Thursday, 8 December 2011

HEAR THIS, WATCH THIS: Amy Winehouse’s fave tunes + Adele wows on new live DVD

CLASSIC TASTE: Hot on the heels of the just-released posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures, a new compilation is doing its part to celebrate Amy Winehouse and keep her spirit alive. Amy’s Jukebox assembles 26 iconic songs (spanning blues, R&B and Motown-era girl groups) that lent inspiration to the timeless sound of the late British soul singer. Prepare to reminisce with a little help from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Sam Cooke, the Folkes Brothers, Thelonious Monk and Frank Sinatra. The release also includes an elegant 16-page booklet of rare behind-the-scenes photographs of Winehouse.

SOMEONE LIKE HER: There are those performers who are simply at their best during a live performance. Beyoncé, Kanye West, Prince, to name only a few. Nipping at their iconic heels is pop-soul sensation (and reigning queen of the heartache ballad) Adele, who is a marvel on Adele Live at Royal Albert Hall, a taping of a special September performance at the storied London landmark. Just in time for the holidays, the concert DVD finds the multi-octave singer giving ovation-worthy renditions of hits from her pair of Grammy-acknowledged, multiplatinum albums, 19 (“Chasing Pavements,” “Make You Feel My Love” in tribute to Winehouse) and 21 (“Someone Like You”, “Turning Tables,” and “Rolling in the Deep”).

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