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Pastel Blues

Nina Simone

Pastel Blues

...soulful and powerful
UNI254 (Decca)
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1
Be My Husband

Be My Husband

Composer Andrew Benjamin Stroud
Soloist Nina Simone
03:22 Play
2
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

Composer Jimmie Cox
Soloist Nina Simone
02:41 Play
3
End Of The Line

End Of The Line

Composer Cynthia Medley, John Edmondson
Soloist Nina Simone
02:57 Play
4
Trouble In Mind

Trouble In Mind

Composer Richard M. Jones
Soloist Nina Simone
02:43 Play
5
Tell Me More And More And Then Some

Tell Me More And More And Then Some

Composer Billie Holiday
Soloist Nina Simone
03:11 Play
6
Chilly Winds Don't Blow

Chilly Winds Don't Blow

Composer William Lovelock, Hermann, Krasnow
Soloist Nina Simone
04:06 Play
7
Ain't No Use

Ain't No Use

Composer Rudy Stevenson
Soloist Nina Simone
03:03 Play
8
Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit

Composer Lewis Allan
Soloist Nina Simone
03:32 Play
9
Sinnerman

Sinnerman

Composer Nina Simone
Soloist Nina Simone
10:19 Play
Total Running Time 36 minutes
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This studio album by Jazz singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone was recorded in 1964 and 1965 in New York City. The name 'Pastel Blues' is somewhat deceiving because it is much more than just a blues album incorporating different musical styles such as jazz, soul and folk music.

This album is licensed for download from Decca. 

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Nina Simone was one of the best 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. Naked like a field-holler, this song would later capture the imagination of Jeff Buckley and Antony Hegarty.

Also on this record are classics such as 'Nobody Knows You 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. It's no wonder it was used in the key-scene of 'The Thomas Crown Affair' and sampled by the likes of Kanye West, Talib Kweli and Felix da Housecat.

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