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Talula - Maxi Maxi, Single

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Nov. 17 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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1. Talula (Tornado Album Version)
2. Samurai (Previously Unavailable)
3. Frog On My Toe (Previously Unavailable)
4. London Girls (Previously Unavailable)
5. Talula (BT's Synethasia Mix)

Product Description

TORI AMOS Talula (1996 US 5-track maxi CD includes Tornado LP Version BTs Synthasia Mix Samurai Frog On My Toe and London Girls picture sleeve)

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True Fans of Tori will always have a favorite B-side. But I doubt you will ever encounter a fan who claims a b-side off of this single to be a favorite.
The opening remix of Talula is superior, although only slightly distinquishable from the original, it punctuates the song in the right moments and adds a rollicking beat.
"Samurai" is a scattered and trailing offering at best. Tori sounds as if she is scatting/making up the song along the way. The song has jazzy and bouncy piano backup, and it interplays nicely with the bass riff - but the content of the song refuses to allow the song to transcend to anything other than a curious improvisation.
"Frog On My Toe" is the best B-side on this single and is the only track that deems this single as purchaseable. It starts out clever, and slightly ironic mention of the track title frog, but then ventures off into a tribute to a grandfather who offers the tragic life advice "to have the grace to be a lady with disgrace." However, this song once again just trails and even though the content is poignant enough for it to be a good track, it never finds the right hook or bridge to lift the song from its rambling.
"London Girls" is a short folksy track that wins you over despite its cutesy stereotypical content. It is the only B-side on this single that actually has song structure, but that also makes it the most predictable, which is hardly a quality that can be found in Tori's best music. This track is charming, but little else.
Had Tori taken the time to actually write these songs they would have turned out to be excellent tracks. However, they reek of being unfinished and are clearly songs that she started for "Boys For Pele" but then discarded for other ideas.
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This single presents a nice oportunity of balancing the pros and cons or Tori's music: it contains Tori's songs, a song in collaboration, a cover and two remixes.
"Frog on my toe" would stand for her classical me-and-my-piano style which she abandoned after BOYS FOR PELE. It is sweet, with a little touch of ironic melancholy.
"Samurai" was written in collaboration with bass player George Porter Jr. It seems more as if she was improvising. Sometimes her improvisations are disastrous. (The "Merry widow version" of "Professional widow" might even have been nice when she fist played it, live. Released in disc, it is a fiasco. I like it, or used to, I admit; but it is really bad.) It is not the case here. I think this song is a favorite to only a few people; I'm one of them.
"London girls" is another Chas & Dave cover (the other is "That's what I like Mick", in the "Caught a lite sneeze" US single). Cute.
There are two versions of "Talula" in this single. The tornado mix is a lame attempt at including the song in the TWISTER soundtrack. Tori replaces the original introduction by words which are supposed to link it with the movie but that have nothing to do with the rest. Besides, the little noisies and thingies added by Brian Transeau, otherwise and excellent remixer, seem to hold it back, instead of making it faster. The drums and percussion of the original version mingle with the other instruments in a far better way. One cannot put a pop beat to a song with such vocal lines and think it will fit. As for the dance mix, it is good and bad. As a dancefloor piece, it is one of her best - which, truth be said, are not many -; as a re-mix of a preexisting song, it fails to take advantage of the variety and density of its original.
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"Talula" is one of Tori's best, most memorable songs, and this CD maxi single contains what I consider to be the best available version of the song--the Tornado album version from the movie "Twister." The original version on the Boys For Pele album opens differently and always seems a bit off-kilter to my ears; I much prefer this more familiar version. As for the remix of the song also included here, it seems rather pointless to me to have a track over 11 minutes long that basically repeats one line over and over again. I'm not a big fan of remixes to start with, and I certainly do not dance, so perhaps those who are so inclined will enjoy the extended remix much more than I did. I really enjoyed the three other, previously unreleased songs. "Samurai" is a nice, rather calm song that highlights Tori's great singing voice. "Frog on My Toe" is definitely a keeper, calling to my mind the kind of style and substance found on Tori's first CD Little Earthquakes. "London Girls" is a real gem; Tori seems to indulge herself and have some fun performing this cover song. Whenever Tori covers someone else's work, the music seems to become her own--that is the mark of a very accomplished performer. I would put this CD maxi single high on my list of must-have Tori Amos CDs.
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I very recently discovered this single in a small store in a mall up in Wisconsin; I was shocked to discover a single for so cheap - only ($)- so many years after it was released, in a completely mainstream store.
Honestly, though, the store had several singles; God, Professional Widow, Cornflake Girl... but I chose this one, mainly based on the cover.
The first song, Talula (Tornado Album Version) is nice, though the thundering noises in the background could be dropped.
The second, Samurai, is nice, but I dislike how quiet it is; it sort of reminds me of her first CD (coincidently, the one I dislike... heh.)
Frog On My Toe... well, it's sort of a let down, after what all I've heard about it; amusing lyrics to a piano. Nothing spectacular.
London Girls - well, this one was worth the ($) bucks I spent; good lyrics, nice music, and, in general, a very good song.
Talula (BT's Synesthasia Mix) is an epic 11 and a half minutes. Honestly, though, this was probably the worst from this single; pretty much one line repeated throughout the whole song. Rather boring.
I gave this CD 3 stars mostly due to London Girls. Worth your money, if you're willing to search a bit for it.
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