Few singers could conjure as much emotion through words and tone as Nina Simone. While many of her best-known albums from the ’60s and ’70s have become widely available in recent years, music from her ex-U.S. years have been much harder to find. Among the most sought-after is Fodder On My Wings, a 1982 album originally released on the French label Carrere. Decades out-of-print on a major label, the album will be re-released by Verve and UMe – complete with new cover art – on April 3. Whether you prefer CD, vinyl, or digital, there will be a configuration to add to your library.
In addition to the original ten tracks, the 2020 edition will also feature three bonus tracks from the sessions that were briefly available on a re-sequenced 1988 reissue of the album. Among Fodder‘s highlights are a brief but jubilant opener called “I Sing Just To Know That I’m Alive” (available to stream now – check out the lyric video below.) There’s also a searing version of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally)” that turns into a diatribe about her father, the intimate “Fodder on Her Wings,” and the autobiographical “I Was Just A Stupid Dog To Them.”
Fodder On My Wings shows a vulnerable yet powerful side of Nina Simone, and it’s an essential addition to any fan’s music collection. Look out for it in shops April 3 or pre-order your copy with the links below.
Nina Simone, Fodder On My Wings (originally released as Carrere LP 67.885, 1982 — reissued Verve/UMe, 2020)
1. I Sing Just To Know That I’m Alive
2. Fodder In Her Wings
3. Vous êtes seuls, mais je désire être avec vous
4 Il y a un baume à Gilhead
5. Liberian Calypso
6. Alone Again (Naturally)
7. I Was Just A Stupid Dog To Them
8. Color Is A Beautiful Thing
9. Le Peuple en Suisse *
10. Heaven Belongs To You
12. Stop *
13. They Took My Hand *
Note: This reissue follows the track listing for the 1988 CD reissue (Cy Records CD 3129673362226), including the bonus tracks marked * that were not on the original 1982 issue.