Pastel Blues (studio album) by Nina Simone

Pastel Blues by Nina Simone
Year: 1965
Overall rank: 637th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 344 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1965 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1960s (74th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (637th)
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From 04/17/2024 17:27
Is Nina Simone the greatest vocalist to ever live? There's an argument!!
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From 07/08/2022 20:54
A brilliant display of how amazing Nina Simone was as a vocalist as she absolutely nails every single track. Her voice is so unique and separates her from the competition around her at the time. This is one of the best records to prove that as she dominates every song and shows the control she has over her voice. This is best displayed on the tracks Trouble In Mind, Strange Fruit and Tell Me More And More And Then Some. Where she is at her peak though is on Sinnerman which I would argue is one of the best songs she ever recorded. She is backed up quite well on all the songs with some fun instrumentation that has moments where it shines but lets her voice do the talking. The standout is the piano for me as it has these little flourishes which add so much to the music. However, where the record is let down is in some of the weaker songs as there are a couple of filler tracks. The instrumentation feels a little slow and repetitive on these songs and I do get bored when they come on. If you swapped these songs out for more infectious ones or just cut them out completely then the record would be much better and would feel more cohesive. These are only a few songs on the album so it doesn't spoil the album completely. Overall, an album full to brim with soul and that is mainly down to a stunning vocal performance that blows me away with every listen.
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From 04/24/2022 09:59
She has nice voice and last two songs are excellent, very enjoyable listen.
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From 04/02/2022 09:03
Serious blues..
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From 10/03/2020 23:53
89/100

Best tracks: Be My Husband, Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out, Tell Me More and More and Then Some, Strange Fruit, Sinnerman
Worst track: Chilly Winds Don't Blow (still a great track!)
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From 07/24/2020 00:14
One of the best albums ever. The last two tracks could make any album great but the rest is not easy cake either!
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From 10/01/2019 16:32
When I listened to the album I thought "Be My Husband" was easily the biggest success of the piece, what a disappointment, the song is shamefully underrated.
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From 08/25/2019 20:43
One of the great albums of the sixties
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From 09/06/2018 18:58
An already wonderful record....and then those last two tracks.
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Best Albums of 1965
1. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
2. Rubber Soul by The Beatles
3. A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
4. Bringing It All Back Home by Bob Dylan
5. Help! by The Beatles
6. Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul by Otis Redding
7. Pastel Blues by Nina Simone
8. My Generation by The Who
9. The Beach Boys Today! by The Beach Boys
10. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi
11. Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds
12. Here Are The Sonics!!! by The Sonics
13. Out Of Our Heads by The Rolling Stones
14. Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock
15. Spiritual Unity by Albert Ayler Trio
16. Jackson C. Frank by Jackson C. Frank
17. I Put A Spell On You by Nina Simone
18. Live At The Regal by B.B. King
19. Turn! Turn! Turn! by The Byrds
20. Bert Jansch by Bert Jansch
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