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Nina Simone — I Shall Be Released
Album: Sugar In My Bowl
Avg rating:
7.7

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Total ratings: 1259









Released: 1972
Length: 3:58
Plays (last 30 days): 1
They say everything can be replaced
They say every distance is not near
So I remember every face
Of every man who put me here

I see my light come shining
From the west down to the east
Any day now any day now
I shall be released

They say every man needs protection
They say every man must fall
So I swear I see my reflection
Somewhere inside these walls

I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now any day now
I shall be released

Yonder stands a man in this lonely crowd
Man who swears he's not to blame
ALl day long I hear him hollering so loud
Just crying out that he's not to blame

I see my light come shining
From the west down to the east
Any day now any day now
I shall be relased
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I highly recommend the Simone documentary on Netflix. I don't think it'll be available much longer. 
Ms Simone knocks this out of the ball park. 👏
Wow.
i think p-funk listened to this then had to remake one of their tracks in this style, at least that's what i hear...
b4 today i had not heard the original, so when i heard this i was reminded of the p-funk track i was familiar with (remake). upon youtube search i came up with the original, which was nothing like this:
original('70)

remake('77)
 saellig668552 wrote:
this stops everything - sheer brilliant magic (the song and the performance) - as good as music possibly gets
 
So true!..  Stopped me dead in my tracks.. leaned over to my computer and soaked it in.
 RabbitEars wrote:
love this except for that horrible last note
 
...same here....except somehow that last note seems to fit the song perfectly, like at the end of explaining how a release is coming and well there it is....one big bad ugly note....dunno...still this is an 8.432 rated song, not quite to the 'round-up' to 9 range....Long Live RP!!
love this except for that horrible last note
 kcar wrote:
You can hate Bob Dylan's voice as much as you want but don't tell me you can deny the greatness of his lyrics. 
 It depends which of his voices you are referring to, as it has changed a lot over the years.
I preferred his voice singing his own lyrics in his early days, not so much later. Covers of his music from those days just don't do the lyrics justice.


this stops everything - sheer brilliant magic (the song and the performance) - as good as music possibly gets
 kcar wrote:
You can hate Bob Dylan's voice as much as you want but don't tell me you can deny the greatness of his lyrics. 

 
You speak the truth, kcar!!  And I for one do appreciate BD's "singing" voice - seems to fit a lot of what he's singing about, if that makes sense.  And....Happy 77th BD to BD!!  Long Live RP!!
 Amen!

Wolford wrote:
Beautiful segue from Bowie and Prince, both of whom gave so much and who have now, like Ms. Simone herself, been released.

 


You can hate Bob Dylan's voice as much as you want but don't tell me you can deny the greatness of his lyrics. 
 ick wrote:
That's gotta be the sourest note I can remember hearing at the end of a song ever.

 
Glad it wasn't just me. Wasn't ever really on key, then they just ran out of gas.
Beautiful segue from Bowie and Prince, both of whom gave so much and who have now, like Ms. Simone herself, been released.
 Cynaera wrote:
I really love Nina Simone's voice, but this song is just not doing it for me. One of her background vocalists is off-key - just enough dissonance that the whole track was out of whack, to my ears. (Romeotuma, can I borrow your ears to make this song good for me? What a pal you are! {#Mrgreen})

 
{#Yes}

something about this version doesn't capture me in any way, except that Nina Simone is a powerful artist always worth considering and really listening to 
 ick wrote:
That's gotta be the sourest note I can remember hearing at the end of a song ever.

  Hehehe... I still gave it a 7.


That's gotta be the sourest note I can remember hearing at the end of a song ever.
She truly covers a song by making it her own for a while.  This has been covered many, many times.  Nina does it very well.
I love her signature song —  Wild is the Wind
Not my cup of tea... Like the original better!
Thank you thank you Mr DJ. {#Meditate}
 Very redstorm wrote:

 

I can hear this song, being played at my funeral, and all my  family and friends singing along, and smiling as they know I have moved to a better, happier place. I love the juxaposition, of this and S&G's Mrs. Robinson, both saying goodbye.....



