Pastel Blues by Nina Simone (LP)
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A special 180g vinyl re-release from 2012 of Simone’s classic album.
Nina Simone was one of the best soul-jazz / blues singers of the 20th century. Only someone the likes of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith had the power to lay a soul bare like she could, as her stripped-down “Be My Husband” shows.
This record also features classics such as “Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out,” originally sung by Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday’s signature song “Strange Fruit,” as well as a Nina Simone favorite: “Sinnerman.” There are few songs that capture the spirit of religion, redemption, and the fear of God as much as this ten-minute race of a song about a man trying to outrun the Devil.
Originally released ©1965 Universal Music