Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection

Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection

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by Tori Amos

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Tori Amos has opened her back catalog to release her first ever compilation entitled Tales of a Librarian. Amos describes the 2-disc CD/DVD compilation as her musical autobiography. The album features 20 songs that document a career spanning more than a decade. On the disc, the singer-songwriter revisits and reconditions the original material and offers a…  See more details below


Tori Amos has opened her back catalog to release her first ever compilation entitled Tales of a Librarian. Amos describes the 2-disc CD/DVD compilation as her musical autobiography. The album features 20 songs that document a career spanning more than a decade. On the disc, the singer-songwriter revisits and reconditions the original material and offers a new perspective on some of her most beloved songs such as "Silent All These Years," "Winter," and "Me and a Gun." In addition, Tales of a Librarian includes four new songs (Angels, Snow Cherries From France, Mary, and Sweet Dreams) and a single dance remix of "Professional Widow." A bonus DVD features five songs recorded live during sound check for the final show of Tori's summer 2003 North American tour.

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection is not only one of the most intriguing titles for a hits compilation, but the package itself captures only the best from Amos' years spent with Atlantic. As solid, interesting, and moving as anything she'd released since her 1992 debut, Little Earthquakes, Tales of a Librarian is an autobiographical account of Amos' life as a woman in a complex world, and her songs sift through various emotions and spirits. Regardless of what barrier she faced, she never compromised herself as an individual. Her fans know this, and the quirky arrangement of Tales of a Librarian reflects this and more. Her usual approach of having a story within a story is here, but like the title suggests, Amos organizes her classic singles as a bookshelf ready for research and examination. Each song is remastered and arranged according to era, and the production itself offers new breadth and breath to Amos' work as a whole. Instead of the Boys for Pele version, Armand van Helden's dance remix of "Professional Widow" is included. "Bliss" from Amos' To Venus and Back double album gets a crystallized lift in the studio, while two new songs are introduced for the first time: "Snow Cherries From France" and "Angels." They represent Amos' constant search for truth while witnessing various personal transformations. Reaching for such rightness has been her quest all along and through music she's told amazing stories that millions have come to believe and take seriously. Like Morrissey loyalists, Tori followers are a rare breed. They'll surely appreciate Tales of a Librarian even though they most likely own every single release Amos has ever issued. Those who don't own any of her albums and are looking for a decent collection of her work should enjoy this as well, although owning each of her albums is well worth it. [A bonus DVD featuring live songs recorded during Amos' final show of her 2003 North American tour as well as remixes for "Putting the Damage On" and "Mr. Zebra" is included here.]

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Performance Credits

Tori Amos   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jon Astley   Background Vocals
Nancy Shanks   Background Vocals
Black Dyke Band   Brass
Sammy Berfect   Choir, Chorus
Steve Caton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
John Chamberlain   Mandolin
Matt Chamberlain   Drums,Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nick DeCaro   Conductor
Tina Gullickson   Background Vocals
Manu Katché   Drums
Will McGregor   Bass
Carlo Nuccio   Drums
Perkins   Pedal Steel Guitar
George Porter   Bass
Eric Ivan Rosse   Background Vocals
Jef Scott   Bass
Sinfonia of London Orchestra   Strings
Eric Williams   Ukulele
Scott Smalley   Conductor
Willy Porter   Guitar
Jake Freeze   Pedals
Darryl Lewis   Choir, Chorus
Jon Evans   Bass,Background Vocals
James Gerard Watson   Conductor
David Firman   Conductor
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass
Mark Sterling   Choir, Chorus
Mac Aladdin   Guitar,Mandolin
Chelsea Laird   Background Vocals
Gus McField   Choir, Chorus
Alison Evans   Background Vocals
Ed Green   Drums
Duncan Pickford   Background Vocals
James Crawford   Choir, Chorus
Jack Trimble   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Jon Astley   Mastering
Davitt Sigerson   Producer
Tori Amos   Composer,Producer
Nick DeCaro   Orchestral Arrangements
Alan Friedman   drum programming
John Beverly Jones   Engineer
Paul McKenna   Engineer
Dan Nebenzal   Engineer
Eric Ivan Rosse   Programming,Producer,Engineer
John Philip Shenale   String Arrangements
Ian Stanley   Engineer
Mark Hawley   Engineer,Remixing,Redesign
Armand Van Helden   Producer,Remixing
Marcel VanLimbeek   Engineer,Remixing,Redesign
Richard Bates   Art Direction
Goff Richards   Arranger
Gloria Gabriel   Producer
Samantha James   Producer
Liz Barrett   Art Direction

