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One of the undisputed best live releases of all time, Sam Cooke's 1963 "Live at the Harlem Square Club" was left unreleased by RCA Records for over 22 years... because it was too "loud, raw, artful and raucous".

LOW STOCK - Nina Simone Sings the Blues Vinyl Record (New, Speaker's Corner) 

SKU:V-4260019711878
Price: 
$40.98
 
 

Description
In both her public and private life, Nina Simone was adamant about one thing, namely, what she simply would not tolerate. She sometimes complained about the miserable erotic prowess of her lovers, while at other times her audience were a target for her tongue.

Sometimes she cancelled her performances at short notice and held a tirade against show business as such. In her music, rooted in gospel, she sought a path which took her down a middle course between jazz and pop, thus earning her the title of High Priestess Of Soul with her rock fans in the Sixties.

The present blues album was recorded during what was undisputedly her most productive phase. It is a recording which does not swim with the tide of the times -- it does not employ massive forces or seek the twang of electrification. Instead Nina Simone’s wonderfully sleek contralto voice bathes in the gentle timbre of an organ and a pithy, pulsating – but by no means stomping – rhythm. The cool, unemotional number “Sings The Blues“ guarantees riveting tension and the authenticity of the genre which is, of course, the be all and end all of music for every black artist. Surely no compilation, no matter how carefully conceived, could possibly mark the diva’s 70th birthday in February and sudden death in April 2203 better than this re-release.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

Recording: 1967 by Ray Hall and Mickey Crofford at RCA Victor’s Studio B, New York

Production: Danny Davis

Personnel: Nina Simone (p, voc); Rudy Stevenson, Eric Gale (g); Ernest Hayes (org); Bob Bushnell (b); Bernard Purdie (dr)

Label: Speakers Corner

TRACK LISTING

1.   Do I Move You?
2.   Day And Night
3.   In The Dark
4.   Real Real
5.   My Man’s Gone Now
6.   Backlash Blues
7.   I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
8.   Buck
9.   Since I Fell For You
10.   The House Of The Rising Sun
11.   Blues For Mama