I'm not 100% sure how I feel about the news that Island Records will be releasing a new Amy Winehouse album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, on December 5th. One half of me, the greedy half, cannot wait to get my hands on some new material from one of my favorite singers. However, the other half of me feels that it's all a bit soon, giving that its release will occur less than six months after her passing. Whatever your feeling on the matter, it's happening and has the blessing of Amy's family, so I find it hard to be too cynical. The album's tracklist including a brief description of each song can be seen after the bounce, and includes her version of The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (my favorite version of that song), her duet with Tony Bennett on "Body and Soul," a handful of new material recorded in 2008 with Salaam Remi, and a cover of the Leon Russell/Donny Hathaway classic "A Song For You." I'm guessing that the album will be worth the purchase price for the latter alone. Also, £1 from each album purchased (in the UK at least) will go towards the work of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set up in her memory to help out vulnerable youngsters around the world. [H/T: PBB]
Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures tracklist:
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- "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 favorites. 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 favorite artists. Produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded in May 2008.
- "The Girl From Ipanema" - the first song that 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 realize 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 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.