Saturday, March 6, 2010

New Amy Winehouse Album Set for Pre-Christmas Release

Amy Winehouse's untimely death earlier this year is sure to mean her new album Lioness will be an instant bestseller when it's released on December 5th.
Lioness is a collection of 12 new songs and classic cover versions including her highly rated duet with veteran crooner Tony Bennett - 'Body and Soul'.
Mastered by former collaborators, Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, is, according to sources, a fitting tribute to the singer and includes music recorded between 2002 and 2008.

However, the news means Amy fans can probably expect another album from her next year, covering the last three years of her life and the material she'd been working on in the weeks and months before her death.
Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden Treasures
Lioness features 12 tracks including alternative versions of previously released material, including demos of 'Wake Up Alone' and slow versions of 'Tears Dry On Their Own' and 'Valerie', plus a collaboration with rapper Nas.

Lioness: Hidden Treasures. Full track list

1. Our Day will come. (Reggae Version): Amy's version of the classic '60s doo-wop track, produced by Salaam Remi.

2. Between the Cheats. New song, recorded in 2008 for possible inclusion in her new album, produced by Salaam Remi.

3. Tears Dry. Originally written by Amy as a ballad, here's the original version she recorded in Miami, back in 2005 in Miami with Salaam.

4. Wake up Alone. Amy's first recording for the Back To Black album. A one-take demo recorded 2006 with Paul O'Duffy.

5. Will you still love me tomorrow. A great version of the Carole King-penned Shirelles classic. Produced by Mark Ronson back in 2004.

6. Valerie. A slowed down tempo version of the Ronson-produced hit single, recorded in December 2006.

7. Like Smoke.Featuring rapper Nas: Produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded in May 2008.

8. The Girl from Ipanema. A young and fresh, version of the Bossa classic, from 2002, which was enough to convince producer Salaam of Amy's 'very special talent'.

9. Halftime. A beautiful song made with Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots. Amy and Salaam had been working on Half-time since the Frank sessions.

10. Best Friends. A traditional Amy set opener produced by Salaam Remi.

11. Body and Soul. With Tony Bennett: Amy's cover of the '30s jazz classic, recorded with the legend Bennett. Recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios in March 2011, this is Amy's final studio recording.

12. A song for you. A heartbreaking and emotional version of the Donny Hathaway classic and another track recorded in a single take. This is sure to be a future classic and features just Amy and her guitar, recorded at home during spring 2009 during a famously tough period of her life.

Meanwhile, in other news, Amy's best selling 2006 album 'Back to Black' continues to build on the singer's reputation as a major talent. Winner of 5 Grammy awards, an Ivor Novello and countless praise from fellow musicians Amy's posthumous new album is sure to be the soundtrack of many British families Christmas.
Amy Winehouse. Lioness: Hidden Treasures is now available on pre-order.
Bella Blu is a journalist, editor and keen blogger, who writes about everything from hair products to online shopping, music and travel.


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