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Performing and recording in the Washington DC area during the early 90s, Eva released only two albums before her untimely demise. She never landed a contract, mainly because she stubbornly insisted on singing and playing songs that spoke to her, regardless of genre, and this prevented her from fitting into a commercial pigeonhole. In the wake of her enormous posthumous popularity on both sides of the Atlantic, however, no fewer than eight collections of her music have been produced.
"The Best of Eva Cassidy" is indeed her best, containing as it does a full 20 tracks over 80 minutes and including most of the songs for which she is best known. A few of my favorites are missing, of course, like "At Last," "The Water Is Wide," "Blues in the Night," and "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," but that's inevitable when you assemble a compilation.
So if you can buy only one of Eva's albums, make it this one. However, if her music touches you like it does me, you owe it to yourself to check out a few of her other collections. She never sang a song that wasn't vital and compelling. And if you'd like to know more about her life and work, search for an excellent 18-minute video from ABC's Nightline program entitled "The Eva Cassidy Story."
That being said, there hasn't been a female vocalist since Eva's passing in 1996 who has appeared on the music scene who can hold a candle to her genius. All the recordings in this package, especially "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", "Kathy's Song", and "Fields Of Gold", are quintessential, and Eva made them hers. I am disappointed, however, that a song written by another late Washington, DC area musician, Roger Henderson's "A Penny To My Name", was not included, having done exceptionally well in Europe upon its release a decade ago.
If you have been living under a rock for the last twenty years and are just discovering who Eva was, feel free to start here, but don't stop here. All of her albums are treasures, and you need to hear all of them to grasp just who this talented woman really was.
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amazingly talented young vocalist and guitarist - beautiful CDPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I discovered Eva quite by accident on YouTube and my heart pains that she is no longer with us. As a fellow musician, I wish I could have known her. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chidance
S. Frye: I heard Eva Cassidy for the first time to weeks ago.....when my daughter and son-in-law played it on YoU Tube.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Frye
If you have not heard Eva Cassidy's singing voice you are missing out on a wonderful voice.
She sings a variety of music; the blues, spiritual, jazz, folk, etc. Read more
I love this album. I listen to it all the time. Eva Cassidy's voice is amazing..This CD is one of my favorites.Published 2 months ago by sj216