Back To Black (Explicit Version) CD (2007)

Artist: Amy Winehouse

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Back to Black

on 4/18/2007

I love this CD. Though I didn't initially realize how explicit it was, its a wonderful CD. Its seems to be a throwback to much earlier music that I love. Her songs are dark and moody and seem full of self loathing and pain. The perfect CD for drowning your sorrows. Read More

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by Jeneec on 4/23/2007

Amazing sound, very original, smart lyrics... good buy. Read More

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Product Overview

It doesn't take much listening to Amy Winehouse's 1960s pop period piece to realize that this is a tribute with an edge--nice girls back then didn't sing about boozing and rehab. Since her 2003 debut album, FRANK, Winehouse has been a frequent presence on the gossip pages of the U.K. tabloids, and her songwriting here candidly reflects her experiences with drinking, sex, and drugs.
BACK TO BLACK's production is an artful blend of sophisticated '60s R&B and 21st-century stylistic poaching, with "Tears Dry on Their Own" incorporating elements of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," and Winehouse sounding like Billie Holiday fronting a reggae band on the old-fashioned cheating song "Just Friends." Densely packed with musical history and often conjuring a dark, Portishead-esque atmosphere, BACK TO BLACK is a sumptuous-sounding collection freighted with blunt confessionals of a lush life.

