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Gold Dust (Deluxe) [CD+DVD]

Tori Amos Audio 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 (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 (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,418 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remastered and revisited, maybe not reinvented 30 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
After the strong Classical influence on her 2011 effort "Night Of Hunters", Tori Amos has chosen to render this style to some of her masterpieces on "Gold Dust", her 13th studio album. I do quite enjoy listening to alternate versions of songs as they can often be completely transformed and reinvented - but, on this release, not all of them are as Tori has picked a few songs that sound very similar to their original versions as they are still piano led with orchestral arrangements. But overall, it does live up to the expectation.

The opening track "Flavor" is transformed from a poignant and sombre Pop Rock tune into a grandiose orchestral led ballad. "Yes, Anastasia" is a condensed version of the original, but that is pretty much the only noticeable change. The same goes for "Jackie's Strength" and "Cloud On My Tongue" although they are just as beautiful as when I first heard them in the 90's, the latter being one of my favorite Tori tracks. The fantastic "Precious Things" sounds just as creative and angst driven with a full blown orchestra as it did with electric guitars which is a pretty good achievement. I do not really remember "Gold Dust" from "Scarlet's Walk", but it does sound revived on here and much classier. "Star Of Wonder" is also quite spectacular and is greatly improved. "Winter" is just as perfect as the "Little Earthquakes" version released 20 years ago. "Flying Dutchman" is an uplifting number that I had only heard once before as it does not feature on one of her other studio albums, so it is nice that she has included one of her rarer tracks. "Programmable Soda" has such a lovely melody - it is such a shame that it is such a short song.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old songs made new 24 April 2013
By Joel
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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. A lot of the songs choices are safe in the way that most of them already had an orchestral or string background but many of them did have a distinctly different feel. Highlights for myself include Snow Cherries from France and Jackie's Strength. Both songs that I didn't pay a great deal of attention to in their original format.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A constant Tori fan's review 6 Oct 2012
By Andromeda Descendent TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Bear with me please - my review really starts in the last paragraph, but after reading some reviews here and elsewhere I thought it would help to give some context as to where I stand before I give my review. Note that I bought the deluxe CD, which has a bonus DVD with videos for Flavor and Gold Dust and is designed like a small book, but the reviews seem to be pooled together so I'll stick to the CD review.

There is often a big gulf between various groups of people who review Tori Amos albums. There is the group who may not have heard or liked anything since Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink, and always seem surprised that Tori's style of music has changed as she's aged. There is the group who love everything without being critical. And there is the group who keep resurfacing to criticise Tori for not being as good as she used to be, whilst nevertheless continuing to buy every one of her albums. There are the haters who like to pose as outraged fans to elicit a reaction (don't say there aren't any, I actually know someone like that). And, of course, there is every shade in-between.

It's people's choice whether or not to buy an album of songs that have been reworked in a certain way, be it orchestral, remix or acoustic - or even a best of - so people who use the words "rip-off" I feel have already undermined their own arguments. I think a small part of this currently comes from people who are understandably annoyed that two bonus tracks are only available if you buy the whole album again from different sources. Record companies should feel ashamed by that sort of tactic.

As for me, I've loved all of Tori's albums and always listen to new work with an open mind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 11 months ago by leon123
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 13 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 14 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 14 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 15 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 15 months ago by Nathan
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - missing the surprise element nonetheless
This is an interesting idea combining the orchestra with the songs and creating a celebration album. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Naoum
3.0 out of 5 stars Where did the old passion go?
I am a big fan of "Boys for Pele" and "From the choirgirl hotel", and I feel really disappointed about the lack of passion and colour Tori's offering us at this moment. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Trebla777
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sounds and vocals
It's almost like listening to an updated Kate Bush. She has some very good ambient mellow sounds on this album. Only know Tori amos from her 'Corn flake girl' record to be honest. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Matthew
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly disappointed
As a huge huge fan of her stories , sonique shapes and her girls, I sadly have to admit that I am more than disappointed by the sellection of song which have already been recorded... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nenad Kastratovic
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