Nancy Wilson - But Beautiful
Nancy Wilson - But Beautiful
Nancy Wilson - But Beautiful
Nancy Wilson - But Beautiful
Nancy Wilson - But Beautiful
Nancy Wilson - But Beautiful

Nancy Wilson - But Beautiful

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Nancy Wilson (vocal), Hank Jones (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Grady Tate (drums),  Gino Bertachini (guitar)


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 : Capitol

Recorded at New York City on November 4-6, 1969

Produced by David Cavanaugh

Remastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray

Originally released in 1971

Reissued in December 2009

Tracks :

Side A :

1. Happiness is a thing called Joe
2. Oh! Look at me now

3. Glad to be unhappy
4. Do it again
5. But beautiful
6. Easy Living

Side B :

1. Prelude to a kiss
2. I thought about you
3. For heaven's sake

4. Supper time
5. I'll walk alone
6. Darn That Dream
7. In A Sentimental Mood


« Nancy Wilson has been on the fringes of jazz throughout her career, mostly performing middle-of-the-road pop and R&B. Most of her albums were major productions, but her 1969 effort, But Beautiful, is quite different. On a relaxed and tasteful program of ballads (including three previously unreleased numbers), Wilson sounds properly expressive and a bit influenced by Dinah Washington, while backed by a flawless rhythm section comprised of pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Grady Tate. Her performances are straightforward, a little soulful, and very mindful of the melody and the lyrics. There is little of jazz interest here, but this is superior ballad singing and one of Wilson's finest recordings. » AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

A highly successful and respected jazz and soul singer, Nancy Wilson bridges the gap between the classic pop vocal era of Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and the belting R&B divas of today. Though Nancy Wilson has always cited the emotionally naked, androgynous vocal style of Jimmy Scott as her primary influence, her voice carries definite echoes of Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan. Yet Wilson also has always had a strong feeling for post-Sam Cooke soul and the tartness of her delivery carries more than an echo of the sometimes-icy Lena Horne. Young and heart-stoppingly beautiful, Wilson was discovered singing in a N.Y.C. jazz club in the late 1950s by Cannonball Adderley, who told his management at Capitol Records that they needed to scoop her up before another label did. Wilson was immediately signed and started recording for Capitol, the premier vocal label of the 1950s and '60s. She released a couple of very respectable LPs with star arranger Billy May but actually crossed over to radio and the pop charts with two small group jazz platters with her bestselling label mates (one with George Shearing (The Swinging's Mutual) and the other with Cannonball Adderley).

Catapulted to the pop stratosphere, Wilson was the bestselling artist on Capitol Records' roster (beating out everyone from Nat King Cole to the Beach Boys) until the Beatles crossed the pond and eclipsed everything and everybody in their culture-changing wake. A fine album from this '60s period, But Beautiful, a jazz ballad set led by pianist Hank Jones. In the '70s and '80s, Nancy Wilson slowly made the transition from pop star to adult contemporary soul singer. From the 1990s to the present day, Wilson returned to alternating jazz standards, quiet storm and adult contemporary ballads, while putting on a sensational jazz show in concert.

The longevity of Wilson's career and the continuing strength of her voice are almost unheard of in modern pop music, though her career -- and her affinity with jazz, blues and soul -- shares many parallels with one-time Capitol labelmate Lou Rawls." By Nick Dedina


AllMusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs : 4.64 / 5 , 

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