Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection

Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection

by Tori Amos

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Atlantic Uk
UPC: 0075679322326
catalogNumber: 793223
Rank: 33381

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
Tori Amos's new collection consists of the majority of her most catchy, stylish, and unique sounding songs. It's definitely a collection worth keeping as most people enjoy listening to all their favorite songs from different CDs in only one CD! This is a Tori-collection that will keep you entertained.
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
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
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
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
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 is a great cd. It has a lot of Tori's greatest hits. A definite must for any Tori fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love music and love Tori you'll appreciate Tales... It's a wonderful set and I'd give my right arm for it! But I'd do just about ANYTHING for Tori!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge fan of Tori Amos for eleven years now. What can I say about the ablum I love her songs, she will always continue to inspire me and the Dvd is great with it, I always her performances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am happy to announce that there is finally a Tori Collection for all of her fans to enjoy! This is such a great album. She picked great choices of songs and this is a librarian I want to pay attention to. She really hits it hard with songs like "Bliss" and "Spark" and we remember the good times with songs like "Silent all these years" and "God". I recommend this album to anyone that is willing to explore. This is a great introductory album for anyone not aware of Tori. This album receives 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gotta have this one it's perfect!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd/dvd is a great start for people just finding Tori's muisc. It is a must have for the Tori collector. The remixes are suddule but powerfull.
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
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 loved this CD and recommend it to first time listeners and long time fans. There's something new and surprising on each of the tracks; the remastering has made the vocal so clear, and added much more dimention to the flat sound of the original tracks. (Though I still love the originals.) My highlights are Mary, Winter, Spark(more organic less electric), Way Down, Playboy Mommy, Baker Baker(gorgeous), Tear in Your Hand and Snow Cherries. The songs on the DVD were somewhat subdued I thought except for Northern Lad... which was great! The newer songs have a Scarlet's Walk feel to them and there is a beautiful slide show of Tori portraits through the years. I loved this Collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tales of a Librarian is an EXCELLENT collection of work from the world's greatest artist. It covers the period of Y Kant Tori Read (Sweet Dreams)all the way to today. With remixed classics from her earlier days, it puts a new spin on the songs by giving a little insight of where Tori is today. Anyone who is a Tori fan MUST have this cd, and anyone who isn't a Tori fan (yet) MUST have this CD. Tori never ceases to amaze those who hear her music. What IS amazing is how she hasn't won a Grammy for every single won of her albums. The best retrospect album EVER!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tori Amos is a strange little girl in today's music business. You can't compare her music ánd her wonderful voice to any other artist. Every album of her's is different, a new experience, but it still is Tori. Just like this record. It's not an average 'best of' album from the past 12 years, it's a musical autobiography. Some songs are (partially) rerecorded, some are right as we all know them and some are totally new. It's a compilation album but listens like a it's a new album. Listen to it and you will love it, embrace it!!!
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
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
if you dont own this cd, you should. if you dont own any tori, you should.
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.
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
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
THIS IS THE PERFECT TOUCH OF CLASS AND SAVVY FOR THIS WONDERFUL ARTIST TO SPEW. I LOVE THIS ALBUM AND WOULD NOT CHANGE ONE SINGLE THING. TASH IS GOING TO BE SO PROUD TO SEE THE LEGACY THAT HER MOTHER HAS LEFT FOR HER.
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"