Somewhere

Somewhere

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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 spectrum...country, folk, blues, R&B, western swing, appalachian, celtic, Willie Nelson, Gershwin.See more details below

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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 spectrum...country, folk, blues, R&B, western swing, appalachian, celtic, Willie Nelson, Gershwin.

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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).

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
Label:
Blix Street
UPC:
0739341009020
catalogNumber:
410090
Rank:
7113

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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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