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Tori Amos
Little Earthquakes

Tori Amos — Little Earthquakes (1992, Deluxe Edition 21 April 2015)

Tori Amos — Little Earthquakes (1992, Deluxe Edition 2 CD, 21.04. 2015)
•ς•   Little Earthquakes is the debut solo album of singer/songwriter Tori Amos, featuring the singles "Silent All These Years", "China", "Winter" and "Crucify".
Birth name: Myra Ellen Amos
Born: August 22, 1963, Newton, North Carolina, U.S.
Location: Sewall's Point in Florida, Kinsale (County Cork) in Ireland, and Bude in Cornwall in England.
Notable instruments: Bösendorfer piano, Harpsichord
Released: January 6, 1992 (UK), February 25, 1992 (US) / 21 April 2015
Recorded: June and December 1990, May 1991
Record Label: Atlantic (US), East West (Europe)
Duration:
Tracks:
CD1:
01. Crucify      4:59
02. Girl      4:07
03. Silent All These Years      4:11
04. Precious Things      4:27
05. Winter      5:42
06. Happy Phantom      3:13
07. China      4:59
08. Leather      3:12
09. Mother      6:59
10. Tear In Your Hand      4:38
11. Me And A Gun      3:43
12. Little Earthquakes      6:54
CD2:
01. Upside Down      4:21
02. Thoughts     2:44
03. Ode To The Banana King (Part One)      4:04
04. Song For Eric      1:53
05. The Pool      2:49
06. Take To The Sky      4:18
07. Sweet Dreams      3:27
08. Mary      4:25
09. Sugar      4:26
10. Flying Dutchman      6:30
11. Humpty Dumpty      2:51
12. Smells Like Teen Spirit      3:15
13. Little Earthquakes      6:59
14. Crucify (Live)      5:34
15. Precious Things (Live)      5:04
16. Mother (Live)      6:24
17. Happy Phantom (Live)      3:22
18. Here In My Head      3:55
•ς•   All songs written and composed by Tori Amos.
Personnel:
•ς•   Tori Amos — acoustic & electric pianos and lead vocals on all tracks, background vocals on tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 10 & 12, sampled strings on tracks 2 & 8
•ς•   Steve Caton — guitar on tracks 2, 4, 10 & 12, bass on track 2, background vocals on tracks 4 & 12
•ς•   John Chamberlain — mandolin on track 1
•ς•   Paulinho da Costa — percussion on tracks 1 & 6
•ς•   Jake Freeze — rat pedal on track 4, saw on track 12
•ς•   Stuart Gordon — violin on track 7
•ς•   Ed Green — drums on track 1
•ς•   Will Gregory — oboe on track 7
•ς•   Tina Gullickson — background vocals on track 1
•ς•   Chris Hughes — drums on track 7
•ς•   David Lord — string arrangement on track 7
•ς•   Will McGregor — bass on tracks 4, 10 & 12
•ς•   Carlo Nuccio — drums on tracks 4 & 10
•ς•   Philly — finger cymbal on track 3
•ς•   David Rhodes — guitar on track 7
•ς•   Eric Rosse — drum and keyboard programming on tracks 2, 4 & 12, background vocals on tracks 4 & 12, Irish war drum on track 5
•ς•   Jef Scott — bass on track 1, 8
•ς•   Mathew Seligman — bass on track 7
•ς•   Nancy Shanks — background vocals on tracks 1 & 12
•ς•   Phil Shenale — keyboard programming on track 6
•ς•   Eric Williams — ukulele on track 1, dulcimer on track 6
•ς•   Orchestra arranged and conducted by Nick Caro on tracks 3 & 5
Accolades:
•ς•   In 1998, the UK's Q magazine readers voted Little Earthquakes the 66th greatest album of all time, and in 2002 the same magazine named it the fourth Greatest Album of All–Time by a Female Artist.
•ς•   The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It is her only album to do so to date.
