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A sorta fairytale [Single-CD]


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00006LJCI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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I just received my copy from Amazon on Thursday and I really like it. I love "A Sorta Fairytale" (3:58) but wish that the edit hadn't been so poorly done. You can tell where the track has been chopped. The "101 Mix" (3:58) is good and has more of an echoing voice sound as well as different instrumentation. The track "Operation Peter Pan" (1:45) is a very good song though it is rather short. On the back sleeve of the single, where the track listing would normally be, there is this little note from Tori:
"Operation Peter Pan spanned from 1960-1962 whereby over 14,000 children were sent away from their families in Cuba, some never to reunite again. Pan Am took the children to Miami, Florida, "Never-Never Land", and the children became known as the "Peter Pans". I wrote this song for my daughter, and it is sung for all the daughters and mothers, fathers and brothers who felt this pain of separation all because of governments and their politics."
The multimedia track "A Scarlet Story" (1:45) is Tori's Voice talking over a slide show of the pictures from her album while "A Sorta Fairytale" plays in the background. I have both versions of "Scarlet's Walk", the limited edition box set and the standard CD.
I read ...that the next single will be "Taxi Ride" and I'm very happy about that. I absolutely love that song and feel it is one of the best from the album. The site said that the song would have a "radio edit" and I downloaded that version from there but can't tell any difference. It's the same length as the original. That's good too because the original is 4:00 and that's prety normal for radio play anyways.
"A Sorta Fairytale" is a great single and is worth having for the multimedia track and "Operation Peter Pan". Order your copy today and don't forget that the DVD single of "A Sorta Fairytale" will become available April 8, 2003!
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I love Tori Amos and I was never disappointed with any CD of hers I purchased...until now. This single contains three musical selections: two versions of "a sorta fairytale" and a non-album track called "Operation Peter Pan." The non-album song (which is an okay song and the only reason to buy this single) runs about a minute and a half--so it's not really worth the money.
The versions of "a sorta fairytale" on this CD are both subpar. Both songs are trimmed down versions of the album version of the song, with the 101 mix varying only slightly in instrumentation from the regular single version. The worst part of these edited versions is that important lyrics and moods are altered or completely eliminated, therefore undercutting the beautiful meaning of the song. To boot, the edit is so bad that the listener can actually tell where the song was sliced and diced...it's so painfully obvious that there is more to the song than was is delivered on this CD. I have my doubts that Tori Amos ever approved of these versions of "a sorta fairytale." She is such a perfectionist, and this single just stinks. It's tough to imagine Tori lowering her standards to this level.
The CD "Scarlet's Walk" is a wonderful CD and I recommend that whole-heartedly. But you can skip this CD altogether. You are not missing a thing.
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 4 2002
Format: Audio CD
I don't really even consider buying CD-Singles for any artist other than Tori Amos. A Sorta Fairytale is another in a long line of incredible Amos singles. Strange Little Girls was an interesting album, but what I continually yearn for are brand new Tori Amos songs, and it has been awhile since any were available. A Sorta Fairytale is like an old friend, reflecting the kind of sound and emotion I equate with the early Tori Amos music I fell in love with. The song is a little more snazzy than her earliest Little Earthquakes masterpieces, but it feels like a song I have known and loved for years, a comfortable old friend who communicates with me in much more than mere words. We have two versions of the song here-the original album version and "The 101 Mix." I have to be honest and say that I often cannot really notice the difference between two different mixes of the same song, and that is the case here, but the song's so enjoyable that you want to listen to it more than once, anyway. The extra song included here is Operation Peter Pan; despite its relatively short length (1:45), it's pure Tori and a great song to have in your music library. Finally, we also get a little vignette in pictures of the story behind the title song accompanied by Tori's typically deep and guru-like summation of what the song really means and how it came into being. As a dedicated Tori fan, I am thrilled with the material making up this CD-single.
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I love Tori Amos. She is by far my favorite artist of all time. Her music is a constant source of inspiration for me. No one writes like Tori and no one can play the piano like her (eat your heart out Vanessa Carlton). Tori is also one of the few artists who puts out consistent material (contrary to what some of her rabid fans who wants her to put out clones of "Little Earthquakes" and "Under the Pink", has to say). I particularly love her last two studio albums of original material. I have been waiting for what seems like an eternity for Tori's new album "Scarlet's Walk" but for now I have had to settle for the single for "Sorta Fairytale". I absolutely love this song, and I think fans of "Little Earthquakes" and "Under the Pink" would really love this song because the song hearkens back to Tori's first two solo albums. The video for the song is incredible, it has a Salvador Dali feel to the video. The song itself is a gorgeous lush ballad that reminds me a bit of "Silent All These Years" with "Pretty Good Year". Although brief, I adored "Operation Peter Pan". As sad as the lyrics are, the song itself is breathtaking to listen to. Probably one of my favorite b-sides from Tori Amos. I love it when Tori adds a couple of non-album tracks on her singles. After listening to "Sorta Fairytale", I am even more excited to pick up Tori's new album.
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