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Eva Cassidy, whose pure, powerful voice caused a collective spontaneous reaction around the world that she did not live to witness, continues to touch her millions of fans, more than seven years after her death on Nov. 2, 1996 from melanoma at the age of 33.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blix Street
  • ASIN: B004DK49QE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Tragically, this D.C.-area chanteuse was discovered too late, after cancer claimed her life at age 33 (a couple years later, her anthology Songbird soared to #1 in England). These unissued vocal/guitar performances capture her at her most transfixing: her reinventions of Autumn Leaves; Over the Rainbow; True Colors; People Get Ready; Wayfaring Stranger; Time After Time; Wade in the Water , and more.

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I've had several of her cds before and every one is a treasure.
K. Carlson
Just having her guitar playing allowed her voice to really be the focal point.
Styles
The beauty, simplicity and emotion of her voice simply permeates your soul.
jc

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Singer Eva Cassidy had a #1 album on the British record charts and has gone multi-platinum in the US but she never got to see her own success. The chart-topping album occurred in 2001 and was actually a 1998 release on Washington State- based Blix Records. But Cassidy had already left her physical being, having died in 1996 at the tender age of 33, from melanoma. The recordings that took the world by storm were recorded as early as 1991. The seven albums or compilations released by Blix Street are still huge sellers.

Now comes "new" music from the beautiful voice of Cassidy with this album of "stripped down" acoustic guitar and vocal performances recorded "live" in the studio and at two Washington DC nightclubs. And it's a captivating album. The lead off track is Christine McVie's composition "Songbird", the first song that most Cassidy fans heard. But that session was from 1991 and here we are five years later with no overdubs or supporting musicians. Another Cassidy "standard" is "Over The Rainbow" but it's a different version this time. Cassidy performed "cover songs" in her own way. There are two Cyndi Lauper-related songs here: "True Colors" and "Time After Time". I'm pretty sure Lauper would very much approve of these versions. Old traditional folk songs don't seem out of place either. "Wayfaring Stranger" and "Wade in the Water" fit right in! And, trust me, Cassidy's version of Jesse Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues" is 180 degrees from the original. The sessions recorded at Blues Alley and another D.C. area club, Pearl's", sound only slightly different from those recorded "live" in by producer Chris Biondo in his Maryland studio. There is no audience noise and these may have been recorded before or after shows at these clubs.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By E. Voves on January 25, 2011
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I'm thrilled this has been released. Here is the Eva Cassidy cherished and loved by those who knew her in life. This is how her music sounded at family gatherings and when Eva hung out with friends. Just Eva: with at most, her guitar. Eva needed nothing else. Eva will sing her way into your heart and a piece of it will forever be: simply Eva.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Styles on January 25, 2011
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This was a great album. I could listen to this one over and over. Just having her guitar playing allowed her voice to really be the focal point. While I have heard most of these songs from here before, They were new and fresh to listen to. Loved over the rainbow.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marcy Marxer on September 16, 2011
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My LifeThis won't be a long review because losing Eva still breaks my heart.
We're very lucky to live in an area that encourages musicians and singers. The Washington, DC area is not considered to be a center of the music industry but there is quite a bit of work for our area musicians. Since the chances of hitting the big time are almost nonexistent, most of the musicians here either grew up here of moved to this area because they like to work every day, and because they work every day, they're great musicians. That sets up a very supportive, noncompetitive atmosphere and the musicians here embrace that atmosphere. That's why Grace Griffith sent Eva's tapes to Blix Street Records.
Grace was working on her first record for Blix Street and we were all very excited with and for her. Grace came into the studio one day and asked if I thought she should send Eva's tapes to Blix St. I told her I thought she should wait a couple of months to make sure her record went smoothly and to be sure Bill Straw who runs the company would be good to work with since Eva's parents were still grieving and I wanted to be sure that we couldn't possibly add to that grief in any way.
Well, she sent them anyway, which is really just what she should have done. Bill Straw and Blix Street did everything right. When Eva's music started to spread, they manufactured enough, they followed the flow of interest and stepped up to dedicate their lives to making Eva's music available. People around the world fell in love with Eva and her music just like we love her here. (Yes, we do and did love Eva here but the people who write books don't talk to us.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Newman on May 22, 2012
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I first stumbled across Eva Cassidy on a compilation of guitar songs for rainy days, singing "Autumn Leaves." A serviceable old standard to be sure, but I've heard it probably a hundred times by our most acclaimed singers, and wasn't enthused about hearing yet another version. But after listening I realized two things: that I'd never really heard Autumn Leaves before, or more accurately, I had never *felt* it, and that I had to know more about this singer who was able to bring so much new depth out of a familiar song. Why hadn't I heard of her before? Listening to others of her songs showed this effect was no fluke. Eva has a way of forcing us to slow down and feel, perhaps for the first time, what the songwriter was trying to tell us. 'Look what I found under this old leaf,' she seems to say, swaying her unerring metal detector from side to side and holding up the nugget you missed before.

And this was no accident. She reportedly chose her songs based on the effect the lyrics had on her, which gave her a somewhat eclectic but highly distilled repertoire. Some have said that Eva was unaware of her talent, but I am now convinced this was not the case, but rather she chose in her humility to subjugate herself in service to the message of the song, and its connecting power to the collective unconscious of our human condition. She bridges the synapse between songwriter and listener better than any other singer I have ever heard.

People speak upon first hearing Eva of being stopped in their tracks, waiters halted emerging from swinging kitchen doors holding plates of cooling food, of being unexpectedly and irresistibly moved to tears. At this Eva Cassidy has no peers.
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"Amongst the 12 tracks lay a more intimate and affecting version of Songbird, now an Eva signature song, as well as an acoustic-blues arrangement of People Get Ready and folk interpretations of... Read More
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Eva's amazing voice is reason enough to buy any of her CD's! There aren't many singers who can express at turns: deep intimacy, raw soul and incredible power the way Eva Cassidy did. She had a special gift and we are fortunate to have the wonderful recordings she left behind. I can't wait to... Read More
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