Evita / Bonnie & Clyde Broadway Acoustic Mash-up

By: Brn

For the first time since I renewed my interest in Broadway-related recordings, my wife (our esteemed Editor) has expressed interest in something I’ve played. It is this masterful arrangement of songs from Bonnie & Clyde (“How ‘Bout a Dance”) and Evita (“Another Suitcase in Another Hall”). Performers Laura Osnes and Rachel Potter were featured in those Broadway shows and on their 2012 cast recordings. I used to sing along to the Evita movie soundtrack as I delivered milk door-to-door in Ireland, and Bonnie & Clyde is among my top 3 cast recordings of recent years, so the blend for me was a sublime surprise.


Eva Cassidy: Simply Eva

Simply Eva is the first album of 2011 that I expect to see on my best of the year list. Set for release on January 25th by Blix Street Records, the album features previously unreleased material by the late, great Eva Cassidy. What sets Simply Eva apart is that it is composed entirely of acoustic versions of Eva’s best known recordings. Accompanied only by the soft strum of her guitar, Eva’s extraordinary voice is beautifully displayed in this exquisite collection.

From her tender rendering of Christine McVie’s “Songbird” through her bluesy folk renditions of “Wayfaring Stranger and “Wade in the Water” and her soaring transformations of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” and “Time After Time,” this album is truly flawless. The sparse acoustic arrangements allow Eva’s big, magnificent to shine.

My personal favorite tracks are her gorgeous covers of “Over the Rainbow” and “Autumn Leaves,” but there really isn’t a weak track here. Although it’s less than a minute long, Eva’s a capella performance of “I Know You By Heart” is a breathtaking, tear-inducing finale.

Surpassed only by Songbird, Simply Eva is one of the greatest and most exciting collections of Eva Cassidy recordings to date.

I was not granted permission to share an mp3 and there aren’t any samples online yet, but I promise you this album contains some of the most beautiful music ever recorded.

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Bell X1: New Live Mp3

Irish band Bell X1 continues to offer mp3s from their new digital Acoustic EP (streaming at Reverb Nation) in anticipation of their upcoming acoustic tour of the U.S. I posted their live, acoustic mp3s of “The Great Defector” and “Rocky Took a Lover” last month, and now you can get a free, legal download of the new acoustic version of “Pinball Machine.” The song was originally recorded for the band’s debut album Neither Am I. The acoustic tour will include songs from the band’s entire catalogue and some new tunes from their forthcoming 2011 full-length album.

Bell X1 – Pinpall Machine (live) (mp3 removed)*

*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of Yep Roc Records

Bell X1 2010 Acoustic Tour Dates:

10/6 Philadelphia, PA@ Tin Angel
10/7 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
10/8 Cambridge, MA @ Brattle Theater
10/9 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
10/11 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
10/12 Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
10/14 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
10/15 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
10/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
10/17 Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
10/20 Los Angeles, CA @Hotel Café
10/21 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall

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Bell X1 Official Site

Bell X1: New Live Mp3 & Acoustic U.S. Tour

In anticipation of their upcoming acoustic tour of the U.S., Irish band Bell X1 is offering a series of tracks from a new digital Acoustic EP (which you can hear at Reverb Nation). The first mp3 is a live, acoustic rendition of “The Great Defector” from their Blue Lights on the Runway album. You can download the mp3 and check out their tour dates below. The live shows will include songs from the band’s entire catalogue and some new tunes from their forthcoming 2011 full-length album.

Bell X1 – The Great Defector (live) (mp3 removed)*

*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of Yep Roc Records

Bell X1 2010 Acoustic Tour Dates:

10/6 Philadelphia, PA@ Tin Angel
10/7 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
10/8 Cambridge, MA @ Brattle Theater
10/9 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
10/11 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
10/12 Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
10/14 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
10/15 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
10/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
10/17 Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
10/20 Los Angeles, CA @Hotel Café
10/21 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall

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