13 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1967, the great Nina Simone shifted from the orchestral arrangements of High Priestess of Soul to the rawer small-band aesthetic of Sings the Blues, her first record for RCA. Backed by top session players including drummer Bernard Purdie, Simone didn’t sing only the blues, however: As always, she boiled a wide range of styles into her own inimitable stew. But the originals “Do I Move You?” and “Blues for Mama” were blues through and through, and “Backlash Blues,” with lyrics by Langston Hughes, epitomized Simone’s galvanizing role in the art and politics of the time: “Mr. Backlash/Just who do you think I am?/You raise my taxes, freeze my wages/And send my son to Vietnam.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1967, the great Nina Simone shifted from the orchestral arrangements of High Priestess of Soul to the rawer small-band aesthetic of Sings the Blues, her first record for RCA. Backed by top session players including drummer Bernard Purdie, Simone didn’t sing only the blues, however: As always, she boiled a wide range of styles into her own inimitable stew. But the originals “Do I Move You?” and “Blues for Mama” were blues through and through, and “Backlash Blues,” with lyrics by Langston Hughes, epitomized Simone’s galvanizing role in the art and politics of the time: “Mr. Backlash/Just who do you think I am?/You raise my taxes, freeze my wages/And send my son to Vietnam.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

erikinvienna ,

the others must be speechless...and yet

this album has so much soul in it, it hurts because it's so real. She lays it out on the line, every time, but here Simone is just so real. I can't believe no one else has reviewed this album yet. A true treasure, one I know I'll return to my whole life.

supersarae ,

Stunning album

This album absolutely drips with Nina's raw emotions. She pulls it out from deep inside and puts it all out on the table and says, "here it is... take it or leave it." I've always been a fan of hers, but this album is my favorite by far. Such strength, sorrow, and the live feel behind these tracks makes this album a rare find.

Foufyter ,

Great Album

Nina Simone really puts the hurt on you with this album. It has so much soul that even Big Luther could take a few lessons away from it. A great album that is simply amazing.

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