To Love Somebody (album)

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To Love Somebody is an album by jazz singer-songwriter/pianist Nina Simone. Primarily a covers album, it was released as quickly as possible to prolong the unexpected success of 'Nuff Said! The title is taken from the Bee Gees song "To Love Somebody"; her cover of the song became her second British hit single after "Ain't Got No, I Got Life".



"Revolution" is the only original song written for the album. It was Simone's third subsequent single released in the UK after "Ain't Got No, I Got Life" and "To Love Somebody" both became hits. The song was released around the time of the same titled song by the Beatles and, although it has a similar hook ("Don't you know it's gonna be – all right") and structure, most of the lyrics differ. The song also uses a guitar lick similar to "Old Brown Shoe," which had been recorded by the Beatles the same year. John Lennon commented on the similarities in a 1971 interview with Rolling Stone :

I thought it was interesting that Nina Simone did a sort of answer to "Revolution." That was very good–it was sort of like "Revolution," but not quite. That I sort of enjoyed, somebody who reacted immediately to what I had said. [2]

The song is split into two parts as a result of the single release. "Revolution" didn't do well in the UK charts, and only had a mild success in the United States R&B charts. Simone was surprised by this and said to Sylvia Hampton, author of the biography Break Down and Let It All Out about this:

I don't get it. It's about a revolution, man: not just colour, but everything! It's about barriers being broken down, and they sure as hell need getting rid of. [...] We need a revolution to sort it all out and get back to God. You know how lost we are, man – it's sad. [3]

Simone also recorded an alternate version of "Turn! Turn! Turn!" that was (previously) unreleased.

Track listing

  1. "Suzanne" (Leonard Cohen) – 4:21
  2. "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" (Traditional, Pete Seeger) – 3:41
  3. "Revolution (Part 1)" (Weldon Irvine, Simone) – 2:53
  4. "Revolution (Part 2)" (Weldon Irvine, Simone) – 1:54
  5. "To Love Somebody" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb) – 2:42
  6. "I Shall Be Released" (Bob Dylan) – 3:55
  7. "I Can't See Nobody" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb) – 3:10
  8. "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" (Bob Dylan) – 4:52
  9. "The Times They Are a-Changin'" (Bob Dylan) – 6:00



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