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Gold Dust (Deluxe) [CD+DVD]

Tori Amos Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B008RZHC7Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,234 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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.

BBC Review

There's a sense of coming full circle to this album. As a child, Tori Amos won a scholarship to the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, one of America's top classical music schools. But she lost her place aged 11, the story goes, because she hated reading sheet music and got hooked on pop.

This wilful streak has never really left Amos. Since breaking through with 1992's Little Earthquakes, the flame-haired piano maven has always danced to her own tune. She's released concept albums, tinkered with electronica, covered an Eminem single, and even had a spell as a club diva. Last year, Amos returned to her classical roots with a "21st century song cycle" called Night of Hunters.

For this new album, Amos is looking back. Gold Dust features 14 tracks from her past, re-recorded with new arrangements courtesy of the Netherlands-based Metropole Orchestra. These songs are based on, says Amos, "conversations I've had with people over the years". As concepts go, it's loose as a kaftan, and with 12 previous albums to pick from, Amos won't have struggled to make up the numbers.

In practice, she ignores too many classics to make Gold Dust a ‘best of’: for a start, there's no Cornflake Girl or Crucify. However, there is some method to her selections. These songs span 20 years of recordings, and draw from 10 of those 12 albums. Most feel at least partly autobiographical.

And since many had prominent string arrangements to begin with, Gold Dust isn't filled with radical reinventions. A 1994 epic called Yes, Anastasia – originally nine minutes long – gets sliced in half. Flavor, from 2009, loses its programmed beats. But most of these songs are just plusher, more refined versions of their former selves – and actually, that's no bad way to age.

Throughout, there are welcome reminders of Amos's songwriting gifts. Jackie's Strength, a cryptic song about marriage, becomes more poignant than ever. So all things considered, Gold Dust works as an introduction to Tori Amos, though an imperfect one. It should also persuade a few lapsed fans to get reacquainted.

--Tom Hocknell

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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There are no new tracks on this album - they are all remakes of songs from Tori's previous albums, and frankly, most of the originals sounded better (songs such as Cloud on My Tongue, Winter and Snow Cherries from France already had classical scores to them, and I just found them more emotionally powerful the first time around)
I did go and see Tori live this month when she was touring in London with the Metropole orchestra, and it was a beautiful concert - Tori's voice was very clear, and the strings complimented her vocals and piano playing perfectly. The songs sounded much better live than they do on this record, because in concert, the orchestra gave unique intros to each song, and there were lots of dramatic little pauses. Unfortunately, this album doesn't quite match up to the live show, and I would rather have bought a live recording of the concert.

That's not to say that Gold Dust is a bad record at all, just that if you've been following Tori for a long time, you might find that it doesn't quite meet up to expectations. But if you are relatively new to Tori's music, or you enjoy classical music in general and would like something a little alternative, then I would reccommend Gold Dust.

I'd say that the two major tracks that do stand out on this album are the first track Flavour, which sounds much more upbeat and more emotionally stirring than it did on Abnormally Attracted to Sin, and the final track Girl Disappearing, in which Tori puts much better pronunciation on the lyrics than she did in American Doll Posse. I find that the messages and stories behind both tracks come across so much better in their revamped forms on this record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gold past 28 Oct 2012
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"Earthquakes" is shattering. "Pink" is magnificent. "Pele" is explosive. "Choirgirl" is mesmerising. "Venus" is stellar. "Scarlet" is stunning. And there you have arguably the absolute Tori-top. How can this new dust be gold then? When re-releasing old material, most artists opt for the standard compilation of songs. Amos, though, never one to follow, stands out yet again. She may have given birth to them once, but, mother-Tori has more than good reason for re-birthing. Despite the tremendous strength of the originals, she manages to offer new perspective to her girls-songs, not just re-interpreting but occasionally surpassing the early versions. "Dust" exhibits her genius and lyricism through a rather peculiar selection of Tori-babies, not the most representative for newcomers, still a great collection for casual listeners. New arrangements, new vocals, new old, new gold. Throw away the dusters, it's Tori, bitch!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been considerably better 10 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
I gave this product 4 out 5. For anyone out there that is unfamiliar with Tori Amos' legacy, this is just a sample of great quality music with amazing lyrics, something we hope there is more of, rather than the crap we hear on the radio and clubs nowadays.