CHARTS:
•ς•   Australian Albums (ARIA)     #14
•ς•   Canadian Albums (Billboard)     #49
•ς•   German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)     #65
•ς•   Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)     #85
•ς•   New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)     #18
•ς•   UK Albums (OCC)     #14
•ς•   US Billboard 200     #54
Description 1:
By Paul Sinclair, February 4, 2015
•ς•   Tori Amos‘ first two solo albums, Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink will be reissued as two–CD deluxe editions in April.
•ς•   Little Earthquakes was released in 1992 and remains the singer–songwriter’s benchmark album for many fans. It spawned a large number of singles including debut Me And A Gun (swiftly re–promoted as Silent All These Years), China, Winter and Crucify. After record label East West had run out of singles they went back and issued Silent All These Years for a second time.
•ς•   Many of the UK CD singles were issued with a limited edition counterpart sometimes creating six (or more) non–album tracks including the celebrated covers that appeared on CD 2 of Winter (Smells Like Teen Spirit, Angie and Thank You).
•ς•   The bonus disc on this Little Earthquakes deluxe doesn’t offer any surprises — it just squeezes on as many of the B–sides/extra tracks as possible. All of the Amos–penned non–album tracks are included although the two different versions of Crucify from the CD single (single remix and alternate version) are missing, and most disappointingly the Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones covers aren’t here, just Nirvana.
•ς•   On a more positive note,  both albums are being made available on 180g vinyl in addition to the two–CD deluxe editions.
•ς•   No word at this stage on remastering. There were issues with finding masters for Tori’s A Piano set from 2006, which led to the use of some alternate mixes of Little Earthquakes album tracks (Leather, Precious Things, and Mother to name three). If these new deluxe sets revert to the original track listings then those alternates will be unique to that box.
REVIEW
BY SAL CINQUEMANI ON NOVEMBER 7, 2003` SCORE: *****
•ς•   Describing a good album is like explaining a Dali painting to a blind person: the individual shapes and colors are simple to describe, but to talk about the meaning of the work as a whole is daunting, if not impossible. Such is the case with Tori Amos' solo debut, Little Earthquakes. It's an album that almost immediately sparked cult interest in the singer, and has, over time, undoubtedly become a soundtrack (at least in part) to the lives of many anguished teens and adults. Throughout the album, Amos shifts emotions (rage, fear, sadness, though hardly ever joy or regret) and indulges the quirks of her own personality with a whimsy that's enviable. She explores extreme human emotions that many of us choose to bury and others can only long for. And amid it all, Amos managed to create a record more focused and accessible (an adjective not often used to describe the often–eccentric star's music) than anything she's produced since.
•ς•   There's an overwhelming feeling throughout Little Earthquakes that Amos is being chased. The very first moments of the album's opening track, "Crucify," evoke this sense of dread: "Every finger in the room is pointing at me," she starts. The song's verses begin quietly, Amos's piano dancing gingerly atop a decisive kick–drum before erupting into the more fully fleshed–out (at least, musically) choruses. “Nothing I do is good enough for you,” she sings, addressing God, her father, or perhaps even a lover, but despite the song's obvious allusions to Christ, Amos never once martyrs herself. It's this fierce independence that has made Amos so appealing to young people. It's her purely indomitable spirit that makes her music so thrilling to listen to. If you're a victim, Amos speaks to you. If you're a survivor, she speaks for you.
•ς•   Many of the album's songs are structured in chinks of time: "Winter" finds Amos singing from the perspective of a young child. In the second verse of the song, "boys get discovered as winter melts" as Amos enters adolescence. By the end of the song, Amos fully captures the passage of time and her father's impending old age (and imminent death). Similarly, the album's first single, "Silent All These Years," begins with Amos as a child, takes us through her teenage years ("Boy, you best pray that I bleed real soon," she says to a boyfriend with the derision we've come to expect from her), and to the present, where Amos relishes the fact that she is no longer silent (or feels that she needs to be). Whole essays could be written about this one song alone, or even the terrifying implications of one simple lyric: "My scream got lost in a paper cup." By song's end, Amos is willing to offer a hand to those who've allegedly silenced her "all these years."
