The hallmark of a truly great artist, perhaps, is that everyone finds something different to love about them. If that’s the case then we are just discovering the greatness of the late Amy Winehouse as this week rolls on. The rush of tributes and remembrances that has followed the tragic news of her passing is itself not that surprising, but the diversity of them definitely is.
The jazz experts at Revivalist, not surprisingly, chose to remember Winehouse’s jazz and soul side with chestnuts like “There is No Greater Love.” Funny-dude Russell Brand offered some surprisingly sober real talk about addiction. And M.I.A. channeled her memories and her reaction to the news into the tribute-track “27″ (below).
And as the tributes show no sign of letting up, we may be discovering unknown sides to Amy Winehouse for a while to come yet as we continue to add up what we’ve lost.
Maybe most surprisingly, our reggae heads at LargeUp took the media-storm as an opportunity to educate us on her many (mostly-overlooked) excursions into Jamaican territory, including covers of the Skatalites and Toots & The Maytals (collected with several others on a limited-edition vinyl pressing called simply The Ska EP), plans to record with Damian Marley, and a whole LP of reggae-inflected material recorded in St. Lucia–which was apparently shot down by Island records as a follow up to Back to Black. And then there was original material like “Just Friends” (after the jump).