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Six years after her death in obscurity at age 33, singer Eva Cassidy is an international sensation. Fans hear a connection to heaven in her voice; critics praise her sensitivity, her superb interpretive skills, and her ability to sing anything with time-stopping beauty and grace. This new compilation of live and studio recordings is "Eva at her purist"--All Music Guide. "It's perfect"--Mojo.


For anyone who suspects that record companies will soon be releasing Eva Cassidy's voice mail messages, it's extraordinarily pleasing to note that Imagine is more than just a bottom-of-the-barrel-scraping exercise. All of these tracks are previously unreleased and most are live recordings, but listeners who already own Live at Blues Alley know just how refreshing Cassidy's live performances were. Check out her take on Sandy Denny's "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" to feel a shiver of delight at another effortlessly ideal cover, or listen to her laid-back "You've Changed" from the Blues Alley sessions to experience more of her soulful jazz. Elsewhere, the solo acoustic reading of Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain" shows off her guitar skills, and if "Imagine" doesn't ever scale the heights of Songbird's "Over the Rainbow" it still demonstrates how she always had something new and uniquely compelling to say when performing a familiar standard. Studio recordings "Still Not Ready" and "I Can Only Be Me" are, oddly perhaps, the least successful cuts. Happily, the album concludes with another lovely solo standard, "Danny Boy." The recording quality varies noticeably from track to track, and there are a few awkward fade-outs--presumably to remove audience noise--but still the sparkling music comes across quite vividly. Imagine may not be the best way to discover Eva Cassidy for the first time, but established fans will warmly welcome this new collection. --Mark Walker

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Guess It Doesn't Matter
  2. Fever
  3. Who Knows Where the Time Goes
  4. You've Changed
  5. Imagine
  6. Still Not Ready
  7. Early Morning Rain
  8. Tennesee Waltz
  9. I Can Only Be Me
  10. Danny Boy

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 2015)
  • Original Release Date: July 1, 2015
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Blix Street Records
  • ASIN: B00006AFFK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Catherine S. Vodrey on August 30, 2002
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Those of us who love Eva Cassidy awaited the arrival of this CD with baited breath. Would it be just re-releases of songs we've already heard? Would it be not-so-great songs chosen just because we HADN'T already heard them? Would it be prickly with background noise, or would it show off the purity of her voice as it should? I'm thrilled beyond belief to report that this may be Eva Cassidy's finest album yet.
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.
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Obviously Mott the Dog does not know how Angels sound like, but he would not be disappointed if Angels sounded like Eva Cassidy. Without doubt, she is the female vocalist of our time.
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.
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My second foray into the remarkable world of Eva Cassidy was as good as my first, "Live at Blues Alley." This young lady had an incredible vocal talent, both in terms of ability and interpretation. Where a woman this young obtained all the vocal talent contained in this CD is a mystery only God can answer, but at least we get to hear her legacy.

"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.
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