Imagine

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
A desperate clamoring from fans worldwide is no doubt the last thing the late singer could have imagined when she was at clubs and at home singing and doing rough recordings of the tunes that would someday be chosen for this magnificent hodgepodge. But many years after her death in obscurity in late 1996, she became a true phenomenon, with enthusiasts who find in her voice a true connection to heaven take that in any number of ways. So even if the songs are rough, they're still Eva Cassidy. Another precious listen to her transcendent voice -- so brilliant in all genres; wispy and angelic one minute, soulful and guttural the next -- is worth all the dusty shelf-searching...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
A desperate clamoring from fans worldwide is no doubt the last thing the late singer could have imagined when she was at clubs and at home singing and doing rough recordings of the tunes that would someday be chosen for this magnificent hodgepodge. But many years after her death in obscurity in late 1996, she became a true phenomenon, with enthusiasts who find in her voice a true connection to heaven take that in any number of ways. So even if the songs are rough, they're still Eva Cassidy. Another precious listen to her transcendent voice -- so brilliant in all genres; wispy and angelic one minute, soulful and guttural the next -- is worth all the dusty shelf-searching this compilation no doubt entailed. The songs recorded at the now-defunct Annapolis club Pearls -- the obscure chestnut "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," which Paul Anka gave to Buddy Holly; Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain"; and the tearjerking "Danny Boy" -- present Cassidy at her purest, her simple acoustic guitar riding along behind increasingly emotional vocal lines. "Fever" is an alternate take from the version that wound up on Chuck Brown's The Other Side, beautifully torchy and featuring a sly violin line by brother Dan Cassidy. She recorded a folky rendition of the Sandy Denny classic "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" at the Maryland Inn, her voice rising and falling over a subtle violin. Her smoky jazz chops -- think Norah Jones with a lot more fire -- are in full force on "You've Changed" recorded at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C.. Probably the richest performances are the powerful home-demo renditions of the title track and "Tennessee Waltz," given off-the-cuff readings with only simple guitar lines that show off Cassidy's casual genius. Finally, Cassidy's dad found a few formal early studio recordings, "Still Not Ready" and "I Can Only Be Me," a heartrending song Stevie Wonder wrote for Spike Lee's School Daze but never recorded. That's OK -- Cassidy's unintentional penchant is for redefining songs and creating new and definitive versions. Most likely, no major label would ever put out a new artist recording with this kind of a mixed bag, both stylistically and production-wise. But this hardly matters, as listeners seek more and more from the angel who left long before the world fell in love with her. The continuing heavenly serenade is hard to resist.
Billboard
Additional evidence that the music world lost a major, all-embracing talent all too soon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Blix Street
  • UPC: 739341007521
  • Catalog Number: 410075
  • Sales rank: 8,151

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Guess It Doesn't Matter
  2. 2 Fever
  3. 3 Who Knows Where the Time Goes
  4. 4 You've Changed
  5. 5 Imagine
  6. 6 Still Not Ready
  7. 7 Early Morning Rain
  8. 8 Tennesee Waltz
  9. 9 I Can Only Be Me
  10. 10 Danny Boy
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eva Cassidy Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Star is Re - Born

    In Eva Cassidy the world has not only found a truly remarkable musician, but more than that someone who has been proven to touch the heart of every generation with her soul stirring voice. Whoever has written your review has spent too long within the blinkers of produced music. To worry as to whether a record label would list this cullmination of tracks on the same album, when the truth is that we would all wish that Eva was still with us and as such have an opportunity to share with us her gift. Yes as unusual as it may seem in todays market, a real voice, but more importantly a real person behind the voice. Critics: waken up and smell the coffee!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a mixed bag of great and good ...

    My favorite tracks are Imagine, Who knows where time goes, Early morning Rain and Danny Boy. Although I am ambivalent about other song selections, she is such a special artist that she makes all the songs eminently listenable. A mark of greatness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heavenly Music.

    In Holland(EU) there were rumours about a singer with an unparallelled voice: Eva Cassidy. Several days ago, driving home from work, I heard: "The Tennessee Waltz". I realized directly, this must be Eva Cassidy ! My car was already in the garage and I waited till the song ended and I heard the announcer say: "this was Eva Cassidy" ! This voice, this music can't be from this planet !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A pure voice

    The first time I heard an Eve Cassidy cd it was at a clients house on a very high-end stereo system. After a year or so i picked up "Eva by Heart". Since then I have purchased all her CD's. When I saw "Imagine" I bought 1 copy, went out to my car, played each song, turned the car off and went back in and bought all of the copies that were still on the shelf and gave them to my clients and friends that appreciate excellent music. It's tragic that she isn't among us anymore but everytime I hear her music, part of her has stayed behind to keep us company. I have thought about starting an Eva Cassidy Cancer Foundation and maybe someday it will happen. She will be missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A poignant discovery

    I was browsing through the books in Barnes and Nobles last night when I heard the strains of "Danny Boy" over the sound system and my knees went weak...I quickly made my way to the music section and found this CD by an artist I had never heard of. Forgetting I was in the store to buy a book, I purchased "Imagine." It stopped me in my tracks again when I played it at home. Tonight, I am going back to B&N and buying every other CD of Eva's. How sad to think she is no longer with us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anything But Rough

    Eva's voice stirs every emotion a listener could possibly feel. Record companies should be so lucky as to come across singers with even a fraction of the talent that Eva had. She was no ordinary singer. This is an amazing compilation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    gives me fever

    Ok, I'm an Eva groupie since first hearing her "Time After Time" on public radio - love this version of "Give Me Fever" and her take on "Imagine" and "Danny Boy." Just happy that these tunes have been found

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Artist

    This is an excellent CD, she has a beautiful voice and I am sorry she is no longer with us to reap her rewards from sharing her music with all of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very nice

    Probably my 2nd favorite Eva CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The more Eva the better

    I don't have this CD yet, but I have her Songbird CD and listen to it all the time. Her voice on Somewhere Over the Rainbow brings tears to my eyes every time, and I can tell Danny Boy is the same caliber. Her voice has such range and depth and really speaks to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Little Disappointment...

    Eva Cassidy is a great singer, but this album is not. I'm more satisified with her other albums; Songbird, Live at Blues Alley, and especially Time After Time. The song 'Imagine' is one of my favorites of Eva's performances, but the other songs in the album are mediocre.

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