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It’s more than a little ironic that pianist/composer/vocalist Nina Simone had nothing but negative things to say about this thankfully reissued date from 1978: Baltimore ranks among Simone’s finest recorded moments ever. The singer’s complaints centered around the pop-reggae arrangements found on the title track and on gospel evergreens like “A Balm in Gilead.” But, if anything, the genre’s rhythmic lope underscores the images of urban despair in the former, and the calm, yearning tone of the latter. Simone’s voice is nothing short of emotionally stunning, whether conveying a reflective wistfulness in “My Father” or the tender assuredness of a lover in “That’s All I Want From You.”