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A Piano: The Collection

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A Piano: The Collection is a mammoth undertaking by Tori Amos and Rhino Records. This box set collects album cuts, B-sides, unedited and alternate versions, demos, and seven previously unissued cuts. Making one's way through it is to enter a labyrinth, a parallel but alternate universe that traces the development of the artist from her earliest recordings (with the exception of Y Kant Tori Read, of course) through her transformation as a conceptual songwriter, musician, and artisan who has moved tumultuously through the pop world without, it appears, ever losing her vision or sense of herself. Amos produced this set, and Rhino cross-licensed material from Epic as well. Amos annotates each track here in the handsome hardbound book that accompanies it, which also contains a boatload of photos and an essay by Lorraine Ali. The set comes packaged under a large plastic piano keyboard -- this aspect of it is simply irritating. The "piano as part of the package" has been done before -- and done better -- in other artists' retrospectives. It's cheesy. The five discs here, however, cover virtually every part of Amos' iconic, often iconoclastic career. Virtually every part of Little Earthquakes is explored, which is why disc one is titled "Little Earthquakes Extended" (since basically three versions of the album were completed). These include the singles, such as the unedited 45 version of "Crucify," the alternate mix of "Flying Dutchman," and an alternate mix of "Mother." Even the unissued "Take Me With You" from the Little Earthquakes session is here, but it appears on disc two. With all the B-sides and alternates issued, Little Earthquakes is , in retrospect, a far more prophetic and ever wider ranging offering than the officially released original version. Much of Amos' restlessness as an artist is revealed even at this early stage. Beginning with disc two, the remainder of her recordings are picked from, rather than presented in their complete versions. From disc two on, Amos picks and chooses from her catalog, providing many alternate mixes -- perhaps she liked them better than the original versions. For instance, the presented mixes of "The Waitress" and "Baker Baker" are revelatory in their sense of drama and dynamic. A different version of "Caught a Sneeze" from Boys for Pele offers a sense of just how strange and beguiling this cut is. The B-sides include "Honey," which was the flip of "Pretty Good Year," and a live version of "Professional Widow," which came on the backside of "Hey Jupiter." Disc three is compiled from the rest of Pele, To Venus and Back, and Tales of a Librarian, and is simply loaded with remixes, including Armand Van Helden's badass take on "Professional Widow," the single remix of "Concertina," and "Sugar" from the soundcheck on the To Venus and Back tour. It's a dizzying and sometimes off-kilter and troubling disc, especially coming as it does smack in the middle of the package. However there is the "Walk to Dublin (Sucker Remix)" that has never been officially released. Cutting through the fourth disc, you can't help but notice that it does feel rushed as it covers material from the Epic period, including selections from Scarlet's Walk, Beekeeper, and From the Choirgirl Hotel -- it's wildly arrayed in textures and colors that don't seem to fit together. Add into the mix four tracks that have never been released, from who knows what sessions, and you have a serious car crash. But then again, there's beauty in this kind of mashup, too, in that the sonic chaos is even violent at times as you juxtapose cuts such as a remix of "Jackie's Strength" with the unreleased "Zero Point" and then jump to "Sweet the Sting" from Beekeeper; this mishmash, though creates and contains a new symmetry and a new series of angles with no center except for the artist herself. Discs three and four are real challenges, but also far more rewarding given all the cracks in the sidewalk that Amos chose to step on rather than jump across. Here is where the tale of the artist is told, actually, in the continuing conflicts of style and how to weave substance that was ever more abstract into these new soundworlds she'd chosen. The last disc contains 11 B-sides that were featured as additional tracks on singles and EPs, and there is one more unreleased cut in "Peeping Tommi." The final 11 cuts contain more flipsides and a medley of demos, which make for another kind of insanity. These contain three unreleased demos of "Fire Eater's Wife/Beauty Queen," "Playboy Mommy," and "A Sorta Fairytale" before folding back into the otherwise issued recordings. It's as if they're folded in to the mix in order (so to speak) to sort something out -- to break up the disparate tracks but in the end only making them more so. It's not only curious but infuriating, seductive, engaging, and sometimes utterly puzzling. After all is said and done, however, there is silence, and with that comes the sense and enormity of the sheer wonder of it all. Amos has pissed off everybody at one time or another, even her hardest core of fans who've stuck with her through thick and thin. Given that she's only been out there in the public ears and eyes for 16 years, she has gone through numerous phases and stages, and it reminds one of Bob Dylan, the true iconoclast who seems to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity in 2006. Amos' reach is long, and for all its beauty, there are knots, warts, cuts, and bruises. And that's what A Piano is, ultimately: an embarkation through a provocative and sometimes grotesque journey, through bruises and kisses which offer a new look through the past as it points toward the future -- which is exactly what a box set is supposed to do,
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1
Leather (2006 Remastered Alternate Mix)
00:03:12

