CD Simply Eva [Eva Cassidy] (CD 7008296),
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Simply Eva [Eva Cassidy]

  • 1. Songbird
    2. Wayfaring Stranger
    3. People Get Ready
    4. True Colors
    5. Who Knows Where the Time Goes
    6. Over the Rainbow
    7. Kathy's Song
    8. San Francisco Bay Blues
    9. Wade in the Water
    10. Time After Time
    11. Autumn Leaves
    12. I Know You by Heart
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): G2-10099

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Biondo; Eva Cassidy

    Liner Note Author: Bill Straw.
    Recording information: Blues Alley (01/03/1996); MD Studio, Glendale (01/03/1996); Pearl's, Anapolis Supper Club (01/03/1996); Blues Alley (09/24/1994); MD Studio, Glendale (09/24/1994); Pearl's, Anapolis Supper Club (09/24/1994); Blues Alley (1993/1995); MD Studio, Glendale (1993/1995); Pearl's, Anapolis Supper Club (1993/1995).
    Simply Eva is another collection of posthumous Eva Cassidy recordings, but with a twist: all but one of these performances was recorded with the artist accompanying herself solely, with an acoustic guitar -- either in Chris Biondo's studio or in front of club audiences between 1993-1996. Cassidy's devoted fan base has heard her perform the material before, but not in this way. Her live-in-studio readings of "Wayfaring Stranger," Christine McVie's "Songbird," Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready," and Paul Simon's "Kathy's Song" (this one with all verses present) resonate with even more intimacy -- if that is possible -- than the previously released "finished" versions. The reading of "Over the Rainbow" featured here is the one from the Blues Alley performance from the Rainbow video. While Cassidy's version of Sandy Denny's "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" doesn't top the songwriter's, it does shine brightly, as does her brief a cappella take on "I Know You by Heart." Another surprise is this reading of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," which showcases Cassidy's fingerpicking skills and canny sense of rhythm. If you're a fan, you need this; if you've been wondering what all the fuss is about, the naked intimacy of Simply Eva is among the most convincing arguments yet for her posthumous reputation. ~ Thom Jurek

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