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Tori Amos

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) was one of several female singer/songwriters who combined the stark, lyrical attack of alternative rock with a distinctly '70s musical approach, creating music that fell between the orchestrated meditations of Kate Bush and the stripped-down poetics of Joni Mitchell. In addition, she revived the singer/songwriter traditions of the '70s while re-establishing the piano as a rock & roll instrument. With her 1992 album Little Earthquakes, Amos built a dedicated following that expanded with her second album, Under the Pink, before giving way to a decade-spanning legacy.

The daughter of a Methodist preacher, Amos was born in North Carolina but raised in Maryland. She began singing and playing piano in the church choir at the age of four, and songwriting followed shortly afterward. Amos proved to be a quick learner, and her instrumental prowess earned her a scholarship to the preparatory school at Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory. While studying at Peabody, she became infatuated with rock & roll, particularly the music of Led Zeppelin. She lost her scholarship at the age of 11 -- quite possibly due to her interest in popular music -- but continued writing songs nevertheless, eventually moving to Los Angeles in her late teens to become a pop singer. Atlantic Records signed her in 1987, and Amos recorded an uninspired pop-metal album called Y Kant Tori Read the following year. The record was a complete failure, attracting no attention from radio or press and selling very few copies; nevertheless, she didn't lose her record contract. By 1990, Amos had adopted a new approach, singing spare, haunting, semi-confessional piano ballads that were arranged like Kate Bush but had the melodies and lyrical approach of Joni Mitchell. Atlantic sponsored a trip to England in 1991, where she played a series of concerts in support of an EP, Me and a Gun.

The harrowing "Me and a Gun" was an autobiographical song, telling the tale of Amos' own experience with rape. It gained positive reviews throughout the media, and both the EP and the supporting concerts sold well. Little Earthquakes, Amos' first album as a singer/songwriter, was released in 1992 and fared well in both the U.S. and the U.K. The same year, she released the Crucify EP, which featured cover songs like Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Led Zeppelin's "Thank You." Delivered in early 1994, Under the Pink, the proper follow-up to Little Earthquakes, was an even bigger hit, selling over a million copies and launching the minor hit singles "God" and "Cornflake Girl." Two years later, Amos delivered her third album, Boys for Pele, her most ambitious and difficult record to date. The album debuted at number two and quickly went platinum.

Amos spent much of 1997 dealing with personal matters, including a miscarriage and a marriage. She also worked on her fourth album, From the Choirgirl Hotel, which was released in the spring of 1998. The two-disc To Venus and Back followed in 1999 to coincide with a tour with Alanis Morissette. In 2001, Amos returned with the covers album Strange Little Girls, which also marked her last release for Atlantic.

The next year, she found a new label home with Epic and followed with Scarlet's Walk in October. Her eighth studio album, an autobiographical record titled The Beekeeper, was released in 2005. The massive five-disc Piano collection arrived in 2006, boasting a cornucopia of album cuts, B-sides, unedited and alternate versions, demos, and seven previously unissued tracks, followed by the typically eclectic and hard-rocking American Doll Posse in 2007, an all-new collection of songs that found the artist assuming five archetypal personalities, all of whom were based on feminine gods in Greek and Roman mythology.

As she toured in support of the album, Amos released live digital recordings of each concert as part of the Legs and Boots concert series, which grew to encompass 27 albums. Although each release was made available, Amos also released a "best-of" Legs and Boots compilation in March 2009, having created its track list from various recordings during the tour. Meanwhile, she also focused on new material that had been written during the tour, which she soon compiled into her tenth studio album. Entitled Abnormally Attracted to Sin, the album was released in May 2009 by Universal Republic, Amos' new record label. A holiday album, Midwinter Graces, followed closely behind, appearing before the end of 2009 and garnering warm reviews.