Davitt Sigerson, Producer - Jef Scott, Guitar - LESLIE ANN JONES, AssistantEngineer - Ross Cullum, MixingEngineer - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer, RemixingEngineer - Tori Amos, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer, Strings Samples - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

2
Precious Things (2006 Remastered Alternate Mix)
00:04:28

Eric Rosse, Producer, Backing Vocals, Programming Keyboards, RecordingEngineer - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - Paul McKenna, MixingEngineer, RemixingEngineer - Steve Caton, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Carlo Nuccio, Drums - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Dan Nebenzal, RecordingEngineer - Will McGregor, Bass Guitar

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

3
Silent All These Years (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:04:12

Davitt Sigerson, Producer - Nick DeCaro, Conductor, Arranger - LESLIE ANN JONES, AssistantEngineer - Ross Cullum, MixingEngineer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Tori Amos, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Philly, Finger Cymbals

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

4
Upside Down (2006 Remastered B-side Version)
00:04:22

Davitt Sigerson, Producer - Jef Scott, Bass Guitar - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Tori Amos, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - David Sigerson, Carillon Bells - Phil Shanale, Mellotron

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1999 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

5
Crucify (2006 Remastered Unedited Single Version)
00:04:28

Davitt Sigerson, Producer - Jef Scott, Bass Guitar - LESLIE ANN JONES, AssistantEngineer - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - Paul McKenna, MixingEngineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Tori Amos, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - ERIC WILLIAMS, Ukulele - Ed Green, Drums - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Tina Gullickson, Background Vocals - Paulinho Dacosta, Percussion - John Chamberlin, Mandolin - Nancy "Beene" Shanks, Background Vocals

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

6
Happy Phantom (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:03:12

Davitt Sigerson, Producer - LESLIE ANN JONES, AssistantEngineer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Tori Amos, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Phil Shenale, Programming Keyboards - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - ERIC WILLIAMS, Dulcimer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

7
Me and a Gun (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:03:44

Ian Stanley, Producer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Tori Amos, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

8
Flying Dutchman (2006 Remastered B-side Version)
00:06:29

Davitt Sigerson, Producer - Jon Kelly, MixingEngineer - Ian Stanley, Producer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer, MasteringEngineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RemixingEngineer - Tori Amos, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer, ReissueProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

9
Girl (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:04:07

Eric Rosse, Producer, Drums, Programming Keyboards, RecordingEngineer - Jon Kelly, MixingEngineer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Steve Caton, Guitar, Bass Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer, Strings Samples - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

10
Winter (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:05:43

Davitt Sigerson, Producer - Nick DeCaro, String Arranger, Strings Conductor - Eric Rosse, Drums - Jon Kelly, MixingEngineer - LESLIE ANN JONES, AssistantEngineer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Tori Amos, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

11
Take to the Sky (Russia 2006 Remastered B-side Version)
00:04:18

Eric Rosse, Drums, MixingEngineer - Jef Scott, Guitar, Bass Guitar - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Tori Amos, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Tina Gullickson, Background Vocals - David Sigerson, Producer - Nancy "Beene" Shanks, Background Vocals - Paulihno Dacosta, Sleigh Bells

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

12
Tear in Your Hand (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:04:41

Eric Rosse, Producer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Paul McKenna, MixingEngineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Carlo Nuccio, Drums - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Dan Nebenzal, RecordingEngineer - Will McGregor, Bass Guitar

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

13
China (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:04:59

Stuart Gordon, Violin - David Lord, String Arranger - Ian Stanley, Producer - Steve Williams, RecordingEngineer - Chris Hughes, Drums - Ross Cullum, MixingEngineer - Paul Corkett, RecordingEngineer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - David Rhodes, Guitar - Will Gregory, Oboe - Tori Amos, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Mathew Seligman, Bass Guitar

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

14
Sweet Dreams (2006 Remastered B-side Version)
00:03:25

Davitt Sigerson, Producer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Tori Amos, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Tina Gullickson, Background Vocals - The Subdudes, Additional Instruments - Nancy "Beene" Shanks, Background Vocals

