Tales of a Librarian Original recording remastered, Best of
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|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|
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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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 ›
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.
-Father Lucifer (so controversial)
-Caught a lite sneeze
-A sorta fairytale
-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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I enjoy pretty much all the songs on this cd. Some of my favorites are Baker Baker, God,Bliss, And cornflake girl. Read morePublished on July 15 2004
Before I purchased this collection I had only one Tori Amos CD in my collection. I had her second album, Under the Pink. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Mr Graye
beautiful music. although the lyrics sometimes clash with what i would normally look for, she is a talented, beautiful woman. nice stuff. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Evan Adams
First of all, you need to know that this collection does not cover her last two records - only 1992-1999. Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by S B
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 morePublished on May 20 2004 by E. Hammon
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 morePublished on May 3 2004
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 morePublished on April 26 2004 by brian
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 morePublished on April 22 2004