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Nina Simone

The Very Best Of Nina Simone

    Nina Simone's style encompassed a broad range of musical genres including jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, pop and classical music. Although she was initially trained to be a classical pianist, racism forced her to work within the realm of popular music, where she developed a singular style both as a singer and as a piano player. This 180-gram vinyl edition compiles 16 of her best performances ever, all of which were hits. Among them are her perennial reading of George & Ira Gershwin's "I Loves You Porgy" and her immortal version of "My Baby Just Cares for Me". Nina Simone, vocals & piano on all tracks, plus: Al Schackman, Chris White, Jimmy Bond, Wilbur Ware; Bobby Hamilton, Ben Riley, Albert "Tootie" Heath, among others.

    TRACK LISTING

    1.  My Baby Just Cares For Me 
    2.  I Loves You Porgy 
    3.  Love Me Or Leave Me 
    4.  Little Girl Blue 
    5.  He Needs Me 
    6.  Children Go Where I Send You 
    7.  Willow Weep For Me 
    8.  Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out 
    9.  Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair 
    10.  Trouble In Mind 
    11.  Exactly Like You 
    12.  Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me 
    13.  Work Song 
    14.  Fine And Mellow 
    15.  Mood Indigo 
    16.  The Other Woman

    Sam Cooke

    The Wonderful World Of Sam Cooke

      Songwriter and singer Sam Cooke was one of the most popular and infuential African-American fgures to emerge in the late '50s who successfully synthesized a blend of gospel music and secular themes that provided the early foundation of soul music Cooke's pure, clear vocals were widely imitated and his suave, sophisticated image set the style of soul crooners for the next decade. This collectors' LP release includes one of Cooke's fnest albums, The Wonderful World of Sam Cooke, originally issued by Keen Records in 1960. It contains some of his greatest studio recordings, including well-known hits from the peak of his career, such as "(What a) Wonderful World," "Desire Me," "No One (Can Ever Take Your Place)," "Summertime," and others that come from his spiritual background like "I Thank God" and "That's Heaven to Me."


      TRACK LISTING

      1. (What A) Wonderful World
      2. Desire Me
      3. Summertime
      4. Almost In Your Arms
      5. That's Heaven To Me
      6. No One (Can Ever Take Your Place)
      7. Win You Love For Me
      8. With You
      9. Blue Moon
      10. Stealing Kisses
      11. You Were Made For Me
      12. There I've Said It Again
      13. I Thank God
      14. Steal Away

      Nancy Wilson

      Nancy Wilson With Cannonball Adderley & George Shearing

        During her career, singer Nancy Wilson was labelled as a blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and soul performer, as well as a "consummate actress" and "the complete entertainer". The title she preferred, however, was "song stylist".

        In 1960 and 1961, she participated on two jazz oriented collaborative LPs: one with alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, and the other with pianist George Shearing. Both albums alternated between vocal and instrumental songs. This special edition compiles all of Wilson's vocal tracks from those albums, both of which received rave reviews and commercial success.

        TRACK LISTING

        Save Your Love For Me
        Never Will I Marry
        The Old Country
        Happy Talk
        The Masquerade Is Over
        A Sleepin' Bee
        Little Unhappy Boy
        On Green Dolphin Street
        The Nearness Of You
        Born To Be Blue
        All Night Long
        The Things We Did Last Summer
        Let's Live Again
        Ghost Of Yesterday
        My Gentleman Friend

        Bill Evans Trio

        Portrait In Jazz - 2022 Reissue

          Portrait in Jazz was Bill Evans' third album as a leader, following New Jazz Conceptions (1956) and Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1958). It was also Evans' first studio album with his legendary trio, featuring Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian. The repertoire here consists of standards (all of them treated in Evans' very personal style) plus two originals, "Peri's Scope" – premiered on Portrait in Jazz, and "Blue in Green," which was co-composed by Miles Davis. Bill first recorded the latter composition in March 1959 with Miles for the classic album, Kind of Blue.

