Stocking Stuffer Alert! A new album featuring never-before-heard songs from Amy Winehouse will be released next month — a glimpse into the project the soul stirrer was working on before she died of fatal alcohol poisoning in her London home last July, Island Records said Monday.
Amy’s longtime friend, producer Mark Ronson, and fellow producer Salaam Remi compiled the album from “thousands” of hours of recordings.
“It quickly became apparent to [Ronson and Remi] 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 label says.
Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, debuting Dec. 5, will include new songs, covers of classics, and alternative versions of some of Amy’s hits. The disc will also feature a song about Winehouse’s troubled relationship with ex-husband Blake Fielder Civil and a tune recorded when Amy was “high on drugs.” Just $1.50 from each album sale will be donated to the recently-formed Amy Winehouse Foundation, founded by the star’s griefstricken father to help young people affected by drugs.
“If the family had felt that this album wasn’t up to the standard of ‘Frank’ and ‘Back to Black,’ we would never have agreed to release it, and we believe it will stand as fitting tribute to Amy’s musical legally,” Mitch Winehouse says of the posthumous third album.
Amy’s dad believes the tome “will stand as a fitting tribute to her musical legacy.”
Here’s the Full Tracklisting:
* “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” (Ft. 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” (Ft. 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 guitar, at her home in London during the spring of 2009 as she battled her demons. Produced by Salaam Remi.