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All of these tracks are previously unreleased and most are live recordings, but listeners who already own LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY know just how refreshing Cassidy’s live performances were. I did eventually remember when the song finished and had to back-track a couple of miles to get him…. I enjoyed it so much I completely forgot that I was meant to give a guy at work a lift and drove straight past him at the roadside. Elsewhere, the solo acoustic reading of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain” shows off her guitar skills, and if “Imagine” doesn’t ever scale the heights of Songbird’s “Over the Rainbow” it still demonstrates how she always had something new and uniquely compelling to say when performing a familiar standard. Barbara Cassidy tells me that the beautiful picture of Eva on the cover of the album was taken by Eva’s cousin Walter Wunderlich, the son of Barbara’s sister Dorothea.

The recording quality varies noticeably from track to track, and there are a few awkward fade-outs–presumably to remove audience noise–but still the sparkling music comes across quite vividly.Imagine may not be the best way to discover Eva Cassidy for the first time, but established fans will warmly welcome this new collection.

It was videotaped, and I have written a short description of her introduction to that song, with photos, which you can read here. Two of the songs on IMAGINE are from one-take recordings Eva made as demos for nightclubs where she hoped to play solo engagements. Eva only ever recorded two Stevie Wonder songs, however — this one and an unreleased version of “Superstition” that Biondo describes as “funky. All image and audio content is used by permission of the copyright holders or their agents, and/or according to fair dealing as per the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Eva’s is listed, with the comment, “Released six years after her death, it showcases Cassidy’s jaw-dropping voice above all else, which is why it’s such a great version of the song.The black-and-white closeup photo of Eva was taken by Eva’s friend Larry Melton, who also photographed Eva for the cover of LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY. One of the UK fans who was listening to Radio 2 in August of 2002 wrote me, “With Wogan away on holiday, Johnnie Walker is sitting in for him and played ‘Early Morning Rain’ this morning. None of Eva’s friends remember anything specific about Eva being a Sandy Denny fan, but years later Chris Biondo found a cassette tape under the seat of his truck, labelled “Sandy Denny,” in Eva’s handwriting.

I Can Only Be Me” is a Stevie Wonder song from the movie soundtrack School Daze by Spike Lee, a filmmaker whom Eva greatly admired. I know you’ve heard it a million times, but this is Eva’s version, and it’s my favorite song on this album. However, if you would like to, you can change your settings at any time using the Change cookie settings link in the Special menu. The information given here is drawn from the album notes, from conversations and interviews with Eva’s family and musical colleagues, from e-mail from Eva’s fans, and from my own personal knowledge. Brands Regent Albert Thurston - Braces Aran Crafts - Knitwear Astorflex - Shoes Baracuta - Clothing Billingham - Bags Christys - Hats Cubitts - Sunglasses Dapper Dan - Grooming Dents - Gloves Draper - Slippers Edwin - Japanese Denim Far Afield - Clothing Filson - Clothing Fjällräven - Exploration Gloverall - Outerwear Hartford - Clothing Joseph Cheaney - Footwear Lee - Clothing Ludwig Reiter - Footwear Lochcarron - Tartan Manifattura Ceccereli Mcalson - Underwear Merz b.

The song was written by Paul Anka and recorded by Buddy Holly, but I believe Eva learned it from a Linda Ronstadt album (she also used to sing “Desperado”). On the anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, MTV listed its choice of the five best covers of his song “Imagine. We are one of the top suppliers of woodwind, brass and orchestral strings across Sussex and are main agents for most of the instruments we sell.

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