|Origin:||UK & Europe|
|Label:||Blix Street Records (2015)|
|Format:||4 x LP / 2 X CD|
|Genre:||Country , Folk , Jazz , World N|
Years ago, I noted that the Cassidy family seemed to be scrapping the barrel when it came to issuing material years after the singer's death (1996).
Yet on listening to those discs, I was surprised by the clarity, emotional content and choice of material. Those albums were Somewhere (2008) and the Simply Eva (2011) and I thought that was that.
But no, it seems that the Live at Blues Alley (1997) album was in fact a two-night recording session, but the first night was plagued by recording problems. Now, thanks to today's technology, those sessions have been cleaned, re-mastered and given the green light for release.
Not without its flaws, there are some drop-outs, and I'm sure Cassidy would not approve of some tracks. A tad strident, wrongly paced and boasting the occasional misreading of the composer's intentions, it is nevertheless a wonderful reminder of a talent lost too soon – her voice is simply remarkable and emotional.
There are 12 unreleased tracks here, showcasing jazz, folk, blues and pop.