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Nina Simone Little Girl Blue LP 200 Gram Vinyl Analogue Productions Sterling Sound QRP 2015 USA

Artist: Nina Simone
Title: Little Girl Blue
Catalog Number: BS-6028 / APJ 083
Label: Bethlehem Records
Reissued by: Analogue Productions
Barcode: 753088008313
Original release year: 1958
Reissue year: 2015
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 200gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 503gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: June 30, 2016
Note: Not eligible for any further discounts
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Eunice Kathleen Waymon recorded more than 40 albums over a long, distinguished career that stretched for five decades. As Nina Simone, her distinctive mellifluous voice honed a career categorized variously as a jazz singer, soul singer and folk artist; she was all of these and much more. Little Girl Blue was Nina Simone's debut release, a beautiful record not to be missed.

 

 

Rated 10/11 Music and 9/11 Sound by Michael Fremer (Analog Planet)

  • Limited Edition
  • 33rpm 200 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
  • Cut from Original Analog Master Tapes
  • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings QRP USA
  • Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound
  • Deluxe Gatefold Cover with photos
  • Cover made by Stoughton Printing

 

 

Eunice Kathleen Waymon recorded more than 40 albums over a long, distinguished career that stretched for five decades. As Nina Simone, her distinctive mellifluous voice honed a career catagorized variously as a jazz singer, soul singer and folk artist; she was all of these — and more. Little Girl Blue was Nina Simone's debut release. Bethlehem founder Gus Wildi, taken with the uniquely beautiful quality of her voice, gave her complete control over song selection, backing musicians, arrangements and production of the recording.

 

For this new Analogue Productions reissue of Little Girl Blue, they've upped the ante. A single pocket jacket to suffice? No. They've done the lady right with a heavy Stoughton Printing tip-on gatefold jacket featuring gorgeous color photos of Nina from a glamorous stage performance. And the peerless mastering by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound in New York sounds incredible. Then top it off with 200-gram Quality Record Pressings vinyl that is unsurpassingly silent and gives incredibly rich playback.

 

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.

 

For Little Girl Blue, Nina and her rhythm section recorded the entire album plus three additional tracks in just one session. In her biography of Nina, Nadine Cohodas recounts engineer Irv Greeenbaum's recollection of that day: "Nothing like Nina's artistry had ever happened before ... Her voice and the keyboard playing were so rich and interesting that they could have stood alone."

 

Little Girl Blue documents Nina Simone's unparalleled and idiosyncratic musical persona at a particularly vibrant, formative stage, and helped launch her on a trajectory with more than its share of personal and professional trials and triumphs.

 

"Backed by bassist Jimmy Bond and Albert "Tootie" Heath, it showcases her ballad voice as one of mystery and sensuality and showcases her up-tempo jazz style with authority and an enigmatic down-home feel that is nonetheless elegant." -Thom Jurek, All Music

From June 22, 2016 review of Analog Productions reissue on 200g vinyl:

 

"The recording quality is extremely high. Transparency and timbral accuracy are high points, the ‘stereo’ spread, the low point. This sounds as if it was a two track recording meant to be mixed to mono and in fact, I have a mono original that I prefer spatially, but it can’t otherwise begin to compare to this reissue’s remarkable clarity, transparency and black backgrounds..." - Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

 

"Analogue Productions’ reissue of Little Girl Blue cut by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original stereo master tape, pressed at QRP on 200 gram vinyl and presented in a gatefold “Tip on” jacket is well worth the money. It’s a classic you’ll play often and enjoy every time." - Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

 

 

Musicians:

 

Nina Simone, vocals, piano
Jimmy Bond, bass
Albert "Tootie" Heath, drums


Track Listing:

 

Side A
1. Mood Indigo
2. Don't Smoke In Bed
3. He Needs Me
4. Little Girl Blue
5. Love Me Or Leave Me
6. My Baby Just Cares For Me


Side B
1. Good Bait
2. Plain Gold Ring
3. You'll Never Walk Alone
4. Porgy
5. Central Park Blues

 

Click here to listen to samples on AllMusic.com

 

 

 

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