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Nina Simone – Nina Simone Sings The Blues (Speakers Corner)

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Ships from: Melbourne


In social and private life Nina Simone always knew exactly what she did not want. Sometimes she lamented about the lousy erotic qualities of her lovers, then the audience got its fat. Other times she cancelled appearances without further ado and scolded the show business. In music, rooted in gospel, she sought the middle way between jazz and pop until they crowned rock fans in the sixties the High Priestess of Soul (LP title).

In their most undisputedly productive phase, this blues album was also created, which pays homage to the currents of the time neither with massive instrumentation nor with clinking electrification. Instead, the simple and beautiful Alto Simone wraps himself in tender organ sounds and pulsating, but by no means stomping rhythms. The rather sober title "Sings The Blues" is here a promise for crackling tension and relentless authenticity of the genre, which for every black artist means the beginning and at the same time the completion of all music. Thus, the re-edition of the original should characterise the life's work of the diva on her 70th birthday in February and her sudden death in April 2003 more vividly than any compilation, no matter how conscientiously compiled.

Recording: 1967 by Ray Hall and Mickey Crofford at RCA Victor's Studio B, New York
Production: Danny Davis


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Release details

Label: RCA Victor, Speakers Corner Records
Format: LP, Reissue, Stereo
Units: 1
Country: Germany
Released: 2003
Genre: Blues, Jazz


A1 Do I Move You
A2 Day And Night
A3 In The Dark
A4 Real Real
A5 My Man'S Gone Now
A6 Backlash Blues
B1 I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
B2 Buck
B3 Since I Fell For You
B4 The House Of The Rising Sun
B5 Blues For Mama