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1. Breakin Up Somebodys Home *
2. I Got The Will •
3. A Lover Is Forever â€
4. Damn Your Eyes •
5. Tell Mama ‡
6. Running And Hiding Blues *
7. Somethings Got A Hold On Me •
8. Beware â€
9. Come To Mama *
10. Medley: At Last / Trust In Me / Sunday Holiday Kind Of Love •
11. I Sing The Blues For You â€
12. Baby What You Wany Me To Do (Encore) °

All tracks recorded live at Casino Montreux 11th July 1975
1. Respect Yourself
2. Drown in My Own Tears
3. W-O-M-A-N
4. Dust My Broom
5. Id Rather Go Blind
6. All The Way Down
7. Baby What Do You Want Me To Do
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Stormy Monday

* Recorded live at Casino Montreux 18 July 1990
• Recorded live at Casino Montreux 12 July 1989
†Recorded live at Auditorium Stravinski 15 July 1993
‡ Recorded live at Casino Montreux 9 July 1977
° Recorded live at Casino Montreux 8 July 1978

? ‘NINA SIMONE: THE MONTREUX YEARS and ‘ETTA JAMES: THE MONTREUX YEARS available Friday, 28 May 2021 pre order here
? Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG launch “The Montreux Years”, featuring brand-new CD and vinyl collections of legendary performances from the festivals 55-year history and rare recordings of the worlds most iconic artists from Claude Nobs extensive collection of audio-visual material (Montreux Sounds)

Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG today announce the forthcoming releases of ‘Nina Simone: The Montreux Years and ‘Etta James: The Montreux Years on Friday, 28 May 2021. The live albums, which will be available in multiple-format configurations, including double LP and two-disc CD editions, feature sublime collections of the musical icons finest Montreux Jazz Festival performances, including previously unreleased material, all restored to their full glory and more. The audio will also be available on digital download and streaming services.

Pre-order ‘Nina Simone: The Montreux Years and ‘Etta James: The Montreux Years here

Simone and James albums are the first releases of Montreux Jazz Festival and BMGs brand-new collection series “The Montreux Years”. The collections will uncover legendary performances by the worlds most iconic artists alongside rare and never-before-released recordings from the festivals rich 55-year history, with mastering performed by Tony Cousins at Londons iconic Metropolis Studios, incorporating MQA to capture the original sound of these special live performances. Each collection will be accompanied by exclusive liner notes and previously unseen photography.

Nina Simones story from the late sixties to the nineties can be told through her legendary performances in Montreux. Taking to the Montreux stage for the first time on 16 June 1968 for the festivals second edition, Simone built a lasting relationship with Montreux Jazz Festival and its Creator and Director Claude Nobs and this unique trust and electricity can be clearly felt on the recordings.

Simones multi-faceted and radical story is laid bare on ‘Nina Simone: The Montreux Years. From Ninas glorious and emotional 1968 performance to her fiery and unpredictable concert in 1976, one of the festivals most remarkable performances ever witnessed, the collection includes recordings from all of her five legendary Montreux concerts - 1968, 1976, 1981, 1987 and 1990.

Featuring rare and previously unreleased material from Claude Nobs extensive collection of recorded material (Montreux Sounds), Nina Simone devotees worldwide will be thrilled by the inclusion of the powerful I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, poignant and fearless Four Women and Simones hauntingly beautiful performance of Ne Me Quitte Pas.

A spine-tingling version of Janis Ians searing and potent Stars, which Simone covered for the very first time during her 1976 Montreux performance, sits alongside her bold and electrifying re-imagine of Bob Marleys ballad No Woman No Cry in 1990. The collection closes with the encore of Nina Simones final Montreux Jazz Festival concert and one of Simones most-loved and best-known recordings, the exuberant My Baby Just Cares For Me, showcasing the deep and multidimensional facets of Simones life and music.

The CD edition of ‘Nina Simone: The Montreux Years will also include Simones 1968 landmark concert in full, the first time the full concert will be available on CD.

‘Etta James: The Montreux Years is a treasure trove of timeless classics, powerful and electrifying performances and raw, soaring vocals by one of the greatest ever female vocalists. The collection, featuring recordings from James live at Montreux concerts in 1977, 1978, 1989 1990 and 1993, encapsulates and reflects Ettas dynamic artistry and long-lasting impact. Spanning performances from across three decades, ‘Etta James: The Montreux Years offers deeply personal and intimate snapshots into James acclaimed musical journey, highlights and her phenomenal career.

From one of Etta James earliest successes, the infectious and endlessly elegant Somethings Got A Hold On Me, a medley that consist of At Last, Trust In Me and Sunday Kind of Love, which is a fusion of highlights from the early 60s, to the raw and emotional Id Rather Go Blind and soulful horn-driven Tell Mama. The collection closes with Baby What You Want Me To Do, James homage to Jimmy Reed and the encore of her 1978 concert.

In 1975, Claude Nobs captured a significant moment of musical history - Etta James very first concert in Europe, performing at the festivals 9th edition. The CD edition of ‘Etta James: The Montreux Years will include highlights of this special landmark concert, held at Montreux Casino on 11 July 1975.

Thierry Amsallem, Claude Nobs Universal Legatee, Chair/CEO of Montreux Sounds and Chair of Claude Nobs Foundation, says: “The Montreux Jazz Festival has always been a leading showcase for the international music scene, as well as a meeting place for musicians and music lovers. The magic of Montreux lay in the encounters between musicians. There were unique events that will never be repeated. The idea was to allow artists to get off the beaten track and avoid replaying their usual repertoire. But here, we treated them like royalty and offered them the best conditions in the world, in terms of sound quality and audio-visual recording technology.”

Mathieu Jaton, CEO of the Montreux Jazz Festival, added: "I am thrilled to be able to continue the fabulous history of albums recorded at Montreux Jazz Festival with the new collection "The Montreux Years". And who better to launch this series than the incredible Etta James and Nina Simone, who both left their mark on the Festival! I am especially pleased that these albums will be released both in digital and analogue formats. I have always thought of the Montreux Jazz Festival as the vinyl of festivals, because of its exceptional listening quality and the authentic feeling it gives to music lovers. The Festival has also always been at the forefront of new audiovisual technologies. This is totally in line with our current strategy of a hybrid model between events and digital content.”

‘Nina Simone: The Montreux Years and ‘Etta James: The Montreux Years are the first releases of Montreux Jazz Festival and BMGs upcoming multi-format live album collection series. Further “The Montreux Years” releases are soon to be announced.

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