•ς•   The piano ballad "Mother," in which Amos leaves home and sets out to become a star/whore, hints at the more classically–trained style of Amos's "piano album," Under The Pink, but most of the songs on Little Earthquakes follow archetypical pop formulas, down to the sweetened choruses of "Tear In Your Hand" and "Girl" and the love–song sentimentality of the delicate "China." Though Little Earthquakes is dressed up in high–art, prog–rock fashions, Amos's arrangements wouldn't become overly ambitious or jarring until her messy third album, Boys For Pele. Lilting melodies are matched with lush, cinematic orchestrations; frantic piano parts are met with equally raging electric guitars. Amos' surrealist imagery here is striking and poetic ("In the doorway they stay/And laugh as violins fill with water," she observes matter–of–factly on "Girl"), not wanton or half–baked. Of course, Little Earthquakes is still steeped in melodrama, from the hushed whimpers of "Mother" ("Mother, the car is here," she sings repeatedly with increasing dismay) to the wails and guttural growls of the tour de force "Precious Things" (has a piano ever "rocked" quite like this?).
•ς•   Little Earthquakes is largely concerned with reconciling or reflecting on the past, particularly Amos's youth. But larger, more adult issues pack the biggest punches. Amos imagines how her death will affect her lover on "Happy Phantom" ("Will you still call for me when she falls asleep/Or do we soon forget the things we cannot see?") and recalls a rape with cutting (and bloody) honesty on "Leather" ("I can scream as loud as your last one/But I can't claim innocence"). (For those who prefer their rape stories to be more visceral or frighteningly candid, she takes on a more sobering tone on the infamous "Me And A Gun.") By the time you reach album's end, you're so immersed in Amos's world that you can't help but take everything she says at face value: "We danced in graveyards with vampires till dawn," she sings on the title track. But it's not enough to simply believe her. Like Dali, Amos begs you to become a part of her twisted world, and it's usually hard to resist. :: http://www.slantmagazine.com/
Little Earthquakes Tour:
•ς•   Amos's first world tour began on January 29, 1992 in London and ended on November 30, 1992 in Auckland. She performed solo with a Yamaha CP–70 unless the venue was able to provide a piano. The tour included 142 concerts around the globe.
Description 2:
•ς•   Little Earthquakes was released in 1992 and remains the singer–songwriter’s benchmark album for many fans. It spawned a large number of singles including debut Me And A Gun (swiftly re–promoted as Silent All These Years), China, Winter and Crucify. After record label East West had run out of singles they went back and issued Silent All These Years for a second time.
•ς•   Many of the UK CD singles were issued with a limited edition counterpart sometimes creating six (or more) non–album tracks including the celebrated covers that appeared on CD 2 of Winter (Smells Like Teen Spirit, Angie and Thank You). The bonus disc on this Little Earthquakes deluxe doesn’t offer any surprises — it just squeezes on as many of the B–sides/extra tracks as possible.
•ς•   All of the Amos–penned non–album tracks are included although the two different versions of Crucify from the CD single (single remix and alternate version) are missing, and most disappointingly the Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones covers aren’t here, just Nirvana.
Studio albums:
•ς•   Little Earthquakes     (1992)
•ς•   Under the Pink     (1994)
•ς•   Boys for Pele     (1996)
•ς•   From the Choirgirl Hotel     (1998)
•ς•   To Venus and Back     (1999)
•ς•   Strange Little Girls     (2001)
•ς•   Scarlet's Walk     (2002)
•ς•   The Beekeeper     (2005)
•ς•   American Doll Posse     (2007)
•ς•   Abnormally Attracted to Sin     (2009)
•ς•   Midwinter Graces     (2009)
•ς•   Night of Hunters     (2011)
•ς•   Gold Dust     (2012)
•ς•   Unrepentant Geraldines     (2014)
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