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Eva Cassidy — Ain't No Sunshine
Album: Time After Time
Avg rating:
7.7

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Total ratings: 1588









Released: 2000
Length: 3:21
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Ain't no sunshine when he's gone.
It's not warm when he's away.
Ain't no sunshine when he's gone.
And he's always gone too long.
Anytime he goes away.

I Wonder this time where he's gone.
Wonder how long he's gonna stay.
Ain't no sunshine when he's gone.
And this house just ain't no home.
Anytime he goes away.

I know x 16
I know where he's gone
Oh he's gone too long
Anytime he goes away
Anytime he goes away
Anytime he goes away
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Quelle formidable chanteuse et merveilleuse personne. Quelle voix !
Hélas partie si tôt...
Not always a fan of her interpretations but her talent ALWAYS captures my attention. That said, she seemed to surround herself with some talented musicians too...a true artist and a great loss...
 eliaspace wrote:
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes version is MUCH better, hope to hear next time...:)

 
I like those fellas as well but i dont think the versions are really comparable. 😉
(why me first&the gimme gimmes would even start and cover sad songs is beyond my understanding, tbh..)
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes version is MUCH better, hope to hear next time...:)
 hayduke2 wrote:
Mr. Wither's is a solid 10
Ms. Cassidy's is excellent
the chirpy-cute Beatle is (imo) unable to bring any of the necessary angst and longing to this song so he gets ignored

 
Where does Joan Osborne's version rank? Thinking a 9
Oh my God - what a sad story.
Mr. Wither's is a solid 10
Ms. Cassidy's is excellent
the chirpy-cute Beatle is (imo) unable to bring any of the necessary angst and longing to this song so he gets ignored
Holy Sh*t.
Life's just not fair...
Paul McCartney does a nice cover of this song. 
Soul, grace & beauty. Wonderful cover version of this classic. 
Awesome! RIP Eva
Phenomenal voice, but I'm not feeling the passion in her delivery.  There's no edge?  I dunno. {#Ask}
 ppopp wrote:
I like Eva Cassidy, and I like BB King. But this song is unremarkable no matter who sings it. Way over-played, and generic blues at best.

 

 
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The wiki for this song told me that Booker T. Jones produced the Bill Withers... and did the string arrangements. I never knew he did any of that.
You can't top the original, IMO, but this is a worthy effort.
let's just call it a great song
 smackiepipe wrote:
Started as a 7 until the piano kicked in. Went to 8. 

 
Agreed.
I like Eva Cassidy, and I like BB King. But this song is unremarkable no matter who sings it. Way over-played, and generic blues at best.
 calle01 wrote:
Why does every song Bill plays have some screeching woman crying in her soup???
Guessing?...  if you want to fall asleep or commit suicide.. Listen to 2/3 of RP's music. The other 1/3 is great!

 
ManBird?  Is that you?
 hayduke2 wrote:
what a turd you are calle01, your comments are all signs of a damaged personality

Imo, Eva Cassidy's music is strong and beautiful 

 
thanks, Yeah !
RIP Eva my love forever
what a turd you are calle01, your comments are all signs of a damaged personality

Imo, Eva Cassidy's music is strong and beautiful 
Started as a 7 until the piano kicked in. Went to 8.  Love her 'Wade in the Water' track that's played on RP, too. Great voice.
 Fada1000 wrote:
love Eva, forever. here best is still "fields of gold"

 
Agreed
Wow, highly rated...wonder why?  To me its a passable cover, at best.
What a voice ! didn't know her before I heard this song today ...
{#Bananapiano}   ........... voice from the gods "Outstanding"
Only 7 Eva Cassidy tracks in the library Bill?  {#Cry}
Lame!
{#Guitarist}tasty, soulful....
' me likey "{#Dance}{#Bananapiano} 
Saw Vienna Teng last month, she did a mashup of the original mixed in with Eminem's Lose Yourself. The songs worked really well together, and she absolutely crushed the rendition. 
love Eva, forever. here best is still "fields of gold"
I am such a fan of Eva, but in this case, the song itself just falls short for me, so not even Eva's exquisite voice can lift it beyond 8.
 Cynaera wrote:

Yep - an extraordinary voice, and gone too soon... RIP, Eva Cassidy.


