With a wealth of material from the period with Atlantic/East West it was always deemed virtually impossible to select tracks for a retrospective that would please Toriphiles. It was Tori's intention to release a compilation after Choirgirl Hotel which would include hard-to-find b-sides along with a smattering of live tracks plus a couple of new songs. That album ended up becoming To Venus And Back, as the new material kept on coming. It is possible that had that original retrospective seen the light of day, that Tales Of a Librarian may not have ended up in the way it has done. I for one am pleased that instead of allowing Atlantic to cobble their own 'best of' which would have undoubtedly revolved around the standards 'Silent', 'Spark', 'Cornflake' and 'Lite Sneeze' we get something that has obviously been deconstructed very carefully and given some considerable thought. Tori Amos obviously cares enough about her 'girls' to ensure that any 'best of' compilation truly bears a collection of songs that sum up her journey, as opposed to a collection of songs that earn their place on the record because of chart positions. I'm pleased that this collection gives us so much more than the singles. Even down to the beautiful artwork and packaging, this is a record that the artist is undoubtedly proud of. As a fan, I am also proud to own it.
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