In the summer of 2011, Amos began touring in advance of her next album, the classically based song cycle Night of Hunters. A conceptual work based on familiar motifs by composers Satie, Chopin, Schubert, and Bach, Amos' recording centered on a couple torn apart by life's difficulties and monotonies, and the female protagonist's journey to find wholeness within herself. Amos collaborated on the recording with the string quartet Apollon Musagete, arranger John Philip Shenale, and clarinetist Ernst Ottensamer. Night of Hunters was released by the classical label Deutsche Grammophon in September of 2011; it peaked at 24 on the Billboard 200. Amos' next move was to re-record some of her songs, newly arranged by John Philip Shenale with the Metropole Orchestra. The resulting set, called Gold Dust, appeared almost exactly a year after Night of Hunters; it debuted at 63 on the Billboard 200. In 2013, after several years in gestation, the musical The Light Princess, based on the fairy tale by Scottish seminal fantasy writer George MacDonald and with music and lyrics by Amos, premiered at the National Theatre in London to wild critical acclaim and was nominated for best musical in the prestigious Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The following year, Amos announced her return to pop with her 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines. Heavily inspired by her love of fine art, the album appeared in early May 2014. A year later, the official cast recording of The Light Princess was released. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Unrepentant Geraldines (Bonus Track Version)

Disc 1

1. America

2. Trouble's Lament

3. Wild Way

4. Wedding Day

5. Weatherman

6. 16 Shades Of Blue

7. Maids Of Elfen-Mere

8. Promise

9. Giant's Rolling Pin

10. Selkie

11. Unrepentant Geraldines

12. Oysters

13. Rose Dover

14. Invisible Boy

Disc 2
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Track List: Gold Dust

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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Track List: Night Of Hunters

1. Shattering Sea

2. Snowblind

3. Battle Of Trees

4. Fearlessness

5. Cactus Practice

6. Star Whisperer

7. Job's Coffin

8. Nautical Twilight

9. Your Ghost

10. Edge Of The Moon

11. The Chase

12. Night Of Hunters

13. Seven Sisters

14. Carry

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Track List: Abnormally Attracted To Sin

1. Give

2. Welcome To England

3. Strong Black Vine

4. Flavor

5. Not Dying Today

6. Maybe California

7. Curtain Call

8. Fire To Your Plain

9. Police Me

10. That Guy

11. Abnormally Attracted To Sin

12. 500 Miles

13. Mary Jane

14. Starling

15. Fast Horse

16. Ophelia

17. Lady In Blue

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Track List: Live At Montreux 1991-1992

1. Silent All These Years (Live)

2. Precious Things (Live)

3. China (Live)

4. Crucify (Live)

5. Leather (Live)

6. Song For Eric (Live)

7. Upside Down (Live)

8. Happy Phantom (Live)

9. Winter (Live)

10. Thank You (Live)

11. Little Earthquakes (Live)

12. Precious Things (Live)

13. Whole Lotta Love / Thank You (Live)

14. Me And A Gun (Live)

15. Winter (Live)

16. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Live)

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Track List: American Doll Posse

1. Yo George

2. Big Wheel

3. Bouncing Off Clouds

4. Teenage Hustling

5. Digital Ghost

6. You Can Bring Your Dog

7. Mr. Bad Man

8. Fat Slut

9. Girl Disappearing

10. Secret Spell

11. Devils And Gods

12. Body And Soul

13. Father's Son

14. Programmable Soda

15. Code Red

16. Roosterspur Bridge

17. Beauty Of Speed

18. Almost Rosey

19. Velvet Revolution

20. Dark Side Of The Sun

21. Posse Bonus

22. Smokey Joe

23. Dragon

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Track List: The Beekeeper

1. Parasol

2. Sweet The Sting

3. The Power Of Orange Knickers (feat. Damien Rice)

4. Jamaica Inn

5. Barons Of Suburbia

6. Sleeps with Butterflies

7. General Joy

8. Mother Revolution

9. Ribbons Undone

10. Cars And Guitars

11. Witness

12. Original Sinsuality

13. Ireland

14. The Beekeeper

15. Martha's Foolish Ginger

16. Hoochie Woman

17. Goodbye Pisces

18. Marys Of The Sea

19. Toast

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Track List: Tales Of A Librarian

Disc 1

1. Precious Things

2. Angels

3. Silent All These Years

4. Cornflake Girl

5. Mary

6. God

7. Winter

8. Spark

9. Way Down

10. Professional Widow

11. Mr. Zebra

12. Crucify

13. Me And A Gun

14. Bliss

15. Playboy Mommy

16. Baker Baker

17. Tear In Your Hand

18. Sweet Dreams

19. Jackie's Strength

20. Snow Cherries From France

Disc 2
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Track List: Scarlet's Walk