 
Tragic loss to a terrible terrible illness!!!  33 years.  My Lord!!!  God Damn cancer!!!! 
Wow!  She did a marvelous job with this.  (Of course, I am a sucker for torch singers who put their heart into their vocals.) 
Verrrrry tasssssty.
mmhmm
the danny gatton story to eva's no shunshine
with commentary by the incomprable bill
i know i know i know i know
 Cynaera wrote:
Yep - an extraordinary voice, and gone too soon... RIP, Eva Cassidy.
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

this is a very moving cover...
 
Yawn. Wake me up when it's over.
She slays me with raw emotion. The raw and almost Wes Montgomery style guitar is a perfect touch with the unassuming piano. Oh this is good!
Opens my veins and flows in.... Thank You.
She had a way with a song...

Melody Gardot, Jill Barber, Madeleine Peyroux could follow and hold the mood...
Nice change-up pitch following Toni Price... Roy Orbison-? OK... It fits..
Very surprised at the high rating ... Strikes me as lounge music coming out of a strip mall bar.


finally - after months and months this is the first Eva Cassidy I actually catch on RP - thanks to the universe and Bill :)
 stevendejong wrote:

Actually I came here to complain about the horrible vocals. That Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion trick. Absolutely terrible. Adele, on the other hand, does not jam five scales in each syllable. My intended post was:

Yawn, as if the original wasn't sleep-inducing enough, here comes a girl with a terribly morose cover. And too many vocal tricks. Hope never to hear it again.
 
Eva Cassidy was an exquisitely talented jazz, blues and R&B vocalist who died terribly young and pretty much unknown of a brain tumor at age 36 .  Her work was preserved by friends and is admired by just about every accomplished musician who has ever heard it.  And you are a boorish dumb-ass who prefers a can of Jolt Cola to a glass of fine wine.  Piss off, Stevie Boy.
 R7-12 wrote:
In my opinion, Eva rarely showboats like Adelle or C. Dion. That's why her songs seldom induce listening fatigue.
 
Actually I came here to complain about the horrible vocals. That Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion trick. Absolutely terrible. Adele, on the other hand, does not jam five scales in each syllable. My intended post was:

Yawn, as if the original wasn't sleep-inducing enough, here comes a girl with a terribly morose cover. And too many vocal tricks. Hope never to hear it again.
 johnjconn wrote:

When this song was released, my sister and her friends would count the "I know, I know, I know, I know ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,"

27

For some stupid reason, I always remember there's 27 "I knows"

 
...thanks a lot for this info...{#Yes}.....another one musicdetail i´ll never forget the rest of my life....
Grace.
 Cynaera wrote:

Yep - an extraordinary voice, and gone too soon... RIP, Eva Cassidy.

 


I am really sorry I was unaware of her when she was alive.  She was quite a talent and it is really too bad she died way too young.
If one listens for the subtleties of Eva's vocal inflections the emotion and passion does indeed reveal itself. However, one must have a playback system with enough fidelity to reproduce at least some of that through the speakers.

In my opinion, Eva rarely showboats like Adelle or C. Dion. That's why her songs seldom induce listening fatigue.
Meh.
Edit: She knows... apparently.
 handyrae wrote:

I respectfully disagree. I think there's plenty of emotion there.
 

Here, here. I hear it too. A definite 9.
Life is unfair...always has been...always will be. Sigh...guess we have to make do with what we have and hope for the best. I miss Eva Cassidy.
Meh.  I'll give it a 5.
 fredriley wrote:

I wouldn't yawn because it's a nice enough cover, but there's no passion in her singing. Her voice is fine but it doesn't sound like she's pining for her lover, unlike the original cri de coeur. This would go down fine in a hotel bar late at night, but it doesn't rouse the emotions as it should do. 5 from the unmoved Nottingham jury, 9 for the original.

