The Best of Eva Cassidy [Digipak]
Performer: Eva Cassidy
Producer: Chris Biondo...
Distributor: Blix Street Records
Notes: Recording information: Black Pond Studio, Rockville, MD (09/10/1994-09/24/1994); Blues Alley (09/10/1994-09/24/1994); Chris Biondo's Studio, Glendale, MD (09/10/1994-09/24/1994); Glendale, Maryland (09/10/1994-09/24/1994); Pearl's (09/10/1994-09/24/1994); The Maryland Inn (09/10/1994-09/24/1994); Black Pond Studio, Rockville, MD (1990); Blues Alley (1990); Chris Biondo's Studio, Glendale, MD (1990); Glendale, Maryland (1990); Pearl's (1990); The Maryland Inn (1990); Black Pond Studio, Rockville, MD (1991); Blues Alley (1991); Chris Biondo's Studio, Glendale, MD (1991); Glendale, Maryland (1991); Pearl's (1991); The Maryland Inn (1991); Black Pond Studio, Rockville, MD (1996); Blues Alley (1996); Chris Biondo's Studio, Glendale, MD (1996); Glendale, Maryland (1996); Pearl's (1996); The Maryland Inn (1996). 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. ~ Steve Leggett
Eva Cassidy was an American singer who mixed folk, pop, standards, and soul in a gentle yet affecting manner. Though she was initially known only around her Washington, D.C., home base, word of her talents began to grow--though unfortunately only after her tragically early death in 1996 from cancer at the age of 33. She gained a huge posthumous following in England, which eventually spread back to her own country. The only shame is that she wasn't around to enjoy it.
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