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This compilation of her late 70s and early 80s work draws heavily upon Nina Hagen's first two albums, Nina Hagen Band (1978) and Unbehagen (1980). The albums Nunsexmonkrock (1982), Fearless (1983) and In Ekstasy (1985) contribute only Zarah, My Way and Smack Jack.
The best tracks are TV Glotzer (White Punks On Dope, originally by The Tubes), African Reggae (her German version of Lene Lovich's Lucky Number which is titled Wir Leben Immer Noch), Unbeschreiblich Weiblich and Natürtrane. These capture the essence of the early Nina Hagen as it extended the boundaries of rock, punk and reggae in its seamless operatic fusion and innovative rhythmic explorations.
She performs with enthusiasm backed by tight playing and the arrangements are always captivating, whether mainstream or experimental. The music has aged very well. Nina opens Zarah in an atmospheric chansonesque introduction before the sound of breaking glass unleashes a powerful rock segment as her voice bursts forth with great vigor.
The complex arrangement of Smack Jack has frequent tempo changes, alternating frenzied and tranquil segments and extreme vocal variation. She interprets the Frank Sinatra classic My Way in her way in German at breakneck speed. Although a worthwhile compilation, Simply The Best does not fully deserve its title due to the omission of great songs like Born In Xixax, New York New York, The Lord's Prayer & Springtime In Paris from the era covered.