Thursday, November 5, 2015


The soundtrack to the widely-acclaimed documentary about the life and tragic fall of Amy Winehouse, who died four years ago of alcohol poisoing.  We all know how, and most people even predicted it, but why has always been the troubling question, and this film gives perhaps the closest explanation, even if some family members strongly disagree (dad doesn't look too good in it).

Of course, it's filled with lots of great performances and recordings from Winehouse, and fans will be thrilled with the selections in the movie, some of which appear here.  The best thing is that the release includes rare and previously unreleased versions, either live, demo or out-take.  Best of all is the live recording of Rehab, from the Jools Holland show, a drastically-reimagined version that sparkles in different ways.  Back To Black is stripped down to an a cappella mix.  What Is It About Men comes from the North Sea Jazz Festival, showing once again what a sensational vocalist and live performer she was, when she was on (and straight).  Each track is broken up by original soundtrack music by Antonio Pinto, which actually adds to the drama as one new vocal wonder after another comes along.  Amy fans should find lots to cheer about here.

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