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In typical Eva style, the songs are all over the map, ranging from Paul Anka to John Lennon to Gordon Lightfoot to her beloved traditional tunes and beyond. Yet also in typical Eva style, she manages to imbue each song with fresh meaning and new depth via her inimitable phrasing and the almost unbearable intimacy of her voice.
Paul Anka's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" was recorded by Buddy Holly and released on the day of Holly's death. Despite this gloomy background--and the fact that the song has lyrics detailing the throes of a dying love--Cassidy somehow gives it a light touch, one which gives much-needed counterpoint to the song's dark tone. This is brilliant phrasing; it makes the lyrics sound all the more poignant because she's trying to act as though she doesn't care.
Cassidy rises to the challenge of taking on songs made famous by other female singers--Billie Holiday ("You've Changed"), Patti Page ("Tennessee Waltz") and Sandy Denny ("Who Knows Where the Time Goes"). Cassidy succeeds not by competing, but by giving each of these pieces her concentration and her curiosity. Part of Cassidy's magic is that she's so clearly singing for herself. Her absorption in the song, and the introspection she brings to the lyrics, make these classics newly simple, newly clear, and swept clean of all past associations.Read more ›
It is one of the cruelest tragedies that Eva Cassidy never lived to enjoy her success. In fact, with Cassidy's natural shy personality (yet strong character) that kept her from rocketing to superstardom in her short life, she was never sure of her stage presence. She shunned the spotlight till it was nearly too late, or preferred to sing backup vocals or duets as she did on Chuck Brown's wonderful album 'The Other Side', released in 1995, which although is a Brown album, it is the wonderful voice of Eva Cassidy that grabs your attention. Eva Cassidy refused to limit herself to one style, taking on jazz, funk, blues, rock, pop, and folk, all with that ethereal voice, turning each song into something magical.
Eva Cassidy released only one solo album in her lifetime, the wonderful 'Live at Blues Alley' (1996). It was recorded in Washington's most famous blues club after which it was named, and then it only got a local release.
It was one of the cruelest blows that by the end of that year the dreaded cancer had whisked this beautiful girl with the heavenly voice away from us. Fortunately for those of us left here on our very mortal planet, Eva Cassidy left many recordings behind which are now being released to great critical and commercial acclaim internationally. All of Eva Cassidy's recordings are lovingly managed by the Eva Cassidy estate. So far we had 'Eva By Heart' (1998); 'Songbird' (1998); 'Time After Time' (2000); 'Imagine' (2002); and `American Tune' (2003). These albums have sold over three million copies worldwide and still counting.Read more ›
"Guess It Doesn't Matter Any More" is played as folk, a variation from Cassidy's usual style. Worry not, this acoustic song is nicely performed, and the guitar could have been eliminated because Cassidy's voice is beautiful. The next song is even better as Cassidy belts out the pure high notes in "Fever." Cassidy brings sensuality to this song that harkens back to an era even earlier than that of 1956, when the song was written. Cassidy sings high notes that threaten to pass into the realm of the unheard for my aging ears. As with the previous song, the violin could easily have been eliminated to allow the percussion and bass to carry the song.
In the song "Who Knows Where Time Goes" I hear elements that remind me a lot of Diana Krall. A fan of Diana walked by as I was listening to this song and asked me if it was Diana singing. How to explain that the emotional and powerful voice coming over the speakers was from someone who had sold more than four million albums after she had died from melanoma in 1996? I said it was Eva Cassidy and he should try some of her albums, because she was a great, unrecognized talent.
Speaking of great, Cassidy next takes on a song made famous by the great Billie Holiday, "You've Changed." Cassidy reminds listeners what sultry means as her voice caresses the words of this song in a way that makes me wish I could have heard her in person. What a talent this lady had.Read more ›
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Awesome music. It was in great shape, and got it quickly. Such a sad loss of a beautiful talent way too early. Tomorrow isn't promised to anyone.Published 5 months ago by C. Kreuz
Gone too soon Eva. Heaven is better place now that you're there. Miss youPublished 10 months ago by Ken
Excellent quality cd
Nice styling, fits good in my collection, well cut.
Recommend it highly.
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