Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Back To Black: Take one

The forthcoming issue of Q Magazine is a tribute to Amy Winehouse, one year after her tragic, untimely death.

At least, I think it's supposed to be a tribute. But the salacious headline on the front cover makes me a little uncomfortable.

In case you can't read it, the cover says "new revelations about the voice of our time... and how we lost her". Which is the sort of thing I'd expect from Now or Closer. Undoubtedly the article itself will get the tone right, but it's a shame they felt the need to go down the "shock revelation" route to hook readers' interests.

Anyhow, a much more fitting tribute was paid by Amy's friend and producer Mark Ronson, who has been hosting a show on BBC 6 Music for the last few weeks. Sunday was the last installment (you can listen to it here) and he brought along the original demo of Back To Black.

A lot has been said about how instinctive Amy's performances were. How she nailed her best-remembered songs in a single take. This goes a long way towards proving that. And it will almost definitely send shivers up your spine.

RIP Amy.

[link via wotyougot]

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