1. Amber Waves

2. A Sorta Fairytale

3. Wednesday

4. Strange

5. Carbon

6. Crazy

7. Wampum Prayer

8. Don't Make Me Come To Vegas

9. Sweet Sangria

10. Your Cloud

11. Pancake

12. I Can't See New York

13. Mrs. Jesus

14. Taxi Ride

15. Another Girl's Paradise

16. Scarlet's Walk

17. Virginia

18. Gold Dust

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Track List: Strange Little Girls

1. New Age

2. '97 Bonnie & Clyde

3. Strange Little Girl

4. Enjoy The Silence

5. I'm Not In Love

6. Rattlesnakes

7. Time

8. Heart Of Gold

9. I Don't Like Mondays

10. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

11. Raining Blood

12. Real Men

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Track List: To Venus And Back

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Track List: From the Choirgirl Hotel

1. Spark

2. Cruel

4. Raspberry Swirl

5. Jackie's Strength

7. Liquid Diamonds

8. She's Your Cocaine

9. Northern Lad

10. Hotel

11. Playboy Mommy

12. Pandora's Aquarium

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Track List: Boys For Pele

1. Horses

2. Blood Roses

3. Father Lucifer

4. Professional Widow

5. Mr. Zebra

6. Marianne

7. Caught A Lite Sneeze

8. Muhammad My Friend

9. Hey Jupiter

10. Way Down

11. Little Amsterdam

12. Talula

13. Not The Red Baron

14. Agent Orange

15. Doughnut Song

16. In The Springtime Of His Voodoo

17. Putting The Damage On

18. Twinkle

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Track List: Under The Pink

1. Pretty Good Year

2. God

3. Bells For Her

5. Baker Baker

7. The Waitress

8. Cornflake Girl

9. Icicle

10. Cloud On My Tongue

11. Space Dog

12. Yes, Anastasia

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Track List: Little Earthquakes

1. Crucify

2. Girl

3. Silent All These Years

4. Precious Things

5. Winter

6. Happy Phantom

7. China

8. Leather

9. Mother

10. Tear In Your Hand

11. Me And A Gun

12. Little Earthquakes

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Track List: A Piano: The Collection

Disc 1

1. Leather (Alternate Mix)

2. Precious Things (Alternate Mix)

3. Silent All These Years

4. Upside Down

5. Crucify (Unedited Single Version)

6. Happy Phantom

7. Me And A Gun

9. Girl

10. Winter

12. Tear In Your Hand

13. China

14. Sweet Dreams

15. Mother (Alternate Mix)

16. Little Earthquakes

Disc 2

1. Cornflake Girl

2. Honey

3. Take Me With You

4. Baker Baker (Alternate Mix)

5. The Waitress (Alternate Mix)

6. Pretty Good Year

7. God

8. Cloud On My Tongue

9. Past The Mission (Alternate Mix)

10. Bells For Her

11. Yes, Anastasia (Alternate Mix)

12. Blood Roses

13. Mr. Zebra

14. Caught A Lite Sneeze (Alternate Mix)

16. Beauty Queen / Horses

17. Father Lucifer

18. Marianne

Disc 3

2. Hey Jupiter (Dakota Version)

3. Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)

4. Putting The Damage On

6. Suede

7. Glory Of The 80's

8. 1000 Oceans

10. Lust

11. Datura

12. Sugar (Live)

13. Waitress (Live)

14. Snow Cherries From France

Disc 4

1. Sorta Fairytale

2. Not David Bowie

3. Amber Waves

6. Beekeeper

9. Sweet The Sting

11. Spark

15. Gold Dust

Disc 5

2. Never Seen Blue

4. Beulah Land

5. Sugar

6. Cooling

8. Black Swan

10. Peeping Tommi

17. Here, In My Head

19. Merman

20. Sister Janet

22. Frog On My Toe

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Track List: Selkie (Single)

10. Selkie

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Track List: Under The Pink (Deluxe Edition)

