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American Tune CD

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Eva Cassidy fans surely feel something akin to relief when another cache of tapes is opened for release. The singer's 1996 death at the age of 33, after all, rendered her output finite in the saddest and most frustrating way. American Tune's modus operandi is similar to previous Cassidy CDs in its mix of standard repertoire (here, everything from "Yesterday" to "God Bless the Child" and Ray Charles's "Hallelujah I Love [Him] So" rubs shoulders) and fine, less obvious choices (Joe Simon's early-'70s soul hit "Drowning in the Sea of Love"). The sometimes pedestrian backing does little to spoil the pleasure of Cassidy's pure tone and the surprises she's able to wring from the material--on the Charles tune, she even suggests a distaff Lyle Lovett. She'd no doubt be pleased to know that tracks uncovered at this point now sound like, well, notes from a missed, much-loved friend. --Rickey Wright

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Drowning In The Sea Of Love
  2. True Colors
  3. The Water Is Wide
  4. Hallelujah I Love Him So
  5. God Bless The Child
  6. Dark Eyed Molly
  7. American Tune
  8. It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
  9. Yesterday
  10. You Take My Breath Away


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Blix Street
  • ASIN: B0000ADXF9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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American Tune joins a formidable collection of albums that cannot be matched by any other female vocalist on this planet. Eva is in a class of her own. She brings her unique interpretations and style to any track she covers, and, in doing so, makes it her own.
The Eva magic is there. A breathtaking interpretation of American Tune, the title track written by Paul Simon, is of the highest standard. Her musical prowess and interpretation of Simon's telling lyrics of the "American Dream", conveys both the triumphs and the heartaches of immigrants' expectations once they had arrived in their promised land, America. With her voice alone, Eva can convey to the listener both the hopes and the dreams of these new American citizens. American Tune is a powerful track but Eva lifts it to new heights. American Tune now belongs to Eva. Her name will become synonymous with American Tune - America's new Anthem.
The runaway winner on the album is You Take My Breath Away. This is the most beautiful love song - lyrics by Claire Hamill 1973. The melody, the words and Eva's divine interpretation intoxicates you. I have found it impossible not to keep replaying the track, it's just so hauntingly beautiful to the ears, heart and soul. It is reminiscent of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and has that same special quality that brought Eva to the attention of the UK's music lovers. I expect You Take My Breath Away soon to be capturing the hearts of music lovers world-wide. This track is impossible not to fall in love with. You Take My Breath is pure Eva at her exceptional best.
Eva Cassidy, musical phenomenon of the 21st Century.
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New music from the Eva estate. This album will be a huge seller, and may outdo "Songbird". I will say this though, nothing to date surpasses "Live At Blues Alley" (the true Eva CD). Nevertheless, this is still a fantastic album.
"American Tune" is a collection of 10 songs featuring covers of some very humble tracks including Cyndi Lauper's "True Colours" and The Beatles "Yesterday". The title track of course being a Paul Simon cover..
Included on this album is another version of "God Bless the Child" which she did as a duet on her album with Chuck Brown titled "The Other Side".
The highlights on the album are "The Water is Wide" and "You Take me Breath Away" - so beautiful they will bring tears to your eyes.
This may be the last of Eva's recordings, so grab yourself a copy and disappear for awhile.
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When I first discovered Eva Cassidy five years ago, through her CD Songbird, I wept to discover that she had passed away due to melanoma. Her voice was unlike any I had ever heard, at once powerful and filled with emotion, but still calming and soothing to the soul. Each time a new Eva Cassidy CD is released, I wonder how it could ever compare to the earlier work. I have never been disappointed. Time After Time, Imagine, and, now, American Tune are all outstanding.
Taking tapes from studio work and live performances, American Tune, again demonstrates Eva's incredible range and versatility. It's difficult to choose a favorite track, but her covers of True Colors and Yesterday are incredible.
For the longtime Eva fan, this will be another jewel for your collection. If you've never heard Eva, do yourself a favor, close your eyes and listen. She'll take your breath away.
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I don't know if I can be objective about Eva Cassidy's music . . . I'm too much of a fan of her unbelievable talent. "American Tune" is a collection of gentle music, or at least it comes out that way when Eva sings it. Even the selections that could possibly be sung raucously are mellow. This lady is amazing!! There is no music genre she can't handle with her awesome voice. Oddly enough, one of my least favorite tracks is The Beatles' "Yesterday". Eva sings it well, but Lenny Williams' piano accompaniment is bland and lacks imagination. I have always loved his piano on her previous recordings, so this was a big disappointment. The addition of Dan Cassidy's violin is a nice touch, however. My two favorites are "The Water is Wide" and the beautiful "You Take My Breath Away", which sends chills all over me. Billie Holliday and Cyndi Lauper would be pleased with her renditions of "God Bless the Child" and "True Colors". The up-tempo "Hallelujah, I Just Love Him So" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)" are fun. Another song I'm not crazy about is "Dark Eyed Molly" . . . but when Eva sings it, I still have to listen. Her clear, pure voice is always a pleasure to hear, but her music is finite and I will hate the day when there will be no more of her recordings. Get every Eva Cassidy CD you can find!
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First I would like to commend the designer of the album for the most beautiful cover. The beautiful picture of Eva Cassidy herself in a lovely rural western setting is so fitting for a singer of such high stature, beloved by millions all over the world.
Eva Cassidy had a wonderful habit of singing songs better than the original singers and exceeding even what the writers of the songs envisioned. There are so many examples of this in her previous other albums. Of course this also happens in this album. True Colors was originally sung by Cindi Lauper and lately by Kasey Chambers. Eva's interpretation is superb. I read she practiced this song many, many times so she must have loved this song.

The Water is Wide was lately sung by Charlotte Church. Eva did such a good job on this song (The water is wide I can not get o'er, And neither have I wings to fly). She puts so much of her heart and soul in this song and that is why the listener gets back so much.
I first heard Stan Rogers singing Dark Eyed Molly. It seems this ballad was made for Eva Cassidy. It fits her voice so well. (No fiddle tune will take the air, But I will see his swift feet a dancing). Eva executes the narrative style of this love song to perfection.
American Tune was sung and written by Paul Simon. Eva Cassidy has made this into an American patriotic song and put so much life and meaning to its lyrics. (And I dreamed I was flying, And high up above, my eyes could clearly see The Statue of Liberty). Paul Simon will be proud to hear Eva's version. This song will long be remembered.
Eva Cassidy sings the best version of Yesterday compared to anybody. She did not hold back her full soul and blues strength in this melody. The piano skill of Lenny Williams and violin by Dan Cassidy back up Eva superbly.
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Did Eva ever learn the lyrics?
Rearrangement is its own art. Can it reveal a different meaning than that to which one is habituated? Yes. Is it always successful? No. I've not listened to Cassidy's rearrangement in this instance so have no opinion on its relative success.

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