’Nuff Said! is an album by jazz singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone. It was recorded (excluding tracks (10 & 11) at Westbury Music Fair, April 7, 1968, three days after the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. The whole program that night was dedicated in his memory. The album received an Emmy nomination and featured one of Nina’s biggest hits in Europe, “Ain't Got No, I Got Life”.
Information about songs on this album
- “Backlash Blues”, a Civil Rights song first recorded on Nina Simone Sings the Blues.
- “Gin House Blues”, first recorded on Forbidden Fruit.
- “Why? (The King of Love Is Dead)”, written by Simone’s bass player Gene Taylor after the news of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death had reached him. It was performed here for the first time. The song was heavily cut from the longer original recording, which featured a lot of Simone’s monologue.
- “Ain't Got No, I Got Life,” a medley from the musical Hair (Rado, Ragni, MacDermot). It became a hit in Europe, reaching #2 on the British Charts and #1 on the Dutch charts. Compared to the single, the album version has applause from the Westbury Music Fair concert crossfaded over the beginning and end, additional overdubbed drums, and towards the end of the song the vocal is double-tracked.
- “In the Morning”, an early Bee Gees song, is also a studio recording, with added applause and the compere’s introduction from the Westbury Music Fair concert.
- “I Loves You Porgy” is a song from George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (George & Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward). It was first recorded by Nina Simone on her debut album Little Girl Blue.
- “Do What You Gotta Do”, written by Jimmy Webb, is a studio recording, also issued as the B-side to “Ain't Got No, I Got Life”. It is used on the film Bridget Jones's Diary and it appears in the second soundtrack album. A sample of "Do What You Gotta Do" can be heard on Kanye West's track "Famous" from the album The Life of Pablo.
- “Please Read Me” is a cover of another early Bee Gees song from the 1967 album Bee Gees' 1st.
(The order of tracks can vary)
- Nina Simone - vocals, piano
- Rudy Stevenson - guitar
- Samuel Wayman - organ
- Gene Taylor - bass
- Buck Clarke - drums
- Horace Ott - arranger and conductor on "Do What You Gotta Do"
- Ed Begley - engineer
- Ray Hall - engineer on "Do What You Gotta Do"