Back to Black

Back to Black

by Amy Winehouse


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America was introduced to Amy Winehouse through her second album (her U.K. debut, Frank, saw release during Back to Black's reign at the top of the charts), but got caught up with storyline quickly enough: "Rehab," her inescapable and perfect single, branded her right from the start. Here was Amy, obviously a major vocal talent, but also nearly superheroically self-destructive. Unlike her hometown audience, we never got to hear that expressive, jazz-indebted voice outside of the carnival of tawdriness that has followed Winehouse since Back to Black surfaced, that is, apart from the cartoon. But our gain is an artist fully formed. The album is smartly conceived, and as lean as the anorectic-seeming Winehouse would herself unfortunately become. Thanks goes to the production team: Salaam Remi, whose hip-hop record meshes perfectly with the increasingly interesting Motown fixations of Mark Ronson. The pair devise a musical space tailor-made to Winehouse's contemporary take on the '50s bad girl that was already apparent in her tart lyrics and wild bouffant 'do. Honking saxophones, tambourines and hand-claps (most from the busy Brooklyn studio band the Daptones) herald a sound that's been attempted before but never fully succeeded. And that's where Amy comes in, with that wonderfully singular voice, equally at home crooning pillow talk as gutter talk, each surprisingly, shockingly delivered verse a lot more interesting than her tabloid exploits would warrant. Here's hoping she finds a way to top one of 2007's best albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2007
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602517229679
catalogNumber: 000842802
Rank: 7034

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Winehouse   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals
Vincent Henry   Clarinet,Flute,Guitar,Piano,Celeste,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mike Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Purse   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Bass Trumpet
Peter G. Hanson   Violin
Mark Berrow   Violin
Dave Bishop   Baritone Saxophone
Liz Edwards   Violin
Richard Edwards   Tenor Trombone
John Heley   Cello
Andrew MacKintosh   Alto Saxophone
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Johnathan Rees   Violin
Salaam Remi   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet,Harp
Jamie Talbot   Tenor Saxophone
Helen Tunstall   Harp
Sam Koppelman   Percussion
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Victor Axelrod   Piano,Hand Clapping,Wurlitzer
Cochemea Gastelum   Baritone Saxophone
Chris Elliott   Conductor
Everton Nelson   Violin
Perry Mason   Violin,Leader
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Chris Davies   Alto Saxophone
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Neal Sugarman   Tenor Saxophone
Vaughan Merrick   Hand Clapping
John Adams   fender rhodes
Mark Ronson   Tambourine,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Ian Hendrickson-Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Nick Movshon   Bass Guitar
Binky Griptite   Guitar
Homer Steinweiss   Drums
Joely Koos   Cello
Thomas Brenneck   Guitar
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Viola
Tom Pigott-Smith   Violin
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Peter Hanson   Violin
Dave Guy   Trumpet
Troy Auxilly-Wilson   Drums
Jon Thorne   Viola

Technical Credits

Nick Ashford   Composer
Paul O'Duffy   Composer
Salaam Remi   Producer,Audio Production
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Richard Poindexter   Composer
Robert Poindexter   Composer
Chris Elliott   Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
Dominic Morley   Engineer
Perry Mason   Orchestra Leader
Derek Pacuk   Engineer
Vaughan Merrick   Engineer
Mark Ronson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Gabriel Roth   Arranger,Engineer
Amy Winehouse   Composer
Matt Paul   Engineer

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Back to Black 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
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Ladu More than 1 year ago
I never heard of Amy Winehouse before "Rehab", but after hearing this album I was a fan for life! She is an incredible artist who will never be forgotten! Love you Amy...
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VodkaDoubleWine More than 1 year ago
I can remember when I first heard "Rehab" in 2007 in the car. It was such a great and original song that was kind of different than the other hits out on the radio then. I got her album in 2007 because I loved her hit "Rehab." The bad part is the remix featuring Jay-Z that I heard on the radio isn't on this album. If you're looking for that version check out iTunes for that song. The rest of this album is great especially "Tears Dry On Their Own" and "He Can Only Hold Her."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard the last few seconds of Amy Winehouse's song "You Know I am no Good" and it sent chills down my spine. Unfortunately, I did not get her name or even the album title so I spent quite a bit of time trying to look her up online. It was just one of those songs that you hear and you cannot help but crave to hear fully and enjoy to the fullest. I also just had to have the album. Amy Winehouse's voice is so rich and I really hope that she will be able survive and thrive. I also hope that she will be able to continue with the great work she is doing and not be completely taken over by today's marketers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My dad loved it, my customers love it, and you'll love it too! It's a great cd that I listen to every morning when I wake up. Amy Winehouse has gotta win a grammy for best new one can top her
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is awesome. This girl got a voice on her, the songs are short and sweet. I have told everyone I know about it. Just Friends, Rehab, and Tears Dry on Their Own are my favorite songs, they have taken over my ipod.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This lady can sing! I love this cd! It is unlike anything I have ever heard. Her voice is wonderful soulful! Rehab, Love is A losing game & Tears dry on their own are my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back to Black is one of the best soul albums, British or otherwise, to come out in years. Her brassy mix of emotive vocals tinged with 60's girl group styling combined with jazz rightly prompted to the New York Daily News to crown Winehouse's Back to Black a: &quot marvelous debut that would do Etta James proud.&quot Back to Black smolders with a fusion of old school doo-wop/soul inflected uprisings creating instant classics like Rehab, Back to Black, Me and Mrs. Jones, Waking Up Alone, and the albums closer, Addicted. Love her or hate her, you can't deny Winehouse's exceptional talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read recently that the music industry was complaining about people only downloading the hit singles of songs from iTunes, and the fact was pointed out that it's because the music world has gone back to the days where the hit-single is what's marketable. Which means that artists are not creating albums full of rich vibrant music. This is so not the case with Back to Black. Amy Winehouse has managed to drench her soul-filled sound with the great beats and melodies from the past. Although she's been compared with Joss Stone, I think she blows Joss out of the water. The music is fresh, funky, and with a great touch of irreverence. If Ms. Stone is considered to be the next Aretha Franklin, then Amy is the next Etta James. Her stamp is all over the record and every single song is like nothing you've heard before. It's been a long time since I've bought an album that was so strong from beginning to end. I've played it over and over so many times it's almost ridiculous. And even though this was just released, I can't wait for the next. This will truly blow you away.
1324 More than 1 year ago
Back to black is my favorite album. Ive been listening to it for 2 years and still love it. Its hard to find an album that can keep me listening from start to finish. theres not one song on this album that I dont like. Amy winehouse is my favorite artist because of her original voice and honest lyrics.
MairL More than 1 year ago
This is actually a replacement because I couldn't find the one I had. I love this album, every song. Still enjoy it after what? 3 years? Any one who loves old Motown, should love it also. Just hope Amy lives to sing again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so impressed with Amy's lyrics and music. I've been listening to the CD non-stop since I got it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've never heard of Amy Winehouse, but've noticed her staying in the Top 10 bestselling CD category in Barnes and Noble, then get ready to listen. Every track brings back the soulful sounds of the 60s. All of her lyrics are moving and deep, and sure there is a little bit of language, but it helps to convey the true message. I've just purchased this CD, and I haven't stopped listening to it! Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is really good and comes close to me in hart
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forgive the drag on "wake up alone" and the "you know i'm no good remix" this cd hits all the right notes. give this brit a chance!! I'm really missing K.T Tunstall, but am realizing now that Winehouse is the next best thing. Recommended for sure!! If you've ever been to rehab, cheated on someone, drank till you've dropped, or simply been in love, Winehouse defiantly fits the bill.