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

15
Mother (2006 Remastered Alternate Mix)
00:07:03

Davitt Sigerson, Producer - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer, RemixingEngineer - Tori Amos, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

16
Little Earthquakes (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:06:53

Eric Rosse, Producer, Backing Vocals, Programming Keyboards, RecordingEngineer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Paul McKenna, MixingEngineer - Steve Caton, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Tori Amos, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Will McGregor, Bass Guitar - Nancy "Beene" Shanks, Backing Vocals

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1992 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

17
Cornflake Girl (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:05:06

Eric Rosse, Producer, Programmer, RecordingEngineer - Merry Clayton, Background Vocals - KEVIN KILLEN, MixingEngineer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Paul McKenna, RecordingEngineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Shaun De Feo, AssistantEngineer - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Steve Clayton, Guitar, Mandolin - Carlo Nuccio, Drums - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - John Fundi, AssistantEngineer - George Porter, Jr, Bass Guitar - Avril McIntosh, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1994 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

18
Honey (2006 Remastered B-side Version)
00:03:42

Eric Rosse, Producer, MixingEngineer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1994 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

19
Take Me with You (2006 Remastered Single Version)
00:04:41

Eric Rosse, Producer, Programmer, RecordingEngineer - KEVIN KILLEN, MixingEngineer - Ross Cullum, MixingEngineer - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - Tori Amos, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, Vocal Recording Engineer - John Phillip Shenale, Guitar - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, Vocal Recording Engineer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Dan Nebenzal, RecordingEngineer - Will McGregor, Bass Guitar

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation and Anthem Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States

20
Baker Baker (2006 Remastered Alternate Mix)
00:03:24

Eric Rosse, Producer, RecordingEngineer - John Wittenberg, Violin - Cynthia Morrow, Viola - KEVIN KILLEN, MixingEngineer, RemixingEngineer - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Shaun De Feo, AssistantEngineer - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Dane Little, Cello - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Scott Smalley, Conductor - John Phillip Shenale, String Arranger - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Nancy Roth, Violin - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Jimbo Ross, Viola - Michael Harrison, Violin - Melissa Hasin, Cello - John Fundi, AssistantEngineer - Nancy Stein-Ross, Cello - Ezra Klinger, Violin - Francine Walsh, Violin - John Acevedo, Viola - Avril McIntosh, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Dominique Genova, Double Bass

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1994 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

21
The Waitress (2006 Remastered Alternate Mix)
00:03:06

Eric Rosse, Producer, Programmer, RecordingEngineer - KEVIN KILLEN, MixingEngineer - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - Paul McKenna, Programmer, RecordingEngineer, RemixingEngineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Shaun De Feo, AssistantEngineer - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Carlo Nuccio, Drums - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - John Fundi, AssistantEngineer - George Porter, Jr, Bass Guitar - Avril McIntosh, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1994 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

22
Pretty Good Year (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:03:22

Eric Rosse, Producer, RecordingEngineer - John Wittenberg, Violin - Cynthia Morrow, Viola - KEVIN KILLEN, MixingEngineer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Shaun De Feo, AssistantEngineer - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Dane Little, Cello - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Scott Smalley, Conductor - John Phillip Shenale, String Arranger - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Nancy Roth, Violin - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Jimbo Ross, Viola - Michael Harrison, Violin - Melissa Hasin, Cello - John Fundi, AssistantEngineer - Nancy Stein-Ross, Cello - Ezra Klinger, Violin - Francine Walsh, Violin - John Acevedo, Viola - Chris Reutinger, Violin - Avril McIntosh, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Dominique Genova, Double Bass

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1994 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

23
God (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:03:53

Eric Rosse, Producer, Programmer, RecordingEngineer - Bob Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - KEVIN KILLEN, MixingEngineer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Paul McKenna, RecordingEngineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Shaun De Feo, AssistantEngineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Carlo Nuccio, Drums - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - John Fundi, AssistantEngineer - George Porter, Jr, Bass Guitar - Avril McIntosh, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1994 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

24
Cloud on My Tongue (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:04:35

Eric Rosse, Producer, RecordingEngineer - John Wittenberg, Violin - Cynthia Morrow, Viola - Ross Cullum, MixingEngineer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Shaun De Feo, AssistantEngineer - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Dane Little, Cello - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Scott Smalley, Conductor - John Phillip Shenale, String Arranger - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Nancy Roth, Violin - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Jimbo Ross, Viola - Michael Harrison, Violin - Melissa Hasin, Cello - John Fundi, AssistantEngineer - Nancy Stein-Ross, Cello - Ezra Klinger, Violin - Francine Walsh, Violin - John Acevedo, Viola - Avril McIntosh, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Dominique Genova, Double Bass

