Label: Blix Street Records
25th Anniversary Limited Edition 45rpm 180g Vinyl 2LP!
Hi-Res Mastering Using Original Sources!
First Time Ever On Vinyl!
Recorded live at at the famous Blues Alley club in Washington, D.C., in January 1996. It was the last album recorded by Eva Cassidy before her death in November 1996.
Live at Blues Alley is an excellent showcase for her vocal talents and her ability to make even the most familiar tune uniquely her own… She sounds as if she had a ball performing the Irving Berlin number, while her subtle reading of the Louis Armstrong tune is nothing less than extraordinary… Ultimately, the slower songs are the most stirring, particularly her rendition of ‘Fields of Gold.’ Her tear-jerking version of the Sting tune could very well be one of the greatest cover songs ever recorded… Live at Blues Alley was the only solo album released during Eva Cassidy’s lifetime, and it’s an excellent introduction to a performer who never lived to witness the impact her voice made on her fans all over the world.
-William Cooper, AllMusic
She could sing anything and make it sound like the only music that mattered.
-The Washington Post
Eva Cassidy’s now legendary Blues Alley concert on the third day of 1996 was in some ways a happy accident. Although Eva had spent years in the studio with producer Chris Biondo creating an eclectic body of work, the pair decided that a live album was the quickest way to achieve their immediate goal of creating a LP to sell at gigs.
Eva cashed in a small pension from her day gig at a local nursery, her Aunt Claire contributed toward the venture, the Blues Alley venue booked them during their slowest time of the year (just after the New Year’s Eve blow-out), a live recording truck was hired and off they went – Eva hoping to generate enough profit to purchase a proper PA system. The result was Live At Blues Alley, the only solo album released during Eva Cassidy’s lifetime.
25 years after its release in the summer of 1996 the album is known the world over. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary the original recordings have been re-mastered using newly available high-resolution mastering technology. Eva’s electrifying vocals, more present than ever, transport the listener back to the time and place.
A heavyweight 45rpm double vinyl LP is being released to showcase the sound (the first time the album has been available on vinyl)