Nina Simone recommendation

My girlfriend wants a Nina Simone (im sure I didnt spell it right) for Christmas. This will be her first and I was hoping for a good recommendation.

A good place to start is the Best of Nina Simone on Verve Records. Nina Simone had several different "style" phases in her career and this album will gives you a good overview. This CD is usually a best price album ($10), but don't let that put you off ... it is a good sounding and well put together CD. The songs included are:

1. I Loves You Porgy
2. Mississippi Goddam
3. Other Woman, The
4. Sinnerman
5. Ne Me Qiutte Pas
6. See Line Woman
7. I Put A Spell On You
8. Break Down And Let It All Out
9. Four Women
10. Wild Is The Wind
11. Pirate Jenny
12. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

Regards, Rich
One of my absolute favorite Nina recordings is a live one called "Nina at the Village Gate," from a show in 1961. My CD is on Roulette label. I have put this on many a night, it feels like you are at the club.
Sarah's (Sc53) recommendation is a good one. One of my favoritie recordings by Nina Simone -- can't remember the album title, but I think it was recorded in live concert and is on the Verve label -- contains a song called "The King of Peace Is Dead". Nina wrote and performed this song in tribute to Martin Luther King the day following his assassination. The whole album is very good, and the King ode is deeply moving.
The one on Bethlehem label, "The Original Nina Simone," from late 50s is fabulous, live in small club, w/ Don't Smoke in Bed, Little Girl Blue, Blue Indigo; also on CD...
My absolute favorite is titled "Nina Simone Sings the Blues", RCA Victor, LSP-3789. She does a version of "My Man's Gone Now" that is unequalled. The rest of the tunes are fabulous. Your girlfriend will love it and you!
Thanks for all the great and quick responses. Im sure she will appreciate it as much as I do.