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 - Back To Black

  • Amy Winehouse

    Back To Black LP (2006)

    Universal Records ‎

Ranked #110 in the Soul Strut 200

This record was a hot topic on Soul Strut when it was released.  Amy Winehouse burst on to the scene in 2006 with her smash album "Back To Black" which was a blend of modern day Lauryn Hiill style vocals with a refined 60s R&B sound.  The album was produced by retropop hit maker Mark Ronson (who had a loose affiliation with people who frequented this web site.)  The songs he produced used the neo funk band The Dap Kings who were the backing band for cult soul / funk hero Sharon Jones and others on their Daptone label.  Essentially drawing criticism that the Daptone sound was stripped of its essence and packaged for commercial consumption.  It didn't help that Winehouse was a British caucasian, either, enjoying massive amounts of overnight success.  Ensuing threads on Soul Strut documented her well publicized battle with drug addiction and sloppy live shows until she passed in 2011.  


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