Recorded In Paris , January 1982.
Cover Painting: Gabriel Jarnier
Had Nina Simone not gotten so fed up with the music industry and been so disgusted by racism in America that she left for Barbados, Liberia, the Netherlands and France, we may never have had the incredible songs that pulse and hark and lament through two landmark albums, Fodder on My Wings and Baltimore.
However, destiny had its way and over two decades later these same impassioned tracks, remixed and remastered, are newly available and better than ever.
Recorded in Paris in 1982, Fodder on My Wings has been remixed for digital audio by Claude Ermelin and released for the first time in the US. The new version contains three tracks not included on the original: the jaunty “Liberian Calypso,” an account of Simone’s time in the African country founded by former American slaves; “La Peuple En Suisse,” a reverent homage to Switzerland; and “I Sing Just To Know That I’m Alive,” a testament to Simone’s beautiful vivacity as she bids adieu to 1981 with a wild, growling voice.
Reviews"With plain speech and plaintive delivery, Simone's song about her father, 'Alone Again Naturally,' is shattering in a sweet, childlike way. Simone accompanies herself on the piano, playing sparse chords between the sharply rhyming phrases and splattering an Asian theme throughout before the bridge, harrowing with its contrasting passion." - Celeste Sunderland, All About Jazz