Live at Blues Alley

Live at Blues Alley

by Eva Cassidy


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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.

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Release Date: 07/28/1998
Label: Blix Street
UPC: 0739341004629
catalogNumber: 410046
Rank: 5648

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Live at Blues Alley 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Ardea_herodias More than 1 year ago
This CD is THE introduction to Eva Cassidy that everyone should own. She covered a wide spectrum of musical genress with perfect voice and style. Anyone who hears this album will be astounded by the artist and saddened by the fact that she is no longer with us to be able to gift the world with even more Eva.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, buy everything you can of Eva Cassidy. It's so sad she's gone from us but what a legacy of beauty she left. This is a bluesy album but she's so pitch-perfect and expressive with her voice you'll love it. Her repertoire is all over the place and yet she can pull it off, and that's remarkable. You'll love the turns she gives to "Oh, What a Wonderful World" or "Fields of Gold" or "Oh, Had I A Golden Thread".
NaCl-1 More than 1 year ago
A fantastic collection recorded live at a small club in DC. Her TALL TREES IN GEORGIA is just beautiful. A truly great talent that left us far too soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My wife and I love this album. Listening to it makes me yearn to hear Cassidy live. But, alas, my yearning will never be fulfilled--at least not in this life. People can rant and rave all they want about Sting (which I've never understood), but I will take Cassidy's stunningly beautiful interpretation of "Fields of Gold" over his anyday. Of course, my wife, although she loves Cassidy's version, was wooed long ago by Sting. If you want to hear a beautiful and versatile voice, buy this disc!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Too many of the great ones leave us too soon. I will miss her evocative stylings!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great talent that crosses the spectrum of music...jazz to gospel with stops at light rock and big band vocals along the way. A voice and artistry beyond her years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a comforting friend. I only wish my husband and I had found her while she was still alive so we could go watch her sing. Her music is hauntingly beautiful, and her soul probably still is, today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is Cassidy's best album, because it's easy to listen to and it has a jeazzy/ bluesy tone to it. I just LOVE this CD. It's one of my favorites of all times. 'Bridge over troubled water' makes me silent, which doesn't happen a lot! :-) Fields of Gold, and What a Wonderful World are also beautiful.