Following her tragic passing in July comes the first posthumous album fromAmy Winehouse. Titled Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the album features several covers and other unreleased songs, hand picked by Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi in close association with Amy’s family.
It was a thrill to record with Amy...one of the most honest musicians I have ever known.
” Tony Bennett Winehouse was without question one of the most talented, original, and best-loved artists to emerge in popular music for decades. The 12-track Lioness collection (to be released in the U.S. Dec. 6) features previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of existing classics, as well as a couple of brand new Amy compositions.
It was said by all who worked with Amy that she never sang or played a song the same way twice. It quickly became apparent to Salaam and Mark that they had a collection of songs that deserved to be heard, music that was a fitting testament to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy their friend.
The song “Our Day Will Come” dates back to 1963 when Ruby and the Romantics waxed the track and made it a #1 hit. Since that time, everyone from Isaac Hayes to Christina Aguilera has taken a turn at the song, but none have hit the mark quite like Amy.
Produced by Salaam Remi — who worked with Mick Ronson and the Winehouse family to compile the album — Amy’s version of “Our Day Will Come” fashions itself as the perfect accompaniment to a day at the beach (or anywhere else you are with your best guy or girl). Over honking reggae horns, lightly textured vibes and a classic doo-wop-style harmony track, Amy dips and dives, tumbles and rolls, ebbs and flows. It sounds classic but is decidedly modern, too.
1. “Our Day Will Come” (produced by Salaam Remi. 2002)
2. “Between The Cheats” (produced by Salaam Remi. May 2008)
3. “Tears Dry” (produced by Salaam Remi. November 2005)
4. “Wake Up Alone” (produced by Paul O’Duffy. March 2006)
5. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (Shirelles original. produced by Mark Ronson, featuring Dap Kings. September 2004)
6. “Valerie” (produced by Mark Ronson. December 2006)
7. “Like Smoke” with Nas (produced by Salaam Remi. May 2008)
8. “The Girl From Ipanema”(produced by Salaam Remi. May 2002)
9. “Halftime” (produced by Salaam Remi. August 2002)
10. “Best Friends” (produced by Salaam Remi. February 2003)
11. “Body & Soul” with Tony Bennett (produced by Phil Ramone. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios. March 2011. Amy’s final recording)
12. “A Song For You” (Leon Russell original. produced by Salaam Remi. Spring 2009)