 
Very good plan. And I would want to finish with "Layla".  Seems to me a song for ending things.   {#Motor}

6/27/18  Ah, discovery!! Now I think Roy Buchanan's version.  {#Sunny}
With my upcoming retirement, I'm turning these lyrics into something personal. Any day now, I shall be released.
No offense Bob, Rick, Levon, Garth, Richard and Robbie - you guys are unparalleled but this gal does a much better cover of this song than you guys!
..thx RP..
I just love her voice and her approach to interpreting songs ... {#Clap}
 Sloggydog wrote:
For me, in my head, I always hear this one by The Band
 



I feel exactly the same. Sorry Nina...
Love it!
more Nina Simone, please!
I like Jerry's frailty the Jerry Garcia Band's renditionion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFiIJ4vW2IU

Course, the JGB double LP/Cassette/CD/Digital release version is kick-butt.


 templefrost wrote:

No

 
Agreed
 
Yep.  Any day now.  I'm holding my breath.
I really love Nina Simone's voice, but this song is just not doing it for me. One of her background vocalists is off-key - just enough dissonance that the whole track was out of whack, to my ears. (Romeotuma, can I borrow your ears to make this song good for me? What a pal you are! {#Mrgreen})
Nina, you are incredible!
For me, in my head, I always hear this one by The Band
I see my light come shining
From the West down to the East
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released...


Yes, you will. You will indeed. 
I prefer the Bob version!
Love the backing vocals on this song...
 coding_to_music wrote:
This guy sings great {#Beat}
 
:)
Wonderful song, thanks Bob.  Brilliant version - thanks to the incredibly eclectic and enormously talented Nina.
She is just SOOOOOO KWEL
I admit to singing along...
This is just a great song, no matter who sings it!{#Clap}
I find a little Nina goes a long way. The occasional song in the RP mix is just about right.

 

I can hear this song, being played at my funeral, and all my  family and friends singing along, and smiling as they know I have moved to a better, happier place. I love the juxaposition, of this and S&G's Mrs. Robinson, both saying goodbye.....



9 > 10
I LOVE NINA!!!
This guy sings great {#Beat}


Wonderful version of one of the best Bob tune's ever.

No


great cover, this adds something!

Thank you for finally playing some of her other stuff!
This gives the Band's excellent cover a run for its money.
Is it Jan 19th Already?

chills bill, chills...{#Heartkiss}
Nina's cool. Bob, too.
YES!! Nice one again Mr DJ! Thank you! :)

Not really into blues, but this is smooth!
bob dylan for the cocktail lounge.  not that that's a bad thing. 
Okay, but I've heard others that do a better job covering this.

