Revive Audio: Lauryn Hill Cover Nina Simone Once More, Shares "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair"
As we inch closer and closer to the July 10th release of RCA's Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone, it seems we're destined to be spoiled with new Lauryn Hill covers of Simone's classic recordings--one legend giving tribute to another. Now, Hill's rendition of "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" has made its way online, and its a positively breathtaking experience.
As our co-conspirators at Revive rightly note, the track was produced by Lauryn Hill herself and features not only frequent Roots-collaborator Ray Angry on keys, but a host of other familiar names including Jon Batiste (aka the new Late Show bandleader) on backing keys, Eric Gales and Jordan Peters on guitar, Leo Brooks on bass, and George “Spanky” McCurdy on drums. "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" follows "I've Got Life" and "Feeling Good" in what's become a series of astonishing gifts from Hill to Nina Simone fans, her own fans and just about anyone else with a set of working ears. These tracks, along with the rest of the Nina Revisited album, are being released in conjunction with the new Netflix-produced documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? which digs deep into the soul legend's inner beauty and turmoil, and will be released for streaming on June 26th.