Eva Cassidy – Live At Blues Alley (25th Anniversary Edition) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 00:54:34 minutes | 618 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blix Street
Released Saturday 16th October as part of National Album Day 2021. All pre orders will be made ready for collection on that date. Postal orders will be dispatched from Monday 18th October.
Stock of these titles is very limited and will be 1 per customer as a result.
National Album Day returns for its fourth edition on Saturday 16th October, and this year will spotlight women artists and their huge contribution to music and culture through the art of the album.
Revisiting iconic and influential albums by women artists, from the earliest pioneers to present- day legends, and pointing towards exciting new and future talent, the 2021 event will also highlight the integral role women play within the wider music community, not only as recording artists, but as songwriters, producers, and cultural influencers.
The late Eva Cassidy gained a loyal following in the Washington, D.C., area through appearances in small clubs, utilizing her pitch-perfect singing voice to interpret a variety of tunes ranging from standards to modern-era pop songs. A notoriously shy performer, Eva Cassidy had a somewhat stiff stage presence, but she endeared herself to her audiences by performing songs she obviously loved, combining elements of soul, gospel, blues, and jazz. Live at Blues Alley is an excellent showcase for her vocal talents and her ability to make even the most familiar tune uniquely her own. Admittedly, the titles on Live at Blues Alley seem like a set list for a bad Vegas lounge act; songs such as Irving Berlin’s “Cheek to Cheek” and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” have been done to death for decades. Fortunately, Eva Cassidy had an obvious affection for these standards. She sounds as if she had a ball performing the Irving Berlin number, while her subtle reading of the Louis Armstrong tune is nothing less than extraordinary. She was equally successful with more contemporary pop classics like “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Take Me to the River.” Ultimately, the slower songs are the most stirring, particularly her rendition of “Fields of Gold.” Her tear-jerking version of the Sting tune could very well be one of the greatest cover songs ever recorded. Eva Cassidy’s popularity slowly began to spread outside of the D.C. area upon the release of this album in early 1996. Unfortunately, Eva Cassidy passed away later that year, just as she began laying the groundwork for what could have been a stellar career in music. However, her posthumous success has been astonishing, with worldwide critical acclaim and extensive exposure on British television that helped her album Songbird climb to number one on the British album chart in March, 2001. Live at Blues Alley was the only solo album released during Eva Cassidy’s lifetime (an album recorded with Chuck Brown, The Other Side, was also released), and it’s an excellent introduction to a performer who never lived to witness the impact her voice made on her fans all over the world. – William Cooper
01. Eva Cassidy – Cheek To Cheek (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]
02. Eva Cassidy – Stormy Monday (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]
03. Eva Cassidy – Bridge Over Troubled Water (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]
04. Eva Cassidy – Fine And Mellow (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]
05. Eva Cassidy – People Get Ready (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]
06. Eva Cassidy – Blue Skies (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]
07. Eva Cassidy – Tall Trees In Georgia (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]
08. Eva Cassidy – Fields Of Gold (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]
09. Eva Cassidy – Autumn Leaves (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]
10. Eva Cassidy – Honeysuckle Rose (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]
11. Eva Cassidy – Take Me To The River (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]
12. Eva Cassidy – What A Wonderful World (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]
13. Eva Cassidy – Oh, Had I A Golden Thread (Live At Blues Alley) [2021 Master]