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  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Republic
  • ASIN: B000PKG7I4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Stronger Than Me [Album Version]
3. You Sent Me Flying / Cherry
4. Know You Now
5. F*** Me Pumps [US Clean Version]
6. I Heard Love Is Blind
7. Moody's Mood / Teo Licks
8. (There Is) No Greater Love
9. In My Bed
10. Take The Box [Album Version (Edited)]
11. October Song
12. What Is It About Men [Edited]
13. Amy Amy Amy
14. Outro

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2007 release, the first time Amy's debut has been available in the U.S. Years before Amy Winehouse garnered international attention with Back To Black, the sassy British Soul singer put herself on the U.K. music map with her 2003 debut, Frank. Nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, the record glides along on the subtly jazzy production of Salaam Remi, which allows Winehouse's expressive voice, strongly influenced by Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington, to shine, particularly on the Trip-Hop-tinged 'Stronger Than Me,' the powerful 'You Sent Me Flying,' and the sultry 'I Heard Love Is Blind.' Although not quite as consistent or daring as her subsequent album, Frank is an impressive first outing that should win over anyone swooning from Back To Black.

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With her debut album Frank, Amy Winehouse proves to be one of the most original, honest, and brave singer/songwriters to emerge in recent years. Over the course of the 13 songs, she manages to do everything required of a classic album. This is a stark piece of work, comprising husky, frequently sexually charged vocals, painfully honest lyrics and soft trumpets, laidback beats, and sparse guitar work. It seems that soulful jazz doesn't always have to be bland--it can also be playful, twisted, and arrogant ("Amy Amy Amy"). "F*** Me Pumps" charts a seemingly guilt-free act of infidelity: "What do you expect when you leave me here alone?" she asks coyly, as if by way of justifiable explanation. "You wouldn't want me to be lonely," she adds. You can't help warming to her, despite what she's saying. A unique sense of humour (how rare in music now) and a no-bull attitude make for an interesting, compelling debut. Frank? Yes, but refreshingly so. You wouldn't want her for a girlfriend, but as a life companion she may yet prove indispensable. --Cortman Virtue

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I have truly listened to this CD ever since I received it in the mail.
Corey L. Daniels
So, when I buy an album I will play it from start to finish, reading a book while it is playing.
syohan
The combination of the Nas track and Amy's lyrics and voice blend well together on this song.
J. Highsmith

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105 of 105 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on May 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Amy, Amy, Amy.....(to quote a song from this album)
FRANK, the debut by the wildly talented Amy Winehouse, released five years ago, is a fusion of 1940s and 1950s jazz/blues and contemporary soul. These songs were released when Ms. Winehouse was nineteen and filled with worldly insight. Yes, most of it's pretty bitter and uncensored accounts of her bad experiences with men, the infamous subjects of her song "F-Me Pumps," who are aging golddiggers, and frank observances about substance abuse and sex.

The band is tight and seamless here. The combination of a soaring horn section, soulful percussion and Amy's sultry vocals make the album as technically brilliant as it is entertaining. I found myself giggling, because her lyrics are just so honest and real! Amy doesn't pull any punches. I particularly love "Amy, Amy, Amy" which is a grand nod to the great jazz and soul bands of the 1930s and 1940s. Damn, that horn is seductive. Also, she penned all of the tunes on this album herself, with the exception of her beautiful, reggae-inspired cover of "Moody's In the Mood For Love." You really can't compare her to anyone! One of a kind.......Brilliant, wonderful and bitingly intelligent..........
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By kevvers on July 4, 2007
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If you think Back to Black is brilliant, wait until you hear Frank! Soul and Jazz stylings meet together here and the end result is magnificent.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Garrett J Mitcheltree on July 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled upon Amy Winehouse through a music profile on a friend's myspace page. The song was "Back To Black" from the same-titled recent release.

I was completely blown away by the sound. Her voice is like silk over the tripped up beats and rehash of the 1960's.

I looked deeper into her book of work and picked up "Frank". While "Back to Black" is a flawless piece of work... "Frank" is simply perfection. It's much simplier but in it's simplicity lies it's beauty. She allows the beats to remain scarce so that her voice is the anchor to each song.