          TRACK LISTING

          Come Rain Or Come Shine
          Autumn Leaves
          Witchcraft
          When I Fall In Love
          Peri's Scope
          What Is This Thing Called Love?
          Spring Is Here
          Some Day My Prince Will Come
          Blue In Green
          Blue In Green [alt Tk]

          Dave Brubeck Quartet

          Time Out - Stereo & Mono

            Dave Brubecks defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time. This belongs in even the most rudimentary jazz collection. Steve Huey Dave Brubeck Quartet: PAUL DESMOND, alto sax; DAVE BRUBECK, piano; EUGENE WRIGHT, bass; JOE MORELLO, drums. Produced by Teo Macero, .New York, 1958

            Double vinyl featuring both stereo and mono versions of the LP on 180g super fidelity pressing.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Blue Rondo À La Turk
            2. Strange Meadow Lark
            3. Take Five
            4. Three To Get Ready
            5. Kathy's Waltz
            6. Everybody's Jumpin'
            7. Pick Up Sticks
            8. It's A Raggy Waltz
            9. Blue Rondo À La Turk
            10. Strange Meadow Lark
            11. Take Five
            12. Three To Get Ready
            13. Kathy's Waltz
            14. Everybody's Jumpin'
            15. Pick Up Sticks
            16. Waltz Limp

            Nina Simone

            My Baby Just Cares For Me

              Limited edition 180gram premium vinyl pressing and 3 bonus tracks. Released in June 1958, this album (originally issued under the title Little Girl Blue on Bethlehem BCP-6028) was Nina Simone’s first studio recording ever.

              Made when she was 25-years old, the album was a huge success and led to a tremendous career that would yield over 80 studio sessions. It was originally issued on the Bethlehem label and features the singer/pianist backed by bassist Jimmy Bond (who had been a member of the Chet Baker Quartet among other groups) and drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath (one of the celebrated Heath brothers, along with saxophonist Jimmy Heath, and bassist Percy Heath).

              Many of the tracks from this LP would become true classics, among them her perennial versions of “My Baby Just Cares for Me” and “I Loves You, Porgy”. Simone’s piano is well featured throughout the LP, but “Central Park Blues” and “Good Bait” are the only purely instrumental tracks.

              TRACK LISTING

              My Baby Just Cares For Me
              Mood Indigo
              Don’t Smoke In Bed
              He Needs Me
              Little Girl Blue
              Love Me Or Leave Me
              He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands
              African Mailman
              Good Bait
              Plain Gold Ring
              You’ll Never Walk Alone
              I Loves You Porgy
              Central Park Blues
              For All We Know 

              Chet Baker & Bill Evans

              Alone Together

                The most significant aspect of this album, which first appeared as 'Chet - The Lyrical Trumpet of Chet Baker', is the interaction between Chet Baker and Bill Evans, two perennial jazz stars who only rarely recorded together. By the time this album was made, Chet was known as much for his singing as for his trumpet playing. This LP, however, is entirely instrumental and consists of nine ballads performed in the styles of hard bop to cool jazz.

                The last track, 'I Could Have Danced All Night' (included as a bonus) is from Chet Baker's 'Best of Lerner & Loewe' album, which featured Bill Evans on four of its tracks. They were the recordings that Baker and Evens made together.

                TRACK LISTING

                Alone Together
                How High The Moon
                It Never Entered My Mind
                Tis Autumn
                If You Could See Me Now
                September Song
                You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
                Time On My Hands
                You And The Night And The Music
                I Could Have Danced All Night

                John Coltrane

                Blue Train - 2022 Repress

                  Tenor saxophonist John Coltrane's 1957 studio session in Hackensack, New Jersey produced all the material for the legendary album, Blue Train. The album marked the first time that Trane was given the opportunity to select his own sidemen for a date. He made effective use of his newfound freedom, enlisting the support of trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. When asked in a 1960 radio interview which was his favourite of all the albums he recorded up to that point, Coltrane was quick to reply, Blue Train.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Blue Train
                  Moment's Notice
                  East Bound
                  Locomotion
                  I'm Old Fashioned
                  Lazy Bird

                  Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong

                  Ella And Louis Again

                    This was the second album pairing Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong produced by Norman Granz for his Verve label. After recording a series of duets in the late 1940s for Decca, Ella and Louis were invited by Granz in 1956 to make a series of sessions which would result in the memorable 'Ella and Louis'. Such was the commercial success of the LP, the formula was repeated the following year with the making of 'Ella and Louis Again'. Like its predecessor, it received both critical acclaim and commercial success.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Dont Be That Way
                    Makin Whoopee
                    They All Laughed
                    Comes Love
                    Autumn In New York
                    Lets Do It
                    Stompin At The Savoy
                    I Wont Dance
                    Gee, Baby, Aint I Good To You?
                    Lets Call The Whole Thing Off
                    These Foolish Things
                    Ive Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
                    Willow Weep For Me
                    Im Puttin All My Eggs In One Basket
                    A Fine Romance
                    Ill Wind
                    Love Is Here To Stay
                    I Get A Kick Out Of You
                    Learnin The Blues


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