Originally issued in 1972, the consistently thrilling Emergency Ward kicks off with the explosive medley, recorded live, of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" and David Nelson's "Today Is A Killer." Accompanied by a small combo and a gospel choir, Simone ignites an 18-minute blazing bonfire which loses none of its spiritual fire for even a second. In contrast to the gentle "Poppies," extravagantly produced with strings, woodwinds and chorus, is the questioning "Isn't It A Pity," arranged for piano. Here, simple, throbbing harmonies are occasionally allowed to swell into clouds of chords, giving Nina the opportunity to show off her highly diversified vocal timbre. Emergency Ward is an exceptional album filled with a wealth of feeling!.