Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original stereo analog master tapes!
Stoughton Printing old-style gatefold jacket with beautiful added photos!
Plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings
Little Girl Blue was Nina Simone's debut release. Bethlehem founder Gus Wildi, taken with the uniquely beautiful quality of her voice, gave her complete control over song selection, backing musicians, arrangements and production of the recording. Nina and her rhythm section recorded the entire album plus three additional tracks in just one session. In her biography of Nina, Nadine Cohodas recounts engineer Irv Greeenbaum's recollection of that day: "Nothing like Nina's artistry had ever happened before … Her voice and the keyboard playing were so rich and interesting that they could have stood alone."
For this new Analogue Productions reissue of Little Girl Blue we've upped the ante. A single pocket jacket to suffice? No. We've done the lady right with a heavy Stoughton Printing tip-on gatefold jacket featuring gorgeous color photos of Nina from a glamorous stage performance. And the peerless mastering by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound in New York sounds incredible. Then top it off with 200-gram Quality Record Pressings vinyl that is unsurpassingly silent and gives incredibly rich playback.
Recorded late fall, 1957, at Beltone Studio, New York, NY
Nina Simone, piano and vocals
Jimmy Bond, bass
Albert "Tootsie" Heath, drums