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To Venus and Back [CASSETTE]

Tori Amos Audio Cassette
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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 Cassette (17 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00001IVJT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,101,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There are always two sides to everyone 2 Feb 2002
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Format:Audio CD
CD1 is definitely Tori Amos' most electronic-driven albums, but don't let that common fear of great-artists-turning-silly-to-go-with-the-times get in the way, because there are still magic Tori moments to be found. 1000 Oceans and Josephine are two beautiful ballads and Concertina has that pretty Amos chorus. Bliss, Datura, Juarez and Glory Of The 80s have a new sound than other Tori albums but just let it work on you and you'll see how effective the electronics are. Truly amazing.
CD2 is the live album. This would get ten out of five stars alone because it is just fantastic! The live versions of Precious Things, Cruel, Mr Zebra and The Waitress are brilliant and she breathes new life into Cornflake Girl and Bells For Her. Also on the live album are the excellent vocal moments of Sugar and the beautiful piano hook of Cooling. A must!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars she's a genius this woman 1 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love Tori, yet whenever she has a new album out it takes me a few goes to get what she's doing. This album was no exception. Some tracks caught me imediately (1000 Oceans), but after coming back to it again and again I finally 'got it'. I love music when it's easy to hear, automatically pleasing, but the best music is when it takes a while to get under your skin and permeate the layers of your consciousness. To Venus and Back is the work of a true genius. The piano hook on 'Lust' is so simple yet tremendous, the song written from the POV of Napoleon (strange but true folks) - Josephine - is a lyrical delight and heartbreaking with it. All of the songs are little pieces of the ever expanding universe that is Tori Amos.
The live cd is great listening, Cooling being my fave track and Sugar a close second. Tori's voice sounds slightly tired, but that adds an edge for me. The little spoken-to-the-crowd inserts are cool - she isn't an ordinary girl, is she?
To Venus and Back is an album that holds hidden treaures, and they are available for those brave enough to wade thru the miasma of 'quirky Tori' preconceptions and mourning for the days of Little Earthquakes to come back (it's never happening, dear). It will take you to places (venus perhaps?) you've long needed to go.. and who knows, you may never want to come back.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars yet another masterpiece 26 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
tori never fails to amaze me. although all her albums have a similar style, they are all incredibly varied. at the time of writing this, i own "from the choirgirl hotel" and "boys for pele" both which are great albums. i prefer FTCH more because it has the electronic sound, which "to venus and back" has. the piano is still there, but it is contrasted wonderfully with the electronics and drums in the background.
standout tracks for me include "bliss" which is my favourite song on the album, "juarez" for it's plain originality and "1000 oceans" because it is a truly beautiful song, both lyrically and musically. all the songs on this album are brilliant and not to be missed.
disc 2, the live album blew me away. i have never seen (or heard) tori live before listening to this cd. now i am determined to see her someday. starting off with "precious things" the darkness of the piano and backing band set the scene for this cd. i loved the live versions of "cruel" and "bells for her" - they were so amazing. how one person can be so talented is beyond me. totally brilliant.
buy this now. don't think twice. just get it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great albums! You really must buy this!!! 8 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album is a first for Tori Amos and a rare thing for the music industry; it is an album of entirely new material coupled with another CD of live material, which is essentially something of a greatest hits package. When I first saw this I wondered whether the new material was too weak to release on its own and had to be buoyed up with some of her previous glories. Upon a few listenings to the album I found my supposition was wrong, not only is the album strong, but thankfully, it treads where none of her previous albums go.
On ‘From the Choirgirl hotel’, she had dabbled with electronica; on ‘To Venus and back’ she uses it continually to startling effect throughout the album. When one hears the word ‘electronica’ one pictures up images of a horrific 80’s new romantic band (especially when one of the songs is called ‘Glory of the 80’s’). Luckily you can dispel these thoughts; the layers of synthesisers are dense and slinky and give the album atmosphere. Not only is the music of high quality (written and produced by Tori Amos), but also the vocals have been given considerable attention. Tori must have been in good form when recording this album as she hits some incredible highs while maintaining a good deal of emotion.
The songs themselves aren’t perhaps as strong as those on ‘Choirgirl hotel’, lacking the vast emotional clout of that album and songs like ‘Playboy Mommy’ and ‘Black Dove’. Instead we get brooding and sulky vocals. Only one song hits the same chord as ‘Choirgirl hotel’ and that is ‘1000 oceans’, a heartbreaking song about a girl who loves her partner so much that although he is leaving her, she would cry 1000 oceans to get him home safely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
This album is up there, with the best works from Tori Amos. The nr2 cd, is all live and together with the studio songs on cd1, it makes an album worth spending money on.
Published 3 months ago by yngvegronseth
5.0 out of 5 stars along with chorigirl my fave tori album!
1. Bliss 10/10
2. Juarez 10/10
3. Concertina 9/10
4. Glory Of The 80's 10/10
5. Lust 8.5/10
6. Suede 8/10
7. Josephine 8/10
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Published on 6 Oct 2009 by J.F
4.0 out of 5 stars Putting the Clash in Electroclash: Tori's Difficult 5th
Could I be the only Tori fan that had a problem with `To Venus and Back`? From the voluble praise of the other reviews it might be so. Read more
Published on 21 May 2009 by P. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars "...is your place in heaven worth giving up these kisses"
Tori Amos is an amazing artist, full stop. While she will probably never be mainstream (that is not a bad thing) she undoubtedly is one of the most talented artists of our time. Read more
Published on 15 July 2007 by Brida
5.0 out of 5 stars Tori Amos - To Venus And Back
I've found out that most people love, or simply don't like this album compared to her others. 1998-99 showcased my favourite Tori Amos `era' - the electronica Tori. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2006 by srxjnj
4.0 out of 5 stars toriamos=talented artist.
i have only listened to 2 of her albums, but i was pleased when i heard this one.
the first cd is better,because it isnt live. Read more
Published on 8 July 2002 by "laurenhodeuk"
5.0 out of 5 stars She broke my heart, but I love her just the same...
Buy this album for the live song "Cooling", if for no other reason. It's a masterpiece too beautiful for the clumsiness of modern living, redemptive in its lyrical... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2002 by junglebeaver@yahoo.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Tori's Dalliance with Dance
OK so not strictly a dalliance with 'dance' but certainly the new electronica sound that is eeking its way into almost every new album is here. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Will you just buy it already!
It doesn't seem that long ago since Tori Amos's last album FROM THE CHOIR GIRL HOTEL was a permanent fixture in my CD player, but now here we are again with her new album. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2000
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