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1994 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

25
Past The Mission (2006 Remastered Alternate Mix)
00:04:06

Eric Rosse, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Trent Reznor, Vocals - Bob Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - KEVIN KILLEN, MixingEngineer, RemixingEngineer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - Paul McKenna, RecordingEngineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Shaun De Feo, AssistantEngineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Carlo Nuccio, Drums - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - John Fundi, AssistantEngineer - George Porter, Jr, Bass Guitar - Avril McIntosh, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1994 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

26
Bells for Her (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:05:17

Eric Rosse, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Ross Cullum, MixingEngineer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Shaun De Feo, AssistantEngineer - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - John Fundi, AssistantEngineer - Avril McIntosh, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1994 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

27
Yes, Anastasia (2006 Remastered Alternate Mix)
00:09:21

Eric Rosse, Producer, RecordingEngineer - John Wittenberg, Violin - Cynthia Morrow, Viola - KEVIN KILLEN, MixingEngineer, RemixingEngineer - Ross Cullum, MixingEngineer - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - JOHN BEVERLY JONES, RecordingEngineer - Shaun De Feo, AssistantEngineer - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Dane Little, Cello - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Scott Smalley, Conductor - John Phillip Shenale, String Arranger - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Nancy Roth, Violin - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Jimbo Ross, Viola - Michael Harrison, Violin - Melissa Hasin, Cello - John Fundi, AssistantEngineer - Nancy Stein-Ross, Cello - Ezra Klinger, Violin - Francine Walsh, Violin - John Acevedo, Viola - Avril McIntosh, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Dominique Genova, Double Bass

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1994 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

28
Blood Roses (LP Version; 2006 Remaster)
00:03:54

Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Julie Larson, ProductionCoordinator - Tori Amos, Producer, Harpsichord, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonium, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, Carillon Bells - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Jim Albert, AssistantEngineer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Lin Gardiner, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Declan O'Regan, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Robinson Mills, AssistantEngineer - Rail Jon Ragut, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

29
Mr. Zebra (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:01:07

Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Julie Larson, ProductionCoordinator - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - James Watson, Conductor - Black Dyke Mills Band, Brass Band - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Jim Albert, AssistantEngineer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Lin Gardiner, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Declan O'Regan, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Robinson Mills, AssistantEngineer - Rail Jon Ragut, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

30
Caught a Lite Sneeze (2006 Remastered Alternate Mix)
00:04:24

Bob Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, MixingEngineer - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - Julie Larson, ProductionCoordinator - Tori Amos, Producer, Harpsichord, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Alan Friedman, Drum Programming - Ryan Freeland, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, RecordingEngineer, RemixingEngineer - George Porter Jr, Bass Guitar - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer, RemixingEngineer - Jim Albert, AssistantEngineer - Rob Van Tuin, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Lin Gardiner, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Declan O'Regan, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Robinson Mills, AssistantEngineer - Rail Jon Ragut, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Steve Canton, Instruments

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

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Professional Widow (2006 Remastered B-Side Merry Widow Version Live)
00:04:03

Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - Tori Amos, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Harmonium, MainArtist - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

32
Beauty Queen / Horses (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:05:56

Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Julie Larson, ProductionCoordinator - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Jim Albert, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Lin Gardiner, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Rob van Turin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Robinson Mills, AssistantEngineer - Rail Jon Ragut, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

33
Father Lucifer (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:03:39

Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Julie Larson, ProductionCoordinator - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - George Porter Jr, Bass Guitar - James Watson, Trumpet - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Jim Albert, AssistantEngineer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Lin Gardiner, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Declan O'Regan, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Robinson Mills, AssistantEngineer - Rail Jon Ragut, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

34
Marianne (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:04:10

Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Rupert Coulson, AssistantEngineer - Julie Larson, ProductionCoordinator - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Scott Smalley, Conductor - John Phillip Shenale, String Arranger - The Sinfonia of London, Strings - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Jim Albert, AssistantEngineer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Lin Gardiner, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Peter Willison, Musical Director - Declan O'Regan, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Robinson Mills, AssistantEngineer - Rail Jon Ragut, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

