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Gold Dust [CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition]

Tori AmosAudio CD
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Tori Amos has an extraordinary fan base. It’s not unusual to hear her listeners explain how a song changed their life, through its ability to alter perspective and heal. Or even that a song might have saved their life. Since the release of her debut Little Earthquakes 20 years ago in 1992, where she smashed apart boundaries with her piano rock and raw, confessional poetry, Amos continues ... Read more in Amazon's Tori Amos Store

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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B008RZHC7Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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1. Flavor
2. Yes, Anastasia
3. Jackie's Strength
4. Cloud On My Tongue
5. Precious Things
6. Gold Dust
7. Star Of Wonder
8. Winter
9. Flying Dutchman
10. Programmable Soda
11. Snow Cherries From France
12. Marianne
13. Silent All These Years
14. Girl Disappearing

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This deluxe edition includes a 32 page hardcover booklet and a DVD that features music videos of Flavor, Gold Dust and behind the scenes footage.

20 Years of Conversations
How do you commemorate the 20-year career of Tori Amos, an artist who has sold over 12 million albums, played well over 1,000 shows, won numerous awards and, more importantly, touched, healed or changed the lives of millions of fans? For a composer with such an artful ability to dart and flourish in different directions, experimenting and searching for new ways of creating art, breaking more boundaries than perhaps any other female singer-songwriter, it would be impossible to predict. In this case of her 13th album, Gold Dust burst out of a series of serendipitous events. Gold Dust is the second album by Tori Amos released on the classical label Deutsche Grammophon, in cooperation with Mercury Classics. Soon after she started working on the first album, the acclaimed Night of Hunters, there was a phone call from the Metropole Orchestra in the Netherlands inviting her to play with them in October 2010. Once her songs had been performed live in an orchestral setting it was clear that Tori needed to make an album. I was really touched by the orchestra and I wanted to capture that on recording she says. And so Gold Dust was conceived. Of course Tori's musical history actually began in the classical world, when she entered the prestigious Peabody Institute at the age of 5. Frustrated by the close-minded limitations the classical world imposed on her in the 70s, she checked out and headed into rock when she was 13, magnetized by its expressive and expanding possibilities, intent on expanding her sonic architecture. Now she has been pulled back to approach that world again. Music has a way of taking you by the hand and saying, it's time to create like this she explains. Times have changed and now she feels limited instead by the contemporary world and the derivative sameness of what she hears on the radio. You don't have as many complex structures in contemporary music which is why musicians are trying to explore other ways of constructing a song. But her classical training provided her with the language, tools and understanding of form and structure to create Night of Hunters and Gold Dust. So how did she go about picking the right songs out of her vast repertoire? The track-listing for Gold Dust doesn't read like a collection of her Greatest Hits. Although it includes a number of her best-loved songs - Precious Things, Silent All These Years, Winter - some of the others tracks are lesser known treasures. She compares arranging the songs in a classical setting to giving a woman a makeover, considering who she is and what style would work for her. Tori has always thought of her songs as separate women and girls and jokes: you can't say 'Oh my God bangles are in so let's put everybody in bangles!' It doesn't work like that. Some of the songs have been reinvented quite dramatically with the help of Tori s long time arranger John-Philip Shenale. The fear driven rock sounds of Precious Things and the spheric electro soundworld of Flavor came to a new form of being in the environment of a symphony
orchestra. Other songs have undergone more subtle makeovers, taking, adding or changing individual colours to the beloved original versions. But all have been chosen for a reason. Almost autobiographical in structure, the songs represent stories in Tori's life. Jackie's Strength is about her relationship with her mother. Winter is about her father and grandfather. Snow Cherries from France, one of her favorites, is about falling in love with her husband. To bring them forward into 2012, Tori made a decision not to sing them as they were in the original form, and to avoid trying to be the person she was at the time.

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92 of 108 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Tepid Release From My Favorite Artist October 2, 2012
Format:Audio CD
It absolutely kills me to give a new record from Tori Amos~~especially a record that is meant to celebrate her 20 years since the release of Little Earthquakes~~a lukewarm review, but I'm afraid I must. Of course, the music, engineering and Tori's voice and piano sound great. The problem lies within the song choices: most of which were already given an accompaniment of beautiful arrangements by her long-time collaborator, John Philip Shenale...so most of the original releases already had beautiful orchestral arrangements. Why not give classic Tori songs like Caught a Lite Sneeze, Crucify, A Sorta Fairytale With You, Spark and so many others the full-on orchestral treatment since they never had one before?

When listening to this record, which streamed for a week on a Polish radio station (I think), I literally could not tell the difference between this new rendition of Jackie's Strength and the original that came out of From The Choirgirl Hotel. And the ending of Precious Things sounds like a cacophony of loud horns and Tori moaning and screaming...and it just sounds bad. And, as LOVELY as Star of Wonder sounds, this song has no place on a Tori retrospective (it's off a 2-year-old release called Midwinter Graces and is a riff off of the Christmas carol We Three Kings of Orient Are)...except this Star already had a beautiful orchestral arrangement. It sounds lovely...and exactly like the original release from MidWinter Graces. It, along with Snow Angel or Our New Year would have made a nice B-Side, and another more important song like Baker, Baker, Cooling (recently voted Tori's greatest song, ever) or Northern Lad could have made the cut on the main record. Even though I think that MidWinter Graces is the most beautiful holiday record I own, I only listen to it for about a month a year.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why? October 2, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is not a bad album, it's just unnecessary and a missed opportunity. Interesting song selection - not just a greatest hits. But I wish it was more like Joni Mitchell's Travelogue, which expanded an eclectic selection of Joni songs to a full orchestra, really transforming them. Tori picked songs that were already suited to this treatment, often already full of strings - what was the point of "Flying Dutchman" or "Yes Anastasia?" They are not reinvented, just rerecorded. And if that's the case, there could have been some more exciting songs there at least.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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In Tori's hands (considering her repertoire), this project could have really WOWED. But it seems such a lazy selection of songs to give this treatment to. As many have said before here - these songs were already orchestrated (for the most part).

