Amy Winehouse's Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the singer's first collection of music since she died in July at the age of 27, will be released on December 5th, As the title suggests, Hidden Treasures digs into Winehouse's vaults for a hodgepodge of unreleased material, but it shies away from the new music Amy was recording for her follow-up to 2006's Back to Black. Winehouse's go-to producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi compiled the covers, demos, and a trio of never-before-heard songs for the posthumous disc, which started getting worked on just days after Winehouse's death.
"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," the singer's official site announced today. "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."
Three of the unreleased songs, "The Girl From Ipanema," "Best Friends," and "Halftime," were originally recorded when Winehouse was making her debut album Frank. "Like Smoke" is a duet with the singer's favorite rapper Nas, and "Between the Cheats" deals with Amy's tumultuous marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil. Both of those songs were recorded in May 2008 and were meant for inclusion on Winehouse's never-released third album.
Then there are the covers: The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," Donny Hathaway's "A Song for You," and Ruby & The Romantics' "Our Day Will Come" all get the Winehouse treatment. (Hidden Treasures also features a slowed-down version of Amy's famed cover of the Zutons' "Valerie.") Rounding out the track list is Winehouse and Tony Bennett's "Body & Soul" duet and alternate takes of "Wake Up Alone" and "Tears Day."
$1 from each Lioness sold will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Check out the track list below:
Lioness: Hidden Treasures
"Our Day Will Come"
"Between The Cheats"
"Wake Up Alone"
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"
"The Girl From Ipanema"
"Body & Soul"