On Dec. 6 in the US, just over two weeks from now, Amy Winehouse will posthumously release a compilation album called Lioness: Hidden Treasures. It will include unheard covers of Ruby & the Romantics, The Shirlees and Donny Hathaway. “Like Smoke” featuring Nas and “Body and Soul,” a duet with Tony Bennet, will also appear.
According to Billboard, Winehouse had actually written all of the songs, titles included, for her third LP and follow-up to 2006’s hugely successful Back to Black. Friend and producer Salaam Remi confirmed this to the magazine, saying Amy “had written down everything she wanted to do.” Unfortunately, only two songs of all those written were recorded and will appear on Lioness. A rare recording of the soulful singer at 18 also made the cut.
Perhaps the song that will really have people talking more than others is “Halftime,” which features Questlove of The Roots, an artist Winehouse wanted to record an album with before even releasing her third LP. Remi told Billboard that the singer wanted to put out a record with Quest and saxophone player Soweto Kinch. In regard to Winehouse’s written-but-unrecorded material, Remi said simply, “Who knows what will happen in the future with that.” [Billboard]