Eva Cassidy - Imagine
Eva Cassidy - Imagine
Eva Cassidy - Imagine
Eva Cassidy - Imagine
Eva Cassidy - Imagine
Eva Cassidy - Imagine
Eva Cassidy - Imagine
Eva Cassidy - Imagine

Eva Cassidy - Imagine

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Eva Cassidy - guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals, background vocals

Darrel Andrews - percussion

Chris Biondo - bass

Dan Cassidy - violin

Adrian Green - drums

Keith Grimes - guitar, electric guitar

Raice McLeod - drums

Larry Melton - bass

Bruno Nasta - violin

Lenny Williams piano - vibraphone

Kent Wood - organ, synthesizer, synthesizer strings


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’


Studio & Live

Record Press : Optimal Media

Label : Blix Street

Original Label : Blix Street

Recorded live :

  • A1 at Pearl's (Annapolis) on September 24, 1994.
  • A3 in the winter of 1995 at the King of France Tavern located in The Maryland Inn Annapolis
  • A4 at Blues Alley, on January 3, 1996 and Mixed in March, 2001 at Mad Hatter Studio, Los Angeles
  • A5 & B3 at Chris Biondo's Glendale, MD studio in 1996
  • B2 & B5 at Pearl's on September 10, 1994

Recorded in studio :

  • A2 at Black Pond Studios, Glendale, MD in 1991
  • B1 at Golden Triangle Studio, Columbia, MD in 1987
  • B4 at Black Pond Studios, Rockville, MD studio in 1990

Mastered by Robert Vosgien

Originally released in 2002

Reissued in 2014



Side A:

  1. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  2. Fever
  3. Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
  4. Tennessee Waltz
  5. Imagine

Side B:

  1. Early Morning Rain
  2. You've Changed
  3. Still Not Ready
  4. I Can Only Be Me
  5. Danny Boy



“A desperate clamoring from fans worldwide is no doubt the last thing the late singer could have imagined when she was at clubs and at home singing and doing rough recordings of the tunes that would someday be chosen for this magnificent hodgepodge. But many years after her death in obscurity in late 1996, she became a true phenomenon, with enthusiasts who find in her voice a true connection to heaven (take that in any number of ways). So even if the songs are rough, they're still Eva Cassidy. Another precious listen to her transcendent voice -- so brilliant in all genres; wispy and angelic one minute, soulful and guttural the next -- is worth all the dusty shelf-searching this compilation no doubt entailed. The songs recorded at the now-defunct Annapolis club Pearls -- the obscure chestnut "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," which Paul Anka gave to Buddy Holly; Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain"; and the tearjerking "Danny Boy" -- present Cassidy at her purest, her simple acoustic guitar riding along behind increasingly emotional vocal lines. "Fever" is an alternate take from the version that wound up on Chuck Brown's The Other Side, beautifully torchy and featuring a sly violin line by brother Dan Cassidy. She recorded a folky rendition of the Sandy Denny classic "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" at the Maryland Inn, her voice rising and falling over a subtle violin. Her smoky jazz chops -- think Norah Jones with a lot more fire -- are in full force on "You've Changed" (recorded at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C.). Probably the richest performances are the powerful home-demo renditions of the title track and "Tennessee Waltz," given off-the-cuff readings (with only simple guitar lines) that show off Cassidy's casual genius. Finally, Cassidy's dad found a few formal early studio recordings, "Still Not Ready" and "I Can Only Be Me," a heartrending song Stevie Wonder wrote for Spike Lee's School Daze but never recorded. That's OK -- Cassidy's unintentional penchant is for redefining songs and creating new and definitive versions. Most likely, no major label would ever put out a new artist recording with this kind of a mixed bag, both stylistically and production-wise. But this hardly matters, as listeners seek more and more from the angel who left long before the world fell in love with her. The continuing heavenly serenade is hard to resist.” AllMusic Review by Jonathan Widran


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4?5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,24 / 5

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