Talula - Maxi Maxi, Single
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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)|
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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Altough I am a hardcore Tori fan (hence, my username!), I have never much cared for the song "Talula. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003
OK, does anyone else think 'Frog on My Toe' is simply wonderful? I've never quite figured out why I love this song so much. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2002 by agent_odd
This CD is only worth it for Frog On My Toe because you *legally* can not get it anywhere else. It is such a beautiful song and reminds my of a lullaby. It is so beautiful. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2000
There's a reason, I think, why tracks are "previously unreleased"--they weren't worth releasing in the first place! Read morePublished on July 9 2000 by Alison Hudson
"Talula" is a great song by Tori, and although I agree the original version (found on the cassette of Pele) is the best, the Tornado mix isn't too shabby. Read morePublished on April 7 2000
It is a pesonal belief of mine that YOU ARE ALL SILLY! This is Tori Amos you speek of, and i cannot think of one of her songs that isn't an absolute gem. Read morePublished on March 8 2000 by Sparky
I read through some of the other reviews, and I thought a few were a little harsh on this Tori single. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2000
Even if you are not one to purchase singles, this one is worth it for its amazing additions to the Tori b-side universe, particularly (in my fairly silly opinion) Frog on My Toe,... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 1999