About a month ago, Lioness: Hidden Treasures was released. It’s a compilation of eleven previously unreleased tracks by Amy Winehouse. I got my hands on a copy about a week ago.
You never know how to feel about potential cash grabs from record companies, but I just watched a quick documentary on her VEVO account about the making of the album, and it seems like the producers that worked closest with her chose the songs really carefully, and with a lot of heart. They say a lot of the songs were done in just one take, sometimes recorded on the fly (like “A Song For You”, which was recorded as she unpacked sound equipment in her attic. She sings and she slurs and she cries and she talks about the singer Donny Hathaway. Really emotional, but refreshing to hear something that isn’t auto-tuned to death).
There are new versions of my favourite songs of hers on the new album: “Valerie” and “Tears Dry on Their Own”. On her last album, Back to Black, her producer remixed her lyrics for “Tears Dry on Their Own” with the music from “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough”. The music served as a great hook, but now we get to listen to the song as Amy wrote it.
She covers “Our Day Will Come”, “Girl from Ipanema”, and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”. You can’t listen to her sing that last one without admitting that she had the kind of talent that you might only witness once in a generation…
Worth the download, good for a listen on a Sunday afternoon 🙂