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( 2003 ) - 2014 EU reissue on 180g vinyl LP for the first time - As with her two previous albums, Time After Time and Imagine, the songs on 2003's American Tune come from a variety of sources. "The Water is Wide" and "American ...
Release date: 27-11-2014 (Originally released in 2003)
2014 EU reissue on 180g vinyl LP - album AMERICAN TUNE was released in August, 2003. Named for the haunting Paul Simon song that is one of the album’s highlights, the album was eagerly awaited by Eva’s millions of fans around the world. In the United Kingdom, where Eva Cassidy is a greatly-beloved artist, the album was #1 on the official album charts for two consecutive weeks.
A1. Drowning in the Sea of Love
A2. True Colours
A3. The Water Is Wide
A4. Hallelujah, I Love Him So
A5. God Bless The Child
B1. Dark Eyed Molly
B2. American Tune
B3. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing
B5. You Take My Breath Away
Some singers need an audience to bring out their best. Not Eva Cassidy. The recording studio was Eva’s natural musical home where she was free of the pressures of live performance. She spent countless hours there recording, rehearsing, even helping paint the walls and glue on acoustic tiles. Band rehearsals would be held there and Chris Biondo was in the habit of running a tape while guitarist Keith Grimes, a perfectionist like Eva, would take home the tapes to study the performances.
Since the release of last year’s IMAGINE album, Keith discovered rehearsal tapes that had long been packed away and sent them to Blix Street’s Bill Straw. Five of the ten tracks on AMERICAN TUNE come from that source. A couple of these are just Eva and Keith, cut while they were working out repertoire for their duo gigs. The remaining five tracks are comprised of three live recordings, one studio demo, and “Yesterday,” which was one of the earliest songs that Eva recorded with Chris Biondo.
None of the surviving recordings were multi-track and therefore few corrections could be made for errors or glitches. In most cases what you hear now is how the songs were recorded, in one take and without editing. Yet there is no doubt these informal recordings capture Eva Cassidy’s magic in its purest form — her remarkable voice never fails to send a shiver down the spine or bring a tear to the eye.
–Laura Bligh, Eileen White, Martin Jennings
As with the two previous albums, TIME AFTER TIME and IMAGINE, the songs on AMERICAN TUNE come from a variety of sources. “The Water is Wide” and “American Tune” were taped at Pearl’s, a storefront restaurant in Annapolis where Eva sometimes performed solo. “It Don’t Mean a Thing” was taped at a higher-profile venue, the King of France Tavern at the Maryland Inn, also in Annapolis. The other songs were recorded at Chris Biondo’s studio, either in Rockville or in Glenn Dale, Maryland.
Label: Blix Street
Originally released: 2003
This release: 2014