is a studio album by Jazz singer/pianist/songwriter Pastel Blues Nina Simone (1933–2003). It was recorded in 1964 and 1965 in New York City and released in 1965 by Philips Records. The name Pastel Blues is somewhat deceiving because the songs on the album incorporate different musical styles besides the blues, such as jazz, soul and folk music.
Information about songs on this album [ edit ]
"Be My Husband" was written by Andrew Stroud, Simone's husband and manager at the time. She sings it
a cappella with her handclapping and a hi-hat as her only accompaniment. The song was later retitled as "Be Your Husband" and covered by Jeff Buckley on (2003). The song was also covered by Live at Sin-é (Legacy Edition) Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan on Rice's , sung by Hannigan while other band members beat on the backs of guitars and other instruments. Live from the Union Chapel "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" was originally sung by
Bessie Smith. She was a blues singer in the 1920s/1930s and her songs had a great influence on Simone. "Tell Me More and More and Then Some" and "
Strange Fruit" were originally sung by Billie Holiday. "
Sinnerman" is one of Simone's most famous songs. Simone learned the lyrics of this more than 10 minute song when it was used on revival meetings by her mother to help people confess their sins. An earlier version of this song exists, recorded live at The Village Gate, but was never used on the Colpix album (1962). "Sinnerman" has been featured in various films, commercials and remixes, including Nina at the Village Gate , The Thomas Crown Affair , the Absinthe Films snowboarding video Cellular Futureproof, in episodes of the TV shows , and Scrubs , the Sherlock David Lynch film , the video game Inland Empire , remixes by Hip-hop producer Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Kanye West, and Felix da Housecat (for Verve Record's Verve Remixed series). Bob Marley & The Wailers also recorded a slightly different version in 1966.
Track listing [ edit ]
"Be My Husband"
(Andy Stroud) – 3:20 "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
(Jimmie Cox) – 2:38 "End of the Line"
( – 2:54 John Edmondson/Cynthia Medley) "
Trouble in Mind" ( – 2:40 Richard Jones) "Tell Me More and More and Then Some"
( – 3:08 Billie Holiday) "Chilly Winds Don't Blow"
(Hermann Krasnow/ – 4:01 William Lovelock) "Ain't No Use"
(Rudy Stevenson) – 3:00 "
Strange Fruit" ( – 3:29 Lewis Allan) "
Sinnerman" (traditional) – 10:19
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