Eva Cassidy The Best of Eva Cassidy CD

Eva Cassidy

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Eva's Best Hits Featuring "Over The Rainbow" and "Songbird" PLUS Previously Unissued Enhanced Version Of "You Take My Breath Away"!

The Best of Eva Cassidy, a compilation of the music of the versatile, much-missed vocalist praised for her emotional range and interpretive skills. Proof of both qualities abounds on the collection, which gathers 19 performances from the Washington, D.C.-based Cassidy’s previous albums and adds a previously unissued version of her popular “You Take My Breath Away.”

Cassidy’s reputation has only grown since her untimely 1996 death from melanoma at the age of 33, earning her an international audience (more than 10 million CDs sold worldwide) and critical acclaim, with the Wall Street Journal praising her “perfect pitch, impeccable timing and vulnerability” and USA Today citing her “emotional ability to reach the depths of any song.”

Of special note is the album’s ‘new’ track, a version of Claire Hamill’s inspirational tune that became one of Cassidy’s signature songs. While the 1993 ‘demo’ version of the song concluded Eva’s American Tune album, this previously unheard recording was one of several works-in-progress tracks at the time of her passing in 1996. This more musically evolved vocal performance simply reaches a new level. With the aid of new digital technology, Eva’s former bandmates Chris Biondo and Lenny Williams recently enhanced Eva’s original guitar/vocal studio recording. After maximizing the sound quality of Eva’s vocal tour de force, they augmented the production with piano, double bass and a string quartet, creating the definitive version of what is destined to become one of Eva’s best-loved performances.

“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.”

“Hearing Eva perform my song was probably the most important moment of my career,” 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 over the moon. Eva will always mean the world to me. Her beautiful voice will stay with me forever.”

Cassidy fans and newcomers alike will find much to savor in The Best of Eva Cassidy, whose program reprises the singer’s greatest moments—among them her nonpareil reading of Sting’s “Fields of Gold,” John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” and Christine McVie’s “Songbird,” the title song of her first and still biggest-selling posthumous release. She likewise applies her unique, song-sympathetic voicing to folk (the fragile “Danny Boy” and the swinging “Wade in the Water”), standards (“Autumn Leaves,” “Over the Rainbow”) and the work of such contemporary singer-writers as Paul Simon (“Kathy’s Song”), Bill Withers (“Ain’t No Sunshine”) and Cyndi Lauper (“Time After Time”).

It was in 2001 that music enthusiasts sat up and took notice of Cassidy’s compelling way with a song; that was the year that the Songbird compilation hit the top of the British album charts and captivated audiences the world over. Songbird has now been certified Platinum in the U.S.

"Eva Cassidy's story is a sad one, certainly, but the bittersweet happy ending to it all is that her singing, music, and recordings continue to live on and gather fans and admirers even after her early death from melanoma cancer in 1996 at the age of 33. Cassidy was never really known outside of the Washington D.C. area during her lifetime, and her recorded legacy consists of a live album, assorted other live tracks, an album of duets, and a handful of demos. She was a masterful song interpreter, able to take on almost any song in any style or genre and spin her voice around it, giving it a kind of haunting and sincere freshness. This set makes a great introduction to Cassidy's style and substance, collecting her key and signature performances from all of the above sources." -

"I also loved her version of Over the Rainbow. The sweetest thing you ever heard." - Mick Fleetwood

"(A) beautiful, so pure."
- Sting

"What a voice!"
- Shirley Horn


• CD

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
11. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
12. Imagine
13. Over The Rainbow
14. True Colors
15. Danny Boy
16. People Get Ready
17. Anniversary Song
18. Early Morning Rain
19. I Know You By Heart
20. Tall Trees In Georgia

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