Live at Blues Alley

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Live at Blues Alley
Eva Cassidy - Live at Blues Alley.jpg
Live album by Eva Cassidy
Released May, 1996
Recorded January 2–January 3, 1996
Genre Blues, jazz, folk
Length 57:21
Label Eva Music
Producer Eva Cassidy,
Chris Biondo
Eva Cassidy chronology
The Other Side
(1992)
Live at Blues Alley
(1996)
Eva by Heart
(1997)

Live at Blues Alley is an album by American singer Eva Cassidy, originally self released in May 1996. This live album was recorded at the Blues Alley in January 1996. It was the final album by Cassidy before her death.

Music[edit]

Live at Blues Alley serves as an example of Cassidy's eclectic tastes, covering classic and contemporary artists from Billie Holiday to Sting, including Al Green, Pete Seeger, Irving Berlin and more. Eva's "Fields of Gold" was a popular radio song and record companies used it to promote her material; in 2001 Michelle Kwan skated to the music of Eva's version of this song.[1] "What a Wonderful World", the last song she ever performed live, retains one of the rare introductions on the album that was not edited out in which she dedicates the song to her parents.[2] "Golden Thread", by Pete Seeger, was declared by Eva as her favorite song in the album's liner notes and the song she felt had turned out the best on the album. It actually was not performed live at Blues Alley but was prerecorded months earlier.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]

The album inspired attention from audiences outside of her local following in Washington D.C.[5] Before and during the album's recording, Cassidy suffered many physical health problems, whose causes, at the time, were unknown. A month after the album was released, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.[6] Unfortunately, she died three months later without experiencing the peak of her musical career, which would come after her death.[7] "Her posthumous success," writes William Cooper, "has been astonishing, with worldwide critical acclaim and extensive exposure on British television that helped her album Songbird climb to number one on the British album chart in March, 2001." [5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cheek to Cheek" (Irving Berlin) – 4:03
  2. "Stormy Monday" (T-Bone Walker) – 5:49
  3. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Paul Simon) – 5:33
  4. "Fine and Mellow" (Billie Holiday) – 4:03
  5. "People Get Ready" (Curtis Mayfield) – 3:36
  6. "Blue Skies" (Irving Berlin) – 2:37
  7. "Tall Trees in Georgia" (Buffy St. Marie)– 4:05
  8. "Fields of Gold" (Sting) – 4:57
  9. "Autumn Leaves" (Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert) – 4:57
  10. "Honeysuckle Rose" (Andy Razaf, Thomas "Fats" Waller) – 3:14
  11. "Take Me to the River" (Al Green, Mabon "Teenie" Hodges) – 3:51
  12. "What a Wonderful World" (Bob Thiele, George David Weiss) – 5:50
  13. "Oh, Had I a Golden Thread" (Pete Seeger) – 4:46 [Studio recording]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak[8] position
Swedish Albums Chart 19
Danish Albums Chart 29
UK Albums Chart 86[9]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Eva Cassidy, Chris Biondo
  • Engineer: Roy Battle
  • Mastering: Robert Vosgien
  • Photography: Larry Melton
  • Artwork: Jeff Muller

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Fields of Gold" Page". Evacassidy.org. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  2. ^ ""What a Wonderful World" Page". Evacassidy.org. 1996-09-17. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  3. ^ ""Golden Thread" Page". Evacassidy.org. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ a b [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "Boston Globe". Crosstownarts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  8. ^ Live at Blues Alley swedishcharts.com
  9. ^ "Official Charts – Search: albums Eva Cassidy". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 23 October 2015.