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Pastel Blues/Let It All Out
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
Most of Nina Simone's Phillips records (cut from 1964 through '67) are available in a series of single-CD two-fers: In Concert/I Put a Spell on You, Pastel Blues/Let it All Out, and Wild Is the Wind/High Priestess of Soul.... more »
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Most of Nina Simone's Phillips records (cut from 1964 through '67) are available in a series of single-CD two-fers: In Concert/I Put a Spell on You, Pastel Blues/Let it All Out, and Wild Is the Wind/High Priestess of Soul. All are worthwhile, though this collection of small-combo recordings is particularly consistent and cohesive. The Pastel Blues portion of the CD features the backing of a quartet led by stalwart Simone accompanist Al Shackman. Highlighted by the aching "End of the Line," a riveting cover of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," and the 10-minute-plus "Sinnerman," this is prime studio Nina. The remaining 10 cuts include three live selections. Simone's vaunted eclecticism is in evidence in the Let It All Out portion of the package, with Bob Dylan's grim (and then nearly new) "Ballad of Hollis Brown" abutting Irving Berlin's "This Year's Kisses." --Steven Stolder
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solarpluvia | Olympia, WA USA | 09/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Out of all of her recordings that I own, this is easily my favorite. It shows her incredible range of emotion and talent. It may be rude to say this, but I find her much better than Billie Holiday. Nina has better emotionality, in my opinion. If you only buy one, let it be this one."
One of My All-Time Nina Favorites
Peter | East of Los Angeles | 08/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This really is an excellent CD! Philips is to be commended for putting two excellent albums onto one CD. The title says it all--Nina really does let it all out, vocally, that is. This remarkable artist tackles everything in the music book---Ellington songs, Billie Holiday ballads, R&B, soul, pop---she can do it all. It's amazing how she takes songs of Billie Holiday (there are 3 here) and remakes them into her own. The covers are just as good, if not better, than the original Lady Day versions. Nina's warm, soothing voice just washes you over and caresses you, and if need be--even jolts you--on some of the songs. Sound quality is excellent."