Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection

Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection

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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 aSee more details below

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678365829
catalogNumber:
83658

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Album Credits

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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