Eva Cassidy Imagine on 180g Import LP
Available on Vinyl for the Very First Time!
Blix Street Records has announced the release of five seminal Eva Cassidy albums on 180g vinyl including her definitive collection, Songbird (1998), unavailable on the format for years, and equally as compelling offerings, Time After Time (2000), Imagine (2000), American Tune (2003) and Somewhere (2008), which will be available on vinyl for the very first time.
"Definitions,” wrote Los Angeles Times critic Don Heckman, “become virtually useless to describe the singing of Eva Cassidy.” The career of the gifted and acclaimed vocalist has likewise defied description and easy analysis. Her eclectic tastes – everything from folk and country to jazz, standards, blues, rock and pop - made Eva hard to pigeon-hole, and her lack of exposure beyond her native Washington, D.C. kept her profile low during her lifetime.
Selected from the archives of the singer’s limited recording output, the 2000 compilation Imagine (her second U.K. No. 1) contains a mixture of previously unreleased studio recordings and live performances at clubs in her native Washington, DC area. Her stellar interpretations of the Paul Anka song “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” Gordon Lightfoot's folk classic "Early Morning Rain" and the traditional "Danny Boy" were recorded at Pearl’s nightclub in Annapolis, Maryland.
Cassidy’s poignant rendition of Sandy Denny’s “Who Knows Where the Time Goes” was recorded live at The Maryland Inn, while “You’ve Changed,” the jazz standard most associated with Billie Holiday, came from the same sessions that yielded Cassidy’s 1996 recording Live At Blues Alley. Similarly, her recording of “Fever” is taken from the sessions for The Other Side, the duet album she made with Washington’s “king of go-go” Chuck Brown in 1992. Rounding out Imagine are “Still Not Ready,” written by Eva’s friend pianist Chris Izzi, and “I Can Only Be Me,” a song Stevie Wonder wrote (but never recorded) for the soundtrack of the Spike Lee film, School Daze.
Blix Street label president Bill Straw explains in the album's liner notes: "Imagine continues our tradition of showcasing Eva's genius for mixing and matching musical genres, with an unerring sense of style that literally transcends their differences."
Eva Cassidy Imagine Track Listing:
1. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
3. Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
4. You've Changed
6. Still Not Ready
7. Early Morning Rain
8. Tennessee Waltz
9. I Can Only Be Me
10. Danny Boy