Sunday, February 14, 2016
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: EVA CASSIDY - THE BEST OF
Cassidy's music sold tons a decade back, but it's been awhile since the last wave of interest. Time then for another generation to find out. This set was actually first put together in 2012 for the British market, where the Washington-based singer became hugely popular after her death from cancer in 1996.
If you're not familiar with her story, Cassidy was a largely-unknown singer, working clubs and recording tracks for small releases in Washington. After she died from melanoma, word spread of her talent, and some British DJ's started playing her tracks. Soon, an album was put together and took off, selling millions. Eventually nine albums were created from studio tracks, live recordings and demos. Her most famous track was her version of Fleetwood Mac's Songbird, showcasing her emotive, sweet vocals.
Cassidy tried a bit of everything during her demo and live sets, but the covers of modern standards were the favourites with fans, and that's what makes up the 20 cuts on this one. You'll find everything from Sting's Fields of Gold, Paul Simon's Kathy's Song, to a couple of Cyndi Lauper's numbers, True Colors and Time After Time. Several of the songs are covered far too often, including Imagine, Over The Rainbow and What A Wonderful World, but for vocal purity, you'll be hard-pressed to find better. This is the only set where you'll find this version of Claire Hamill's You Take My Breath Away, a demo recorded shortly before her death, with new backing by her old bandmates.