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by Eva Cassidy
Ten years after the release of Songbird (now platinum), twelve years after her passing, a new Eva album of all new songs. From Dolly Parton's “Coat of Many Colors” to her own “Somewhere”, Eva covers a wide musical, folk, blues, R&B, western swing, appalachian, celtic, Willie Nelson, Gershwin.


Ten years after the release of Songbird (now platinum), twelve years after her passing, a new Eva album of all new songs. From Dolly Parton's “Coat of Many Colors” to her own “Somewhere”, Eva covers a wide musical, folk, blues, R&B, western swing, appalachian, celtic, Willie Nelson, Gershwin.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Somewhere marks the eight posthumous recording by Eva Cassidy -- none of her offerings were issued during her lifetime -- and puts her in the company of Tupac Shakur for a post-life discography. This is a true odds and sods collection of material that includes two co-writes and the usual slew of covers. The late Cassidy's covers run the gamut from Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors," and Don Covay's "Chain of Fools," to Don Hecht's "Walkin' After Midnight," and Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain." Some of what's here has been doctored significantly -- the aforementioned Covay tune has horn and backing vocal charts added in 2006 and 2007, respectively, and another horn chart on a cover of Don Robey's "Ain't Doin' Too Bad," in 2006. The vocal tracks aren't much more than recorded demos, and the vocals, while of decent quality, aren't spectacular; when the other tracks are added, it feels like there is something very wrong at work here. Truth be told, it feels like ambulance chasing. Other selections fare better, such as the live version of J. Leslie McFarland's "It Won't Be Long," or the stripped down voice and guitar "Walkin' After Midnight," which is likewise live and wonderfully done. The same can be said of the live stripped to voice and guitar numbers like the Rose tune, George Gershwin's standard "Summertime," and Cassidy's co-write (with Rob Gordon) of "Early One Morning," a fingerpicked and slide guitar blues studio take recorded in 1987. There are three arrangements of traditional tunes here as well including "A Bold Young Farmer," the haunting tragic English ballad made all the more poignant since it was recorded in the year of Cassidy's death. The set concludes with the title cut, another original co-written by Cassidy and her producer and collaborator Chris Biondo. This is a recording that was never completed during her lifetime but finished in preparation for this release; this feels like the most "finished" thing here. Biondo's original reluctance to complete this track is understood due to its depth. Other former Cassidy bandmates Lenny Williams and Raice McLeod made this possible and it is easily the best thing here. Biondo's empathy for this track is particularly sensitive; if any of Cassidy's own music could be considered cinematic and universal in its appeal, it's this one. Employing her own backing vocals as a chorus make it truly powerful. All in all, this is the spottiest entry in her catalog, but there are some fine moments nonetheless.
Daily News - Jim Farber
The disk does a bang-up job of presenting Cassidy's range. She moves smoothly from country (a sheer take on Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors") to soul (a full-throated bellow on the Aretha-identified "Chain of Fools") to standards (a version of the Gershwins' "Summertime" sultry enough to redeem its cliche status).

