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1992 collaboration between the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, and a then-unknown young vocalist named Eva Cassidy. While they traveled different musical paths, both vocalists sound vibrant and complement each other as if they had been working together for years. Though Brown may have been considered past his sell-by date (since Go-Go's heyday had long since passed), these recordings prove otherwise. As for Cassidy, she would continue to remain a talented but little-known vocalist who would not achieve success until after her 1996 death.

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Only in America could an album like this have come together: Eva Cassidy, a young vocalist who, had she lived, might have gone on to become her generation's favorite song interpreter, trading verses with Chuck Brown, seasoned godfather of the D.C. underground funk movement known as go-go. By the time this was recorded in 1992, the go-go trend had long since peaked for Brown, while the twentysomething Cassidy was still an unknown local session vocalist. Yet, on this set of standards, the two collaborate as if they were picking up where they'd left off decades earlier, from easy-riding versions of "Let the Good Times Roll" and "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You" to near-definitive renditions of "Over the Rainbow" and "Dark End of the Street." And while it's easy to focus on the posthumously acclaimed Cassidy, Brown's haunting solo turn on "You Don't Know What Love Is" suggests that unjustly overlooked talents are still making music in the shadows of our nation's capital. --Bill Forman

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  • Audio CD (December 12, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Liaison Records
  • ASIN: B000005FN2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful By C. Norbury on April 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Grabbing you from the first notes of "Let the Good TimesRoll" and holding you until the last chord of the immortalrendition of "Over the Rainbow" and then some, this CD showcases the incredible talent of Eva Cassidy. Chuck Brown proves to be a perfect foil to Eva's sultry, haunting, wailing, bluesy alto voice. His gravelly bass/baritone reminds me a bit of the great Johnny Hartman, but with more of an edge. They seem to be a perfect match on all their duets and obviously had great chemistry and synergy. Their musicianship is outstanding and the arrangements are first rate. "Let the Good Times Roll" sets the stage for what is to come, swinging perfectly, both singers flexing their chops, getting your toes tapping right away with a terrfic horn arrangement in the background. One of several excellent duets, "You Don't Know Me" is a tender, wistful ballad. Eva and Chuck trade verses and phrases, never coming together until the very end. "I Could Have Told You So" gets back in a nicely grooved jazz big band setting. Eva shows that she can scat with the best of them- and my god, this is her first featured album! She sounds like she has been scatting with Ella Fitzgerald for decades. "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You" is a bluesy, "last call" type of tune. It's easy to imagine the two singers sitting around the piano in an intimate little club, just tossing this one off effortlessly. One of the joys of listening to Eva is hearing tunes where she sings backup vocals as well as lead. "Drown In My Own Tears" features Eva on backup vocals and here she sounds like a choir of angels floating on the clouds.Read more ›
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By J. Bransfield on August 14, 2000
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I bought this CD mostly because I really like Eva's other work - and what kick this is! On the surface this CD shouldn't work but somehow Brown's gravely voice works perfectly with Cassidy's pure tonality.
Even the mix of songs from straight-ahead jazz, to blues, to soul to old pop makes sense with these two. You could believe that Chuck and Eva just sat-in and played whatever came to mind.
Overall this would be a 4-star CD except for three incredible cuts - God Bless the Child, Dark End of the Street and Over the Rainbow. They are simply outstanding.
I can't help feeling that somewhere up in heaven, Judy Garland smiled when she heard Eva sing Over the Rainbow, punched her fist in the air and said, 'You Go Girl!"
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1998
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This was Eva Cassidy's first CD, and her collaboration with Chuck Brown was an artistic leap for both of them. Cassidy had been singing backup for other artists and Brown was known locally as the "Godfather of Go-Go" for his particular brand of danceable soul. They came together on this album of jazz standards, which would be an asset to any record collection.
Brown said in an interview (I think it was with the Washington Post) that he was thinking about the classic combination of Louis Armstrong and Peggy Lee, with the raspy-voiced, worldly man and the sweet-voiced, soulful woman into the perfect duo. This is the CD to put on when you've spread the bearskin rug in front of the crackling fire, and poured the wine. (Although for this particular purpose you might skip past the rollicking opening number, "Let the Good Times Roll.")
Some of the best romantic duets on "The Other Side" are "You've Changed," "Drown in My Own Tears," and "You Don't Know Me." Cassidy's fans will not want to miss her solo "God Bless the Child" which is simply mesmerizing, and if you haven't heard her famous "Over the Rainbow" (which is also found on the CD "Songbird") you're in for a treat.
Brown recently released a solo jazz CD called "Timeless," which he dedicated to Cassidy's memory.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2004
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Eva Cassidy? I have all her albums. This was the first one- and my favorite. There aren't enough superlatives in the language to describe the talent this woman had. I am seventy-two years old, and I have listened to all the great ladies of jazz for sixty of those years. Although there are some good young jazz voices around these days, Eva had no peers. She was a great artist who belongs at the top with Ella, Sarah, and Billie. I lament her passing, and treasure the recordings she left us. The duets with Chuck Brown are outstanding.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 2002
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It's more than words can say. This CD has beat any of my expectations, especially after having Eva by Heart (brilliant), Time after Time, and her Live Blues Alley Album. Her music has enriched my life, and I always tell others and let them hear her.
This duo of Chuck Brown and Eva is very special, and a match that could'nt of been better conceived. Chucks raspy yet meloncholy voice with Evas perfect as always voice is such a great combo. Her voice in every song is simply beautiful, and on a personal level transforms me with such emotion, I just want to hear more.
There are a few great dancy and hip groovy songs, along with her other awe inspiring solos, like 'Over the Rainbow', 'Dark end of the Street', and much much more. My favorite song(s), that I listen to over and over, are I'll go crazy - such a great beat and her voice really bellows, and 'You don't know what love is', a real happy mix.
Anyone who knows Eva will appreciate this one...and Chuck's voice certainly is a great addition.
We will miss you Eva...
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