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Imagine
Eva Cassidy
Imagine
Genres: Folk, Pop
 
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'Imagine' (featuring all previously unreleased tracks) is the first Eva Cassidy album released since 'Songbird's worldwide success. 'Songbird' is certified Gold in the U.S., was No.1 on both Billboard's Catalog Album Ch...  more »

     
   
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All Artists: Eva Cassidy
Title: Imagine
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 4
Label: Blix Street
Release Date: 8/20/2002
Genres: Folk, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Adult Contemporary, Easy Listening, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 739341007521, 0739341017520, 5035135000248, 739341017520

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'Imagine' (featuring all previously unreleased tracks) is the first Eva Cassidy album released since 'Songbird's worldwide success. 'Songbird' is certified Gold in the U.S., was No.1 on both Billboard's Catalog Album Chart & Internet Chart in 2001, & was a No. 1 pop album & certified triple platinum in the U.K. In addition to Eva's starkly moving tribute to John Lennon's 'Imagine', Eva Cassidy re-interprets 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' - distinctly different from the Buddy Holly & Linda Ronstadt versions. Ryko. 2002.

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David N. (ilikeallmusic) from GADSDEN, AL
Reviewed on 8/7/2015...
This is a great Cd!! Eva's version of It Doesn't Matter Anymore starts off the music and the rest of the songs are very good!! AMG rates this a 4.5 out of 5.0! So sad that Eva's life ended at such an early age!!! - David

CD Reviews

We're fortunate to have Eva Cassidy's finest album yet
Catherine S. Vodrey | East Liverpool, Ohio United States | 08/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Those of us who love Eva Cassidy awaited the arrival of this CD with baited breath. Would it be just re-releases of songs we've already heard? Would it be not-so-great songs chosen just because we HADN'T already heard them? Would it be prickly with background noise, or would it show off the purity of her voice as it should? I'm thrilled beyond belief to report that this may be Eva Cassidy's finest album yet.In typical Eva style, the songs are all over the map, ranging from Paul Anka to John Lennon to Gordon Lightfoot to her beloved traditional tunes and beyond. Yet also in typical Eva style, she manages to imbue each song with fresh meaning and new depth via her inimitable phrasing and the almost unbearable intimacy of her voice.Paul Anka's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" was recorded by Buddy Holly and released on the day of Holly's death. Despite this gloomy background--and the fact that the song has lyrics detailing the throes of a dying love--Cassidy somehow gives it a light touch, one which gives much-needed counterpoint to the song's dark tone. This is brilliant phrasing; it makes the lyrics sound all the more poignant because she's trying to act as though she doesn't care. Cassidy rises to the challenge of taking on songs made famous by other female singers--Billie Holiday ("You've Changed"), Patti Page ("Tennessee Waltz") and Sandy Denny ("Who Knows Where the Time Goes"). Cassidy succeeds not by competing, but by giving each of these pieces her concentration and her curiosity. Part of Cassidy's magic is that she's so clearly singing for herself. Her absorption in the song, and the introspection she brings to the lyrics, make these classics newly simple, newly clear, and swept clean of all past associations. Cassidy doesn't challenge the more famous versions, or the more well-known singers who first brought these songs to the public; she merely wraps her voice around the songs in a thoughtful, melting manner that makes them impossible to resist."Danny Boy" is a revelation. This somber traditional tune can sound ponderous in the wrong hands, but Cassidy handles it with intelligence and a light touch. She deftly conveys the regret and the sense of loss inherent in the lyrics, but she backs away from overdoing the pathos. The result is a simple tale told in song--and what a marvelous and moving song it is because Cassidy takes such exceeding care with it. It's an exquisite cameo of a recording.On John Lennon's "Imagine," we have perhaps the album's most poignant song of all. Though Lennon's lyrics were originally aimed at getting people to think of world peace, it's difficult to listen to the song without starting to imagine where Cassidy would be if she were still alive today. This song is, with only its minimal acoustic guitar (played by Cassidy) and the porcelain miracle of her voice, something of a longing look cast backwards--even if Cassidy didn't intend it to be."
Imagine Mott
Kim Fletcher | Pattaya, Chonburi Thailand | 07/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Obviously Mott the Dog does not know how Angels sound like, but he would not be disappointed if Angels sounded like Eva Cassidy. Without doubt, she is the female vocalist of our time. It is one of the cruelest tragedies that Eva Cassidy never lived to enjoy her success. In fact, with Cassidy's natural shy personality (yet strong character) that kept her from rocketing to superstardom in her short life, she was never sure of her stage presence. She shunned the spotlight till it was nearly too late, or preferred to sing backup vocals or duets as she did on Chuck Brown's wonderful album 'The Other Side', released in 1995, which although is a Brown album, it is the wonderful voice of Eva Cassidy that grabs your attention. Eva Cassidy refused to limit herself to one style, taking on jazz, funk, blues, rock, pop, and folk, all with that ethereal voice, turning each song into something magical.Eva Cassidy released only one solo album in her lifetime, the wonderful 'Live at Blues Alley' (1996). It was recorded in Washington's most famous blues club after which it was named, and then it only got a local release. It was one of the cruelest blows that by the end of that year the dreaded cancer had whisked this beautiful girl with the heavenly voice away from us. Fortunately for those of us left here on our very mortal planet, Eva Cassidy left many recordings behind which are now being released to great critical and commercial acclaim internationally. All of Eva Cassidy's recordings are lovingly managed by the Eva Cassidy estate. So far we had 'Eva By Heart' (1998); 'Songbird' (1998); 'Time After Time' (2000); 'Imagine' (2002); and `American Tune' (2003). These albums have sold over three million copies worldwide and still counting.It has to be remembered that Eva Cassidy did not write songs herself, but was able to take other people's great skills and twist them into something even greater. At the moment (although I admit it does vary) 'Imagine' is my favorite Eva Cassidy collection. The album opens with a solo version of 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' by Paul Anka (who also wrote 'My Way', made famous by Frank Sinatra, Sid Vicious, and then Nigel of the Bastards). This is followed by a version of Little Willie John's 'Fever', not done as Peggy Lee did it in 1958, but as it was originally intended to be, when written in 1956, with Eva's brother joining her, adding violin to Eva's scratch vocal. You also get a track that has been salvaged from the Blues Alley sessions 'You've Changed', and when you hear this, you realize how high the quality of music was on that particular album. Eva Cassidy's voice sends shivers up and down your spine. She would surely get a nod of approval from the person who first recorded this song, the great Billie Holiday. Sandy Denny's 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes' gets redefined here, giving the song a whole new lease of life. Eva even gets a little bit country with her true to the roots version of Patti Page's hit 'Tennessee Waltz', which in its days in the 1950's was one of the first cross over country/pop hits. To finish the album is one of those "enough to make a grown man cry" moments as Eva Cassidy breaks into an emotional solo version of 'Danny Boy'. Still, with all these moments of magic, I think the stand-out track is the title track, a tribute to John Lennon in a touching version of his masterpiece 'Imagine'. Play this song in any room and in seconds it will reduce people to silence as they listen to Eva Cassidy's voice caress the air. (...)"