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Album-Release:
2003

HRA-Release:
29.06.2015

Label: Island Records

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

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  • 1Intro / Stronger Than Me03:54
  • 2You Sent Me Flying / Cherry06:51
  • 3Know You Now03:03
  • 4Fuck Me Pumps03:21
  • 5I Heard Love Is Blind02:10
  • 6Moody's Mood For Love / Teo Licks03:29
  • 7(There Is) No Greater Love02:09
  • 8In My Bed05:17
  • 9Take The Box03:20
  • 10October Song03:25
  • 11What Is It About Men03:30
  • 12Help Yourself05:01
  • 13Amy Amy Amy04:15
  • 14Outro00:52
  • 15Brother04:13
  • 16Mr Magic (Through The Smoke)03:57
  • Total Runtime58:47

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With her debut album Frank, Amy Winehouse proved to an original, honest and brave singer/songwriter. The 13 songs comprise husky vocals with soft trumpets and laidback beats. With her fresh style, Winehouse introduced a new playful and arrogant side to soulful jazz in Frank.

„It is rare for such a young performer to debut with such assurance, confidence and to such instant acclaim, but North London sensation Amy Winehouse already has a reputation that many far more seasoned artists would swap their gold discs for.

Winehouse combines a distinctive '20 a day' voice with a serious appreciation of female jazz & soul heroes (Sarah Vaughan's scatting style seeps through Amy's vocal ad-libs as well as getting a name check). She combines considerable jazz guitar ability with a classic approach which produces a contemporary, quirky, up front, tongue in cheek and risqué lyrics. Her version of the eternally hip jazz track 'Moody's Mood For Love' which rides over a dub reggae rhythm demonstrates this attitude it looks back in order to know where its going and although in print this idea might raise a musical eyebrow in reality it sounds like a perfect partnership.

The first single 'Stronger Than Me' contains all of these qualities and proves that jazz influenced contemporary soul neednt be safe or sullied by the dinner or 'smooth' prefixes.

Lyrically fresh and uncompromising, the only occasional weaknesses across the collection are the sometimes obtrusive programmed beats but recent radio & television appearances confirm that Winehouse live has a wonderfully organic sound that supports her approach well.

Amy's influences (Vaughan, Dinah Washington and the more contemporary like Badu et al) are obvious but not over powering and Winehouse has enough attitude, talent and chutzpah to make any comparisons fleeting and pointless. In fact on the delicious, lush and soulful 'Put It In The Box' she out Badu's Erykah brilliantly using a similar female perspective on broken relationships to get her point across very directly.

This is Amy's first release and augurs well for her future. If this is what the young lady is capable of at such an early stage it must be pretty certain that this will be the first in a long line of well crafted, funky & feisty releases.“ (Greg Boraman, BBC Review)

Amy Winehouse, vocals, guitar
Jeremy Shaw, guitar
Ian Barter, guitar
Femi Temowo, guitar
Vincent Henry, flute, alto flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
Robert Aaron, flute, saxophone
Derek Nash, saxophone
Lisa Grahame, saxophone
Phil Veacock, saxophone
Teodross Avery, saxophone
Bruce Purse, trumpet, bass trumpet, flugelhorn, baritone horn
Stefan Skarbek, trumpet, background vocals
Matt Rowe, trumpet, background vocals
Chris Storr, trumpet
Jason McDermid, trumpet
Jon Scott, trumpet
Ben Edwards, trumpet
Tanya Darby, trumpet
Stafford Hunter, trombone
Roger Goslyn, trombone
Rico Rodriguez, trombone
Winston Rollins, trombone
Timothy Hutton, horns
Luke 'Lukvatine' Smith, piano, keyboards
Lenny Underwood, piano
Jason Rebello, piano
Jools Holland, piano
Donovan Jackson, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards
John Adams, Fender Rhodes piano, organ
Salaam 'The Chameleon' Rami, organ, electric bass, drums, percussion, music box
Christopher Holland, organ
MJ Cole, keyboards
Gordon Williams, drums, percussion, programming, turntables
Gilson Lavis, drums, percussion
Errol Campbell, drums, percussion
Troy Auxilly-Wilson, drums
Nathan Allen, drums
Stuart Anning, drums
Jeremy Stacey, drums
Richard Wilkinson, drums
Rudy Bird, shaker, percussion
Felix Howard, background vocals
Jenni Fujita, background vocals

Recorded at Creative Space, Miami; EMI Studios, Mayfair Studios, London; The Headquarters, New Jersey; Platinum Sound Recording Studios, New York
Engineered by Gordon Williams, Jonathan Shakhovskoy, Carwyn Griffith, Steve 'ESP' Nowacynski, Matt Lord, Felix Howard, Luke 'Lukvatine' Smith, Gary Noble, Mike Walter, Paul Watson, Mark Ward
Produced by Gordon Williams, Jimmy Hogarth, Salaam Remi, Jony Rockstar, Matt Rowe, Amy Winehouse

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