Back To Black (Explicit Version) (2006) - Grammy Winner!
|Artist: Amy Winehouse|
|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.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|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); Kate Wilkinson, 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.|
Producer: Mark Ronson; Salaam Remi; Mark Ronson; Salaam Remi
Engineer: Mark Ronson; Vaughan Merrick; Matt Paul; Dominic Morley; Gabriel Roth; Derek Pacuk
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Amy Winehouse - Back to Black - CD
By: Aspi Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/5/2007 7:55 AM
|What is remarkable about Winehouse is how mature and diverse her vocal talents are. Her voice morphs so much on songs, it feels like a vocal multiple personality disorder. Back to Black is produced by Mark Ronson (Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera) and Salaam Remi (Fugees, Toni Braxton, Ini Kamoze) who smartly put the focus on Winehouse’s pipes, allowing them to play out her personality....read the full review|
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black - CD
By: Patrick Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/6/2007 6:27 PM
|Amy Winehouse is a big in Britain, not quite there yet in the States, singer-songwriter, and Back to Black is her second album. Sonically, it draws on 60's girl group and classic R&B sounds, and without major revamping makes them sound relevant for today. ...read the full review|
Amy Winehouse - Back To Black - CD
By: Sterfish Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 4/12/2007 9:16 AM
|Is it great, a gimmick, or possibly both? Amy Winehouse has gained a lot of critical acclaim for her second album (and first U.S. release) Back To Black. It's features the style of 1960's pop/soul updated ever so slightly for the 2000s. This is certainly a fun album to listen to and in the current music landscape, it feels fresh. However, as I listened to this album, cynicism came creeping in....read the full review|
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black - CD
By: Janine Macdonald Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 5/18/2007 5:07 PM
|Back to Black is Amy Winehouse's second album, and the soul singer gives it her all. The whole album is a highlight and a music lover’s delight in not just the vocals but the chimes, sax, bass drums, piano and harmonies. The talented singer also had a hand in writing her songs and the style of her writing is fresh and refreshingly honest. ...read the full review|
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 03/13/2007|
|Original Release Date : 2006|
|Catalog ID : B-000842802|
|Label : Universal Republic|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00602517229679|
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Winehouse is a nervy, witty songstress whom indie rockers, pop fans and hip-hoppers can dig."
- 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."
- "[A] breakthrough, producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson surround her with brass sections, string sections, harp, Wurlitzer, the works."
- "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-
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Winehouse is one of the best things to have happened to British pop recently."
Customer Reviews of Back To Black (Explicit Version)
A Big Suprise4/22/2011
I boughts this album for two or three songs. When I put it on I listen to the whole album. Each song didn't disapoint. The lyrics were deep and soulful. It's a woe is me kind of album (if you're in to that) but it's very injoyable. I became a fan from this album.
The A for Amy Winehouse10/5/2008
I have been a fan of amy winehouse far before she was even well known here in the states. What drew me to her music was her uniqueness and style of music that strange to say was actually a part of me. Her music is undeniably awesome and her talent is undeniably unique. U see uniqueness is a rare quality that only some possess as Amy and the reason Im writing this is of no reason but only to say that it was the only way I thought maybe ...... just maybe amy winehouse or someone in production that might personally know her might somehow relay this message...........Amy u are rare and when someone is rare its easy to fall to the fiasco of the unknowing.....u are so talented and it would be sad if your talent becomes ur demise. I can relate somewhat and although many have probably reached out this special message I hope gets to you somehow. again this message is only because of truly caring for what a great artist as Amy Winehouse is............. Dj divaharte
A HUGE STAR IS BORN..........7/1/2008
Amy Winehouse regardless of any bad publicity she attracts over drugs and alcohol is a beautiful and INCREDIBLE SUPERSTAR!!! SHE HAS ONE OF THE best VOICES I'VE EVER HEARD!And she has total control over it! She has such charissma, and is the best entertainer I have listen to and watched in many many years!! I Freeken Love her! I'm 63 yrs old and I'm telling you, she has not even reach her full potential yet! I just hope she does'nt do anything stupid to harm herself before she reaches the sky!! She is unbelievable! Awseome!! I love her!! She seems to have a huge heart too. I wish I could hug her!I will pray very hard for her to reach her full potential,succeed in her profession, and to find inner peace and happiness.There is something about that girl that I just love! I guess because she is a very deep soul and I just feel she hurts inside. Well I sure wish she could read this and it would make her happy! Mrs. Cook XO
Amazing sound, very original, smart lyrics... good buy.
Back to Black4/18/2007
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.
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