Nina Simone Sings The Blues

by Nina Simone

Original Release Date: 1967-01-01

Nina Simone Sings The Blues

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.”


  1. Do I Move You? (2:41)
  2. Day And Night (2:34)
  3. In The Dark (2:53)
  4. Real Real (2:17)
  5. My Man’s Gone Now (4:13)
  6. Backlash Blues (2:14)
  7. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl (2:27)
  8. Buck (2:00)
  9. Since I Fell For You (2:44)
  10. The House Of The Rising Sun (3:55)
  11. Blues For Mama (3:52)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Club Edition Reissue Stereo (Blue, Gatefold)
Label RCA Victor
Catalog Number 88985317261
Notes Gatefold sleeve. Comes with an art print and an extra liner with a cocktail recipe and album notes. © 1967, 2016 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment / Originally released 1967. Manufactured for Vinyl Me, Please by Sony Music Entertainment Recorded in RCA Victor’s Studio B, New York City. Library of Congress Card Numbers R67-2922 (Mono) and R67-2923 (Stereo) apply to this recording. Mastered from the original analog tapes […] @ Sterling Sound, NYC
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