 
I respectfully disagree. I think there's plenty of emotion there.
 fredriley wrote:

I wouldn't yawn because it's a nice enough cover, but there's no passion in her singing. Her voice is fine but it doesn't sound like she's pining for her lover, unlike the original cri de coeur. This would go down fine in a hotel bar late at night, but it doesn't rouse the emotions as it should do. 5 from the unmoved Nottingham jury, 9 for the original.

 
Well said, Fred
 the_jake2 wrote:
Silky smooth sweet voice.
Very nice indeed.
 
What he said - lovely voice and arraignment.
This is one song that I like no matter who performs it. This is a nice version.
Such a shame that's she's gone! :'(
Voice of an angel.
reviewing my rating for the song 8 yup
One of my regrets in life is not being able to see her live.  RIP Eva.
Nice. "Wade in the Water" and "Oh, Had I a Golden Thread" are my two favorites of hers. Too bad we never got to see how she might have developed as an artist...
Eva was indeed a great singer and this is a good version, but the very best rendition must be Jose Feliciano's live take.

The video is grainy and so is the audio but the power and groove still comes through in spades.

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-lUBlbJkrQ 
Lounge singer?! Make it a double!
 Danimal174 wrote:
Pales in comparison to Bill Withers. Big yawn.
 
I wouldn't yawn because it's a nice enough cover, but there's no passion in her singing. Her voice is fine but it doesn't sound like she's pining for her lover, unlike the original cri de coeur. This would go down fine in a hotel bar late at night, but it doesn't rouse the emotions as it should do. 5 from the unmoved Nottingham jury, 9 for the original.

If the guitar strings ain't squeekin' then it ain't the real deal.
 Danimal174 wrote:
Pales in comparison to Bill Withers. Big yawn.
 
I think Bill would like this.

Eva sure had a great voice.  I love her version of "Fields of Gold" and "Over The Rainbow" as well.
Hahaha LOL ; )

 laozilover wrote:
Bill should play this track more often!  Don't recall hearing it before.
 


I know the "cult of the dead" like her, and anyone else who died before getting popular (yes, Nick Drake fans, I'm talking about you too). But I've never found her work to be anything better than I can hear in a local coffee house performance on a Saturday night.
Nice version...silky. {#Chillpill}{#Cowboy}
Pales in comparison to Bill Withers. Big yawn.
Nice. . .
 ricmo wrote:
Possibly one of the greatest vocal talents in the last 40 years! Makes virtually everyone out there (I won't mention Diana Krall) look anemic and sad.
 
Diana Krall doesn't need outside help to look anemic.
{#Roflol}
 melissa wrote:
Um mm, gone too soon.
 
Yep - an extraordinary voice, and gone too soon... RIP, Eva Cassidy.

An incredible voice. Gave me goose bumps.

Bill, thanks a bunch for the introduction!



Not as ghastly as her rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" but still massively oversung.  Great voice but it lacked restraint.  And yes I am sorry for her sad demise, but feel she hit it just right with "Fields of Gold"

Bill Withers and MJ do this one best imho.

Excellent  version for Ain't no sunshine! I like it a lot....very sexy voice
Voice of an angel. With a little bit of devil peaking out!
Come on, Bill...you haven't played the original version of this song in EIGHT years, but this one gets played every few months. Please...let us hear Bill Withers doing this, instead of someone just doing a cover of his amazing song.
Possibly one of the greatest vocal talents in the last 40 years! Makes virtually everyone out there (I won't mention Diana Krall) look anemic and sad.
Um mm, gone too soon.
 Walrus_Gumbo wrote:
Great voice, but did she sing anything original? It seems she relied only on covers. I think she could have made the big time if she could have put her own signature on it.
 
She preferred to turn into gold what she touched with her blessed voice. Go figure.

Great voice, but did she sing anything original? It seems she relied only on covers. I think she could have made the big time if she could have put her own signature on it.
This woman did some amazing music. If you haven't spent some time with her music, I highly recommend you do.  Just wish she'd lived a little longer to see what she'd do next..
agreed. voice better than song. or piano.
very nice
Bill should play this track more often!  Don't recall hearing it before.


