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Nina Simone - Forbidden Fruit

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The second album Nina Simone recorded for Colpix, Forbidden Fruit is something of a departure from previous recordings. Gone are the supper club and middle of the road arrangements that had defined her career up to this point, to be replaced by an earthier sound. The material chosen also stretches Nina much more to the limits, with numbers such as House of the Rising Sun, Forbidden Fruit and Gin House Blues being indicative of the material she would make her reputation with during the course of the 1960s. The overall effect is a strong and exceptional album and one of the highlights of her sojourn with Colpix.