NINA SIMONE - LITTLE GIRL BLUE - ANALOGUE PRODUCTIONS - VINYL
For more information on Little Girl Blue and the life and times of Nina Simone, see Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone by Nadine Cohodas, The University of North Carolina Press, 2010.
“MoFi’s One-Step aside, 200g vinyl at 45 rpm appears to be the ultimate in audiophile formats. On the strength of this edition — which I’ve heard countless times on standard pressings — one could easily be converted to 45rpm, despite the cost. Even as a regular LP, Simone’s 1957 debut is a milestone among jazz vocal albums. Her ‘Porgy’ would have brought tears to the Gershwins’ eyes, while ‘My Baby just Cares For Me’ is one of the genre’s most celebrated titles. Backed by bass and drums, her piano is as big a star as her voice, while ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ will cause you to shudder at the thought of the Liverpool supporters massacring it.” — Sound Quality: 90% — Ken Kessler, Hi Fi News, October 2018
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. 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.
Now with Analogue Production’s 45 RPM release, the best-sounding version of this historic album gives listeners an even richer sonic experience. The dead-quiet double-LP, with the music spread over four sides of vinyl, reduces distortion and high frequency loss as the wider-spaced grooves let your stereo cartridge track more accurately.
Engineer — Irv Greenbaum
Recorded late fall, 1957, at Beltone Studio, New York, NY
Nina Simone, piano and vocals
Jimmy Bond, bass
Albert “Tootsie” Heath, drums