Fodder On My Wings comes out on April 3rd
The revitalized Verve label continues to do the good work of exploring its priceless back catalog with this remastered edition of a lost classic by the great Nina Simone.
The album Fodder On My Wings was recorded in 1982 while she was living in Paris and originally pressed on a tiny French label called Carrere Records, and will be expanded to include three bonus tracks from the recording sessions from a rare French reissue released in 1988. This is one of those rare, deep gems you might find in the import jazz section of the old Tower Records on 4th and Broadway in that crazy thick jazz section there.
From here I refer to the well-written press release I got this morning to give you the history behind Fodder On My Wings:
A lesser-known but important part of Simone’s musical history, Fodder On My Wings contains deeply personal songs, including the aforementioned, “I Sing Just To Know That I’m Alive” and “I Was Just A Stupid Dog To Them,” as well a searing lyrical improvisation about the death of her father on “Alone Again (Naturally).” At the time she recorded the album, Simone was living in France and extremely lonely; her mental illness was worsening and her family life was fractured. It’s out of this despair that one of the many album standouts, the near title track “Fodder In Her Wings,” was birthed.
Recorded at a time when Simone was feeling rejuvenated by her surroundings and by the African musicians she met in her newly adopted France, Fodder On My Wings is an essential Simone album that is making a long-overdue reappearance and can now be heard however you prefer to listen to music.
Fodder On My Wings comes out April 3rd on CD and vinyl.
- I Sing Just To Know That I’m Alive
- Fodder In Her Wings
- Vous êtes seuls, mais je désire être avec vous
- Il y a un baume à Gilhead
- Liberian Calypso
- Alone Again (Naturally)
- I Was Just A Stupid Dog To Them
- Color Is A Beautiful Thing
- Le peuple en Suisse
- Heaven Belongs To You
- They Took My Hand
AUDIO: Nina Simone “Alone Again, Naturally”