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this CD (there are certain record stores in the Village that are selling the album early). After listening to it several times this weekend, all I can say is thank you, Tori. Whether or not you agree with the choices that were made in remastering these songs, the end result is that this CD makes you think about Tori's music: about all the things you love about it, the things you don't love about it, where you first heard a particular song, the way it made you feel, the way it hits you now. If you're like me, having been with Tori since Little Earthquakes, this album is full of nostalgia and revelation; I have listened to the originals of every song on this album dozens of times and yet reexperienced them all listening to this CD. It was quite a moving experience for what could have been a standard retrospective. The DVD is tremendous. It is remarkable to be able to watch Tori play in such a strangely intimate setting, an empty stadium, hours before the rows of seats will be filled with her screaming fans. Her love for the music and the piano comes through powerfully on these three tracks and are a joy to watch. This CD was put out by Atlantic Records, Tori's former label. A lot of people there must love her as much as many of her fans, because the care that went into this CD is fully apparent. Take a look at the photo galleries on the DVD -- you'll get to listen to instrumental versions of Putting the Damage On and Mr. Zebra -- and I think you'll agree: for Atlantic Records, this is album the last song of a beautiful love affair. For Tori's fans, it is hopefully only a beginning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have to say that i think this cd was the best idea that she has had, now i can carrie one cd with 21 of my fav,( i wish she could had made i cd with all her songs LOL). so if your a true Tori fan get the cd for you and someone that does not lission to Tori because this cd well make anyone into a die hard fan.so go and buy one shaire with a friend and the world ,let everyone how great this cd/dvd set is.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end, this album culminates what Tori Amos is all about - GREATNESS! I was really suprised with all the familiar songs redone - they brought very strong, new emotions to songs I was very familiar with. The new songs are also very wonderful to listen to. This is the album for ALL TORI FANS, and a great place to start for new listeners. You must buy this now :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tales of a Librarian (tori amos' newest disc) is among the few disc that i listen to lots. Toal flows without stopping. There's no song on the album that you'll skip. If you're a toriphile you probably already have it. If not, toal is a great place to start. One listen and you'll be hooked for life:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Tori Amos has put an awsome new album out. She has alot of her older songs on the album but also has some wonderfully new refreshing songs as well. I recomend picking the album up as soon as possible if you haven't already. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a must for anyone who truly appreciates passionate music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Tori fan for many many years. I LOVE this collection. I love when artist put the lyrics with their CDs. I just don't know what else to say...simply put...it's awesome. It is a MUST to add to your Tori collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so excited about this album. Every one of Tori's albums has a different vibe, a different personality, and Tales of a Librarian is a compilation that brings them all together for the first time. The reconditioned version of "Playboy Mommy," is beautiful and chilling at the same time. My personal favorite, "Silent All These Years," is gorgeous. The two new tracks, "Angels," and "Snow Cherries from France," are incredible both lyrically as well as musically. Anyone looking to get into Tori's music should buy this CD... it really touches on all of the things that make her an amazing artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Includes reworkings of Tori Classics, Cornflake Girl, God, Way Down, and B-Sides Mary & Sweet Dreams. Plus two brand new songs for the Toriphile, Angels & Snow Cherries from France. The latter song I've been waiting to hear for YEARS. A lovely conceptual design to the album's theme. DVD tracks are wonderful as well. A must have addition to any Tori Amos collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Might I say, Wow? Yes, I might. And will. To anyone who will listen. This CD is just amazing. Whether you are a long-time Toriphile, or just getting started, this album will not disappoint. It’s a musical jigsaw puzzle, every little piece forming one masterful whole. The Tori-trained ear will notice the smallest nuances on the remastered classics; background vocals a little brighter here, a little more strings there. Share, baby, share! Get this for yourself, your best friend, your little sister, everyone! Surprise that Tori-lover in your life, or turn a newbie on to the best musical experience they will ever have. Trust me, they’ll thank you for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is SOOOOO much to criticize about this collection - because so many wonderful songs were left out!!! Where is "Butterfly" and "Pretty Good Year"? What about "Hey Jupiter"? I imagine it must have been difficult deciding what to include, and impossible to include all the great ones. For the most part, this collection contains the beautiful highlights of Tori's career, along with a few fan favorites (like "Precious Things") that were never singles. The remastered versions of some of the songs are nice variations, as are the re-recorded b-sides "Mary" and "Sweet Dreams." The two new songs are good, but it is too early to tell if they will have the kind of lasting power as the other material on this collection. I gave the album 4 stars because it is definitely worth having for the freshness of the remastered songs, and the themed paperwork. You'll notice one star is missing. That's for the hideous remix of Professional Widow. Still love you Tori, but WHY???