35
Walk to Dublin (Sucker Reprise previously unreleased)
00:05:25

Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - Tori Amos, Producer, Harpsichord, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Alan Friedman, Drum Programming - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States

36
Hey Jupiter (2006 Remastered B-side Version Dakota Version)
00:06:03

Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Bass Guitar - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Julie Larson, ProductionCoordinator - Steve Caton, Electric Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonium, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Andy Gray, Programmer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Jim Albert, AssistantEngineer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Lin Gardiner, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Declan O'Regan, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Robinson Mills, AssistantEngineer - Rail Jon Ragut, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Steve Canton, Mandolin

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

37
Professional Widow (2006 Remasterd Non-LP Version Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)
00:03:47

Armand van Helden, Additional Production - Manu Katche, Drums - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Alan Friedman, Programmer - Marcel van Limbeek, RecordingEngineer - George Porter Jr, Bass Guitar - Mark Hawley, RecordingEngineer - Jim Albert, AssistantEngineer - Johnny "D" DeMairo, ProductionCoordinator - Rob van Turin, AssistantEngineer - Robinson Mills, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

38
Putting the Damage On (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:05:08

Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Julie Larson, ProductionCoordinator - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - James Watson, Conductor - Black Dyke Mills Band, Brass Band - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Jim Albert, AssistantEngineer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Lin Gardiner, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Declan O'Regan, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Robinson Mills, AssistantEngineer - Rail Jon Ragut, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

39
Bliss (2006 Remastered Alternate Mix)
00:03:41

Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Percussion - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Andy Gray, Programmer - Marcel van Limbeek, Remix, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Jon Evans, Bass Guitar - Mark Hawley, Remix, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2003 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

40
Suede (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:04:55

Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Percussion - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Andy Gray, Programmer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Jon Evans, Bass Guitar - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1999 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

41
Glory of the 80's (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:04:05

Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Percussion - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Andy Gray, Programmer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Jon Evans, Bass Guitar - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1999 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

42
1000 Oceans (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:04:18

Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Percussion - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Andy Gray, Programmer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Jon Evans, Bass Guitar - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1999 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

43
Concertina (2006 Remastered Alternate Single Mix)
00:03:58

Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Percussion - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Andy Gray, Programmer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, RemixingEngineer - Jon Evans, Bass Guitar - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer, RemixingEngineer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1999 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

44
Lust (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:03:52

Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Percussion - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Andy Gray, Programmer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Jon Evans, Bass Guitar - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1999 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

45
Datura (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:08:25

Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Percussion - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Andy Gray, Programmer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Jon Evans, Bass Guitar - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Rob Van Tuin, Assistant Mixing Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1999 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

46
Sugar (2006 Remastered Live From Sound Check Version)
00:05:10

Matt Chamberlain, Drums - Jon Astley, MasteringEngineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Jon Evans, Bass Guitar - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1999 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

47
The Waitress (2006 Remastered Live Version)
00:09:48

Matt Chamberlain, Drums - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer - Jon Evans, Bass Guitar - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1999 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

48
Snow Cherries from France (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:02:54

Matt Chamberlain, Drums - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Mac Aladdin, Guitar, Mandolin - Joe Evans, Bass Guitar

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2003 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

49
Doughnut Song (2006 Remastered Alternate Mix)
00:04:22

Bob Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, MixingEngineer - Jon Astley, Remastering Engineer - Julie Larson, ProductionCoordinator - Steve Caton, Guitar - Tori Amos, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, CompilationProducer - Ryan Freeland, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Marcel van Limbeek, Audio Producer, RecordingEngineer, RemixingEngineer - George Porter Jr, Bass Guitar - Mark Hawley, Audio Producer, RecordingEngineer, CompilationProducer, RemixingEngineer - Jim Albert, AssistantEngineer - Rob Van Tuin, AssistantEngineer - Karen Ahmed, Project Supervisor - Adam Spry, AssistantEngineer - Lin Gardiner, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Declan O'Regan, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Robinson Mills, AssistantEngineer - Rail Jon Ragut, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2006 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

50
A Sorta Fairytale (2006 Remastered LP Version)
00:05:30

Tori Amos, Writer, MainArtist

© 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2002 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

