Stereo Review (3/94, p.103) - Performance: In The Beginning... / Recording: Very Good - "...LITTLE GIRL BLUE is one of those rare albums that keeps on giving with every track. Don't leave a record store without it..."
2.Don't Smoke in Bed
3.He Needs Me
4.Little Girl Blue
5.Love Me or Leave Me
6.My Baby Just Cares for Me
8.Plain Old Ring
9.You'll Never Walk Alone
10.I Loves You Porgy
11.Central Park Blues
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Personnel: Nina Simone (vocals, piano); Al Heath (drums).
Audio Remasterer: John Sigmon.
Liner Note Author: Joseph P. Muranyl.
Recording information: 1958.
Nina Simone's debut LP for the Bethlehem label, 1958's LITTLE GIRL BLUE, presents Simone's brooding sound and highly-focused eclecticism fully-formed from the very start. Even from the beginning, she stood to inherit Billie Holiday's mantle as the premiere jazz singer of the moment--a socially significant yet highly musical artist for the civil rights era just beginning to emerge. Whether by design or accident, Simone's classy juxtaposition of Bach, folk, and jazz standards--all '50s supper club staples to be sure--managed to pack a mighty prescient message for the heady days to come. Highlights include the original "My Baby Just Cares For Me" and a tender "I Loves You Porgy."
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