"Let It All Out" is one of Nina Simone's more adult pop-oriented mid-'60s albums, with renditions of tunes by Duke Ellington ("Mood Indigo"), Billie Holiday ("Don't Explain"), Irving Berlin ("This Year's Kisses"), and Rodgers & Hart ("Little Girl Blue").
As ever, Simone ranges wide in her selection: Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of Hollis Brown," a swaggering adaptation of "Chauffeur Blues" (credited to her husband of the time, Andy Stroud), the gospel hymn "Nearer Blessed Lord," and Van McCoy's "For Myself." "Images" is an a cappella adaptation of a poem about the beauty of blackness by Waring Cuney. All of Simone's Philips albums are solid, and this is no exception, while it isn't the best of them.
"Love Me or Leave Me" and "Mood Indigo" were also featured on Simone's debut album "Little Girl Blue" (1958); these are new performances and different arrangements.
|The Other Woman||3:02|
|Love Me Or Leave Me||4:05|
|Little Girl Blue||2:32|
|The Ballad Of Hollis Brown||4:55|
|This Year's Kisses||2:58|
|Nearer Blessed Lord||4:30|
Nina Simone - Let It All Out (1965)
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