Wonderful World

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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
In her brief lifetime, vocalist Eva Cassidy probably never thought that she would one day have something in common with rap legend 2Pac. But in the years following their deaths oddly enough, both in 1996, studio and live recordings of the artists have continuously been unearthed and released to an eager public. Although 2Pac's musical vault seems to be never-ending, it appears that Eva Cassidy's savings box may have finally been emptied with the issuance of the Blix Street compilation Wonderful World. Mostly comprised of songs culled from her posthumous releases, Wonderful World seems to signal that there is precious little left that hasn't been heard and that a second ...
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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
In her brief lifetime, vocalist Eva Cassidy probably never thought that she would one day have something in common with rap legend 2Pac. But in the years following their deaths oddly enough, both in 1996, studio and live recordings of the artists have continuously been unearthed and released to an eager public. Although 2Pac's musical vault seems to be never-ending, it appears that Eva Cassidy's savings box may have finally been emptied with the issuance of the Blix Street compilation Wonderful World. Mostly comprised of songs culled from her posthumous releases, Wonderful World seems to signal that there is precious little left that hasn't been heard and that a second "best-of" is an appropriate way to sum up Cassidy's recorded legacy. Meant to be a companion disc to Songbird, her first compilation that became an unexpected phenomenon in the U.K., Wonderful World features selections that excellently represent Cassidy's beautiful voice and interpretive skills. In the quiet reverence of "What a Wonderful World" or the rousing gospel of "How Can I Keep from Singing," it is evident that Cassidy did not simply sing a familiar song but dove into its emotional core, bringing to the surface a lyrical richness that perhaps had never been found before. But she never limited herself to singing recognizable oldies, and her selections of more obscure material are the real highlights of Wonderful World. Her pretty guitar strumming warmly envelopes her voice on a shortened version of Paul Simon's "Kathy's Song," while Claire Hamill's gorgeous "You Take My Breath Away" is made even more so by Cassidy's heartfelt performance. Perhaps the most stunning song is her take on the folk ballad "Waly, Waly." Originally appearing on Eva By Heart, this version features a new arrangement that further enhances Cassidy's telling of this old traditional in which she completely embodies the hopeless longing of the song's character. Both moving and breathtaking, the song is a testament to the vocal gifts of Eva Cassidy and the love she had for the music she chose to sing. Perhaps like 2Pac, a few more recordings will be discovered over time and released, but even if that never happens, it is fortunate to already have received the bounty of treasures that Eva Cassidy left behind from her Wonderful World of music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Blix Street
  • UPC: 739341008221
  • Catalog Number: 410082
  • Sales rank: 43,334

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eva Cassidy Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Chuck Brown Background Vocals
Lenny Williams Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Dan Cassidy Violin
Carolene Evans Strings
Zan McLeod Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin
Anthony Flowers Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Chris Biondo Bass, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Keith Grimes Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Raice McLeod Drums
Mark Carson Piano
Mark Tufty Evans Strings, Cello
Laura Byrne Flute
Steve Digman Guitar
Ian Lawther Bagpipes
Edgardo Malaga Jr. Strings
Joanne Opgenorth Strings
Uri Wassertzug Strings
Mark Evans Cello
Ian Lawther Bagpipes
Roger Henderson Guitar
Technical Credits
Paul Anka Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Lenny Williams Producer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Claire Hamill Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
George David Weiss Composer
Kevin Howlett Liner Notes
Eva Cassidy Arranger, Producer
Carl Fischer Composer
Chris Biondo Producer, drum programming
Traditional Composer
Andrew Hernandez Composer
Robert Thiele Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a voice...

    If you don't already love Eva Cassidy... get ready. Her voice is amazing and she has an incredible ability to sing such different types of music, which ironically enough is the very reason she had difficulty signing a recording contract... she refused to be categorized. This CD, along with "Songbird", are a must-have addition to your music collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Album

    "Wonderful World" is an exceptional album that complements Eva Cassidy's previously released compilation album "Songbird" and demonstrates her versatality and the emotional pull of her performances. My favorite cuts are "Penny To My Name", 'Kathy's Song", "Wonderful World", and "Waly Waly", but every song is great. This gives a true sampling of her genius and you'll want to add to your collection with "American Tune", "Imagine", "Eva By Heart", "The Other Side", "Live At Blues Alley", "No Boundaries", and "Method Actor".

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