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Lioness: Hidden Treasures [Explicit]

Lioness: Hidden Treasures [Explicit]

2 Dec 2011
4.5 out of 5 stars 462 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 2 Dec. 2011
  • Release Date: 18 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
  • Total Length: 45:13
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00E9VMJ5K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 462 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,564 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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I am 76 years of age. This is one of the best CDs I have had the pleasure to own. It reminds me of the talents of Dinah Washington but is totally Amy Winehouse. The joy is tainted by great sadness. What a great loss. Oh Amy, if only someone could have helped you.
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I just listened to this album for the first time. I'm perhaps not what you might call a regular fan, although I already had Frank, Back to Black and her iTunes festival EP, but I found this collection stunning.
What a fabulous voice, and how nicely this package is done. For me, on of the best albums of the year.
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"Lioness" consists of 12 previously unreleased archive recordings and alternate takes, compiled by long-time friends and producers including Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, in the wake of her death this July, aged just 27.
In the wrong hands, this might have been a slapdash collection, but "Lioness" is presented with genuine tenderness and it never paints Winehouse as a tragic diva stereotype.
The focus, quite rightly, is her vocal talent - not just its soulful power but also its stylistic range. And while there's an obvious melancholy in hearing Winehouse's tones again, there's also dreamy warmth, demonstrated by the opening reggae version of "Our Day Will Come" (originally by 1960s group Ruby & The Romantics Our Day Will Come: the Very Best of Ruby & the Romantics).
Some of these tracks predate Winehouse's 2003 debut album, "Frank": there's her jazzy teenage take on "The Girl From Ipanema" and the arguable stand-out, elegant original soul melody "Halftime" (dating back to 2002).
Her casual charm and command elevates the familiar covers, whether it's The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" or another reworking of The Zutons' "Valerie".
There are also curious collaborations: Like "Smoke" is infused with Nas's rap homage to his Camden 'homie', while Winehouse's final studio recording is "Body & Soul", a vintage jazz cut with 85 year old crooner Tony Bennett.
Essentially, the material on "Lioness" should have been a foundation, not a memorial, but it feels like a passionate affair.
The end notes are sweet, full of unmistakeable personality and resonance.
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Even though I am an Amy fan I feel I shall have to assume to role of Devil's Advocate. I bought this album in good faith, with the understanding that like so many other posthumous releases it may be a little raw. I think Mitch Winehouse's assertion, that it stood comparison with her two previous releases: Frank and Back To Black while understandable, was inaccurate. For a start Lioness: Hidden Treasures was only partially Amy's work. She was both a prodigy and a perfectionist and I simply do not feel this album would have been up to her exacting musical standards. Our Day Will Come was a genuinely plesant surprise as were the original version of Tears Dry and Wake Up Alone. The rest of it was O.K but I found the overly elaborate arrangement on Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? and A Song For You, actually detracted from her vocal. If Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi had decided to keep it simple and allowed her voice to shine, conceeding that this is a DEMO album I think I would have enjoyed it for what it was. The fact is Amy decided against releasing these songs because SHE wasn't satisfied with them. Amy wrote in a very autobiographical and narrative style, her two previous albums had a linear chronology which was lacking in this release. It feels like what it is, an assortment of the producers favourite demos selected from several years of accumulated material. Not being an executive at Island records I have no idea if Amy had assembled the skeleton of a brand new album or if she simply recorded what she felt like, when she was feeling up to it. To draw a comparison with another artist, Buddy Holly died in an accident at the peak of his powers, leaving a number of impressive demos which were later polished up and released to general acclaim.Read more ›
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I loved this CD, it is a lovely tribute to a young person that lost their life so early. Listening to the tracks the quality shines through with her fabulous voice. It is a real tragedy that we will not hear any more of Amy's music, she was a real talent and I think the music on this CD proves it.

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"Lioness: Hidden Treasures" is the first collection of unreleased music and demos since the untimely death of Amy Winehouse in 2011. Expectations were high, especially after her second album "Back to Black" became the second highest selling album of the century so far. This CD, thankfully, lives up to and exceeds all those expectations.

It kicks off with one of the best songs on the album, a cover of a 60's soul classic "Our Day Will Come". It was recorded whilst Amy was living in the mediterranean, and the reggae/calipso influences come through strong, making the track unique and giving the album a distinct sound from her previous two.
"Between the Cheats" follows this, and was intended for Amy's third album. It is a 50's throwback track with the retro doo-wap sound that Amy loved so much. Her vocal here isn't the strongest on the album, and does sound incomplete, but this is understandable (it was just a demo) and even when Amy's only singing at 70% she still sounds fantastic. A really good, catchy track.
"Tears Dry". The original recording of what became a huge hit of the "Back to Black" album. Here the song is a smooth soul ballad, wheras the released version was an upbeat Motown-influenced track. It works really well in this original version, and is very pretty and also incredibly sad, with Amy's performance subtle but emotionally charged.
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" Amy's cover of this 60's classic is poignant and perhaps the best vocal on the album. This track was actually completed in an acoustic version, but here Mark Ronson gives it a 60's soul remix which works well with the rest of the album.
"Like Smoke" features rapper Nas and is a modern jazz tinged song with a rap chorus half way through.
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