Colpix CP/SCP 419 (1961 US)
Nina Simone's unique vocal style is in soft rapport with the ballads and blues on this LP. There are many rather unusual items in the set like Oscar Brown Jr.'s "Rags and Old Iron," "Gin House Blues," Nat Adderley's swinging "Work Song," and the title tune "Forbidden Fruit." While this excellent album features mostly vocal stylings, there are spots which showcase the gal's powerful piano technique. The act should go well with her many fans and could make a distinctive pop-jazz item. She is backed throughout by rhythm and guitar.
-Billboard 5 June 1961.
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In Forbidden Fruit, Nina Simone sings of people in love--and of the circumstances that sometimes keep the from it. While some of the songs are conventional--in the sense that their melodies are haunting and in the love song tradition--others are concerned more with the realities of troubled love. In the latter category, for example, are Rags and old Iron, Gin House Blues, Work Song and Forbidden Fruit. This album, more that ever, proves Nina's amazing versatility, and stamps her again as one of the great talents of our time.