The Essential Album

The Essential Album


The Essential Album, a three-disc box from the budget label Golden Stars, is nothing of the sort. Including one disc of studio performances and two discs of live material, the set admittedly includes many valuable recordings, including Philips-era studio classics like "My Baby Just Cares for Me," "I Loves You, Porgy," "Don't Let Me Be Understood," and "Four Women." These tracks, however, are available in countless editions, most of them superior to this set because they include liner notes and recording data to lend context to the intricacies of Nina Simone's discography. ~ John Bush, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: --
  • Label: Golden Stars (Netherlands)
  • UPC: 8712177044979
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Track listings

  • 1. My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • 2. I Loves You Porgy
  • 3. Don't Smoke In Bed
  • 4. Mood Indigo
  • 5. For All We Know
  • 6. Central Park Blues
  • 7. You'll Never Walk Alone
  • 8. Plain Gold Ring
  • 9. Little Girl Blue
  • 10. Four Women
  • 11. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
  • 12. He Needs Me
  • 13. Love Me Or Leave Me
  • 14. Ain't Got No/I Got Life
  • 15. To Be Young, Gifted & Black
  • 16. Sugar In My Bowl
  • 17. Mississippi Goddamn
  • 18. See Line Woman
  • 19. Backlash Blues
  • 20. After You've Gone
  • 21. Do What You Gotta Do
  • 22. I Sing Just To Know That I'm Alive
  • 23. Other Woman
  • 24. For A While
  • 25. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
  • 26. Ain't No Use
  • 27. I Loves You Porgy
  • 28. Four Women
  • 29. My Baby Just Cares For Me
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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