Wonderful World

Wonderful World

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by Eva Cassidy
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
Label:
Blix Street
UPC:
0739341008221
catalogNumber:
410082
Rank:
4361

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eva Cassidy   Primary Artist,Acoustic 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,Electric Guitar
Raice McLeod   Drums
Mark Carson   Piano
Mark Tufty Evans   Strings,Cello
Laura Byrne   Flute
Steve Digman   Guitar
Ian Lawther   Bagpipes
Edgardo Malaga   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
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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Wonderful World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"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".
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.