Valerie, originally released by The Zutons in 2007, is without a doubt a beautiful song. Several artists have shown their appreciation for the track by releasing their own take on it, including: Panic! at the Disco, James Morrison, and Amy Winehouse. Out of every cover I’ve heard, Winehouse’s version takes the cake.
Winehouse released a studio version of ‘Valerie’ in collaboration with the talented Marc Ronson. As enjoyable as Amy’s studio version is, it doesn’t fully capture how ridiculously powerful her voice is.
Solution: a recording of Winehouse live.
Her live performance for Radio 1 is on an entirely different level. Her vocals sound bright and impassioned, dominating the otherwise spacious and simple arrangement.
For someone who was so rapidly falling apart, it’s pretty impressive that Amy Winehouse was able to put something like this together.