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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


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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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

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. 78 reviews.
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
Well Tori has done it again! She has put together an emaculate package containing not only a wonderful CD full of greatest hits, but also a brilliant DVD! Anyone who has heard Tori Amos knows how excellent all of these song are and anyone who hasn't heard these songs, needs to BUY THIS CD NOW and put it on repeat for a week ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit, I love anything Tori, but this cd went above and beyond my expectations. A ton of her greatest songs are here, plus a couple b-sides and new ones. If you're looking to have all your favorite Tori songs on one cd, this is it. The bonus dvd is also awesome. I must say this is a must-have for any Tori fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is more than just your average compilation. The songs have been retooled and emotionally infused since there first releases. The vocals have been clarified and the orchestration brought to the forefront creating a new and in my opinion more beautiful version of these Tori Classics. My only complaint is the omission of some of my favorites from Boys for Pele, which over all was under represented.
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 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
This CD is a great collection and a must-have for new and old Tori fans!! The 4 new redos of b-sides on the CD are GREAT!! I also thought the remix of Professional Wido was very cool it made me shake my booty! The DVD footage of Tori's soundcheck makes you feel like you are at your very own private Tori Concert!! I loved it all!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For anyone who knows of Tori Amos, you will already know that she is one of the most innovative, mature and creative female artists of our time, and this collection is the proof. Along with two new songs, Angels and Snow Cherries From France, there are some of Tori's most loved tracks from her Atlantic recording period. The real highlights are the dark and theatrical Spark...perhaps one of Tori's most beautiful and emotionally charged songs to date, Bliss...showing a beautiful affair with electronica, Cornflake Girl...a classic upbeat track and Tear in Your Hand...beautiful and emotive. Tori has also revisited B-sides Mary and Sweet Dreams, and they sound the better for it, which is no easy task. The new tracks are more reminicent of her newer works, which is no bad thing by a long way, as they capture yet another side to this incredibly talented artists work, both of them are as beautiful and sensitive as one would expect from Tori, Angels being a particular favourite of mine, and Snow Cherries being instantly catchy. Tori has so many important and poignant songs, that it is virtually impossible to narrow them down to a twenty track collection. Initially I was slightly dissappointed to see that some tracks were missing, particularly off the 'Boys for Pele' and 'To Venus and Back' albums, but the album seems suprisingly complete and the tracks really seem to set eachother off beautifully. An excellent collection, that should be a must for any serious record collector.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the CD includes many of Tori's hits and a couple of new songs, I think some B tracks should have been included. I was really disappointed with the DVD. I was expecting more than a performance warm-up and a photo shoot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tori as a Librarian has been clarified in this library of her own collection of girls. Each song has been clarified in sound, and created them the way SHE wanted them originally. It's great for new fans, or someone wondering why they should listen to Tori because it has some of her best on it. And yet, Tori added some unexpected girls for us long-time fans, and has created wonderment as to why they are present on Librarian (Way Down & Mr. Zebra). Wonderful collection that also includes a great DVD! The instrumental version of Mr. Zebra and Putting the Damage On has made me want an ALL instrumental album...just awesome piano playing...although I would miss her singing extremely! The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because of the version of Professional Widow just seems random. This is suppose to be a sonic autobiography, so it does represent a portion of her musical career, but I miss the original version on there (even if done differently). PLUS, the new songs are just so beautiful...Snow Cherries from France and Angels. Snow Cherries is in the same relm as Northern Lad and 1000 Oceans, with a Celtic twist. While Angels could have easily fit on her latest new album Scarlet's Walk. Everyone should buy this, even if not a Tori fan because it may open people's ears as to what this woman can really do and just how talented and underrated she really is!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally Tori has compiled some of her greatest pieces. Tales Of A Librarian is Tori's own musical autobiography. The album contains 20 tracks including two brand new songs and a DVD featuring live performances of Pretty Good Year, Putting The Damage On, and Northern Lad. The DVD also contains a photo gallery and more. The two new tracks are beautiful; written with Tori's unique impressionistic style. This album is a must have for every Tori Amos fan.
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
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
I think this overall is a good compilation of Tori Amos music so if you like her music or even think you might this is a good cd to have. However the order of the songs seems like it was totally random and the album looses quality there. Also Tori dosen't seem to put quite as much soul into the songs this time around. But still Tori is an excellent songwriter/singer and this highlights some of her best work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bravo Tori Bravo! Another great triumph! BUY BUY BUY! She never ceases to AMAZE! I have all her Cd's I just love her! Check her out if you havn't already.
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tales of a Librarian is an unecesary addition to the amos collection, and a false representation of her work. Of the 20 songs on the CD, 15 are ill-chosen, old album songs that have been "revisited" (ie: additional vocals/instruments have been added and the songs have been remastered), all to no point. Songs that were wonderful before, are still good, but changed for no reason. 2 beesides have been completely resung - Mary is just as good as it was before, but Sweet Dreams has been murdered (bloodily). Another song is presented in remix form, as it had been on a previously released single. The last two songs are absolutely lovely, and completely new. The DVD provides 3 "live" songs from a recent soundcheck. Although they are lovely to hear, Amos looks horrible, with matted, unbrushed hair. Also provided are a series of lovely photographs from the last 12 years of Amos' career, set to two old album songs, redone in 5.1 surround sound. The best part of this set is the decimal system Amos has come up with to tie her songs together. The worst part? Either the remix of professional widow, which is just painful, or the photographs of Amos in the cd booklet. All that said, I absolutely love Tori, and the songs here are great - just not the originals which were perfect
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this beautiful collaberation of life, Tori Amos fully describes the beauty of life through many different aspect and visions. She gives us a guided tour of her life, loves, and a glimpse into her motherhood. In this album you'll find fully produced rarities and B Sides, revised favourites, and some different takes on some of our favourites. Tori Amos fully displays to all of her new and old fans of her artistic nature and her capapbilities as a musician.
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
This CD is quite amazing. Don't have to be a hardcore fan to realize it. Excellent songs.
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
She's like the best singe-song writer ever, duders. Buy her albums because I love her and if you don't love her then you have bad taste and you are a bad person. bye
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tori Amos' latest work Tales of a Librarian proves that her music, much like a fine wine, only gets better with age. At first, an album full of previously released tracks seems a bit trite, especially in light of the dozens of "greatest hits" albums that have been released this year alone. Amos, however, has shattered the mold. Several years after the original release dates of each song, Amos has offered reworked versions of the originals that are seen from a fresh perspective which only serves to make what was good even better. New visitors to the world of Tori Amos will love the diversity of the album and seasoned Amos fans will enjoy the new additions as well as the incredibly intricate changes to familiar songs. Tales of a Librarian offers a rare glimpse into the colorful mind of a truly talented and insightful artist.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that it is wonderful that Tori is looking back on her life and putting it all together into one story. Each album is a chapter with her many voices. Now the story is more complete. Will it ever end, let's hope not! Her "children" are finally all playing together. I hope this makes all of her fans happy; I know I am. Tori's sound has changed and I miss the rage but it can't stay inside of you forever. She is much calmer now. Can't wait to see what's next!!! -Die hard raisin fan forever