'Nina Simone - Live at Montreux 1976'
(Nina Simone, et al / DVD / NR / 2006 / Eagle Eye Media)
Overview: Nina Simone was one of the great female vocalists of the 20th Century. She was equally at home singing jazz, blues, soul, gospel or pure pop. Hugely prolific throughout the fifties, sixties and seventies, she recorded only rarely in her later career, but remained a major live performer until well into the nineties when, becoming increasingly frail, she retired to France where she died in 2003 at the age of 70.
DVD Verdict: Nina Simone made four appearances at the Montreux Festival between 1968 and 1990. This DVD features the whole performance from 1976 as the main feature and is supplemented by bonus features of two tracks from her concert in 1987 and four from her final show in 1990. Trust me, this is truly the definitive Nina Simone Live At Montreux DVD featuring one of the greatest female vocalists of the 20th Century. This DVD exudes the kind of raw emotion and power Nina Simone was known for. Featuring many of her finest songs, such as 'Little Girl Blue,' 'My Baby Just Cares For Me,' 'I Loves You Porgy,' 'Four Women' and both 'Mississippi Goddam' and 'NeMe Quitte Pas,' watch this DVD and marvel as Nina belts out the songs she is best known for - with style, class and grit in equal measures. The woman was tough and it showed in her words, body language and again, the live performance. But then it's the heartbreaking tenderness of the ballads, which she transformed into something intensely personal with something as simple but as heartfelt as a sigh, that take front stage. I am always reminded of experiencing an amazingly emotional yet cathartic show everytime I watch this. OK, is it not evident that I am a fan? But that aside, I truly do believe this is worth the price if you're a fan, have just discovered her or somehow magically stumbled here but enjoy quality music and a performer who really knows how to get inside your heart and soul. This is a Widescreen Version Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with no Special Features.