Eva's voice always gives me pause, and makes me listen.  beautiful
 Bakaretsu wrote:

I would say Evas voice is so much better than this song lends itself to (hear "Fields of Gold") ..............

 

Intersting. While I quite like her take on Fields of Gold, I prefer her voice on this song. It's less angelic, but has much more soul — if that makes any sense.
 stkman wrote:

Uh did ya figure out Sting didn't write this yet?

 
I don't think that's what he was saying.  Read the post again.

 sfListener wrote:
yeah. I heard her do a Sting cover here. Gave me more respect for Sting as a writer.
 
Uh did ya figure out Sting didn't write this yet?

Eva had a voice that was amazing, anything she sang was great yes other songs she did were more dynamic but she knocked this one out of the park and it is a killer song
All I know is that my lunch is digesting very well as she sings... gotta be worth sometin'... right..?{#Rolleyes} Solid 6
 reason06 wrote:


Can you articulate why?
 
I would say Evas voice is so much better than this song lends itself to (hear "Fields of Gold") ..............

Nice. But I prefer Wovenhand's version...
Nabla wrote:
Not bad... However, I still prefer the original version of Bill Withers .

I completely agree. This isn't bad, but it doesn't blow me away. Bill's original is masterful. I've heard Sting cover this, and his version is just as good as, or quite possibly better than, Eva's, IMO.

swinghamer wrote:
Sorry...I just don't see how this one is rated so high. I strongly dislike this version.
Can you articulate why?
Baby_M wrote:
Second that.
Is there such a thing as triple it? Anyway, one more than "second that".
nigelr wrote:
Beautiful arrangement of a timeless classic.
Sorry...I just don't see how this one is rated so high. I strongly dislike this version.
Woah. I was just singing this to myself a few hours ago and hoping RP would play it tonight..... ....just 'cause i am wondering how my sunshine is today, his 40th :nyah:
Love Eva, she's one of my idols. As another "skinny white girl" she gives me hope that we can sing too (after spending a childhood listening to Ella Fitzgerald, I had my doubts :wink:)! She is missed.
nigelr wrote:
Beautiful arrangement of a timeless classic.
Second that.
Meh
Beautiful arrangement of a timeless classic.
dasein wrote:
second that.
This week the Los Angeles Times had a nice piece about how Eva Cassidy's interpretation of "Imagine" was lifted by an 'American Idol" contestant...to great success. File it under rock'n'roll never forgets, I guess. https://www.calendarlive.com/tv/cl-et-idolbanter28feb28,0,2441915.story
ROWR! If I was the one she was singing about I'd probably have never gotten gone in the first place.
Damn. What a voice. A great follow to Toni Price. Comparing the two, I marvel at the vocal skill, timbre, and deep emotive power Eva had.
"Singing" like this is what FM radio is for. That or half-time shows. Yuck :wall:
inindian wrote:
Eva Cassidy (RIP :cry: ), a wonderful interpreter of other's wonderful songs :yes:
Like Joe Cocker.
Great voice, great talent, not her best song; "Autumn Leaves" and "People Get Ready", are better, in my opinion.
yawn ... sounds like it's being piped in from the lounge at the Holiday Inn
Not bad... However, I still prefer the original version of Bill Withers .
sfListener wrote:
yes I think you phrased it better than I. Sting fortunate to be listed on the credits.
If anyone has not heard her rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" (on the same album), it is remarkable!
eva rules, wonder if there's anymore songs hidden in her parents attic, or maybe in a time capsule in the backyard..at least we have some of her gems!
Bleyfusz wrote:
Me not. Only more respect for her voice, able to ennoble even something like Fields of Gold. So imagine when she sings a real good song like this one.
yes I think you phrased it better than I. Sting fortunate to be listed on the credits.
BillnDollarBaby wrote:
"She could sing anything . . . and make it sound like it was the only music that mattered." -- Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, Nov. 17, 1996 Amen. :clap:
second that.
Bill Withers would be proud of this.