|Tori Amos — Y Kant Tori Read (1988)
Tori Amos — Y Kant Tori Read (June 1988)
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
Album release: June 1988
Record Label: Atlantic Recording Corp.
01. The Big Picture
02. Cool On Your Island
04. Fire On The Side
06. Floating City
07. Heart Attack At 23
08. On The Boundary
09. You Go To My Head
10. Etienne Trilogy
ι↓ι Tori Amos — lead singer, acoustic piano
ι↓ι Paulinho Da Costa — percussion
ι↓ι Richard Bernard — bouzouki
ι↓ι Gene Black — guitar
ι↓ι Kim Bullard — acoustic piano, programming, keyboards
ι↓ι Steve Caton — guitar
ι↓ι Vinnie Colaiuta — drums
ι↓ι Devon Dickson — bagpipes
ι↓ι Steve Farris — guitars
ι↓ι Tim Landers — fretless bass guitar
ι↓ι Fernando Saunders — bass guitar
ι↓ι Matt Sorum — drums
ι↓ι Peter White — acoustic guitars
ι↓ι Eric Williams — mandolin
ι↓ι CeCe Bullard
ι↓ι Merry Clayton
ι↓ι James House
ι↓ι Rick Nielsen
ι↓ι Zobbin Rander
ι↓ι Nancy Shanks
ι↓ι The Valentine Bros.
♦ Joe Chiccarelli Engineer, Producer
♦ Angus Davidson Assistant Engineer
♦ Bob Defrin Art Direction
♦ Jim Dineen Engineer
♦ Peter Doell Assistant Engineer
♦ Chris Furman Assistant Engineer
♦ Trevor Horn Composer
♦ David Kershenbaum Executive Producer
♦ Dan Marnien Assistant Engineer, Engineer
♦ Linda Maxwell Assistant Producer
♦ Dan Nebenzal Engineer
♦ Lois Oki Assistant Engineer
♦ Claudio Ordenes Assistant Engineer
♦ Csaba Petocz Engineer
♦ Aaron Rapoport Photography
♦ Will Rogers Assistant Engineer
♦ Martin Schmelze Assistant Engineer
♦ Mike Tacci Assistant Engineer
♦ Ed Thacker Mixing
ι↓ι Y Kant Tori Read was a 1980s synthpop band, fronted by singer–songwriter Tori Amos. The band released one album, also called Y Kant Tori Read, which was largely unsuccessful; Atlantic Records abandoned promoting the record completely after only two months of release. The band originally consisted of Amos, Steve Caton, Matt Sorum (later of Guns N' Roses), and bassist Brad Cobb. They worked with record producer Joe Chiccarelli, and Kim Bullard, later of Kajagoogoo. The name comes from an incident in Amos's childhood where she was asked to leave the Peabody Conservatory because she refused to read sheet music.
ι↓ι A music video for their song "The Big Picture" was made, but the only member of the band featured was Amos, since by then, unable to withstand pressure from Atlantic Records, she had jettisoned the rest of them with the exception of Steve Caton.
ι↓ι Two singles were released. The first, "The Big Picture", was commercially issued exclusively as a 7" vinyl single, and without a picture sleeve, though the 12" vinyl promo did have one. The second single, "Cool on Your Island", was issued as a cassette single and 7" vinyl single, this time with a picture sleeve; and in various promo 7" vinyl singles. Neither single was successful.
ι↓ι The record company has honored Amos's request that no Y Kant Tori Read material be re–released, although bootleg copies do exist.
AllMusic Review by Doug Stone; Score: ***
♦ A cult clustered around Y Kant Tori Read (the name of the band and the LP) when Tori Amos became famous three years later with the confessional Little Earthquakes. The singer/songwriter then distanced herself from Y Kant Tori Read, which she explained reminds her of struggling in California and other things she doesn't want to remember (some detailed in "Me and a Gun"). Even though in the liner notes, Tori (no surname) explains how this is the record she wanted to make, Amos has since copped the trite "record company pressure" plea. Actually, this is not that bad, but hardly an indicator of the lyrical bite in her future solo work. Plus, like too much from the vapid video age, it's just shallow and corporate. She's already aping Kate Bush, but producer Joe Chiccarelli worked with Pat Benatar and lets it show. (Meaningless aside: Chiccarelli broke through with Sheik Yerbouti.) Go back to Benatar's rendition of Bush's "Wuthering Heights" to get the gist of this '80s romp: the true–blue "Cool on Your Island" and "Floating City" invoke Madonna; Amos almost raps in the Abdul–ish "Fayth"; "Pirates" showcases a Miami Vice backdrop; Berlin also haunts several tracks, including guilty pleasure "Heart Attack at 23." However, traces of Amos' future niche do kindle in "Fire on the Side." The kooky closing trilogy (wherein she wonders if she's a witch) achieves some uniqueness. Thus, Y Kant Tori Read beams much sunnier than the bleak '90s Amos catalog, but also floats away weightless. As for the bonuses, "Song for Eric" pulls a Sinead O'Connor. "Ring My Bell" is a laboriously unnecessary remake that actually paves the way for her version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit." ♦ Apparently, except for Tori, the Y Kant Tori Read band didn't make the vinyl. Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander actually sing backup on this collector's item oddity. Other personnel includes Guns n' Roses stickman Matt Sorum, Steve Farris of Mister Mister, and keyboard journeyman Kim Bullard (who co–wrote many of the tunes). Don't pay a lot for Y Kant Tori Read. (You'll still want to see the video for the "Big Picture" though.)
|Tori Amos — Y Kant Tori Read (1988)