Nina Simone - Pastel Blues
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1965 Ratings: #28 / 57
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1965 Rank: #4All Time: #263
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Pastel Blues is not just a brilliant album for fans of vocal jazz but an opportunity to listen to a uniquely wonderful voice at its peak combined with some serious instrumentation.


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The History of the Albums - n°273

[I invite you to read my first review on Nina Simone - Little Girl ... read more


What a magnificent voice that cannot be matched!

Pastel Blues is an album from American soul singer Nina Simone that was released in October 1965 on Philips Records, having been recorded in New York City throughout 1964-65.

It was a minor success upon release, charting at No. 139 on the Billboard 200 as well as at No. 8 on the Hot R&B LPs chart.

I've been well aware of Nina Simone's music for years now, knowing about her legendary status in the gospel & blues genres as well as having ... read more


Wow, just wow. So I finally decided to listen to this due to @KawaiiBoyGirl giving this a 100 leaving me curious, and god I do not regret listening to this. When I heard the first track I worried her voice wouldn’t be my thing, as it’s extremely low and very extremely over the top emotive, but then I realized, that’s literally one of my two favorite types of voices, I just went in with false expectations. Almost no soul vocalist I’ve heard before has come close to having ... read more


Nina Simone was such an unbelievable talent that talking about her music doesn't really do her justice, the act of listening to her is the proper way to instantaneously recognize her prowess, so I won't waste any time writing down why her voice and singing is so powerful and whatnot. This album is a really great collection of recordings in which the instrumentation is mostly very held-back and bare-bones in order to let the vocal talent of hers thrive, and with its short length it's able to ... read more


Vocal jazz has never really been my thing, but I can't help but appreciate how amazing this album is. I wasn't the biggest fan of the first track at first, but on the second listen (after I got used to her voice) I liked the track a lot more. Everything from the instrumentals to the vocals is still amazing to this day. I went into this album raw, so when I heard "Strange Fruit" for the first time, I got whiplash because of the Kanye sample. Nevertheless, it would be my favorite song ... read more



I was captivated right from track one, which was essentially an acapella track with intermittent hi-hat hits and claps, and it never lost me in the 8 tracks that followed all concluding in the sensational 10 minute closer "Sinnerman" which feels wildly ahead of its time.

A one of a kind voice with some hauntingly beautiful tracks here, I was only somewhat familiar with Simone prior to today and having listened to one of her albums in full for the first time I can ... read more

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Added on: January 3, 2014