amy winehouse – the ska ep

So I’m sure by now everyone in the world has heard the news that they found Amy’s body this morning…and her name is now added to the list of other rock stars who died at age 27.

While I was always a fan of her music, Amy appeared to have lost touch with her happiness in the past few years as her addiction slowly ate up her life.  I had high hopes that her recent release from rehab and new tour would signal a turning point in her career and her return to the music scene. Then came the news of her stumbling on stage and unable to remember her lyrics and I had a sinking feeling that her fight was far from over.

Sometimes really talented people can come back from things like this.  Like Keith Richards who seemed to be able to survive just about anything.  But sometimes they just end up losing the battle.

It’s just sad.

Born into a Jewish family in north London, Amy had shown musical talent at an early age.  She released her debut album Frank in 2003 to positive critical reviews as she adopted the style of the Ronettes and the sound of the sixties girl groups…but with a modern voice that drew comparisons to Sarah Vaughn.   But she really hit the scene with her hit 2007 album Back to Black, which spawned a slew of inescapable hits like “You Know I’m No Good,” “Back to Black” and the now ironic “Rehab.”

Soon after the success had catapulted her into the spotlight, the drugs and bad friends began to push her toward the abyss.

But somewhere in between, 2 Soul records managed to release this neat little EP of Amy singing some great ska covers.  Criminally under-released as 200 copies on vinyl, it was a powerful pop treat that seemed to catch the now eternally somber and intoxicated Miss Winehouse in a moment of happiness.  Singing ska tunes that might have been inspired by her punk sensabilities.

That’s how I’d like to remember her.

Since it was never commercially released, check it out here.

Oh…and found this too…


2 Responses to “amy winehouse – the ska ep”

  1. 1 Brooke
    July 24, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Tim, thank you so much for this.

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