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Everything Must Change
Bernard Ighner
Nina Simone's first album in four years [Baltimore] contains such a moment in Bernard Ighner's "Everything Must Change", a song previously recorded by George Benson and Judy Collins, but which Simone makes her own in a semioperatic version that risks everything to succeed. Phrasing in spontaneous outbursts that vary in style from blunt speech-song to jazz-gospel melisma, the singer runs the emotional gamut from fear, sorrow and tenderness to a final exhilarating hiss of challenge. Set against a wash of strings and a tentative piano figure that retards the momentum, Simone's oracular baritone transforms "Everything Must Change" from a wistful philosophic morsel into a tough, anguished proclamation of survival and artistic independence. It is a moment to remember.
-Stephen Holden, Rolling Stone, 10 Aug 1978

Recording sessions
1977 December 4: London (UK) Theatre Royal Drury Lane (evening)
1978 January 17-21: Bruxelles (BE) Studio Katy
Everything must change
Nothing remains the same
Everyone must change