Amy Winehouse's posthumous 3rd album "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" to close with cover of Leon Russell's "A Song for You"
Following neo-soul chanteuse Amy Winehouse’s death in July, it was only a matter of time before the posthumous recordings began making their way to the marketplace.
After all, the Grammy-winning Brit released just two albums, “Frank” and “Back to Black,” in her short 27 years, but those two albums have been incredibly influential.
This week, Winehouse’s team announced that her posthumous third album, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures,” will be released Dec. 5 in the United Kingdom, and a day later in America.
For Oklahoma music fans, the album will include a special treat: A cover of Tulsa Sound pioneer and Lawton native Leon Russell’s wrenching signature ballad, “A Song for You.” Winehouse’s version of “A Song for You” will close “Lioness: Hidden Treasures.”
On Wednesday, producer Salaam Remi hosted a press listening this week for the forthcoming album, which consists of 12 tracks including covers and stripped-down versions of previously released Winehouse songs, with some completed in one take.
Remi said the soul singer had written all the songs she was planning to put on her third album, but she was not rushing to release that new material, instead planning to drop a jazz album first with a “supergroup” including ?uestlove of the Roots, reports the Associated Press.
Only two of the tracks Winehouse wrote were recorded and appear on “Lioness: Hidden Treasures,” according to the AP.
“She was taking her time with it, and at the end of the day all of her songs are somewhat autobiographical, so she had to live through something, then get out of it and then look back at it to be able to write about it,” Remi said.
“Who knows what will happen in the future with that,” he said of the songs she wrote.
Winehouse died from accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27. Her body was found at her London home July 23.
Here’s the album announcement, from AmyWinehouse.com:
Following her tragic passing in July, some of the producers and musicians who worked closely with Amy Winehouse, among them Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, spent time listening over the many recordings that Amy had made, before, during, and after the release of “Frank” and “Back To Black.” 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, a collection of songs that were a fitting testament to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy their friend.
The 12-track collection features previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of existing classics as well as a couple of brand-new Amy compositions, and has been compiled by longtime musical partners Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson in close association with Amy’s family, management and record label Island Records. “Lioness : Hidden Treasures” proves a fitting tribute to the artist, the talent and the woman and serves as a reminder of Amy’s extraordinary powers as a songwriter, a singer and an interpreter of classics.
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