Monday, October 4, 2010

Nina Simone - Pastel Blues (1965)

Nina needs no introduction, and if you're like me, you can never really get enough of her loose, emotional tenor. This record from the High Priestess of Soul is bluesy (as the title would imply), but is sparse, minimalist and contemplative. The highlights of the record for me have to be the opening and closing tracks, "Be My Husband" and "Sinnerman", the first a field spiritual sounding song by her husband Andrew Stroud, and the last a theatrical ten-minute poem of redemption.


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 Then Some
6. Chilly Winds Don't Blow
7. Ain't No Use
8. Strange Fruit
9. Sinnerman


1 comment:

  1. thanks for all the excellent postings!

    fyi, track 1 of pastel blues sounds like it cuts off a bit early