So the inevitable posthumous Amy Winehouse album bandwagon starts; Mitch and family inviting Gordon to private listen of the unreleased work:
The ex-cabbie could not hide his pride as he listened to the 12 songs, some of which even he had never previously heard.Not all the family, actually:
I joined the family in a West London studio last week for the first listen to the surprise collection.
Amy's 56-year-old mum Janis listened separately to the collection of unheard material because the emotion of the occasion was too personal to share with others.Especially the showbiz editor of a tabloid who gleefully recounted and chivvied and exposed and prodded their daughter when she was alive, you might assume.
What the "trove" turns out to be is a collection of covers, recorded across the last ten years or so, along with a few works-in-progress versions of familiar songs and one or two new tracks that sound as if they might be best left to the family:
Between The Cheats, was recorded as the star emerged from her turbulent marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil.But it gets even more uncomfortable than that:
The most emotional track for the singer's family and fans is her cover of A Song For You, a Leon Russell tune made famous by Amy's favourite artist Donny Hathaway. The song, on which Amy plays guitar, was recorded in a single take at her London home in 2009 as she battled to overcome her addiction to Class A drugs.The really good news, though, is that this mix of the too personal and the previously discarded is going to be ready for release on December 5th - just in time for the Christmas market.
Her voice can be heard quaking as she tearfully delivers the lyrics.
But it's not totally a cynical cash-in:
The posthumous album will be released on December 5 and £1 from every sale will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which is helping children's charities.As much as a whole pound? That'll really stop it looking like a record rushed out to maximise the cash take, then.