Hybrid Stereo SACD Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound!
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.
"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, allmusic.com
Features: • Super Audio CD • SACD Stereo SACD Layer • This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players! • Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Musicians: Nina Simone, vocals, piano Jimmy Bond, bass Albert "Tootie" Heath, drums
Selections: 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 7. Good Bait 8. Plain Gold Ring 9. You'll Never Walk Alone 10. Porgy 11. Central Park Blues