New Eva Cassidy album set to enter this week's chart...
Eva Cassidy is the voice that has enchanted listeners worldwide. Never afforded the stage her talent deserved in life, and Having already touched millions of hearts, Eva’s music continues to reach out to new admirers everyday. Now, on the 10th anniversary of the seminal Songbird album first going No.1, Simply Eva presents Eva Cassidy as we have rarely heard her.
Simply Eva is a collection of previously unreleased performances that focus entirely on Eva’s voice, with only the backing of her acoustic guitar. Although previous albums have included the odd solo track, this is the first time an entire record has been given over to ‘Eva-only’ interpretations. With the exception of a redefining version of the previously unheard San Francisco Bay Blues, Simply Eva is comprised of songs Eva has already made her own on previous albums but these acoustic versions are straight from the original tapes.
The album includes a more intimate and affecting version of Songbird, now an Eva signature song, as well as an acoustic-blues arrangement of People Get Ready and folk interpretations of Wayfaring Stranger and Wade In The Water. The album also features a new and extended version of Paul Simon’s Kathy’s Song and concludes with a spellbinding a capella performance of I Know You By Heart, the first voice-only Eva track. Simply Eva is the first album to include the Blues Alley guitar/vocal performance of Over The Rainbow – from the famous video which triggered Eva’s UK breakthrough. No matter which song, it’s always Eva’s music that is laid bare, front and centre.