Nina Simone - Pastel Blues
Nina Simone - Pastel Blues
Nina Simone - Pastel Blues
Nina Simone - Pastel Blues
Nina Simone - Pastel Blues
Nina Simone - Pastel Blues

Nina Simone - Pastel Blues

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Nina Simone – piano, vocals, arrangement [click here to see more vinyl featuring Nina Simone]

Al Schackman – guitar, harmonica

Rudy Stevenson – guitar, flute

Lisle Atkinson – double bass

Bobby Hamilton – drums


1 LP, gatefold old-style tip-on jackets

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Acoustic Sounds Series

Original Label : Philips

Recorded March 1964 – May 1965 in New York City

Produced by Hal Mooney

Remastered by Ryan K. Smith

Originally released in 1965

Reissued in 2020



Side A :

  1. Be My Husband
  2. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  3. End Of The Line
  4. Trouble In Mind
  5. Tell Me More And More And
  6. Some

Side B :

  1. Chilly Winds Don't Blow
  2. Ain't No Use
  3. Strange Fruit
  4. Sinnerman



Reviews :

"If this is blues, it's blues in the Billie Holiday sense, not the Muddy Waters one. This is one of Nina Simone's more subdued mid-'60s LPs, putting the emphasis on her piano rather than band arrangements. It's rather slanted toward torch-blues ballads like "Strange Fruit," "Trouble in Mind," Billie Holiday's own composition "Tell Me More and More and Then Some," and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out." Simone's then-husband, Andy Stroud, wrote "Be My Husband," an effective adaptation of a traditional blues chant. By far the most impressive track is her frantic ten-minute rendition of the traditional "Sinnerman," an explosive tour de force that dwarfs everything else on the album." AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

"Whether you have an original pressing or especially if you bought the aforementioned box set (or either of these albums from the box that were later available individually), within a few seconds of the opening percussive cracks on Pastel Blues made by hand claps and a hi-hat on 'Be My Husband' (written by Andrew Stroud - Simone's husband at the time and a former policeman who eventually turned abusive) you'll know you're hearing a vastly superior edition of the album, both aurally and emotionally. The all analog version's superior three-dimensionality, transparency and attention to the small details produce a 'you are there' sensation the digitized versions hide behind a scrim. The originals were never well-mastered or pressed... Her devastating 'Strange Fruit' serves as the set's denouement, which is followed by an extended 'Sinnerman' - a worthwhile, show stopping encore (though of course this is a studio session that Simone treats like a live performance) that Simone delivers with power usually reserved for the stage. What sounds like a mediocre recording on the digitized version comes to transparent and three-dimensional life on this edition. The laminated gatefold presentation completes the package." - Michael Fremer, Analog Planet


Ratings :

AllMusic : 3,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,59 / 5  ,   Michael Fremer : Music = 9/11; Sound = 9/11

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