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Label Republic
SKU 204135023
UPC 602517229679
UPC 14 00602517229679
Format CD
Release Date 3/13/2007
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Author Amy Winehouse
Compilation Appearance Sex And The City Vol 2
Compilation Appearance Valentine's Day (Original Soundtrack)
Compilation Appearance Life As We Know It (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Duets II
Compilation Appearance 2012 Grammy Nominees
Compilation Appearance About Time
Compilation Appearance Classics
Compilation Appearance Classics
Associated Artist/Work Houston, Whitney
Associated Artist/Work Ronson, Mark
Artist Influence Billie Holiday
Artist Influence Billy Paul
Artist Influence Carole King
Artist Influence Cassandra Wilson
Artist Influence D'Angelo
Artist Influence Dusty Springfield
Artist Influence Erykah Badu
Artist Influence Etta James
Artist Influence Ike & Tina Turner
Artist Influence Mary J. Blige
Artist Influence Neneh Cherry
Artist Influence Nina Simone
Artist Influence Ronnie Spector
Artist Influence The Shangri-Las
Artist Influence The Specials
Artist Influence The Supremes
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Artist Follower Elli Ingram
Artist Follower Ellie Goulding
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Artist Follower Lana Del Rey
Artist Follower Lauriana Mae
Artist Follower Lulu James
Artist Follower Rozzi Crane
Artist Follower Sam Smith (UK)
Technical Info
Engineer Mark Ronson; Vaughan Merrick; Matt Paul; Dominic Morley; Gabriel Roth; Derek Pacuk
Producer Mark Ronson; Salaam Remi; Mark Ronson; Salaam Remi
CatalogID B-000842802
Lable Name Universal Republic
Released 03/13/2007
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 36m : 4s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517229679
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Amy Winehouse (guitar, background vocals); Vincent Henry (guitar, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, piano, celesta); Salaam Remi (guitar, piano, upright bass, bass guitar, drums); Binky Griptite, Thomas Brenneck (guitar); Steve Sidwell (harp, trumpet); Helen Tunstall (harp); Perry Mason, Warren Zielinski, Liz Edwards, Mark Berrow, Tom Pigott-Smith, Christopher Tombling, Peter Hanson , Peter G. Hanson, Boguslaw Kostecki, Everton Nelson, Johnathan Rees (violin); Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin, Jon Thorne , Rachel Bolt, Bruce White (viola); John Heley, Joely Koos, Anthony Pleeth (cello); Andrew MacKintosh, Chris Davies (alto saxophone); Jamie Talbot, Mike Smith , Neal Sugarman (tenor saxophone); Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Cochemea Gastelum, Dave Bishop (baritone saxophone); Bruce Purse (trumpet, bass trumpet, flugelhorn); Dave Guy (trumpet); Richard Edwards (tenor trombone); Victor Axelrod (piano, Wurlitzer organ, hand claps); John Adams (Fender Rhodes piano); Nick Movshon (bass guitar); Troy Auxilly-Wilson, Homer Steinweiss (drums); Mark Ronson (tambourine, hand claps); Vaughan Merrick (hand claps); Sam Koppelman, Frank Ricotti (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Tom Elmhirst.
Recording information: Allido Studios; Chung King Studios; Daptone Studios; Instrument Zoo, Miami, FL; metropolis Studios, London, England; Rapking Studios.
Photographer: Harry "Rockbarry" Benson.
Arrangers: Mark Ronson; Gabriel Roth.
It doesn't take much listening to Amy Winehouse's 1960s pop period piece to realize that this is a tribute with an edge--nice girls back then didn't sing about boozing and rehab. Since her 2003 debut album, FRANK, Winehouse has been a frequent presence on the gossip pages of the U.K. tabloids, and her songwriting here candidly reflects her experiences with drinking, sex, and drugs.
BACK TO BLACK's production is an artful blend of sophisticated '60s R&B and 21st-century stylistic poaching, with "Tears Dry on Their Own" incorporating elements of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," and Winehouse sounding like Billie Holiday fronting a reggae band on the old-fashioned cheating song "Just Friends." Densely packed with musical history and often conjuring a dark, Portishead-esque atmosphere, BACK TO BLACK is a sumptuous-sounding collection freighted with blunt confessionals of a lush life.
Artist Overview
London singer Amy Winehouse was initially marked as a neo-jazz diva. Although the tag may have been beneficial in terms of press coverage, it was misleading; unlike the inoffensive Katie Melua and Joss Stone, Winehouse had no fear of displaying the seamier side of her life. Her debut album, the aptly titled FRANK, was a solid collection of jazz-inflected pop, but it was the 2006 follow-up, BACK TO BLACK, that really set her apart. Displaying the marked influence of 1960s soul music, girl groups, and Motown, the album also boasted clever, sexually explicit lyrics and punchy pop arrangements, all pulled together by Winehouse's powerful vocals. Her hit "Rehab" became something of a personal theme song, as the singer became a permanent fixture in the tabloids, due to her wild behavior and infamous live shows.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.76) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Winehouse is a nervy, witty songstress whom indie rockers, pop fans and hip-hoppers can dig."
Rolling Stone (p.115) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "[W]ith a brassy, intensely personal sorrow that is true blues, not nouveau soul."
Spin (p.79) - "[A] breakthrough, producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson surround her with brass sections, string sections, harp, Wurlitzer, the works."
Entertainment Weekly (p.67) - "It's precisely Winehouse's lyrics...aching, flirty, and often straight-up nasty -- that raise this expertly crafted set into the realm of true, of-the-minute originality." -- Grade: A-
Q (Magazine) (p.134) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Winehouse is one of the best things to have happened to British pop recently."
Disc 1
1 Rehab
2 You Know I'm No Good
3 Me & Mr. Jones
4 Just Friends
5 Back To Black
6 Love Is A Losing Game
7 Tears Dry On Their Own
8 Wake Up Alone
9 Some Unholy War
10 He Can Only Hold Her
11 You Know I'm No Good - (Remix)
Reviews
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review "Rehab," the must-hear song that opens the second album from British soul singer Amy Winehouse, is a Motown-style winner with a banging beat and a lovesick bad girl testifying like Etta James about how she won't clean up her act. It's followed by the excellently funky "You Know I'm No Good" and "Me & Mr. Jones (Fuckery)," the latter of which begins, "What kind of fuckery is this?/You made me miss the Slick Rick gig." Winehouse is a nervy, witty songstress whom indie rockers, pop fans and hip-hoppers can dig. On Black, she gets help from producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, who turn classic soul sounds into something big, bright and punchy. The tunes don't always hold up. But the best ones are impossible to dislike: Witness "Addicted," a wistful gem in which Winehouse chooses weed over a lover.
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Reviewer Christian Hoard
ReviewRating 6
Product Attributes
Artist Winehouse,Amy
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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