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Eva Cassidy - The Best of Eva Cassidy on 180g 2LP - direct audio

Eva Cassidy - The Best of Eva Cassidy on 180g Vinyl 2LP

Blix Records

  • $ 4298


Eva Cassidy The Best of Eva Cassidy on 180g Vinyl 2LP

Featuring 19 Performances from Cassidy's Previous Albums Plus A New Unreleased Version of “You Take My Breath Away”

Mastered by Robert Vosgien at Capitol Mastering, Hollywood, CA

On the 17th of September 1996 a young woman, accompanied by a few dozen family and friends, attended her own tribute concert in a small club in the Washington, DC area. Transcending the effects of chemo-therapy and morphine in that moment, the singer abandoned her walker and was helped onto the stage for what would be her final performance, "What a Wonderful World." A few weeks later Eva Cassidy passed away, having been diagnosed with melanoma months earlier.

Refusing to bend her music to the industry's conventions and expectations, Eva was known only within the DC area during her lifetime. She left behind one live album, a duet album, and various studio demos and live recordings. In these intervening 16 years, Eva's music has proven timeless and universal. Crossing all boundaries – musical, cultural, geographical – her voice survived and is finding new listeners every day in every corner of the earth.

Released on the eve of what would have been her 50th birthday these twenty performances document Eva Cassidy's musical legacy for the ages. The collection gathers 19 performances from Cassidy's previous albums and adds a new unreleased version of “You Take My Breath Away.” Included here are Cassidy's breathtaking versions of material by Paul Simon (“Kathy’s Song”), Christine McVie (“Songbird”), Bill Withers (“Ain’t No Sunshine”), Cyndi Lauper (“Time After Time”), Sting (“Fields of Gold”), John Lennon (“Imagine”) and Curtis Mayfield (“People Get Ready”) along with a few timeless standards (“Autumn Leaves,” “Over the Rainbow”).

“Hearing Eva perform my song was probably the most important moment of my career,” Claire Hamill says of Cassidy’s earlier treatment of “You Take My Breath Away.” “I felt validated as a songwriter, a truly indescribable feeling. When I heard how a new version was to feature as the lead track on her new Best of Eva Cassidy album, I was literally over the moon. Eva will always mean the world to me. Her beautiful voice will stay with me forever.”

“Any new track on an Eva Cassidy best-of album had the tall order of being competitive with the other 19 classic Eva tracks, which have together raised the bar for singers everywhere,” explains Blix Street Records president Bill Straw. “Essentially, Eva had to top or at least equal her own best work. I believe she did it. Otherwise, we would not have put it on the album. Some of our people in England are saying this ‘new’ version of ‘You Take My Breath Away’ is the best ‘sounding’ Eva Cassidy recording ever, high praise indeed at this point. It is enough to say that Eva’s ‘newest’ released performance is worthy for inclusion among her best. Eva fans will ultimately decide for themselves where it ranks for them among her many classics.”

Eva Cassidy The Best of Eva Cassidy Track Listing:

LP1

1. You Take My Breath Away
2. Kathy's Song
3. Songbird
4. What A Wonderful World
5. Wade In The Water
6. Ain't No Sunshine
7. Time After Time
8. Autumn Leaves
9. I Can Only Be Me
10. Fields Of Gold

LP2

1. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
2. Imagine
3. Over The Rainbow
4. True Colors
5. Danny Boy
6. People Get Ready
7. Anniversary Song
8. Early Morning Rain
9. I Know You By Heart
10. Tall Trees In Georgia


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