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- North Londoner Amy Winehouse first burst to prominence in October 2003, aged 20, with her universally acclaimed, platinum-selling debut Frank. That record was her grand and suitably blunt-speaking break-up record, sometimes a little bitter, with a maturity in the vocal delivery that was never less than sweet.
Frank won Amy a battalion of fans around the world and marked her out as one of pop's most distinct new songwriters; confessional, elemental and with that rarest of combinations: humour and soul. Amy had cut through to the core of the human condition with her debut, adding her own jazzy witticisms to the legacy of the greats.
Three years later, in October 2006, she followed it up with the astonishing Back To Black, a record which channelled the girl groups of her fancy but placed them slap bang into the middle of modernity, with a little help from producer Mark Ronson. If that album's brazen confessionals charted Amy's --> MORE --> http://www.amywinehouse.com/about_am...
Today it's been announced that on the 5th December, "Lioness: Hidden Treasures", the third album from Amy Winehouse, without question one of the most talented, original, and best loved artists to emerge in popular music for decades, will be released through Island Records.
Following her tragic passing in July, some of the producers and musicians who worked closely with Amy Winehouse, among them Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, spent time listening over the many recordings that Amy had made, before, during, and after the release of "Frank" and "Back To Black". It was said by all who worked with Amy that she never sang or played a song the same way twice. It quickly became apparent to Salaam and Mark that they had a collection of songs that deserved to be heard, a collection of songs that were a fitting testament to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy their friend.
The 12 track collection features previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of existing classics as well as a couple of brand new Amy compositions, and has been compiled by long-time musical partners Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson in close association with Amy's family, management and record label Island Records. "Lioness : Hidden Treasures" proves a fitting tribute to the artist, the talent and the woman and serves as a reminder of Amy's extraordinary powers as a songwriter, a singer and an interpreter of classics.
The full tracklisting is as follows:
"Our Day Will Come (Reggae Version)" - reggae re-working of classic 60’s doo wop song produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded May 2002.
"Between The Cheats" - new Amy composition recorded in London in May 2008 for potential inclusion on album three produced by Salaam Remi.
"Tears Dry" - originally written by Amy as a ballad, this is the original version she recorded in November 2005 in Miami with Salaam. The later uptempo version appears on "Back To Black".
"Wake Up Alone" - the first song recorded for the "Back To Black" sessions. This is the one-take demo recorded in March 2006 by Paul O'Duffy.
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" - Amy's beautiful reading of the Carole King written Shirelles classic. Produced by Mark Ronson and featuring the Dap Kings with string arrangements by Chris Elliott who did all the strings for Mark's tracks on "Back To Black". Recorded in September 2004.
"Valerie" - one of Amy's jukebox favourites. This is the original slower tempo version of the Mark Ronson produced post "Back To Black" single. Recorded in December 2006.
"Like Smoke" featuring NAS - Amy and Nas became really good friends after Amy name checked the New York rapper on "Back To Black's" "Me & Mr Jones". "Like Smoke" is finally Amy doing a song with one of her favourite artists. Produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded in May 2008.
"The Girl From Ipanema" - the first song the 18 year old Amy sang when she first went to Miami to record with Salaam. Salaam remarked that "the way she re-interpreted this bossa nova classic made me realise that I was dealing with a very special talent. Her approach to the song was so young and fresh, it really inspired the rest of our sessions." Recorded in May 2002.
"Halftime" - Amy had talked to Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson of the Roots about working together. "Halftime" is a song that Amy and Salaam had worked on since the Frank sessions. The result is beautiful. Recorded in August 2002.
"Best Friends" - "Frank" era live set opener produced by Salaam Remi. Probably the first song that early Amy fans would have heard live. Recorded in February 2003.
"Body & Soul" with Tony Bennett - cover of 30's jazz standard with hero Tony Bennett. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios London in March 2011 and produced by Phil Ramone. Amy's final studio recording.
"A Song For You" - heartbreaking and emotional version of the Leon Russell classic made famous by Donny Hathaway. Hathaway was Amy's all-time favourite artist and the song was recorded in one take, just Amy and her guita
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"Body and Soul", recorded by Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett on March 23, 2011 at Abbey Road Studios in London, is released in its entirety today to commemorate what would have been Amy’s 28th birthday. “Body and Soul”, became the final recording Amy ever made before her passing on July 23rd of this year.
The track is available to purchase on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/bod... with all proceeds going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, also launched today.
Tony Bennett commented, “We had a beautiful time recording together in the studio and I knew that Amy was very happy with how she performed that day. I thought she was absolutely brilliant and this recording truly captures the essence of her unique artistry. She was a rare talent.”
The Amy Winehouse Foundation, set up by Amy’s family and friends will stand alongside Amy’s music as her legacy. The Winehouse Family have created this charitable body in Amy’s name to beneﬁt young people in the UK and around the world.
Since her untimely death on July 23rd this year, there has been an international outpouring of love and goodwill to Amy’s family and friends. Many of Amy’s fans and well wishers have contacted the family to ask if there is a way that they can help. Amy loved children and the family wants the foundation to support causes that would have been close to Amy’s heart.
The Foundation will raise money to support projects and charities that need help for speciﬁc causes.
One of the ﬁrst major donations to the Foundation will come from sales of Body & Soul.
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