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Tales of a Librarian Best of, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 18 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of, 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)
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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 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 By Rudy Palma on June 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
TALES OF A LIBRARIAN isn't a mere compilation of greatest 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31 2004
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By UltraViolet1111 on 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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By A Customer on July 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 Pumpkins, I guess you could call me a "hardcore" fan of both of them...and i think they are both lacking. So enough about that, heres my list of possible missing songs:
-Father Lucifer (so controversial)
-Caught a lite sneeze
-Hey Jupiter
-A sorta fairytale
-Raspberry swirl
-I can't see New York (another controversial)
As for redone songs, Playboy Mommy has been perfected if thats possible and Professional Widow is interesting.....listen to it enough times and you will like it. Snow Cherries from France is my favourite unreleased song played on this album...why didn't she ever add this to any of her studio albums? Its worth listening to.
All and all, this cd is worth every penny...I will play it until my copy of the cd dies or cd players die first. haha enjoy!
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By huiwen86 on May 28 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 to be in them.
The difference with Tori Amos is that all her songs are brilliant! The album starts of with Precious Things. A wonderful track to start off with to introduce any new listener to Tori Amos. The signaturish Tori Amos instrumentation, and lilts as well as the dark sounds of her Goth influences are cleverly weaved into this first track. Some of my favourite tracks here are Winter, Cornflake Girl, God, Mr Zebra, Baker Baker, Crucify and Jackie's Strength. I thought it could have been a longer album though. Tori has so many brilliant songs that could have made the cut for this album. Pretty Good Year should have been one of them. There are no songs here from Scarlet's Walk (her latest album, excluding this). Scarlet's Walk was a really good album, and there are some extremely good songs in that that could have been included.
In a nutshell, just one disc isn't enough for a Tori Amos collection. I wanted to hear more after this CD.
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