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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: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B008J0PS3C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 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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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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Lucas on 12 Oct. 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Jupiter TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2012
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From 1992's shattering "Little earthquakes" to 2011's haunting "Night of hunters", Tori Amos has certainly come a long way. With 12 studio albums, and 40+ singles, her compelling songwriting genius has produced countless moments to treasure forever. Celebrating 2 decades of recording, Tori decides to pay a visit to her back catalogue. She does not really need a reason for revisiting her own stuff whenever she pleases, but this anniversary calls for a special flashback. Never one to follow the usual tactics of most artists, even when it comes to re-releasing old material, she does it in her own unorthodox way. Instead of gathering the obvious hits, she makes an unexpected selection of tracks to comprise this career-retrospective release, that serves more as a reminder of her idiosyncratic artistic persona rather than a typical greatest hits package.

Drawing from 10 of her 12 albums, "Dust" presents a 14-song setlist that forms a Tori-fic concept record. Being the mother of these babies, Tori is entitled to her own cherry-picking, no matter how peculiar it seems. Not afraid of giving birth once again to her girls-songs, she goes one step furher and re-records them with full orchestral backing (courtesy of the Netherlands-based Metropole Orchestra), and she manages to offer new perspective to some of them, often even surpassing the tremendous strength of the early versions. Bold or unnecessary, re-interpreting such a repertoire is a challenging experiment, thus, she can be forgiven for the occasional self-indulgence. "Dust" is a pretty accessible record for newcomers and casual listeners alike, representing Tori's prolific catalogue. New arrangements, new vocals, new old, new gold.
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By MV on 19 Jun. 2014
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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'. I've only just bought this album, I didn't buy it on release for various reasons, the luke-warm reviews for a start and because it was always very expensive. To get to the point - I can't hear much - or any difference between these 'orchestral' versions of previous material and the the original recordings. I do listen to music properly, my hearing is acute and I enjoy music, particularly classical. I actually thought that my CD was miss-pressed until I read further opinions on the album, I thought they had included a compilation of the original recordings instead of the promised orchestral re-recordings. But no. I really can't hear any significant difference. It just feels like another compilation, rather than a follow-up to the brilliant 'Night Of Hunters'. Could have been so much more dramatic, a live recording with full orchestra would have made this a better album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Ribeiro on 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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