A “new” AMY WINEHOUSE album – featuring mostly previously unheard material – is set for release on December 5th on Island Records. The set, which will be called ‘Lioness’ (after her own label), is subtitled ‘Hidden Treasures’ and offers 12 tracks put together by MARK RONSON and SALAAM REMI.
The music comprises of previously unreleased tracks, alternative versions of existing classics as well as a couple of brand new AMY compositions. The album has been compiled in close association with AMY’S family, management and record label Island Records.
Amongst the songs on the album are covers of RUBY AND THE ROMANTICS’ ‘Our Day Will Come’, THE SHIRELLES’ ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’, DONNY HATHAWAY’S ‘A Song For You’ and the JOBIM perennial ‘The Girl From Ipanema’. There’s also the original, slow tempo version of ‘Valerie’ and ‘Like Smoke’ with guest input from NAS.
Speaking about the album Amy’s father Mitch had this to say:
“I spent so much time chasing after AMY, telling her off that I never realized what a true genius she was. It wasn’t until I sat down with the rest of the family and listened to this album that I fully appreciated the breadth of AMY’S talent, from jazz standards to hip hop songs, it really took my breath away. If the family had felt that this album wasn’t up to the standard of ‘Frank’ and ‘Back To Black’ we would never have agreed to release it and we believe it will stand as a fitting tribute to AMY ‘S musical legacy.”
A donation of £1 from the sale of each album in the UK will be donated to the AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION, which was launched on what would have been AMY’S 28th birthday September 14th 2011.