Nina Simone starts the recording of her ‘Pastel Blues’ album featuring ‘Be My Husband’ (1965)

Nina Simone‘s ‘Pastel Blues’ is a studio album recorded on March 21, April 1 & 6 1964 May 19 & 20 1965 and released the same year by Philips.

Track Listing : 1.Be My Husband (Andy Stroud) – 03:20 . 2.Nobody Knows You When You’Re Down And Out (Jimmie Cox) – 02:38 . 3.End Of The Line (John Edmondson, Cynthia Medley) – 02:54 . 4.Trouble In Mind (Richard Jones) – 02:40 . 5.Tell Me More And More And Then Some (Billie Holiday) – 03:08 . 6.Chilly Winds Don’T Blow (Hermann Krasnow, William Lovelock) – 04:01 . 7.Ain’T No Use (Rudy Stevenson) – 03:00 . 8.Strange Fruit (Lewis Allan) – 03:29 . 9.Sinnerman (Traditional) – 10:19

Musicians : Nina Simone – Piano, Vocals, Arranger . Al Schackman – Guitar, Harmonica . Rudy Stevenson – Guitar, Flute . Lisle Atkinson – Bass . Bobby Hamilton – Drums

Production : Produced By Hal Mooney

Package : Joel E. Siegel – Liner Notes

Recorded On March 21, April 1 & 6 1964 May 19 & 20 1965.

Released In 1965 By Philips.

(Source Nina Simone – Pastel Blues | The Official Home of Nina Simone – The High Priestess of Soul)


By far the most impressive track is her frantic ten-minute rendition of the traditional “Sinnerman,” an explosive tour de force that dwarfs everything else on the album. […]

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I put on Pastel Blues and any sense of loneliness evaporates. I’ve got a date with Ms. Simone; it’s a lovely evening and only now do I realize that having the blues isn’t so bad after all. […]

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“Sinnerman.” There are few songs that capture the spirit of religion, redemptionand 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 movie “The Thomas Crown Affair” and sampled by the likes of Kanye West, Talib Kweli and Felix da Housecat. […]


Nina Simone‘s ‘Pastel Blues’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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