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Tales of a Librarian [Best of, Original recording remastered]

Tori Amos Audio CD
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1. Precious Things
2. Angels
3. Silent All These Years
4. Cornflake Girl
5. Mary
6. God
7. Winter
8. Spark
9. Way Down
10. Professional Widow
11. Mr. Zebra
12. Crucify
13. Me And A Gun
14. Bliss
15. Playboy Mommy
16. Baker Baker
17. Tear In Your Hand
18. Sweet Dreams
19. Jackie's Strength
20. Snow Cherries From France

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The first compilation of Tori Amos hits from her multi-platinum catalog... Remixed. Re-Mastered. Revealed. She has sold fifteen million records worldwide, done numerous sold-out world tours, and has amassed one of the most loyal followings in contemporary music. Now Tori Amos gives her fans more of the soul-searching lyrics and complex melodies that her devotees have come to live and breathe for. Sixteen of her most popular songs...plus two re-recorded rarities and two brand-new tracks heard here for the very first time. Twenty songs in all -- plus a bonus DVD featuring three newly filmed live songs, and two additional Remixed 5.1 Audio Tracks -- forging the first-ever definitive Tori Amos Collection.


After a full decade of unbroken success, the world's premier singer/songwriter marks her departure from east/west with Tales of a Librarian, her first best-of compilation. But where most acts simply slap together a few crowd-pleasers, preferring to concentrate on new material for their new label, Amos brings her usual perfectionism. Taking the very rare opportunity to revisit her songs, she has personally and purposefully remastered 18, while adding two new beauties in "Angels" and "Snow Cherries from France". For the most part this remastering has entailed a rearranging of the backgrounds, particularly the percussion and backing vocals (one of Amos's greatest strengths). The result is that the early tracks now sound more contemporary and sophisticated, making this album an easier entry-point for new listeners. The biggest difference is in the vocals, now even more up close and personal--and the originals were already frighteningly intimate. If anything's lost it's a certain fragility, some moments where Amos seemed about to be buried under the music and perhaps forced to stay silent for yet more years. Drama, that is. Still, it's an interesting exercise and the songs, naturally, are superb. Many of the best are here--"Winter", "Cornflake Girl", "Crucify", "Baker Baker"--more than enough to satisfy even the most rabid fan. --Dominic Wills --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Collection For A Brilliant Artist July 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Before I purchased this collection I had only one Tori Amos CD in my collection. I had her second album, Under the Pink. Of course I was just getting used to the Tori phenomenon and had not really developed a taste for her music. Once I had added this to my library, I was forever changed. Even though that sounds pretty cheesy, and is, it is true. Every song, from "Precious Things" to "Snow Cherries From France," was in my opinion...a big hit. The tempermental remix of "Professional Widow" and the heart wrenching ballad, "Me and A Gun," to the great hits, "Cornfalke Girl," and "Spark." All of the songs were unique and crazy, wierd and brilliant, awesome and memorable. Every time I go to put in a CD I always choose this one, because it includes most of her best works from when she was with Atlantic records, (which means that the collection excluded any tracks from Scarlet's Walk). The special bonus DVD wasn't even the best part, like I thought it was going to be! Since then, I have collected oh so much more in an attempt to really gain a better understanding of the redhead behind the music, and have been much better off for doing so.
This collection is a 2-Disc set, the first is a brown embossed 20 track CD with many songs from her career: "Precious Things, Angels(new), Silent All These Years, Winter, Mary, Crucify, Cornflake Girl, Bliss, Playboy Mommy, Way Down, Spark, God, Mr. Zebra, Professional Widow Remix, Me And A Gun, Baker Baker, Tear In Your Hand, Sweet Dreams, Jackie's Strength, etc...)The second is a pink embossed DVD with special sound check footage of the last concert of her most recent tour, the same concert which has recently appeared on the Welcome To Sunny Florida Concert DVD. The DVD also contains some other extras, animated menues, and interesting live recordings.
Tori Amos is the most incredible artist that I have ever heard and this collection is a great testament to her popular works. Pick one up today!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her Biography, Set to Music June 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
TALES OF A LIBRARIAN isn't a mere compilation of greatest hits...in fact, it is lacking some. It is what Tori calls her musical "biography". She also has gone on to add that the twenty songs here consciously chose to be part of this collection, and that they chose their order as well. From anyone but her, this explanation would not suffice.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A New Twist to her older music - May 31 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Okay, first of all , I am a collecter of Tori Amos so anything new is awesome. I'll be honest here - if your a collector ..get it - its interesting to hear the changes she made. If your new to her music and want to hear Tori amos..go get little earthquakes or any before this one. Why are greatset hits the most popular hits? I really personally dont like the songs she picked for a greatest hit record! Maybe she didnt get enough because she could have made a cd that would sell millions. Her music is meant to be "complicated" and she picked a very "mellow" list. One of her BIGGEST accomplishements is to go to places weve never been and shes never been and take us there with her. Wheres the real hits like "horses, yes, anna, blackdove, little earthquakes, butterfly,flying ducthman, and the list could go on. Well, greatest hits usaully are not really greatest hits but otherwise its intersting to see what this artist is stirring up! They are beautiful songs just displayed different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Overdue Collection Nov. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
This collection is quite satisfying for the long-term Tori fan and casual listener alike. A lot of the tracks' sound quality has been improved from the re-mastering, giving it a new accent and flavor while retaining the original essence of the Tori we all love. The addition of the beautiful new "Angels" and "Snow Cherries from France" is more than welcome and, surprisingly, blend quite well with the other pieces.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing but needing a few songs....
As all Greatest Hits cds turn out, the hardcore fans will always say "....BUT THEY MISSED [insert fave song here]" i guess i am no exception, being raised on Tori Amos and Smashing... Read more
Published on July 24 2004 by "zerokandy"
5.0 out of 5 stars A great mix
I enjoy pretty much all the songs on this cd. Some of my favorites are Baker Baker, God,Bliss, And cornflake girl. Read more
Published on July 15 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars how very
beautiful music. although the lyrics sometimes clash with what i would normally look for, she is a talented, beautiful woman. nice stuff. Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by Evan Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark but beautiful
This is only my fourth album I have of Tori Amos. I must say that I enjoyes it a lot. I'm not too fond of best of collections because they usually miss out putting in what deserve... Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by huiwen86
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for what it COULD have been
First of all, you need to know that this collection does not cover her last two records - only 1992-1999. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by S B
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection, But Not Much New...
I was pleased with the collection of some of Tori's best stuff! I was a little disappointed that there wasn't a lot of new stuff. The DVD was decent, but not much new there either. Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by E. Hammon
4.0 out of 5 stars Reply to A music fan from Des Moines
The problem is your DVD player. It wouldn't play on mine, either. I sent the DVD home with student workers and they played it variously on three different brand name DVD players... Read more
Published on May 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars tales of a musical heroine
So this crazy chick with the infamous orange hair finally released a greatest hits album - too bad her biggest hit only hit 49. This album is WONDERFUL. Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by brian
2.0 out of 5 stars The DVD is worthless
I bought this CD/DVD at Target and had to go back 3 times because the DVD won't play. Did anyone else have this problem? Read more
Published on April 22 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Library, But A Few Books Missing
For anyone wanting a first time look at Tori's work, this is a great place to start. This collection of her work is not only beautifully packaged, but offers glimpses at the... Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Daniel Johnson
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