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December 4, 2011 / jhsaeger

Producers Deliver First Posthumous Amy Winehouse Album

   The first posthumous release in Amy Winehouse’s catalog, Lioness: Hidden Treasures is set to be released this week.  The 12-track disc contains material compiled by her two closest music associates, producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Raami.  Only a few of the tracks on Lioness were recorded recently, with the majority coming from the earlier stages of her career when she was most productive.
   When Winehouse passed away this July, it was almost a certainty that she would join the ranks of Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson as artists who would have their catalogs repeatedly revisited.  Winehouse, who was best know for her 2006 masterpiece Back to Black, was so talented that in a recent interview with Jon Stewart, Tony Bennett dubbed her “the only singer that ever sang what I call the “‘right way'” since rock ‘n roll took over popular music.
  Recorded with Bennett for his Duets II album, “Body and Soul” is a dreamy cover of a 1930 Gertrude Lawrence song.  Winehouse’s last recorded track, the song is one of the better tunes on Lioness.  Other songs include a reggae take on “Our Day Will Come” and “Like Smoke,” a hip-hop ditty with rapper Nas.  Written for what would have been her third album, “Between the Cheats” is a classic Winehouse track with a great doo-wop group to back her tale of cheating lovers.  
  Lioness is not an essential disc by any means, as it would probably suit her more devoted fans best.  While easily not as good as her two sets of studio recordings, Frank and Back to BlackLioness does prompt some intrigue as to the potential for a few gems in her posthumous catalog.  Since she was only in the beginning stages of her long-awaited third record, it is likely that the bulk of the posthumous material would come from the early phase of career, when Winehouse topped the charts as one of the truly original jazz/soul singers of our time.  
  Proceeds from Lioness: Hidden Treasures will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
                        Here is the “Body and Soul” duet between Winehouse and Bennett:

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