Amy Winehouse

Back To Black (Half Speed Master - 10th Anniversary Edition)

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Amy's sublime second LP is now permanently available as a Half Speed Master edition. The album was cut from high-resolution digital transfers from the best known analogue tapes by Abbey Road mastering engineer Miles Showell, one of the foremost practitioners of this artisan process in the world today. Only minimal sympathetic equalisation was applied to the transfers to keep everything as pure as possible. Also, as this is a vinyl-only release, Miles did not apply any digital limiting. This is added to almost all digital releases to make them appear to be loud and is responsible for the so-called “loudness war” and in almost every case is anything but natural and pure sounding.

What we said 10 years ago: 

Three years on from her debut "Frank" and all the acclaim she got back then, 2006 sees Amy Winehouse back at the centre of media attention with its follow up, and especially inspirational new single "Rehab" which kicks things off here too. Bracketed in with the nu-soul singers back then, Amy always had more of a jazz edge to her songs, and especially her voice which sounded like it should be coming from a 50-year-old black American singer, not a skinny white Londoner. With "Back To Black" she takes a trawl through the sound of 60s soul, girl group pop and the kind of laid back torch song crooning favoured by the mafioso of old, all given a totally modern twist by her smart confessional lyrics. This all comes backed by The Dap-Kings and features lush orchestration too, with production by Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi. ESSENTIAL!!! 

This 2LP 10th anniversary vinyl set contains all the tracks from Deluxe Edition CD, the original album plus many of which appear on vinyl for the first time. 2LP in gatefold sleeve with two inner picture bags.


LP1 - Original Album

A1. Rehab
A2. You Know I'm No Good
A3. Me & Mr Jones
A4. Just Friends
A5. Back To Black
A6. Love Is A Losing Game

B1. Tears Dry On Their Own
B2. Wake Up Alone
B3. Some Unholy War
B4. He Can Only Hold Her
B5. Addicted

LP 2 - Bonus Album

C1. Valerie
C2. Cupid
C3. Monkey Man
C4. Some Unholy War

D1. Hey Little Rich Girl
D2. You're Wondering Now
D3. To Know Him Is To Love Him
D4. Love Is A Losing Game (Original Demo)

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