Nina Simone - Pastel Blues


Philips (Acoustic Sounds Series)



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APHI 26601
UPC: 602507190828
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

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Acoustic Sounds Series reissues from Verve/Universal Music Enterprises!

Monthly releases highlighting the world's most historic and best jazz records!

Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes

180-gram LPs pressed at Quality Record Pressings!

Stoughton Printing gatefold old-style tip-on jackets

Series supervised by Chad Kassem CEO of Acoustic Sounds

Click to see the Acoustic Sounds Series

"The sound of both of these records is the best that's been produced from these tapes and both records are well worth owning." — Music = 9/11; Sound = 9/11 — Michael Fremer, Read the whole review here.

Seeking to offer definitive audiophile grade versions of some of the most historic and best jazz records ever recorded, Verve Label Group and Universal Music Enterprises' new audiophile Acoustic Sounds vinyl reissue series utilizes the skills of top mastering engineers and the unsurpassed production craft of Quality Record Pressings. All titles are mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged by Stoughton Printing Co. in high-quality gatefold sleeves with tip-on jackets. The releases are supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, the world's largest source for audiophile recordings.

This is Nina at the piano, joined by a small band as she ignites a set of late-night torch songs: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "Strange Fruit," "Trouble in Mind," her stunning version of "Sinner Man," and more. Originally issued in 1965 by Philips.



Ratings from Michael Fremer @

1. Be My Husband
2. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
3. End Of The Line
4. Trouble In Mind
5. Tell Me More And More And
6. Some
7. Chilly Winds Don't Blow
8. Ain't No Use
9. Strange Fruit
10. Sinnerman

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 8 person(s) rated this product.

Dead Silent Pressing

posted on 05/28/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: Brian VanPelt
My pressing is pretty much dead silent, with a single-digit number of light clicks. The voluming is a little on the low side as the songs are mostly quiet songs. Thus, it is imperative that the pressing be quiet, and so it is.

Nina's voice is prominently featured in the middle of the soundfield. She's completely clear and well-focused. Her voice has the most weight of any of the instruments. Speaking of instruments, they are quite sharp and vivid, but Nina's piano is a little on the soft side.

Overall, this is a very good audiophile record. These records from Acoustic Sounds are the equal, if not a touch better, than the Tone Poet releases.

Cartridge: AT VM540ML

Perfect Album

posted on 05/26/2022
5 Stars
This record is simply stunning and is my new favorite record. I highly recommend you buy. The sound and recording on this is amazing. Strange fruit and Sinner man are simply jaw dropping!!

Good lord!

posted on 08/26/2021
5 Stars
I've listened to this record so many times, but NOTHING like this!!! Nina EXPLODES out of the speakers in 3D sound. Perfection!


posted on 01/16/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Al. W.
Without a doubt the best sounding lp version I've heard of this stirring recording! Nina is there with visceral presence and physicality! There's definitely been major strides in pressing quality from QRP, truly silent sides beginning to end! Highly recommend!!!!


posted on 01/08/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Brian Buder


posted on 12/20/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: GSal
These Verve remasters are simply stunning. Nina sounds fantastic! Highly recommended.

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