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Dopo la tragica morte di Amy Winehouse lo scorso Luglio, alcuni dei produttori e musicisti che hanno lavorato a stretto contatto con Amy (tra cui Mark Ronson e Salaam Remi) hanno ascoltato molte delle registrazioni che l’artista aveva realizzato prima, durante e dopo l’uscita dei due album “Frank” e “Back To Black”.
E’ risaputo che Amy non cantava o incideva mai una stessa canzone nello stesso modo. Così Salaam e Mark si sono presto resi conto di trovarsi di fronte una collezione di canzoni che meritava di essere ascoltata, una sorta di testamento di Amy come artista e, più importante, come loro amica.
“Lioness:Hidden Treasures“ è il terzo album di Amy Winehouse, senza dubbio una tra gli artisti più talentuosi, originali e più amati della musica degli ultimi decenni.
L’album uscirà il 5 Dicembre su etichetta Island Records e conterrà 12 brani tra cui tracce mai pubblicate prima, versioni alternative di classici esistenti, così come un paio di nuove composizioni di Amy.
La tracklist è stata compilata da Salaam Remi e Mark Ronson in stretta collaborazione con la famiglia di Amy, il management e l’etichetta discografica Island Records.
“Lioness : Hidden Treasures” vuole essere un tributo all’artista, al suo talento e alla donna e un ricordo delle grandi doti di Amy come compositrice, cantante e interpete di grandi classici.
Ecco la tracklist:
“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 guitar, at her home in London during the spring of 2009 as she battled her demons. Produced by Salaam Remi.