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Thursday, 29 August, 2002, 11:16 GMT 12:16 UK
Eva Cassidy: Your views
Eva Cassidy
Eva Cassidy did a cover of John Lennon's Imagine
Eva Cassidy died in 1996 but her singing and guitar-playing talents have brought her posthumous fame with albums such as Songbird and Time After Time.

Her latest release, Imagine, is a collection of cover-versions including Fever, Danny Boy and It Doesn't Matter Anymore.

"In several cases she has achieved the impossible, by actually improving on the originals," wrote BBC News Online's Michael Hubbard.

But what do you think?

Does she make the songs her own? What is your favourite track?

Have your say

I belive Eva's voice to be one of the best ever heard. She can sing any song and make it her own. I don't think the record dompany is 'cashing in' on Eva or 'scraping the barrel'. If these old recordings of Eva's were not released, we would not be able to hear more of her beautiful interpretations. God Bless Eva.
Lee, UK

The first time I heard Somewhere over the Rainbow, I stopped dead in my tracks to listen to Eva's wonderful interpretation of a classic song. Everytime I hear it still it brings a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. Any artist that has the talent and power to do this is worth our respect, especially in these times of manufactured, banal, sugar-coated pop they laughably call music.
Lisa, UK

I first heard Over the Rainbow on TOTP2 a couple of years ago and it certainly brought a tear to my eye. She was a superb talent and was taken away far too early. Unlike most of today's so called artists she really could take a classic and make it her own.
Hughie, Netherlands

Eva's soulful voice and interpretation of evergreen pieces is unique. Her music will always be remembered. If only more is known of her art.
Reuben Wee, Malaysia


Eva Cassidy takes you to another dimension. A journey where time stands still.

Mike, USA

I have to say I find this collection the most disappointing so far. I'd be looking forward to her version of "who knows where the time goes" a great great deal. But the original is still the best. I think her reputation as being a wonderful singer will only be harmed by this release.
Paul , UK

Eva Cassidy takes you to another dimension. A journey where time stands still. Past memories of mother, father, brothers and sisters, loved ones, old sweethearts, first loves. The "Danny Boy" rendition is a real winner. What can you say, she died at age 33 in 1996 of cancer and she's singing Danny Boy to us. Tears must flow or you need help. She takes you to Nirvana, Heaven, and The Great Beyond. This precious angel's voice will never come again. Enjoy it while you can there will be no others like Eva Cassidy.
Mike, USA

Fields of Gold has to be my favorite. Although Sting's original is a masterpiece without doubt, Eva has managed to make the song her own which stops me in my tracks when I hear it.
Kevin J, UK

Although Eva's newfound success is just sooooo marketing, it is such a shame that she didn't live to regale with more of her work. As for the music that's been released, she managed some nice stuff, although I think it's difficult to say which song is best because the material is so here and there. I personally enjoy her Fields Of Gold rendition. It surpasses Sting by a mile, and yet manages to get you to admire his songwriting skill all at the same time. She was definitely a great performer. How on earth did she not get more notice when she was alive is beyond me! When you hear some of the stuff that gets played on the radio... Do record companies employ A&R people with an ear? I'd like to know.
Valerie, France

The CD is not as wonderful as the other CDs, and is clearly below accepted production standards on some tracks, which will undoubtedly put some people off. What remains is that Eva Cassidy's voice was incomparable in its combination of range, quality, phrasing and interpretation. Whatever she has recorded deserves to be heard. Her version of Danny Boy is the most beautifully poignant thing I've ever heard and is worth the price of the CD on its own.
Mark Fraser, UK

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