“It was a thrill to record with Amy Winehouse and when you listen to the recording of â€œBody And Soulâ€, it is a testament to her artistic genius and her brilliance as one of the most honest musicians I have ever known.” Â Tony Bennett
Following her tragic passing on July 23, 2011, some of the producers and musicians who worked closely with 5x Grammy Award winning artist Amy Winehouse, among them Salaam Remi andÂ Mark Ronson, Â spent time listening over the many recordings that Amy had made, before, during, and after the release of albums FrankÂ andÂ Back To Black. Â 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 both 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.
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 in the United States on December 6th through Universal Republic Records. 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 Amyâ€™s family, management and UK 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 Amyâ€™s extraordinary powers as a songwriter, a singer and an interpreter of classics.
After hearing the album Amyâ€™s father Mitch Winehouse had this to say:
â€œI spent so much time chasing after Amy, telling her off that I never realized what a true genius she was. It wasnâ€™t until I sat down with the rest of the family and listened to this album that I fully appreciated the breadth of Amyâ€™s talent, from jazz standards to hip hop songs, it really took my breath away. â€œHalftimeâ€, Iâ€™d never heard before, is just incredibly beautiful. If the family had felt that this album wasnâ€™t up to the standard of Frank and Back To Black we would never have agreed to release it. We believe it will stand as a fitting tribute to Amy â€˜s musical legacy.â€
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the album will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.www.amywinehousefoundation.co.uk
â€œOur Day Will Come (Reggae Version)â€ and â€œLike Smokeâ€ featuring Nas are among the first singles featured at radio this week.
Lioness: Hidden Treasures track-listing:
â€œOur Day Will Come(Reggae Version)â€ – reggae re-working of classic 60â€™s doo wop song produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded May 2002.
â€œBetween The Cheatsâ€ – new Amy composition recorded in London in May 2008 for potential inclusion on album three produced by Salaam Remi.
â€œTears Dryâ€ – 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 Â appears on â€œBack To Blackâ€.
â€œWake Up Aloneâ€ – the first song recorded for the â€œBack To Blackâ€ sessions. This is the one-take demo recorded in March 2006 by Paul Oâ€™Duffy.
â€œWill You Still Love Me Tomorrowâ€ – Amyâ€™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 Markâ€™s tracks on â€œBack To Blackâ€. Recorded in September 2004.
â€œValerieâ€ – one of Amyâ€™s jukebox favorites. This is the original slower tempo version of the Mark Ronson produced post â€œBack To Blackâ€ single. Recorded in December 2006.
â€œLike Smokeâ€ featuring NAS Â – Amy and Nas became really good friends after Amy name checked the New York rapper on â€œBack To Blackâ€™sâ€ â€œMe & Mr Jonesâ€. Â â€œLike Smokeâ€ is finally Amy doing a song with one of her favorite artists. Produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded in May 2008.
â€œThe Girl From Ipanemaâ€ – the first song the 18 year old Amy sang when she first went to Miami to record with Salaam. Salaam remarked that â€œthe 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.â€ Recorded in May 2002.
â€œHalftimeâ€ -Amy had talked to Ahmir â€˜Questloveâ€™ Thompson of the Roots about working together. â€œHalftimeâ€ is a song that Amy and Salaam had worked on since the Frank sessions. Â The result is beautiful. Recorded in August 2002.
â€œBest Friendsâ€ – â€œFrankâ€ era live set opener produced by Salaam Remi. Probably the first song that early Amy fans would have heard live. Recorded in February 2003.
â€œBody & Soulâ€ with Tony Bennett – cover of 30â€™s jazz standard with hero Tony Bennett. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios London in March 2011 and produced by Phil Ramone. Amyâ€™s final studio recording.
â€œA Song For Youâ€ – heartbreaking and emotional version of the Leon Russell classic made famous by Donny Hathaway. Hathaway was Amyâ€™s all-time favorite artist and the song was recorded in one take, just Amy and her guitar, at her home in London during the spring of 2009 as she battled her demons. Produced by Salaam Remi.