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Mastered from the original tapes and pressed on 180gm vinyl. The raw and forthright energy of Nina Simone hits you like a tsunami on the opening track of Pastel Blues. Nina Simone’s rendition of Be My Husband to the tune of an old African American work song, Rosie, is everything you need to know about Simone. Her voice so full of power and resistance, accompanied by nothing but the hammer strike of the percussion. It sends your spine tingling. Like much of her music it has its roots African American tradition and unabashed levels of pride and suffering in equal measures. The album is a collection of jazz and blues standards played by Simone in New