NINA SIMONE, TO BE FREE

The lady could do it all: blues, pop, soul, gospel, jazz. This three-CD-and-one-DVD set spans her 30-plus-year career and includes eight previously unreleased tracks and a slew of sublime live recordings, such as an 18-minute cover of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord."

Nina Simone, To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story [RCA/Legacy]

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The lady could do it all: blues, pop, soul, gospel, jazz. This three-CD-and-one-DVD set spans her 30-plus-year career and includes eight previously unreleased tracks and a slew of sublime live recordings, such as an 18-minute cover of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord." Matt Hendrickson

Simone performing "Ain't Got No, I Got Life" in Harlem in 1969

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