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Amy Winehouse outtakes album coming Dec. 5

October 31, 2011 | 10:44 am

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Amy Winehouse’s record company will release a collection of previously unreleased tracks, including several new songs and alternate takes of earlier releases the singer made before her death from an alcohol overdose in July.

“Lioness: Hidden Treasures” consists of a dozen tracks spanning some of the five-time Grammy-winning singer’s earliest recording sessions in 2002 through her final studio session earlier this year with Tony Bennett, when the singers dueted on the pop classic “Body and Soul.”

Among the other songs scheduled for release Dec. 5 are the bossa nova classic “The Girl from Ipanema," which she recorded in Miami when she was 18 and started working with producer Salaam Remi, a demo version of the “Back to Black” song “Wake Up Alone,” a slower alternative take on “Valerie” and her rendition of Leon Russell’s “A Song for You.”

It will also feature “Between the Cheats,” a new song she recorded in 2008 with Remi for possible inclusion on what would have been her third album. During the same sessions she recorded a duet with rapper Nas, “Like Smoke,” that will be on the new collection. The tracks on “Hidden Treasures” are produced by Remi and the producer of her “Back to Black” breakthrough album and hit single "Rehab," Mark Ronson.

She died on July 23 at age 27 in what a British coroner ruled as “death by misadventure” from an accidental alcohol overdose.


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Photo of cover from Amy Winehouse's posthumous "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" album. Credit: AmyWinehouse.com.