Thank goodness for small miracles – Mark Ronson was somehow able to usher Amy Winehouse inside of a studio to record Lesley Gore’s 1963 song, “It’s My Party”, as part of Quincy Jones’ tribute album, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra (out November 9). We don’t know how it happened, but the same woman who could barely get through a live performance of “Valerie” back in July was able to pull herself together to record a fairly impressive cover. In fact, it’s certainly better than the mess T-Pain made with Michael Jackson’s “PYT”! Hear both of Quincy’s classics below.
Amy Winehouse – “It’s My Party”
Amy’s warbling actually works on this type of woe-is-me song. The original isn’t exactly a song that would find much rotation on our iPod, but Amy (paired with Mark’s energizing brass section) makes the 47-year old song sound fresh. We have no idea how many takes were required or how much studio magic was used to come out with this perfectly lovely recording, but we’ll take it.
Now with Amy slowly but surely recording music again (albeit no original tunes – yet), paired with how much better she looked while promoting her fashion line, could this be a sign of good things to come for Winehouse? If she’s true to her word, we’ll be getting a new album filled with “jukebox stuff” sooner than later. But the jury’s still out whether she’ll be able to deliver an adequate performance live.[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Quincy-Jones-P.Y.T.-Pretty-young-Thing-Feat.-T-Pain-And-Robin-Thicke.mp3" text="T-Pain & Robin Thicke - PYT" dl="0"]
What a tragic, misguided attempt at modernizing a classic – they took Michael Jackson’s gorgeous vocals and replaced him with a robot. Why didn’t the sweet-voiced Robin Thicke perform the lead vocals the whole way through? They had him right there in the studio! T-Pain’s novelty act that is his roboticized voice works for certain club numbers, but deforming one of MJ’s greatest songs by injecting it with Auto-Tune is musical blasphemy.
Which Quincy song is more your jam, folks? Tell us in the comments.