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
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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.
- Format: Compact Disc
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- Label: Golden Stars (Netherlands)
- UPC: 8712177044979