Nina Simone records ‘Sings the Blues,’ her first album for RCA Victor (1966)

Nina Simone’s ‘Sings the Blues’ is an album recorded on December 19, 1966 and released in 1967 By RCA Victor

Track Listing : 1.Do I Move You? (Nina Simone) – 02:46 . 2.Day And Night (Rudy Stevenson) – 02:35 . 3.In The Dark (Lil Green) – 02:57 . 4.Real Real (Nina Simone) – 02:21 . 5.My Man’S Gone Now (George Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 04:16 . 6.Backlash Blues (Langston Hughes, Nina Simone) – 02:31 . 7.I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl (Nina Simone) – 02:32 . 8.Buck (Andy Stroud) – 01:52 . 9.Since I Fell For You (Buddy Johnson) – 02:52 . 10.The House Of The Rising Sun (Traditional) – 03:53 . 11.Blues For Mama (Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln) – 04:00

Musicians : Nina Simone – Vocal, Piano . Eric Gale – Guitar . Rudy Stevenson – Guitar . Ernie Hayes – Organ . Bob Bushnell – Bass . Bernard Purdie – Drums, Timpani . Buddy Lucas – Harmonica, Tenor Sax

Production : Produced By Danny Davis Mickey Crofford – Engineer . Ray Hall – Engineer

Package : Howard Fritzson – Art Direction . Michelle Holme – Art Direction . Sid Mccoy – Liner Notes . David Nathan – Liner Notes

Recorded On December 19, 1966 And August 26, 1969 At Rca Victor’S Studio B.

Released In 1967 By RCA Victor


The band’s forté clearly isn’t the blues, and their approximations of Chicago blues are disappointingly clichéd, right down to each honk of the harmonica. However, Simone is rarely cowed by substandard accompaniment and frequently on this album, she rises above the material. […]

This album, however, is a masterpiece, heavily reflecting her roots in gospel and blues. Each song stands well on its own, each with its own tale of sorrow and loss, as well as desire, love, and political message. […]

The original set closes with the slow yet sassy Blues for Mama, ending with the same sexy strut the album began with, giving it the feel of a Möbius strip. Nina Simone Sings the Blues is a hallmark recording that endures; it deserves to be called a classic. […]


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


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