Album Description

A Piano: The Collection is a mammoth undertaking by Tori Amos and Rhino Records. This box set collects album cuts, B-sides, unedited and alternate versions, demos, and seven previously unissued cuts. Making one's way through it is to enter a labyrinth, a parallel but alternate universe that traces the development of the artist from her earliest recordings (with the exception of Y Kant Tori Read, of course) through her transformation as a conceptual songwriter, musician, and artisan who has moved tumultuously through the pop world without, it appears, ever losing her vision or sense of herself. Amos produced this set, and Rhino cross-licensed material from Epic as well. Amos annotates each track here in the handsome hardbound book that accompanies it, which also contains a boatload of photos and an essay by Lorraine Ali. The set comes packaged under a large plastic piano keyboard -- this aspect of it is simply irritating. The "piano as part of the package" has been done before -- and done better -- in other artists' retrospectives. It's cheesy. The five discs here, however, cover virtually every part of Amos' iconic, often iconoclastic career. Virtually every part of Little Earthquakes is explored, which is why disc one is titled "Little Earthquakes Extended" (since basically three versions of the album were completed). These include the singles, such as the unedited 45 version of "Crucify," the alternate mix of "Flying Dutchman," and an alternate mix of "Mother." Even the unissued "Take Me With You" from the Little Earthquakes session is here, but it appears on disc two. With all the B-sides and alternates issued, Little Earthquakes is , in retrospect, a far more prophetic and ever wider ranging offering than the officially released original version. Much of Amos' restlessness as an artist is revealed even at this early stage. Beginning with disc two, the remainder of her recordings are picked from, rather than presented in their complete versions. From disc two on, Amos picks and chooses from her catalog, providing many alternate mixes -- perhaps she liked them better than the original versions. For instance, the presented mixes of "The Waitress" and "Baker Baker" are revelatory in their sense of drama and dynamic. A different version of "Caught a Sneeze" from Boys for Pele offers a sense of just how strange and beguiling this cut is. The B-sides include "Honey," which was the flip of "Pretty Good Year," and a live version of "Professional Widow," which came on the backside of "Hey Jupiter." Disc three is compiled from the rest of Pele, To Venus and Back, and Tales of a Librarian, and is simply loaded with remixes, including Armand Van Helden's badass take on "Professional Widow," the single remix of "Concertina," and "Sugar" from the soundcheck on the To Venus and Back tour. It's a dizzying and sometimes off-kilter and troubling disc, especially coming as it does smack in the middle of the package. However there is the "Walk to Dublin (Sucker Remix)" that has never been officially released. Cutting through the fourth disc, you can't help but notice that it does feel rushed as it covers material from the Epic period, including selections from Scarlet's Walk, Beekeeper, and From the Choirgirl Hotel -- it's wildly arrayed in textures and colors that don't seem to fit together. Add into the mix four tracks that have never been released, from who knows what sessions, and you have a serious car crash. But then again, there's beauty in this kind of mashup, too, in that the sonic chaos is even violent at times as you juxtapose cuts such as a remix of "Jackie's Strength" with the unreleased "Zero Point" and then jump to "Sweet the Sting" from Beekeeper; this mishmash, though creates and contains a new symmetry and a new series of angles with no center except for the artist herself. Discs three and four are real challenges, but also far more rewarding given all the cracks in the sidewalk that Amos chose to step on rather than jump across. Here is where the tale of the artist is told, actually, in the continuing conflicts of style and how to weave substance that was ever more abstract into these new soundworlds she'd chosen. The last disc contains 11 B-sides that were featured as additional tracks on singles and EPs, and there is one more unreleased cut in "Peeping Tommi." The final 11 cuts contain more flipsides and a medley of demos, which make for another kind of insanity. These contain three unreleased demos of "Fire Eater's Wife/Beauty Queen," "Playboy Mommy," and "A Sorta Fairytale" before folding back into the otherwise issued recordings. It's as if they're folded in to the mix in order (so to speak) to sort something out -- to break up the disparate tracks but in the end only making them more so. It's not only curious but infuriating, seductive, engaging, and sometimes utterly puzzling. After all is said and done, however, there is silence, and with that comes the sense and enormity of the sheer wonder of it all. Amos has pissed off everybody at one time or another, even her hardest core of fans who've stuck with her through thick and thin. Given that she's only been out there in the public ears and eyes for 16 years, she has gone through numerous phases and stages, and it reminds one of Bob Dylan, the true iconoclast who seems to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity in 2006. Amos' reach is long, and for all its beauty, there are knots, warts, cuts, and bruises. And that's what A Piano is, ultimately: an embarkation through a provocative and sometimes grotesque journey, through bruises and kisses which offer a new look through the past as it points toward the future -- which is exactly what a box set is supposed to do,
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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