- Audio CD (Nov. 18 2003)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Best of, Import, Original recording remastered
- Label: Atlantic
- ASIN: B0000CC6QG
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
|1. Precious Things|
|3. Silent All These Years|
|4. Cornflake Girl|
|9. Way Down|
|10. Professional Widow|
|11. Mr. Zebra|
|13. Me And A Gun|
|15. Playboy Mommy|
|16. Baker Baker|
|17. Tear In Your Hand|
|18. Sweet Dreams|
|19. Jackie's Strength|
|20. Snow Cherries From France|
Well executed is the quality of this recording (especially the older pieces from "Little Earthquakes") and the unification of songs from a 12+ yr old catalog. The version of "Way Down" is breathtaking, but the re-mix version of "Professional Widow" was unexpected; I would have opted for a re-recorded version.
This CD necessitates a "close" listen the first time around to completely appreciate the modifications in instrumentation and harmonization. The DVD tracks are also fabulous - and it's a real treat to see Tori on the stage doing such heartfelt tunes.
The fact that this is a biography and not a hits collection explains the lack of notable singles such as "Raspberry Swirl" and "Caught a Lite Sneeze". It also explains the inclusions of four songs not available on her studio albums--"Angels" and "Snow Cherries From France," 2 new compositions, and "Mary" and "Sweet Dreams" two B-sides from 1992 which were rerecorded specifically for this package.
The remaining 16 tracks have been touched up for their inclusion here. Most of the reworkings are subtle, while others are not. Some recordings don't sound as good, such as "Precious Things," which loses the power punch of its climax where the artist pounds away at her piano and belts "(those demigods) with their nine inch nails/and fascist panties tucked inside the heart/of every nice girl." Also, the added echo on "Bliss" is not a good touch.
However, other songs, such as "Cornflake Girl" and "God" sound even sharper with their updates.
"Playboy Mommy" now sounds even more heart-wrenching, as does "Tear In Your Hand," despite little noticable change. The added orchestration on the indescribably beautiful "Jackie's Strength" also works wonders for the track.
Some may be dissapointed with the version of "Professional Widow" included. It is actually a newly edited version of Armand Van Helden's "Star Trunk Funkin' Mix" of the track.Read more ›