What about songs like She's Your Cocaine, Professional Widow, Horses, Bliss, Witness, Waitress??? These songs would have really wowed anyone familiar with them already.

I do like this recording for what it's worth - I just feel it could have been worth a WHOLE LOT MORE. She has a vast group of songs to play around with - but stayed too safe with her selections.

On the plus side, this is a very beautiful recording. I do think she and the orchestra sound beautiful together. I love the photographs and packaging as well. I'd actually welcome a second volume of songs given this treatment - just ones that challenge her and the arranger a bit more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tori, are you over the bridge now? January 8, 2013
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What do you get when a 49-year-old Tori Amos revisits some of her 29-year-old angst ridden classics with a mixture of some modern Tori ballads reflecting her unorthodox views on life? An album that is both necessary and unnecessary, over polished and overproduced, yet breathtakingly heartbreaking on so many degrees. There's a few good examples. Take for instance, "Cloud on My Tongue." What was once back in 1994 almost limited to the piano and filled with Tori's voice, then strong with willpower, shockingly natural and honest, has been watered down to the basics with 49-year-old Tori that almost sounds like a cover song, her voice is so perfected and professional. It's a testimony to her genius and talent that at a mature age her voice has grown in an articulate sense. The words are pronounced with conviction and clarity but without the original feeling that left us Tori fanatics us able to sink into these songs and reflect upon our own lives, even if we couldn't understand what she was saying. Now she's saying the same things, only it's like our mother is reading it to us.

There are some mistakes on "Cloud on My Tongue." The chorus of Tori(s) singing "circles and circles and circles again," is almost cringe worthy. But then, her new interpretation of "over the bridge now" especially the pronunciation on "now" is shockingly beautiful. The additional notes she plays on the piano intro to "Jackie's Strength," lends something new to this masterpiece of hers. "Flying Dutchman" is revisited exceptionally well. While most tracks do sound similar to the originals (especially as many pointed out "Programmable Soda") what can we really expect if we think about it?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Tori's skill as pianist has grown since the original releases of these songs. Her musical-craft is superb, and as a musician her technical skill has never been stronger. Her creativity and originality wellspring seems to be a wee bit on the dry side in recent years. As is evidenced by this rehashing of her former glories. Following hard on the heels of "Night of the Hunters," "Gold Dust" is an orchestral reboot of Tori's greatest hits. "Gold Dust" is a cogent, if not very revolutionary idea that is often poorly executed. Tori fans are rabid enough to purchase anything their Siren Goddess puts out and based on her stunning creativity from the 90's I always check out her new releases. However, with the exception of "American Doll Posse" and "Night of the Hunters," I've not cared for any of her full album releases in the last decade.

"Gold Dust" is, for me, a mixed bag. I like the last third of the album from "Programmable Soda" onward it's fantastic. However, that is only four songs out of fourteen.

She's murdered the icy ethereal chill of "Yes, Anastasia" by softening up the arrangement with the addition of the orchestra, which was hardly necessary since the original already included one that did it much more sparsely in tune with the song's eerie charm. "Jackie's Strength" with all of its junior high school allusions is another odd choice for orchestration - it just doesn't match. "Cloud on my Tongue," is one of my all-time favorite Tori tunes, and it sounded rather hopeful for most of the song, until Tori unpacked her (much overused in the last decade) frooty-loops chorus of her own pre-recorded backup vocals and sank the whole song. Ditto for "Precious Things." "Star of Wonder" is nice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A Mediocre Addition to Your Fan Collection
First let me say, I own every Tori Amos album, most of her singles CDs, and a few books, including an autographed (to me) copy of Piece by Piece. I love, love, LOVE her. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lil' E
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Amos
Amos' first two albums were like observing a vivisection.
Then she hit a slow patch: beautiful music but not cathartic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark D. R. Stern
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classical Choreography of the Cornflake Girl's Classics
Usually, I expect a new Tori project every other year. Thus, I was surprised at first for her second Deutsche Grammophon project to follow her first by only a year, until I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Indiana Jeff Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous album by Tori Amos!
I must admit that I have been on a bit of a Tori binge since I bought her album Abnormally Attracted To Sin (which I have also reviewed here). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gregg Bartley
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing But Safe
I hate to give Tori Amos anything less than five stars, but, honestly, I didn't think she was adventurous enough with this one. It felt safe. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leta
5.0 out of 5 stars tori amos gold dust
amazon asks a lot of questions , but I just wanted you to keep your high score cause that's how I base a lot of what I buy. Thank you.
Published 5 months ago by JAMI DICKSON
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful But Pointless
These song, this artists, these players are all amazingly great, so why only three stars? Because none of the songs have changed at all they sound the very same as there original... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mr. a
3.0 out of 5 stars Painful Three Stars
Tori Amos is my favorite singer/songwriter of all time. Starting with "Little Earthquakes" I have been hooked and never looked back. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pacey1927
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best.
Wasn't really too impressed with this album. I found myself thinking why did she re-record these songs when the originals were so much better. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed!
Once again it was a present that was asked for so I sent it to her. She was most happy! You should have a category for presents!
Published 11 months ago by Karen
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