1. Pretty Good Year (2015 Remastered)

2. Sister Janet (2015 Remastered)

3. God (2015 Remastered)

4. Honey (2015 Remastered)

5. Bells For Her (2015 Remastered)

6. Daisy Dead Petals (2015 Remastered)

7. Past The Mission (2015 Remastered)

8. Over It (2015 Remastered)

9. Baker Baker (2015 Remastered)

10. Black Swan (2015 Remastered)

11. The Wrong Band (2015 Remastered)

13. The Waitress (2015 Remastered)

14. All The Girls Hate Her (2015 Remastered)

15. Cornflake Girl (2015 Remastered)

16. God (The C J Bolland Remix) [2015 Remastered]

17. Icicle (2015 Remastered)

18. Here, In My Head (Live From Colston Hall, Bristol, 7 March 1994) [2015 Remastered]

19. Cloud On My Tongue (2015 Remastered)

20. Upside Down (Live From Colston Hall, Bristol, 7 March 1994) (2015 Remastered)

21. Space Dog (2015 Remastered)

22. Past The Mission (Live From Vic Theatre, Chicago, 24 March 1994) (2015 Remastered)

23. Yes, Anastasia (2015 Remastered)

24. Icicle (Live From Wadsworth Theatre, Los Angeles, 22 March 1994) (2015 Remastered)

25. Flying Dutchman (Live From Vic Theatre, Chicago, 24 March 1994) (2015 Remastered)

26. Winter (Live From Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 1 March 1994) (2015 Remastered)

27. The Waitress (Live From The Sanders Theatre, Boston, 31 March 1994) (2015 Remastered)

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Track List: Welcome To England (Radio Single)

1. Welcome To England

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barefoot all these years
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Her China & even more so Winter pulls the goosebumps up.
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Beautiful voice, her early training shares and inspirations of the '70's- keep it up
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Wednesday
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Tori Amos should cover angel of death by slayer
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Crucify. Tori's feet smell nice.
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Her music sound-tracke d my youth... from the angst of middle school through about 2005.... Little earthquakes started it all. Love me some Tori.
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I Can't See New York...very appropriate for 9/11 month. America will never be the same. So sad.
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she drips emotion, and she makes me cry... in a good way
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This girl is amazing, she reminds me of a young less serious Lady Gaga, cant wait to see what she comes out with next yo
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Tori has gotten me through sooo many heartaches during my young adult life. She is most definitely a personal guru, goddess, ect., to so many of her followers. Thanks Tori!
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Always love to hear her sassy voice..
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Reminds me of a girl Kristen I knew I how f**ked up my life was.....I miss you
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Got something to say but the words never come...silen t . My scream got lost in a paper cup... But I will still be waiting for anyone to understand.
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weird lyrics
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lyrical genius! musical prodigy! I LOVE Tori! My sister and I have been collecting all her music since '95. 20 yrs of the best music ever!
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She's still one of my favorite singers from the 90's. And, I still love her!
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I am so stunned over the strength, obvious faith reading her bio., as her life is a path of stones and choices over them, in the road- she has learned and faced her challenges as positive lessons how incredibly wonderful- her range of success is well deserved, her voice Amazing ~
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This bobonnit person is a troll, he/she goes and makes rude comments on many artists profiles.
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One of the greatest artists of a lifetime.
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Tori's my girl. Favorite singer, writer, musician ever!!
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Great song, aaahhhh!
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Goddess. Abnormally Attracted to Sin.
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Tori is a truly amazing singer, musician and lyricist. She's my girl
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My number 1 gurrrrrrllll !
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Saw her in 05 it's been way too long!!
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Luv tori!!♥
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Always right on time, Tori!
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Seconded.
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The lyrics printed here for Winter have a lot of errors. Anyone know how to fix that?
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Master songwriter
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Used this version as my wedding song!
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She has such a beautiful voice
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This Friday, Tori in St. Louis!!!
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6 days till TORI in Dallas EEEEEEEEEKKK K K K K
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I can't wait to see her in Seattle... I've loved her since I was a kid. Always stunning, always original
Xoxo
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Neil Gaiman is a close friend and based his character Delirium on her as they both have mismatched eyes
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Tori Amos is one of the most inspiring artists around! A rare gem that has stayed true to herself after all these years in the music industry! Definitely my fave :-)
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Lyrics..... Please are missing ON MOST of ToRi
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