The 50 Albums Everyone Needs to Own, 1963-2013

1964: Nina Simone — In Concert

Another live album, and one of the most powerful and significant concert recordings of the 20th century. The album was recorded at the height of the civil rights movement, and it found Simone using her performance as a platform to catalog her dissatisfaction with the state of the country. It culminates in the immortal “Mississippi Goddam,” a visceral howl of frustration and anguish.