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August 26th, 1969: Nina Simone releases new album "To Love Somebody": Listen

Her new album features covers of Bob Dylan, The Bee Gees and Leonard Cohen

Nina Simone releases new album 'To Love Somebody': Listen

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August 26th, 1969: Thirty-six-year-old singer-songwriter Nina Simone has released her latest album, To Love Somebody.

Simone recorded three Bob Dylan tracks for the album, "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," "I Shall Be Released" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'."

The album features an alternate version of The Beatles' 1968 release "Revolution." While there are apparent similarities between Simone's recording and The Beatles' original, nearly all of the lyrics are different and it offers a response of sorts.

To Love Somebody

1 Suzanne

2 Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season) (Pete Seeger)

3 Revolution (Part 1) (Weldon Irvine, Simone)

4 Revolution (Part 2) (Weldon Irvine, Simone)

5 To Love Somebody (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb)

6 I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)

7 I Can't See Nobody (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb)

8 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Bob Dylan)

9 The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob Dylan)

Nina Simone releases new album 'To Love Somebody': Listen
Cover art for Nina Simone's "To Love Somebody"

Listen to To Love Somebody below.

Late last year Simone released her album 'Nuff Said! to critical acclaim. It featured one of her biggest hits to date; "Ain't Got No, I Got Life". Listen below.

Simone reportedly plans to return to the studio in September to record an album of songs featuring only herself performing vocals and piano accompaniment.

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