Frank (Amy Winehouse album)

Frank (Amy Winehouse album)

Infobox Album
Name = Frank
Type = studio
Artist = Amy Winehouse


Released = Start date|2003|10|20|df=yes
(see release history)
Recorded = 2003
Genre = Soul, jazz, R&B
Length = 58:48
Label = Island, Republic (US)
Producer = Amy Winehouse, Salaam Remi, Commissioner Gordon
Reviews = *Allmusic rating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3p861vj4zzha link]
*BBC rating|4|5 [http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/collective/A1364744 link]
*Robert Christgau Rating-Christgau|dud [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=amy+winehouse link]
*Entertainment Weekly (A-) [http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20158443,00.html link]
*"The Guardian" rating|4|5 [http://arts.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,11712,1064235,00.html link]
*Pitchfork Media (4.9/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/47031-frank link]
*Soundgenerator.com (9/10) [http://www.soundgenerator.com/burner/review_detail.cfm?reviewid=488 link]
This album = "Frank"
(2003)
Next album = "Back to Black"
(2006)
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type = studio


Lower caption = Deluxe edition cover
Singles
Name = Frank
Type = studio
Single 1 = Stronger Than Me
Single 1 date = 6 October 2003
Single 2 = Take the Box
Single 2 date = 12 January 2004
Single 3 = In My Bed"/"You Sent Me Flying
Single 3 date = 5 April 2004
Single 4 = Pumps"/"Help Yourself
Single 4 date = 23 August 2004

"Frank" is the Ivor Novello Award-nominated debut album by English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, released by Island Records in October 2003 in the United Kingdom, and in the United States on 20 November 2007. It was nominated for two BRIT Awards and was short-listed for the Mercury Music Prize. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3636272.stm Ferdinand win Mercury Music Prize] BBC, accessed 07/11/07] The album spawned the singles "Stronger Than Me", "Take the Box", "In My Bed"/"You Sent Me Flying", and "Pumps"/"Help Yourself". The title is a reference to her pet dog of the time, Frank, also mentioned in the track "Take the Box". The album was included in the 2006 book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die", edited by Robert Dimery.

Response

"Frank" received overwhelmingly positive reviews both in the UK on original release and in the US, earning it 84/100 on Metacritic. [ [http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/winehouseamy/frank Amy Winehouse: Frank (2007): Reviews ] ] "Billboard" called the album "stellar" and Winehouse's vocals "wobblier than now, yet still astounding." [Hope, Clover G. (2007-12-01), "Frank". "Billboard". 119 (48):65]

The album entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 60 before climbing to number thirteen in January 2004. It has since been certified double platinum for shipment of more than 600,000 copies. During the chart run of Winehouse's second album, 2006's "Back to Black", "Frank" re-entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 22 in February 2007, as well as at No. 40 on two separate occasions in May 2007, becoming a mainstay of the UK album chart throughout 2007. As of November 2007 it had sold a total of 495,891 copies in the UK. As of mid-March 2008, it had sold 675,000 copies in the UK, and had sold 362,700 since February 2007, making it 2007's 37th biggest-selling album, despite its original release four years earlier.

The album sold approximately 22,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States. Following the 2008 Grammy Awards, the album re-entered the chart and climbed to #67.

The album was reissued in a deluxe edition in the UK on 12 May, 2008. [ [http://www.hmv.co.uk/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=-1;1;-1;-1&sku=797717&WT.ac=albums-PBODY-ALBUMS_HOMEPAGE_COMINGSOON-797717 hmv.com: albums: Frank: Deluxe Edition: 2cd (2008) ] ] This edition includes an eighteen-track bonus disc including rare tracks, remixes, b-sides and live performances.

The vinyl album was also reissued in July 2008, featuring a new gatefold design and a free mp3 download voucher, under the new 'Back to Black' scheme.

In New Zealand, with the album re-released as a "Deluxe Edition", it debuted at number twenty-six on the week starting May 19, 2008, nearly five years after it was originally released. [ [http://www.rianz.org.nz/rianz/chart.asp RIANZ ] ] In Germany it climbed back up to number 16.

The album has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

Charts

Track listing

#"Intro"/"Stronger Than Me" (Salaam Remi, Winehouse) – 3:54
#"You Sent Me Flying"/"Cherry" (Felix Howard, Remi, Winehouse) – 6:50
#"Know You Now" (Delroy Cooper, Donovan Jackson, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Luke Smith, Gordan Williams, Winehouse) – 3:03
#"Fuck Me Pumps" (Remi, Winehouse) – 3:20
#"I Heard Love Is Blind" (Remi, Winehouse) – 2:10
#"Moody's Mood for Love / Teo Licks" (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, James Moody) – 3:28
#"(There Is) No Greater Love" (Isham Jones, Marty Symes) – 2:08
#"In My Bed" (Remi, Winehouse) – 5:17
#"Take the Box" (L. Smith, Winehouse) – 3:20
#"October Song" (Matt Rowe, Stefan Skarbek, Winehouse) – 3:24
#"What Is It About Men" (Wilburn Cole, Cooper, Howard, Jackson, Smith, Paul Watson, Williams, Winehouse) – 3:29
#"Help Yourself" (Jimmy Hogarth, Winehouse) – 5:01
#"Amy Amy Amy / Outro" (Rowe, Skarbek, Winehouse) – 13:14*
*The last track includes two hidden bonus tracks, "Brother" and "Mr. Magic"

Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc
# Take the Box (Original Demo)
# I Heard Love Is Blind (Original Demo)
# Someone to Watch Over Me (Original Demo)
# What It Is (Demo)
# Teach Me Tonight (Live at Hootenanny)
# Round Midnight
# Fools Gold
# Stronger Than Me (Live at Later With Jools Holland)
# I Heard Love Is Blind (Live at Concorde)
# Take the Box (Live at Concorde)
# In My Bed (Live at Concorde)
# Mr. Magic (Through The Smoke) (Janice Long session)
# There Is No Greater Love (Janice Long session)
# Fuck Me Pumps (MJ Cole Remix)
# Take the Box (Sejis Buggin' Mix)
# Stronger Than Me (Harmonic 33 Remix)
# In My Bed (CJ Mix)
*"You Sent Me Flying (Demo)" was originally listed as the second track but later did not appear on the bonus disc.

French/Dutch/New Zealand Track Listing

#"Intro"/"Stronger Than Me" (Salaam Remi, Winehouse) – 3:54
#"You Sent Me Flying"/"Cherry" (Felix Howard, Remi, Winehouse) – 6:50
#"Fuck Me Pumps" (Remi, Winehouse) – 3:20
#"I Heard Love Is Blind" (Remi, Winehouse) – 2:10
#"(There Is) No Greater Love" / "Teo Licks" (Isham Jones, Marty Symes) – 2:48
#"In My Bed" (Remi, Winehouse) – 5:17
#"Take the Box" (L. Smith, Winehouse) – 3:20
#"October Song" (Matt Rowe, Stefan Skarbek, Winehouse) – 3:24
#"What It Is About Men" (Wilburn Cole, Cooper, Howard, Jackson, Smith, Paul Watson, Williams, Winehouse) – 3:29
#"Help Yourself" (Jimmy Hogarth, Winehouse) – 5:01
#"Amy Amy Amy / Outro / Moody's Mood For Love / Know You Now" (Rowe, Skarbek, Winehouse) - 11:03

U.S. track listing

#"Intro"/"Stronger Than Me" – 3:54
#"You Sent Me Flying/Cherry" – 6:50
#"Know You Now" - 3:02
#"Fuck Me Pumps" – 3:20
#"I Heard Love Is Blind" – 2:10
#"Moody's Mood for Love" / "Teo Licks" - 3:28
#"(There Is) No Greater Love" - 2:08
#"In My Bed" – 5:17
#"Take the Box" – 3:20
#"October Song" – 3:24
#"What Is It About Men" – 3:29
#"Amy Amy Amy"/"Outro"/"Brother"/"Mr. Magic" – 13:16

Other Recordings

*"Alcoholic Logic"
*"All I See Is You"
*"Baby"
*"Beat The Point To Death"
*"Best For Me" (duet with Tyler James) - appears on his "The Unlikely Lad"
*"Best Friend" (In My Bed/You Sent Me Flying b-side)
*"Built To Last"
*"Counting Chickens"
*"Dolly's Diner"
*"Ease Up On Me"
*"Fool's Gold" (released on Frank Deluxe Edition)
*"Get Over It" (John the White Rapper featuring Amy Winehouse)
*"Half Time"
*"I Should Care"
*"Letter"
*"Long Day" (re-recorded by Tyler James for his album "The Unlikely Lad" )
*"My Own Way"
*"Oestrogenus"
*"Orange Peel"
*"Past The Jewel"
*"Procrastination" (re-recorded by Tyler James for his album "The Unlikely Lad" )
*"'Round Midnight" (Take the Box b-side)
*"Someone To Watch Over Me" (released on Frank Deluxe Edition)
*"The Car Accident"
*"Trilby"
*"What It Is" (Stronger Than Me b-side)
*"When My Eyes"

Release history

Personnel

* Vocals: Amy Winehouse
* Guitar: Amy Winehouse, Binky Griptite, Thomas Brenneck, Earl "Chinna" Smith
* Harp: Helen Tunstall
* Violin: Perry Montague-Mason, Chris Tombling, Tom Pigott-Smith, Warren Zielinski, Boguslaw Kostecki, Liz Edwards, Mark Berrow, Peter Hanson, Everton Nelson, Jonathan Rees
* Viola: Jon Thorne, Katie Wilkinson, Rachel Bolt, Bruce White
* Cello: John Heley, Joely Koos, Anthony Pleeth
* Alto Saxophone: Andy Mackintosh, Chris Davies
* Tenor Saxophone: Jamie Talbot, Mike Smith, Neal Sugarman
* Baritone Saxophone: Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Vincent Henry, Dave Bishop
* Trumpet: Steve Sidwell, Dave Guy
* Bass Trumpet: Bruce Purse
* Tenor Trombone: Richard Edwards
* Tenor Sax: Teo Avery
* Bass Guitar: Salaam Remi, Nick Movshon, Gregory " Mr Bassie" Jackson
* Rhodes Piano: John Adams, Teo Avery
* Drums: Troy Auxilly-Wilson, Homer Steinweiss, Errol "Crusty" Campbell
* Percussion: Frank Ricotti
* Hand-Claps: Vaughan Merrick, Mark Ronson, Victor Axelrod
* Rhythm and sound effects: The RZA

References

External links

* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/release/gh9x/ BBC Urban Review: Amy Winehouse album "Frank"]


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