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IMAGE: Album art for Amy Winehouse's "Lioness: Hidden Treasures"
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Amy Winehouse's posthumous compilation album, to be released in December, proves there's still a trove of music to be found from the British singer.
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updated 11/17/2011 8:01:02 AM ET 2011-11-17T13:01:02

Amy Winehouse had written all the songs that were to appear on her third album. She even picked out song titles.

But music producer Salaam Remi said the soul singer, who died over the summer, was not rushing to release that new material, instead planning to drop a jazz album first with a "supergroup" including ?uestlove of the Roots.

"She had written down everything she wanted to do," Remi said Tuesday.

Only two of the tracks Winehouse wrote were recorded and appear on her compilation album, "Lioness: Hidden Treasures," out Dec. 5 in the United Kingdom, and a day later in America.

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Winehouse died from accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27. Her body was found at her London home July 23.

Remi, who worked on the singer's two albums, "Frank" and "Back to Black," produced most of the upcoming CD, saying Winehouse was a perfectionist when it came to composing music.

"She was taking her time with it, and at the end of the day all of her songs are somewhat autobiographical, so she had to live through something, then get out of it and then look back at it to be able to write about it," he said.

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"Who knows what will happen in the future with that," he said of the songs she penned.

Remi held a press listening for "Lioness" on Tuesday. The 12-track set features covers and stripped-sounding versions of released Winehouse songs, with some completed in one take.

Slideshow: Amy Winehouse (on this page)

Before her third album would come out, Remi said, Winehouse wanted to record with Roots drummer ?uestlove and saxophone player Soweto Kinch.

"There were a bunch of other names bouncing around," Remi said.

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?uestlove did make the new album, though. He appears on the track "Half Time." There's also a song by an 18-year-old Winehouse, another about her ex-husband's infidelity and "Best Friend," which opens with the line: "I can't wait to get away from you."

Remi has produced for the Fuguees, Nas, Jazmine Sullivan and Nelly Furtado. He produced the song "Block Party" from TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Winehouse sought him out after hearing the track. Remi says that Winehouse usually wrote songs while playing the guitar and that the new album sounds just as good as her critically acclaimed predecessors.

He also said he wanted to release new material from the late singer before others did so.

"Before somebody comes up with some weird song ... this is what it really is," he said. "This is the quality."

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  1. Father's farewell

    Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late British singer Amy Winehouse, arrives at Golders Green Crematorium in London for a ceremony for his daughter on Tuesday, July 26.

    Amy Winehouse died at her London home on Saturday, July 23, at the age of 27. The cause of death has not yet been determined. (Luke Macgregor / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Remembering a friend

    Winehouse friend Kelly Osbourne, sporting a beehive style hairdo in tribute to the deceased singer, leaves after a cremation ceremony in London on Tuesday, July 26. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Always a story

    Photographers angle for a shot of guests at the ceremony for Winehouse outside the Golders Green Crematorium in London on July 26. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Fade to 'Black'

    Mark Ronson leaves the cremation of Winehouse in London on July 26. The music producer worked on Winehouse's smash album "Back to Black." (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A family mourns

    Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch; brother Alex; former boyfriend Reg Traviss and mother Janis look at memorabilia left by fans of the singer outside of her London flat on Monday, July 25. Mitch Winehouse thanked admirers of his daughter for showing their support, saying "it means so much to me and my family." (Luke Macgregor / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Showered with flowers

    A mourner adds to the floral tributes outside Winehouse's home in London on Sunday, July 24. (Danny Martindale / Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Sharing sorrow

    Fans gather outside Winehouse's home on Sunday, July 24. (Kerim Okten / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Leaving tributes

    Fans place flowers and tributes in memory of the singer on Sunday, July 24. (Stefan Wermuth / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A sad farewell

    Winehouse's body is carried into a private ambulance on Saturday, July 23. (Andy Rain / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Paying respects

    An Amy Winehouse fan puts a note outside Winehouse's home in London. It reads in part: "Dearest Amy. I'm glad u made it home." (Stefan Wermuth / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Mourning Winehouse

    British singer and filmmaker Reg Traviss, who reportedly dated Winehouse, looks on as a member of the public passes to lay flowers near the late singer's home. (Joel Ryan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Final turn in the spotlight

    In this June 18, 2011 file photo, Amy Winehouse performs on stage during her concert in Belgrade, Serbia on June 18, 2011. The singer slurred her way through a set as the crowd of 20,000 booed, then left the stage early while her band played without her to fulfill the contract. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. An early end

    Winehouse performs on stage at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, Britain, on June 28, 2008. (Frantzesco Kangaris / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. In court

    Winehouse arrives at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court north of London on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. The singer pleaded guilty to assaulting a theater manager who asked her to leave a family Christmas show starring Mickey Rooney because she had too much to drink. (Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Front and center

    Winehouse attends The Q Awards at the Grosvenor House in London on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. The singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, said recently that she had breast-enhancement surgery. On the British TV show "This Morning," he said she looks "absolutely fantastic." (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Back in court

    Winehouse arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London, on Thursday, July 23, 2009. The British singer faces trial for an alleged assault on a woman at a charity ball last September. (Shaun Curry / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. For her Blake, incarcerated

    Winehouse arrives at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London on Monday, June 2, 2009, where her husband Blake Fielder-Civil was appearing on charges of perverting the course of justice and assault. (Sang Tan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Sip of Winehouse

    Winehouse pauses for a drink while performing for 90,000 spectators on the main stage of the Rock in Rio Lisboa music festival at the Bela Vista Park in Portugal on Friday, May 30, 2009. (Steven Governo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Q&A with police

    Winehouse arrives at Holborn police station after being invited in for questioning on Friday, April 25, 2009, in London. The troubled singer had been accused of assaulting a member of the public during an incident at a pub. (Cate Gillon / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Brit diva

    Winehouse performs at the Brit Awards 2008 in London on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The event is the UK's biggest music awards show. (Matt Dunham / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Grammy success

    Winehouse hugs her mother Janis Winehouse after accepting a Grammy Award at the Riverside Studios for the 50th Grammy Awards ceremony via video link on Feb. 10 in London. Winehouse won five out of her six nominations including record of the year, best new artist, song of the year, pop vocal album and female pop vocal performance. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Blonde having less fun

    Temporarily blond and without her trademark beehive hairdo, Winehouse leaves Snaresbrook Crown Court in London after a hearing for her husband Blake Fielder-Civil on Friday, Jan. 18. (Sang Tan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Free to bee

    Winehouse performs at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2007. The tattooed, beehived soul singer has often had her immense musical talents eclipsed by her struggles off stage. (Brian Kersey / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. 'No, no, no ...'

    Winehouse performs at the Glastonbury music festival, in Pilton, England on June 22, 2007. "Rehab" became the hit song from the British singer's second album, "Back to Black." (Carl De Souza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Before their troubles

    Winehouse and husband musician Blake Fielder-Civil arrive at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2007, in Universal City, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Bursting onto the scene

    Winehouse arrives at the Earls Court Arena in London for the Brit Awards on Feb. 14, 2007. She won the award for Best British Female Solo Artist. (Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Understanding addiction

    Actor Russell Brand hugs Winehouse in 2006. Himself a former addict, Brand wrote a touching blog post after Winehouse's death about the struggles of addiction and pleaded for readers to help those in their lives with similar troubles. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images file) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Pre-bee

    Looking a bit healthier, and without her trademark hairdo and tattoos, Winehouse poses in the pressroom at the annual Nationwide Mercury Music Prize at the Grosvenor House on Sept. 7, 2004 in London. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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