For all the hardcore Tori Amos fans out there I'm assuming this is disappointment that doesn't deserve more than 2 out of 5. Why? Her voice just isn't the same. Anastasia is my favourite Tori Amos song of all time and having reduced it from its original 10 minutes to around 4 minutes is very disappointing. While the original is extremely powerful with Tori accompanied mostly by her piano, the newer version is overpowered by backing vocals and instruments. The same can be said of Silent all these years, Winter, etc.

I was expecting an orchestra to improve many of the songs but I didn't find any song on this album that is better than the original. Part of what made Tori Amos such a great artist was the fact that she could pull off entire concerts just her and a Piano, and suddenly hearing all these new renditions shows just how good she was and wondering if we'll ever get our old Tori Amos back. I certainly hope so.

Another thing that bothered me were the choices of songs for this album. Scarlet's Walk which is arguably one of Tori's best albums only features one song, and not even of the best ones of the album! But somehow Programmable Soda and Star of Wonder managed to get in. One can argue that the selection is subjective but wouldn't it make sense to promote songs from here better selling albums (and generally better albums)?

I hope we get the old Tori Amos back. I personally though it was all great and amazing until the Beekeeper - and I really pray for her to pick up from there.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Likely to gather gold dust on my shelf 5 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
This project could have had a lot of potential but to me its an opportunity wasted.
I was expecting radical reinterpretations of some of Tori's back catalogue but the majority of the tracks are just re-recordings of the originals and sound practically identical to the original album versions. Tracks such as Winter, Silent All These Years, Flying Dutchman and Gold Dust already had orchestral elements to them and are rendered utterly pointless to listen to as they are the same as the album versions.
It would have been far more interesting if Tori had chosen to reinterpret tracks from Venus or Choirgirl such as Bliss, 1000 Oceans or Black Dove. A case in point is Tori's version of Cruel during the Night of Hunters tour.
Overall this is so disappointing from an artist I expect more from and I'm afraid whose best output is now behind her..very frustrating
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a really nice re working of older songs rearranged with the...
Just a really nice re working of older songs rearranged with the orchestra. Interesting to hear the 'how I sing them now' style that reflects the Tori's continuing journey from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ian Webster
3.0 out of 5 stars I do NOT have cloth ears!
I've admired and bought Tori's music for over 20 years. Her latest 2014 album is wonderful, as were all of her previous albums before 'Gold Dust'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MV
4.0 out of 5 stars With a better song choice...
I think the idea of reworking songs with an orchestral arrangement can be fantastic and in many cases it is with this album like Flavour, Marianne, Gold Dust etc, but, personally... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Diogo Ferreira
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss the point ... Buy it and listen to it properly
I think all the less positive reviewers are missing the point.

These are wonderful reworkings of already wonderful songs sure, but there is a point to this. Read more
Published 15 months ago by leon123
4.0 out of 5 stars Old songs made new
I hadn't had a lot of hope for this album and I was expecting it to be terrible given Amos' recent album trajectory but I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well packaged and fast delivery.
Tori at her best as usual
The girl is simply wonderful and a joy to listen to, she is a wonderful talent and has the best voice I have... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rattanakosin
2.0 out of 5 stars Gold dust(y)
I bought this as it is a "redo" of many of her previous tracks and because I enjoyed Midwinter Graces. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jjack
5.0 out of 5 stars Tori finds gold
Gold dust show Tori continuing the rout down a classical direction by excellently re-imagining some of her most beloved song into a classical style with fantastic results :)
Published 19 months ago by fall341
5.0 out of 5 stars She never puts a foot wrong...
Viva Tori! Time to get back in the studio and record some new material, but it's good to hear some re-workings of her classics.
Published 19 months ago by MJ Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on old classics
Apart from Star of Wonder, an album which brings older songs to life in a new way. A worthy experiment for Tori.
Published 19 months ago by Nathan
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