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really have enjoyed the album. I can listen to all the songs over and over again with the exception of Professional Widow which is a horrifing remix that sticks out like a sore thumb. The new songs are exceptional and I especially like Snow Cherries From France which is playful and light hearted. Way Down is my favorite track on the album and is a "must hear"
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is a must for any tori fan as well as those who are aren't that familiar with her music
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every sucessful artist at one time or another releases a 'best of." In Tori's new 11-18 CD/DVD release: Tales of a Librarian ms Amos gives a different perspective into her enigmatic works of composure and a deep sense of self as Tori seems to continue the process of familiarization with what I deem timeless composures of piano and voice, comperable indeed to works of great masters such as Mussorgsky's and his work "Pictures at an exibition," revealing a mood of change with the subtle and then resounding measures of ones,truly of our, inner depths, as reflected over ones life procession of events.Clearly Tori follows an infinite sucession of emotions as she graces the ivory keys and trancends her voice as the change of seasons call.. 'Winter' is one such journey, as she delights us with her search through her card catalouge; as if to be The Librarian assisting us with our search of lifes meanings and the ghosts generated as time passes..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tori comes through again! These re-recorded songs bring them back to life and make me appreciate them even more. She even included some not yet released songs that go on the favorites list. This album proves how amazingly talented she is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Tori fan for some time now. And when I heard she was putting out a G/H. I wasn't very excited. I thought "why would she do this now?" I 've always thought of G/H albums as end to a story. But I was wrong. I'm not sure if I can explain what I feel from this CD/DVD combo. But I know it was magical. This is one G/H album that will go down in my history books. So if you're not sure about this one. I'm telling you buy it. It is beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you dont own this cd, you should. if you dont own any tori, you should.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even if you already own Tori Amos' entire musical library 'Tales of a Librarian' will not disappoint! It is the definitive collection of her lifelong work and shows how truly versitile a musician she has become. Tori has reworked many of her hit songs and given them new life. Classic songs like, "Winter" and "Silent All These Years" demonstrate her haunting, rich vocals, while other songs like "Precious Things" and "Take to the Sky" offer up a few new musical twists. Her surprising electroclashic-remix of "Professional Widow" and the addition of two totally new songs, "Angels" and "Snow cherries from France," are spectacular! The special Bonus DVD featuring footage from Tori's live soundcheck performance from her last show of the Scarlet Walk tour is icing on the snowman - see for yourself why she is considered one of the most powerful live acts of all time. This CD is suitable for the seasoned fan as well as anyone looking to know more about Tori's wonderful music. It is a sure fire addition to anyone's CD collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tori Amos’ new release, Tales of a Librarian, is one of this year’s most poetic and breathtaking compilations. The song selection is amazing, and with digitally remastered sound, you hear Tori’s songs like you’ve never heard them before. Added background vocals give more depth and meaning to the songs and their purposes, not to mention the previously unreleased tracks and rare B-sides that have been added. The compilation is so well put together that it gives you an insight to Tori’s whole life up to this point, with hits such as “Cornflake Girl”, “Silent All These Years”, and the new single, “Mary”. The album is a journey through the path of songwriting that Tori has presented us with, and it makes the listener hope that she will continue to do so indefinitely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even if it's a 'best of' collection, it definitely is worth getting. Each track has something different from the original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Opening with the song "Precious things". This retrospective of the career of tori amos is a must have for any fan, new or old. Tori handpicked 20 songs from extensive catalog, plus two newly recorded b-sides. Personally, I think the tracks were very well chosen and truly showcase her musical talent to the fullest. In addition, Tori has given us a glimpse into her pre-show soundchecks and career spanning photo albums. Overall I would rate this as one of her best albums to date. If you haven't experienced Tori yet, This is definately the album to check out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is quite amazing. Don't have to be a hardcore fan to realize it. Excellent songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a sorta of remake album, with great new sound
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to Tales of a Librarian from Tori I am still in love with Tori. The CD was excellent giving us songs that i have grown to love and new songs to cherish. Anyone who listens to Tori will fall in Love with her right away. The DVD is great to watch. She performs her soundchecks just like any of her concert songs. Getting to see this exclusive time was a wonderful gift. Tales of a Librarian is a great CD letting me listen to my favorite old songs and giving me a chance to listen to songs I haven't heard or rarely heard. I love it!