Unheard Amy album to be released
Published 31/10/2011 | 06:16
An album of unreleased tracks by Amy Winehouse is to go on sale just months after the singer's death.
The album features outtakes, two completely new songs and a demo recorded at her Camden flat while she played guitar.
Amy's father Mitch said the songs on Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures "took my breath away".
The release will help raise money for the charity set up in her name in September.
The collection contains original tracks as well as covers, including her stark version of A Song For You, written by Leon Russell, and recorded at home in the spring. Her recording of jazz standard Body and Soul with Tony Bennett, is also included.
Producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson pulled the album together after listening to thousands of hours of vocals by the star, many of them from sessions for her two studio albums Frank and Back To Black.
Mitch said the tracks on the album, to be released on December 5, were on a par with her other releases.
He added: "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."
Mitch said he had not heard one of the new songs, called Halftime, before he listened to the collection.
Retailers are expecting huge sales of the album and it is being tipped as a Christmas number one. There was a renewed wave of interest in her songs following her death. Gennaro Castaldo of HMV said: "We're expecting huge interest in this album, which is already being pre-ordered by fans, and with its December timing I'd say we're looking at the Christmas number one."