Are you a Tori Amos fan? I have to say I am a bit of one – I’ve always been fascinated with her brutal honesty and amazing musical ability, from the first time I heard about her until now, that I’ve listened to most of her Reissues of “Little Earthquakes” and “Under the Pink”. If you are a fan, these albums are above and beyond what you’ve heard before!
I am on holiday as I write this, surrounded by the North York public library for a little while, but I have managed to listen to Little Earthquakes at work a few days ago, and have been trying to listen to Under the Pink on sporadic youtube streaming here while I’m in TO for the week (Yes I’m back in Toronto for a week). All I can say is WOW – I am loving what I’m hearing.
Now, I never did ‘Google’ Tori Amos to see her story, but the entire mood of this album, the grittiness and story behind the music and between the words, the genius of musical organisation and the fascinating haunting beauty of her raw emotion on this album made me do it. Why? Because no one could be this raw and true and honest and fantastic without one hell of a life story – and trust me, Tori Amos has one hell of a life story to back up her sometimes controversial music.
She is also a musical genius, has a mezzo-soprano range (which is sorta obvious now that I think about it) and can invent new pieces as easily as she can successfully re-invent really well known songs. I have to say I did not read the press release before I listened, so when I realized that I was listening to a Tori Amos version of Nirvana’s famous “Smells Like Teen Spirit” I was blown away and more than pleasantly surprised. I was even more blown away when I realized I truly loved the Tori Amos version of it. I may or may not have started singing it with her at work…..
Her own songs, too were mesmerizing – I found myself often stopping work and just listening to her – from her crooning to her aggressive projections and then to a completely majestic a cappella (although the subject matter of that in particular could be quite disturbing for some people!)…I was absolutely fascinated and I wanted more….If you are a Tori Amos fan, you would want more too.
Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink!
Anyway, on April 14, Rhino Records is releasing remastered versions of Tori Amos’ first two albums: Little Earthquakes (1992) and Under The Pink (1994). Each will be available to purchase as 2 x CD sets with bonus discs including B-side, rarities and live tracks, and also on vinyl (for the first time ever in the U.S.). Now, I have not had a chance to sit and listen to ‘Under the Pink’ but I had to get this post up because I have the re-issues of these albums to give away to you, even if I haven’t had a chance to fairly review them, but you can see what you think before you buy (so to speak) because there are full streams available of each deluxe edition on Youtube! You can find the full stream of Little Earthquakes here and Under the Pink here.
Also, if you like what you hear, you can always pre-order either of the albums from the Tori Amos website – they will be on sale on the 14th April…..and if you can say you truly are a 100% Tori Amos aficionado, feel free to visit and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with Tori Amos, her life and her music.
Also, if you cannot afford to purchase one of these amazing albums, you can always just enter my giveaway below for a chance to win either the 2-cd re-issued deluxe version of either Little Earthquakes or Under the Pink for yourself. You just gotta follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below.
IMPORTANT LEGAL STUFF:
- This giveaway is open to the US and Canada only.
- This giveaway runs from 14/04/2015 (at 12am) until the 28/04/2015 (at 11:59pm) GMT (London time).
- There can be a maximum of 2 winners.
- Once the winners are chosen, they will be contacted within 2 days of the giveaway ending. They will have a week after this time to respond to attempts to contact them, or the prize will be forfeit and another winner will be chosen at that time.
- The winners’ contact info will be shared with the respective company that requires it, in order to get the prize to them. Otherwise it will be held in strict confidentiality.