This album is definitely worth hunting for.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alex Honda on June 18, 2008
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The FRANK DELUXE EDITION two-cd set from Amy Winehouse is a treasure. Jazzier than Back to Black, FRANK is a call back to another place and time. Winehouse is pure talent and it's a shame that her personal life is so out of control that it might bring the end to such a force of nature.

The first cd in FRANK must be the original cd and begins with an intro of Winehouse scatting. It goes on with songs that have a funky jazz & soul beat and Winehouse sounds like a cross between Billie Holliday and Shirley Bassey, with a little Barbra Streisand thrown in for good measure. I love her remake of "Moody's Mood For Love." There are also a couple of hidden tracks that start after the "Outro."

But the real treat is the second cd. This bonus disc has Winehouse covering classics like "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Teach Me Tonight," and "'Round Midnight" and she makes them all her own. Also included on cd 2 are live versions of the songs "Stronger Than Me," "I Heard Love Is Blind," "Take The Box," and "In My Bed" and other mixes of songs from cd 1.

Also included is a small booklet with liner notes by Paul Flynn and the lyrics to the songs on cd 1.

Hopefully Ms. Winehouse will get her self together. But even if she doesn't, FRANK DELUXE ED. is an enjoyable cd set.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jim Z on June 4, 2008
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You have to acknowledge the TALENT that Amy Winehouse has....This is an excellent album with an entire disc of unreleased material. She has a very unique , throwback style that is completely modern , yet pays homage to the female artists that came before her. Although I don't agree with her much publicized antics , she is one VERY talented artist...I just hopes she stays around for many future releases
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By V. Ryan on March 18, 2004
If your buying this thinking your going to get a normal R&B/Soul album then you might be a bit dissapointed.
None of the songs on here will have chart success simply due to the fact that the tracks on here are much to mature for today's pop charts.
Amy's Voice is superb. Sounding like a 50's Jazz singer, her voice is hypnotic.
The content of her songs are very real, although very feminine which makes a male listener like myself respect her but at the same time there is a slight annoyance with what she is saying (what is it about men).
Track 1
Intro / Stronger Than Me
A storming start. Stronger than Me is a fantastic song and one of (if not the) best song on the album. This is as much soul as your going to get. The beat is heavy and her words are honest and real. 9
Track 2
You Sent Me Flying / Cherry
Another storming track. My favourite in terms of her vocal ability. Its quite a chilled track, and once again her lyrics are very real. Simply about a woman being dumped and being a bit shocked about it.
After this track ends it goes into another track called "Cherry". Amy shows her funny side. You've got to read the words to this one, fun stuff. 9
Track 3
Know You Now
It seems as though Amy is talking about a one night stand here. "I've gotta know you now, we may never meet again".
Bit more upbeat here and once again her voice is in fine working order. 7
Track 4
F**k Me Pumps
Yep thats what it says! Another track with humorus content. Basically her issues turn to women who are just looking for a one night stand and have no life!
Her voice is a tiny bit drony on this one, but the lyrics are clever.
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What's the name of that Amy Winehouse song
oh my ---- I have to say i'm QUITE disappointed at the state of the world when two simpletons can confuse a sean kingston song with the glory that is Amy Winehouse. FOR SHAME!!
Sep 6, 2007 by Bluesketch87 |  See all 4 posts
It's already out
The album has been available on import for almost four years now, your new copy is probably a import copy due to her new American success. It's not getting an actual domestic release until later this year.
Jul 16, 2007 by k. lane |  See all 13 posts
You can get this
I just got this cd on ebay for a total of 13 bucks..I can't wait to hear it...
Oct 11, 2007 by Reece Jordan |  See all 2 posts
How come no one talks about Frank?
I agree with you I love Frank. Where, Back to Black has more of a 60's soul sound, I find Frank to have more of a Neo-Soul flavor. Amy's sound and style reminds me of Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. Frank is Fresh!
Jun 19, 2007 by Kathlyn |  See all 5 posts
The Original Release date for "Frank" is 2003
Don't get me wrong, I love Back to Black, but it's only when you hear Frank that you can see what an amazingly talented young woman she is. I just got it last night, and I can see that it will be cemented in my disc player for quite a long time. The last album this happened to was Bryan Ferry's... Read More
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