1 x LP
2014 EU reissue on 180g LP remastered -included Cassidy’s re-defining version of “Over the Rainbow” with “Fields of Gold” . Following her untimely 1996 death from melanoma at the age of 33, Blix Street arranged for the national release of Songbird in Apri
Release date: 27-11-2014 (Originally released in 1998)
2014 EU reissue on 180g vinyl LP remastered - Following her untimely 1996 death from melanoma at the age of 33, Blix Street arranged for the national release of Songbird in April 1998, a collection compiled by label founder Bill Straw. Songbird included Cassidy’s re-defining version of “Over the Rainbow” with “Fields of Gold” and other tracks from her two existing albums, Live at Blues Alley and Eva By Heart. The formative compilation hit No. 1 in the U.K. where it has been certified 6x Platinum.
A1. Fields of Gold
A2. Wade In The Water
A3. Autumn Leaves
A4. Wayfaring Stranger
B1. Time Is A Healer
B2. I Know You By Heart
B3. People Get Ready
B4. Oh Had I A Golden Thread
B5. Over The Rainbow
Blix Street Records has announced the release of five seminal Eva Cassidy albums on 180g vinyl including her definitive collection, Songbird (1998), unavailable on the format for years, and equally as compelling offerings, Time After Time (2000), Imagine (2000), American Tune (2003) and Somewhere (2008), which will be available on vinyl for the very first time.
"Definitions,” wrote Los Angeles Times critic Don Heckman, “become virtually useless to describe the singing of Eva Cassidy.” The career of the gifted and acclaimed vocalist has likewise defied description and easy analysis. Her eclectic tastes – everything from folk and country to jazz, standards, blues, rock and pop - made Eva hard to pigeon-hole, and her lack of exposure beyond her native Washington, D.C. kept her profile low during her lifetime.
On the 17th of September 1996 a young woman, accompanied by a few dozen family and friends, attended her own tribute concert in a small club in the Washington, DC area. Transcending the effects of chemo-therapy and morphine in that moment, the singer abandoned her walker and was helped onto the stage for what would be her final performance, What a Wonderful World. A few weeks later Eva Cassidy passed away, having been diagnosed with melanoma months earlier.
Refusing to bend her music to the industry's conventions and expectations, Eva was known only within the DC area during her lifetime. She left behind one live album, a duet album, and various studio demos and live recordings. In these intervening 16 years, Eva's music has proven timeless and universal. Crossing all boundaries – musical, cultural, geographical – her voice survived and is finding new listeners every day in every corner of the earth.
Released on the eve of what would have been her 50th birthday these twenty performances document Eva Cassidy's musical legacy for the ages.
Extra info: remastered
Label: Blix Street-PlAS
Originally released: 1998
This release: 2014