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Eve Cassidy Somewhere [album]

Eva Cassidy: SomewhereThe late Eva Marie Cassidy leaves
  a heritage of musical genius behind
  her and her album Somewhere —
with
  twelve previously unreleased songs
 
is a miraculous achievement...”

EVA CASSIDY'S SINGING sends shivers down your spine. She sings so casually that you could almost be getting a private performance — she was a musical genius whose blend of blues, country, folk and sparkling jazz was enhanced by gospel and classic pop and is perfectly captured on the astonishing Somewhere album.

Having found a malignant lump, Eva discovered the melanoma had spread to her bones and to her lungs and she sadly died in 1996 at the age of just 33. Her final public performance was not long before she died, at The Bayou nightclub in Georgetown, Washington DC, where she closed with What A Wonderful World. The club, incidentally, closed two years later.

Eva's seminal album, Songbird, was released ten years ago and the legend continues with the release of Somewhere, a collection of twelve previously unreleased songs that bear testament to her diverse talents. That these songs have surfaced is thanks to many of those close to Eva — including her brother Dan, her school-friend Rob Cooper and her guitarist Keith Grimes.

Keith found a box of Eva's recordings in 2003 that had been packed away and forgotten, unnoticed for many years. They formed the backbone of Eva's UK Number One album American Tune. The poignant and melodic Coat Of Many Colours, terrifically-constructed Won't Be Long and breathtaking Walkin' After Midnight were all recorded in 1993 and appear on Somewhere in their original form. We loved the haunting A Bold Young Farmer.

Early One Morning is one of the two songs on the album that were co-written by Eva. Based on the traditional English folk song, it was recorded in April 1987 in Rob Cooper's home studio in Maryland and Eva's family were unaware of this cleverly-updated song's existence until early this year (2008). The second song — the superb title track Somewhere — was written in 1990 with Chris Biondo. It was unfinished until a few months ago when Chris, with "considerable" help from former Eva band mates Lenny Williams and Raice McLeod, finished the recording in the style in which it was originally conceived.

Eva often played If I Give My Heart at her solo performances and the version here features Eva's brother Dan on fiddle. It was recorded by the siblings in Iceland. On hearing these new songs, Barbara Cassidy says: "It is very painful to listen to some of the songs, but it gives me joy that Eva's music is still giving so much pleasure to so many people". The inspired magnificence of Eva Cassidy's talent on Somewhere is encapsulated in the demanding My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose and all-time favourite Summertime that resonate in true Folk style as an echo of the lady's presence.

The vocals on Ain't Doing Too Bad and Chain Of Fools were recorded live at Blues Alley on the same evening as the celebrated 1996 album. Chris Biondo commissioned horn arrangements from Leigh Pilzer for both songs and, in the case of the nostalgic and shimmery Ain't Doing Too Bad, enlisted the help of Lenny, Keith and Raice to adapt their parts in a studio setting — the result being what is arguably the musical high point of the album. In addition to the new horn arrangements and the background vocal talents of Leonie and Amba Tremain, London producer Steve Lima provides a different take on Eva's version of the classic Chain Of Fools.

Somewhere, perhaps her most diverse album ever, constantly surprises and enchants as Eva Cassidy once again takes us on the golden path of her unique musical journey.

Eva Cassidy's UK album Somewhere (twelve previously unreleased songs) was released on 25 August (2008) on Blix Street Records.

Tracklisting

1 Coat Of Many Colours | 2 My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose | 3 Ain't Doin' Too Bad |
4 Chain Of Fools | 5 Won't Be Long | 6 Walkin' After Midnight | 7 Early One Morning |
8 A Bold Young Farmer | 9 If I Give My Heart | 10 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain |
11 Summertime | 12 Somewhere

"It was clear that fans of Eva's music wanted a new album; but it was important to us that any new record was made up of songs that had not been heard before and that were of a high quality. We are really pleased with the album; it is long overdue" — Eva's father, Hugh Cassidy

"Eva Cassidy's singing sends shivers down your spine. She sings so casually that you could almost be getting a private performance — from a musical genius whose blend of blues, country, folk and sparkling jazz was enhanced by gospel and classic pop and is perfectly captured on the astonishing Somewhere album" — MotorBar