Is Worth Eight In The Pants
click here

Steely Dan
The Lost Gaucho
click here

Grateful Dead
At Soldier's Field
(July 9, 1995, Chicago)
click here

Elvis Presley
A Stranger In My Own Home Town: The Other Side Of Elvis
click here

Led Zeppelin
Pb
click here

Pink Floyd
Time In London
click here

Coca-Cola Commercials
click here

Secret Machines
Chicago 2005
click here

Mirror/Dash
Tolbooth, Stirling, Scotland 2005
click here

Coldplay - Koko Camden, London 2005
click here

Lambchop - Tanz-und Folkfest Rudolstadt, Germany 2004
click here

M.I.A. - Radio Show
click here

Various - Hippocamp Ruins Pet Sounds
click here

Jimmy Page's Lucifer Rising
click here

Brian Eno's Music For Glitterbug
click here

Jon Anderson's Lord Of The Rings: The Unreleased Yes Songs
click here

Mal Waldron's The Cool World Soundtrack
click here

The Fearless Freaks, feauring the Flaming Lips
click here

Vangelis - The Complete Blade Runner Soundtrack (selected tracks)
click here

Sonic Youth - Plays Stan Brakhage
click here

R.E.M.'s Ahoy Rotterdam 2005
click here

Bright Eyes - 9.30 Club Washington DC (Jan 29, 2005)
click here

Led Zeppelin And The Bombay Orchestra's Led Zeppelin In India: The Lost Sessions Vol 2 - Bombay Magic
click here

Neil Young's Chrome Dreams (Rust Edition)
click here

The Who - Orchestral Tommy; The Who - Tommy At The Metropolitan Opera House; Calexico - Lee's Place; Prince - Fillmore; Ian Dury - Rare Boots & Panties; Eric Clapton - Philadelphia 2004
click here

Patti Smith's E-Werk, Cologne, Germany, July 17, 2004
click here

Elvis Presley's Finding The Way Home
click here

The Carpenters' More Offerings
click here

Dave Douglas' Speaking Truth To Power Modern Music Protest
click here

Neil Young's Last Album
click here

Elvis Presley's Desert Storm
click here

Frank Sinatra's Historic Oakland Concert
click here

Radiohead's Black Tuesday
click here

Neil Young's I'm Happy That Y'All Came Down
click here

Beck, Bogert & Appice's Good Bye Lady
click here

Wilco's The YHF Demos
click here

David Bowie's The Rise And Rise Of Ziggy Stardust
click here

Miles Davis' The Complete Live At The Cellar Door
click here

Pink Floyd's Brain Damaged Empire
click here