Release Date: Nov 13, 2012
Record label: Republic
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B
Amy Winehouse didn't leave much behind in the vaults, and with her studio recordings already collected on 2011's Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the only thing left was Amy Winehouse at the BBC, a deluxe set rounding up everything the singer cut for any of the BBC's programs. This winds up as more of a video set than a CD one, as she had more appearances on television than radio, including several spots on Jools Holland's Later, plus full-length concerts. All these are here, along with a single-CD sampler of performances from 2004-2009, but most are from her mid-2000s golden period, ending after she became a superstar and just before the addiction settled in.
When a musician dies young, it becomes hard not to see everything they created in their career as a prelude to their untimely passing. In Amy Winehouse’s case, to revisit her best-known work is to take a disturbing walk back through a life slipping off the edge. Since she died on July 23, 2011, the lyrics of the opening chorus of ‘Rehab’ have left a troubling pang, like it’s a joke that’s gone fatally wrong.
Everybody wants a new Amy Winehouse album as good as Back to Black. It would be nice if, for instance, it turned out that the British soul revivalist had completed or at least sketched out another jewel of a record during the turbulent last four years of her life. But she didn't: there was her collaboration with Mark Ronson on "Valerie", and the new song-and-a-half that turned up on last year's Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which was otherwise stocked with alternate versions, earlier outtakes, and covers.
Beautiful and bereft, and hard to listen to with easy joy. Garry Mulholland 2012 In her tragically short career, Amy Winehouse filmed and recorded many sessions for the BBC. Enough to ensure that this release – available as a single CD and DVD set, and as a box-set comprising three DVDs and one CD – stands as an alternative Best Of, showcasing her skills as a live performer.