Emergency Ward! (1972) was a highly political album and was essentially Nina Simone’s statement on the Vietnam War. The entire first side consists of an 18-minute medley of George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” and a poem by David Nelson called “Today Is a Killer,” set to music by Simone. This is a very strong, gospel-like performance, sometimes resembling the Capitols’ “Cool Jerk” with a call-and-response vocal arrangement – one of Simone’s finest moments.
It was performed together with the Bethany Baptist Church Junior Choir of South Jamaica, New York. Side two consists of the Lennie Bleecherâ’s Jeremy Wind song “Poppies” and George Harrison’s “Isn’t It A Pity”. Tracks 1 and 3 were recorded on november 18, 1971 at Fort Dix, and track 2 is recorded at the RCA Studio
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