Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue (Mono)
Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue (Mono)
Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue (Mono)
Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue (Mono)
Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue (Mono)
Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue (Mono)

Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue (Mono)

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Nina Simone (piano and vocals) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Nina Simone]

Jimmy Bond (bass)

Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums)  [click here to see more vinyl featuring Albert Tootie Heath]

Written by Barney Bigard (A1), Duke Ellington (A1), Irving Mills (A1), Willard Robison (A2), Arthur Hamilton (A3), Richard Rodgers (A4, B3), Walter Donaldson (A5, A6), Count Basie (B1), Tadd Dameron (B1), Earl Burroughs (B2), George Gershwin (B4), Nina Simone (B5)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape: YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press: Pallas

Label: Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Bethlelem

Recorded late fall, 1957, at Beltone Studio, New York, NY, by Irv Greenbaum

Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1957

Reissued in Oct 2013


Tracks :

Side A :

1. Mood Indigo
2. Don't Smoke In Bed
3. He Needs Me
4. Little Girl Blue
5. Love Me Or Leave Me
6. My baby Just Cares For Me

Side B :

1. Good Bait
2. Plain Gold Ring
3. You'll Never Walk Alone
4. I Loves You Porgy
5. Central Park Blues


Reviews :

"Little Girl Blue, released in 1957, was Nina Simone's first recording, originally issued on the Bethlehem label. Backed by bassist Jimmy Bond and Albert 'Tootie' Heath, it showcases... her up-tempo jazz style with authority and an enigmatic down-home feel that is nonetheless elegant. The album also introduced a fine jazz pianist. Simone was a solid improviser who never strayed far from the blues... [M]any of the traits Simone displayed throughout her career as not only a vocalist and pianist but as an arranger are put on first notice here." - Thom Jurek, AllMusic

"Little Girl Blue is more than a splashy debut. It’s an artistic statement by a jazz virtuoso... It is a tour de force of musical vision. She reinvents a wide variety of material, commanding the essence of the compositions... Unlike all of her female peers, Simone is a serious bandleader... [T]he listener is treated to the quintessential rendition of 'I Loves You Porgy'. This was Nina Simone’s first big hit (in the Billboard Top 20), and her vocals are dazzling. She delivers all of the emotional intensity, but never overwhelms the music... All eleven songs are strong…there is never a letdown. Pure Pleasure Records has done a sensational job in re-mastering this mono recording. Piano and voice tonality is superlative. The mix is clear and responsive to the different musical levels. This album sounds contemporary and electrifying." Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition


Ratings :

AllMusic: 4 / 5   , Discogs :  4.55 / 5  

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