WOW!!
I'm gettin Ostrich bumps with this
Much better than that crappie reggae version.
sarahbean26 wrote:
:good-vibes:
:cheers:
:good-vibes:
blech
sugarbaby wrote:
chrissie's version is great. but bob played it best at the last waltz with the band..
they're all awesome in their own right :)
lovely nina :notworthy:
weak cover song. . . let's hear something original.
chrissie's version is great. but bob played it best at the last waltz with the band..
Oh, she's sooooo good.......... I love Nina. She was way ahead of her time.
s_k wrote:
I'll just stick to the bob version ;). There's only one cover of this song that's actually worth listening to. Try the Slackers' Version
I think The Band's version is my favorite, but this gets VERY close... fantastic song!
I see me sitting in an moody bar, right beside the piano and Nina let's me melt away.... *sigh* perfect..., love her dark voice. :yes: :sunny:
Love It!! Gotta listen to the Chrisse Hynde version from the Bob Dylan 30th anniversary concert.
Jacksonstat wrote:
Makes me feel like slow dancing... :kiss:
absolutely.
I'll just stick to the bob version ;). There's only one cover of this song that's actually worth listening to. Try the Slackers' Version
ThePoose wrote:
When Bob expires, there will be an outpouring of grief, longing, remembrance, light, darkness, joy and hope among those people--together and alone--who are hip to the subtext of our existence.
Meantime, I hope he revels in his newly acquired mansion in the highlands near Nethy Bridge, Strathspey. Bob Dylan has now replaced Donovan as the Scottish Bob Dylan.
The Band. No doubt. madaxeman wrote:
No arguments.
physicsgenius wrote:
Hendrix did a disservice to eardrums.
Occasionally, dude, I do agree with you. Hendrix would be a minor footnote, had he lived. . . . Where's my Nomex?
Thistle wrote:
THE BAND'S version is still the best. No comparisons.
No arguments.
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Hendrix also did a disservice to Dylan?
Hendrix did a disservice to eardrums.
Yeah, I guess it's not her fault that this song has been ruthlessly beaten into the ground so many times that it needs to be interred in Grant's Tomb.... MinMan wrote:
The fact that Ms. Simone was one of the first to record this song (1966) seems to have been lost...
Wow! You are giving me chills here Nina! :good-vibes:
The fact that Ms. Simone was one of the first to record this song (1966) seems to have been lost...
My first reaction was very negative, but this version grew on me quickly. That was due to the enormous talent of this singer. I give it a 7 to start with. Maybe higher on the next hearing.
Love it!
THE BAND'S version is still the best. No comparisons.
ThePoose wrote:
When Bob expires, there will be an outpouring of grief, longing, remembrance, light, darkness, joy and hope among those people--together and alone--who are hip to the subtext of our existence.
Indeed.
Makes me feel like slow dancing... :kiss:
When Bob expires, there will be an outpouring of grief, longing, remembrance, light, darkness, joy and hope among those people--together and alone--who are hip to the subtext of our existence.
Oh, wow. :hearteyes: A nine for Nina.
dadofsammy wrote:
...I think that's doing a disservice to the song. Sorry Nina.
I have to go with ScottFromWY on this one. Now if someone would upload her take on Cohen's "Suzanne" from the RCA "Best of ..." disk I will be forever grateful. It is so incredibly different from any version of hers or anyone else's it'll blow your socks off.
dadofsammy wrote:
I'll offer what seems to be a minority opinion here. While I don't argue in general with the idea of offering a fresh take on a song when covering it, this particular attempt alters the melodic structure of Dylan's original to the extent that it would be unrecognizable (were it not for those great lyrics, of course). And I think that's doing a disservice to the song. Sorry Nina.
Hendrix also did a disservice to Dylan?
Excellent version. First time I hear it.
Much better than Marley's version.
I'll offer what seems to be a minority opinion here. While I don't argue in general with the idea of offering a fresh take on a song when covering it, this particular attempt alters the melodic structure of Dylan's original to the extent that it would be unrecognizable (were it not for those great lyrics, of course). And I think that's doing a disservice to the song. Sorry Nina.
Not her best.
Unmistakable Voice. Beautiful.
Wow,...never heard this version. All, I can say is,....mmmmmmmmm, very nice! (pimp)
What a superb piece of poetry. Still prefer Bob's raspy 'rough as a bear's arse' version though.
Marvelous. Thanks for the morning smoothy, Bill.
Only gets a 9, as it's not as strong as Nina's earlier work... even though it is a brilliant song. But still... Nina? :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
Aaagghhh. Another remake of this song! Make it stop!
the lyrics in this song have to be up in the top 5 of best lyrics.
Nina is like buttah...listen to her cover of Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues sometime..one of the best rendetions ever, IMHO.
masterhead wrote:
Not my cup of tea, sorry. Now, you can stone me people.
Didn't have any rocks at hand. Sorry.
Boy this chick really grows on ya.
:clap: Awesome!
This is the kind of song that you play really loud on an amazing stereo, just absorb the singer's voice and feel completely moved- it gives me chills! I love Nina Simone!
Not my cup of tea, sorry. Now, you can stone me people.
Ahh! Nina! A voice of such authentic depth and emotion, she graces whatevr she places her attention upon.
One of the best stretches on RP in recent memory. Awesome.
MrKite wrote:
What a voice! What a song! What a combination!
righteous!
Another great version of a great song.
What a voice! What a song! What a combination!
I can't believe someone rated this a 6. It's a phenomenal song.
love that song. love that version.
thank you, thank you, thank you.