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Chris Biondo tells me that this recording was one of the earlier ones that he and Eva made together, and one of the first with Lenny Williams on keyboard. It’s got a haunting melody,” says Hugh Cassidy, who had suggested that Izzi send his tapes to Blix Street Records for consideration for the album. Eva’s is listed, with the comment, “Released six years after her death, it showcases Cassidy’s jaw-dropping voice above all else, which is why it’s such a great version of the song. Brands Regent Albert Thurston - Braces Aran Crafts - Knitwear Astorflex - Shoes Baracuta - Clothing Billingham - Bags Christys - Hats Cubitts - Sunglasses Dapper Dan - Grooming Dents - Gloves Draper - Slippers Edwin - Japanese Denim Far Afield - Clothing Filson - Clothing Fjällräven - Exploration Gloverall - Outerwear Hartford - Clothing Joseph Cheaney - Footwear Lee - Clothing Ludwig Reiter - Footwear Lochcarron - Tartan Manifattura Ceccereli Mcalson - Underwear Merz b.
Eva’s brother Dan Cassidy’s fiddle is featured in this recording, which was also part of Dan’s solo album DAN CASSIDY ON THE FIDDLE (available only in Iceland). I did eventually remember when the song finished and had to back-track a couple of miles to get him….
It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” the opening track of the album, was taped at Pearl’s Restaurant in Annapolis, probably in 1994. The song was written by Paul Anka and recorded by Buddy Holly, but I believe Eva learned it from a Linda Ronstadt album (she also used to sing “Desperado”). None of Eva’s friends remember anything specific about Eva being a Sandy Denny fan, but years later Chris Biondo found a cassette tape under the seat of his truck, labelled “Sandy Denny,” in Eva’s handwriting. In the edit page, go to the 'Metadata' tab and add your Juno artist, label or release page for listeners to purchase your release / releases.
The information given here is drawn from the album notes, from conversations and interviews with Eva’s family and musical colleagues, from e-mail from Eva’s fans, and from my own personal knowledge.Imagine may not be the best way to discover Eva Cassidy for the first time, but established fans will warmly welcome this new collection.
Two of the songs on IMAGINE are from one-take recordings Eva made as demos for nightclubs where she hoped to play solo engagements. The recording quality varies noticeably from track to track, and there are a few awkward fade-outs–presumably to remove audience noise–but still the sparkling music comes across quite vividly. Still Not Ready”: The only completely unknown song on the album, “Still Not Ready” was written by Chris Izzi and Leo LaSota and recorded as a demo in 1987.
The setting was Green Hill, Nova Scotia, which is a little village next to the huge green hill where Walter snapped the photo of Eva. The black-and-white closeup photo of Eva was taken by Eva’s friend Larry Melton, who also photographed Eva for the cover of LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY. Stevie Wonder was one of Eva’s idols, and Lenny shared Eva’s enthusiasm: “I was a Stevie Wonder freak too.