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Tori Amos - Tales of a Librarian

Discussion in 'Music' started by John Berggren, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. John Berggren

    John Berggren Producer

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    I've just picked up the new Tori Amos collection "Tales of a Librarian" and I couldn't be more excited. It's a retrospective of her work with Atlantic records (she's now under Epic/Sony).
    Rather than a simple best of/greatest hits, she's chosen songs that she thinks defined her during that period of her career. She's also gone back to the original master recordings and reproduced every song. Her husband Mark Hawley and Marcel Van Limbeek have remixed and re-engineered every song on the record. So far, to great effect. These are meant to be as close to her original versions of the songs before label interference.
    She's gone back and wholly re-recorded "Mary" and "Sweet Dreams". She's also included 2 new songs "Angels" and "Snow Cherries from France".
    I am only 4 songs through the collection now, but so far the changes have only improved the original songs. I'd already streamed "Mary" when it debuted on the internet, but the sound quality diminished the full effect that's heard on CD.
    I'm itching to get back to my car today to hear more.
    Is anyone else picking this one up?

    ALSO I'd heard that a set number would include a bonus DVD with soundcheck footage, but it seems that this is the only version that Best Buy is carrying. Excellent Deal for $12.
     
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    I saw the set w/ the DVD at Best Buy today ($15, I think). I wasn't planning on picking it up because I already have almost all of the songs on her other CDs. Do you think the remasters are that much improved over the originals?
     
  3. John Berggren

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    It would benefit you to know that I'm an undying fan of Tori Amos. I have every CD and Single she's produced. If there is ever a new song available, I'll go out of my way to get it, and I've never been let down.

    That said, I think so far what I've heard is worth it, but I haven't heard the full album. The new versions aren't all dramatic, some are subtle. The Cornflake Girl change is fairly dramatic.

    I'll post back as I've heard more of the CD, but for $12, I can't help but recommend it.
     
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    she's released quite a few singles, that's impressive. i have all the singles up until venus, which kinda killed my enthusiasm for tori. scarlet's walk was a slight return to form, but didn't hook me in all the way.
     
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    A throughly enjoyable outing. Tori even knows how to make a "Best of..." album something interesting.

    After one listen, I'd have to say "Winter" is my personal choice for most improved. With its full orchestration restored, its even more monumental and majestic than the original, if that's possible. "Sweet Dreams" sounds less whimsical and more serious, but that's perfectly understandable given the current situation.

    "Snow Cherries from France" is my favorite of the two new songs.
     
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    This is great news. I likely have everything on the CD (and then some) except for the new singles, but this is a no brainer. Thanks for the heads up.

    ~j
     
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    I'm also a very big tori fan. I've got all of the CDs, nearly all of the singles, a few LPs, and a few bootlegs. I haven't picked up Tales of a Librarian yet; I've ordered it as christmas gift for my wife. I did however burn a CD with the same tracklist as Tales, and I'm impressed with how nicely it flows. Some of my favorites from Pele aren't there, but I can't imagine how they'd fit into a retrospective CD anyway. Looking forward to hearing the remastered versions of the songs.

    Hey, does anyone know where I can get the muzak version of Cornflake Girl? I heard it once in a BurgerKing, and it still haunts me to this day. I need to force other people to listen to it [​IMG]
     
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    I may have been unclear, I've actually yet to see a version that does NOT include the DVD.

    The DVD is very cool. I'm especially happy to have the 5.1 version of Putting the Damage On. I wonder if this is the same "reengineered" version available "exclusively" on I-tunes.

    The photo gallery was awesome. They included almost all of my favorite photos, but didn't include my very favorite: Tori in blue lying on a rock. They included 2 other photos in that series, so you can probably guess which one I'm talking about.

    Having listenned to the CD twice through, I'm finding that every song is a bit different save for Me & A Gun and Jackie's Strength.

    My favorite changes are for Precious Things and Tear in Your Hand. Of course Sweet Dreams and Mary are incredible.

    I really can't think of anyone who's a fan of Tori's Atlantic music who should NOT buy this release. She's really made something special rather than just a simple "best of" compilation.
     
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    They provide a surround mix on the dvd of 2 songs.. it is only Dolby digital but still sounds good and is a good (yet mild) surround mix. Why didnt they just do the whole thing as a dvd-a? This would be a perfect album for that and a great way to get some people interested in it.
     
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    This CD Rocks!

    Outstanding! Right on the iPod!! [​IMG]
     
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    i think this cd is amazing. i liked the subtle remixes, especially on winter... on my speakers, its like the voice is right in front of your face, its incredible. a very good buy.
     
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    Jason

    She also mentioned in a recent interview that Pele was an extreme time for her, and that her intention was to capture those extremes.

    The dance remix of "Professional Widow" and "Way Down" are a good representation of just how extreme and diverse her music got in that period. [​IMG]

    Very, very hard to pick the greatest album she ever did, but if forced to chose, I'd have to say Boys for Pele.

    Listen to the whole thing from start to finish in a dark room with headphones on, and you'll be in a different state of mind when you press the stop button. Almost reminds of Dante's Inferno...a journey into darkness with a ray of uncertain hope at the end ("Twinkle").
     
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    I just listened to this CD this morning....what a great collection. I love the subtle reworkings that she did on this. A very worthy addition to all the Tori CD's, Singles, Bootlegs and other misc. tracks in my collection.

    Next up is the DVD portion. [​IMG]
     
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    "I may have been unclear, I've actually yet to see a version that does NOT include the DVD."
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    In Europe they are releasing 2 versions: one with the DVD-the other not.
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    I second the motion for TA: THE VIDEOS on DVD!
    I have a worn out tape, and was eagerly waiting for the DVD of this.

    WHAT IS THE STORY?
    I was sure WEA would use LIBRARIAN as an excuse to release this.....
     
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    It's interesting on how for the all the press she's doing for this cd she has yet to sing either of the two new songs.

    On Sharon Osbourne the other day, she sang "Crucify", while on Leno she sang "Winter".
     

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