Now on 45RPM Vinyl!
Nina Simone's classical training, smokey-alto vocals and modern jazz influence made her a novel and inspiring jazz singer and instrumentalist. All of those hallmarks are certainly on display on Little Girl Blue, her 1958 debut for the Bethlehem label which launched a peerless career, and finds The High Priestess of Soul wonderfully setting the mood on vocals and piano while handling all of the arrangements and also offering up her own composition with "Central Park Blues."
As the liner notes say: "There are plenty of musical singers who vocalize well and have an individual style but who never cross that thin and hard-to-define line that separates a good "pop" style from one that is jazz. The first few notes of this record will immediately confirm Nina's jazz credentials. As she said, "You got to get to people." That she does with a vibrant and husky contralto that tonally sounds like a blend of an unlikely combination of Marian Anderson and Ma Rainey."
Analogue Production's definitive 200g 45RPM pressing of Nina Simone's historic Little Girl Blue gives listeners a richer sonic experience than ever before. The dead-quiet double-LP, with the music spread over four sides of vinyl, reduces distortion and high frequency loss as the wider-spaced grooves let your stereo cartridge track more accurately.
Nina Simone (vocals, piano)
Jimmy Bond (bass)
Al 'Tootsie' Heath (drums)
• 200g 45rpm 2LP-set from Analogue Productions
• Mastered from the original stereo analog master tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
• Plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings
• Heavyweight tip-on gatefold jacket from Stoughton Printing