Nina Simone Sings the Blues
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||Do I Move You?||Nina Simone||2:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Day and Night||Nina Simone||2:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||In the Dark||Nina Simone||2:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Real Real||Nina Simone||2:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||My Man's Gone Now||Nina Simone||4:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Backlash Blues||Nina Simone||2:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Want a Little Sugar In My Bowl||Nina Simone||2:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Buck||Nina Simone||1:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Since I Fell for You||Nina Simone||2:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The House of the Rising Sun||Nina Simone||3:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Blues for Mama||Nina Simone||3:55||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Do I Move You? (Version II)||Nina Simone||2:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Whatever I Am (You Made Me)||Nina Simone||3:02||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Nina Simone Sings the Blues, issued in 1967, was her RCA label debut, and was a brave departure from the material she had been recording for Phillips. Indeed, her final album for that label, High Priestess of Soul, featured the singer, pianist, and songwriter fronting a virtual orchestra. Here, Simone is backed by a pair of guitarists (Eric Gale and Rudy Stevenson), bassist (Bob Bushnell), drummer (Bernard "Pretty" Purdie), organist (Ernie Hayes), and harmonica player who doubled on saxophone (Buddy Lucas). Simone handled the piano chores. The song selection is key here. Because for all intents and purposes this is perhaps the rawest record Simone ever cut. It opens with the sultry, nocturnal, slow-burning original "Do I Move You," which doesn't beg the question but demands an answer: "Do I move you?/Are you willin'?/Do I groove you?/Is it thrillin'?/Do I soothe you?/Tell the truth now?/Do I move you?/Are you loose now?/The answer better be yeah...It pleases me...." As the guitarists slip and slide around her husky vocal, a harmonica wails in the space between, and Simone's piano is the authority, hard and purposely slow. The other tune in that vein, "In the Dark," is equally tense and unnerving; the band sounds as if it's literally sitting around as she plays and sings. There are a number of Simone signature tunes on this set, including "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl," "Backlash Blues," and her singular, hallmark, definitive reading of "My Man's Gone Now" from Porgy and Bess. Other notable tracks are the raucous, sexual roadhouse blues of "Buck," written by Simone's then husband Andy Stroud, and the woolly gospel blues of "Real Real," with the Hammond B-3 soaring around her vocal. The cover of Buddy Johnson's "Since I Fell for You" literally drips with ache and want. Simone also reprised her earlier performance of "House of the Rising Sun" (released on a 1962 Colpix live platter called At the Village Gate). It has more authority in this setting as a barrelhouse blues; it's fast, loud, proud, and wailing with harmonica and B-3 leading the charge. 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.
the others must be speechless...and yet
this album has so much soul in it, it hurts because it's so real. She lays it out on the line, every time, but here Simone is just so real. I can't believe no one else has reviewed this album yet. A true treasure, one I know I'll return to my whole life.
Nina Simone really puts the hurt on you with this album. It has so much soul that even Big Luther could take a few lessons away from it. A great album that is simply amazing.
This album absolutely drips with Nina's raw emotions. She pulls it out from deep inside and puts it all out on the table and says, "here it is... take it or leave it." I've always been a fan of hers, but this album is my favorite by far. Such strength, sorrow, and the live feel behind these tracks makes this album a rare find.
Born: February 21, 1933 in Tryon, NC
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s