Sunday, May 9, 2021

Amy Winehouse Shines Bright Once Again With Her New "At The BBC" Release

Anything new from Amy Winehouse is welcomed with open arms, as she left us way too soon, on her rise to the top. He latest release is "Amy Winehouse At The BBC," which collects many of her appearances on the program for a new triple vinyl or 3-disc set. Each disc or LP is categorized, with the first one featuring a tribute to Amy from Jools Holland, who gathered some of his favorite performances of Winehouse on his show, "Later With Jools Holland."  It begins with the slow, sultry jazz of "Stronger Than Me," before Amy pulls off her greatest impression of Billie Holiday during the ballad "Teach Me Tonight." She rips through her biggest single "Rehab" and the plays around with the ska cover of The Maytals' "Monkey Man." One of the highlights is Amy' rare performance of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," which she duets on with Paul Weller and Jools Holland.

The second disc consists of her individual sessions at the BBC between 2004-2009. I wish that they grouped the performances together with crowd noise so it flowed like one fluid show, but you get some special versions of her classic songs. It seems that Amy's performances play up to the larger crowds as with "Just Friends" live at the Big Band Special in 2009, while also adding her special touch to such classics as "Lullaby Of Birdland" and "To Know Him Is To Love Him." The more intimate delivery of her songs "You Know I'm No Good" and "Tears Dry On Their Own" from the Jo Whiley Live Lounge have that special live, in-studio feel, as if she was performing just for you.

The third part of this set features a complete show from Amy Winehouse live at Portchester Hall in London. This show allows for her band, The Dap Kings to shine, as the setlist touches upon every point of her career, with plenty of tracks from her two studio albums "Back To Black" and "Frank." Once again, her version of the ska classic "Monkey Man" steals the show. This also demonstrates how each time Amy Winehouse performs a song, it takes on a different feel that fits the mood of the moment, as you will notice with the multiple versions of songs on this set. The sound is amazing and makes me wonder why it took so long to release this set. This new release also includes a 20-page booklet with many rare photographs. To find out more about "Amy Winehouse At The BBC," please visit store.amywinehouse.com.

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