Product Details

Release Date:
Blix Street

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eva Cassidy   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Handwriting
Lenny Williams   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Performing Ensemble
Chris Walker   Trumpet
Dan Cassidy   Fiddle
Leigh Pilzer   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
William Ju Ju House   Drums
Chris Biondo   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion
Keith Grimes   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Raice McLeod   Percussion,Drums
Blues Webb   Percussion,Drums
Jen Krupa   Trombone
William "Juju" House   Drums
Leonie Tremain   Background Vocals
Amba Tremain   Background Vocals
Steve Lima   Organ,Guitar,Drums
Rob Cooper   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Dolly Parton   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
John Pennell   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Leigh Pilzer   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Eva Cassidy   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Author,Audio Production,Drawing
Chris Biondo   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Bill Straw   Liner Notes
Don Hecht   Composer
J. Leslie McFarland   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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Somewhere 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new album &amp amp quot Somewhere&amp amp quot beautifully showcases Eva Cassidy's many talents -- her original arrangements, her stunning ability to sing any genre, her highly skilled guitar playing and of course, her incomparable vocal delivery. &amp amp quot Summertime&amp amp quot is one of my all time favorites on the album because Eva has managed to arrange this classic into something all her own while simultaneously delivering exquisite vocals and brilliant acoustic guitar work. Eva Cassidy's voice always makes me want to pull my chair closer. The recordings &amp amp quot My Love is Like a Red Red Rose&amp amp quot , &amp amp quot Coat of Many Colors&amp amp quot , &amp amp quot If I Give My Heart&amp amp quot &amp quot performed with her brother, violinist Dan Cassidy&amp quot and &amp amp quot Bold Young Farmer&amp amp quot make me feel as if I've been scooted to a front row seat. Her vocals on these songs deliver that gorgeous purity that is classic Eva. Another highlight of the album is &amp amp quot Aint Doin' Too Bad&amp amp quot and I marvel over the way Eva moves effortlessly between blues, rock-a-billy, country and Texas swing with her arrangements of &amp amp quot Won't Be Long&amp amp quot , &amp amp quot Walkin&amp amp quot After Midnight&amp amp quot and &amp amp quot Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain&amp amp quot . One of the unique treats offered on this CD is the opportunity to witness Eva's work on two original songs &amp amp quot Early One Morning&amp amp quot &amp quot with her friend Rob Cooper&amp quot and &amp amp quot Somewhere&amp amp quot &amp quot written with long-time friend and producer Chris Biondo&amp quot . Both original works are unpredictable and take you somewhere new. I am particularly impressed with Eva's lyrics on the beautiful finale of the &amp amp quot Somewhere&amp amp quot they are both intimate and universal: &amp amp quot Is time my redeemer? Loneliness my only friend? Just once in a lifetime Strangers share a common end And I like an arrow Straight for love I went again And you like tomorrow Never knowing where and when Somewhere, somehow At sometime someone cared Maybe just for a moment Or maybe for a lifetime...&amp amp quot This album is a Five Star Musical Journey. Five days after its release, it has reached #3 on the UK Charts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went into the store and heard this CD playing. I listened to 2 songs and just knew that I had to have it. I also bought Somewhere. When I got home and listened it, BLEW ME AWAY! Blues, Jazz, and just some soulful music. What a terrible loss to the music community to have lost this one so early!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a long time Eva Cassidy fan this album caught me off guard. It is not the smooth flowing series of ballads one would expect from this singer yet in many ways it just could be something better! The album is a direct response to recording companies who originally tried to limit Eva to one type of music. Eva had the ability to master Standards, Country, R&amp amp B and Folk and herein lies the proof. Fans of Eva's cover of &amp quot Fields Of Gold&amp quot will be quick to internalize the heartbreak in &amp quot A Bold Young Farmer&amp quot , sung with trademark vocals which attack the nervous system faster than any virus known to man. Another folk selection, &amp quot Red Red Rose&amp quot , is a close second in this emotional breakdown category because it is sung more true to it's origin as a Burns poem than as a bold ballad. This rose is a true love letter sung as if written on parchment. The award winning album, Live At Blues Alley, might have been even better had it included two songs from this new album. &amp quot Ain't Doin' Too Bad&amp quot retains her vocals from the historic Jan 3, 1996 appearance while also adding a new backing by original band members plus a horn section. If you ever wondered what Eva would have sounded like accompanied by the full complement of musicians she deserved this is the answer. Fans of the band will applaud the piano introduction by Lenny Williams, Keith Grimes's guitar solo and Raice McLeod's &amp quot made to order&amp quot drums. Chris Biondo, Eva's long time producer and band member &quot bass&quot , is superb in his producing of this track. Eva's country music fans will immediately notice the Dolly Parton song, &amp quot Coat Of Many Colors&amp quot , and an americana version of Don Hecht's &amp quot Walkin' After Midnight&amp quot . In both songs, Keith Grimes offers sublime support on guitar. Eva sings without the safety net of her regular band in &amp quot Early One Morning&amp quot . The album liner notes contain a photo of Eva's handwritten lyrics offering the first of two songs that indicate her skills progressed far beyond interpretation. Dobro and slide guitar work by Rob Cooper are perfect complements to Eva's vocals. Reinventing American Popular Song Standards was one of Eva's most unusual skills. Those who applaud her treatment of Irving Berlin's &amp quot Cheek To Cheek&amp quot on the Blues Alley release will quickly agree that she has pulled another musical rabbit out of a tophat with her version of the Gershwins &amp quot Summertime&amp quot . This take is one that sits so easily under a shade tree that you will spend hours trying to think of similar versions. Don't waste your energy. Eva's folk based interpretation is a true original. Any discussion of Eva's potential as a songwriter is now closed with the addition of the recording's title song, &amp quot Somewhere&amp quot . Co-written with Chris Biondo &quot music&quot , Eva's lyrics are far from casual and suggest a longing for love that may also apply to her need to create music...&amp quot and I like an arrow straight for love I went again&amp quot . Fans of Eva Cassidy will only understand her full creative force when they hear this song complete with her own multi-voice background vocals, dynamics that change within verse, and phrasing that always finds the maximum emotion. To borrow from the lyrics, &amp quot for a moment or for a lifetime&amp quot this is Eva Cassidy.
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