'To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story' delves into the Sony archive

Eight previously unreleased Nina Simone have been uncovered in the Sony archives and will be released as part of a new 51 track box set ‘To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story’ later this month.

The eight tracks from across the legendary singer’s RCA abd Colpix recordings across 1963-73 include covers of Leonard Cohen‘s “Suzanne” and Richie Haven‘s “No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed”, both recorded live at New York’s Philharmonic Hall in October 1969.

Other gems newly uncovered are original track “Tanywey”, recorded during the Here Comes The Sun LP sessions in 1971 and an alternative version of “Ain’t Got No-I Got Life,” from the ’Nuff Said sessions in 1968.

The double disc plus DVD set ‘To Be Free’ spans 1957 to 93 and covers every label Simone recorded for; Bethlehem, Philips, PM, CTI and Elektra and the DVD also includes some rare and unseen live footage.

Out on October 27, the collection is accompanied with unseen photography from her family archives as well as in depth track-by-track annotations by Simone’s biographer David Nathan.

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