‘Boys for Pele’ set for 20th anniversary re-release, soothe your breakups all over again come mid-November
In January 1996, singer/songwriter Tori Amos release one of the most important albums of her career and gave an anthem to breakups around the world. Recorded in rural Ireland and Louisiana, the record spans 18 tracks featuring harpsichord, clavichord, harmonium, gospel choirs, brass bands, full orchestras and Amos’s signature growl/howl vocals.
Now, 20 years later, Rhino Records is releasing an anniversary collection of the album including remastered and unreleased tracks.
Boys for Pele, as with many of her releases, comes from a unique and personal place for Amos. She had just ended a long relationship with Under the Pink producer Eric Rosse and her new single-dom lead her to reevaluate a number of facets in her life.
“In my relationships with men, I was always musician enough, but not woman enough, I always met men in my life as a musician, and there would be magic, adoration,” she said in a 1996 interview with Daily News. ”But then it would wear off. All of us want to be adored, even for five minutes a day, and nothing these men gave me was ever enough.”
Personally, I’ve always been partial to “Horses” which I always thought hi-lighted the songstresses ability to mix somber melodies with her bewitching vocals. It also helped me get over at least two boys. Check it out below:
But it was the mix of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, as well as the haunting vocal chorus, of “Hey Jupiter” that really made impacts for folks:
Well, now I’ve spent the morning listening to this record for the first time in a while and I hate men even more than usual.
And I’m also remembering how many amazing tracks are here – “Father Lucifer,” “Agent Orange” and “Blood Roses” all helped define a number of break ups for me – lots of tear soaked pillows and empty bottles of wine tossed out of Fan windows.
But beyond the original tracks, a number of release are coming along with a selection of B-sides, rare recordings, and four previously unreleased tracks for this release.
Check out a live version of “Amazing Grace/Til The Chicken”:
Here’s the whole track list for both discs:
01 Beauty Queen/Horses
02 Blood Roses
03 Father Lucifer
04 Professional Widow
05 Mr. Zebra
07 Caught a Lite Sneeze
08 Muhammad My Friend
09 Hey Jupiter
10 Way Down
11 Little Amsterdam
13 Not the Red Baron
14 Agent Orange
15 Doughnut Song
16 In the Springtime of His Voodoo
17 Putting the Damage On
01 Hey Jupiter – The Dakota Version
02 To the Fair Motormaids of Japan
03 That’s What I Like Mick (The Sandwich Song)
04 Fire-Eater’s Wife/Beauty Queen – Demo Version
05 Professional Widow – Armand’s Star Trunk Funkin’ Mix (Radio Edit)
06 Sugar (Live)
08 Talula – M&M Mix
09 Professional Widow – Merry Widow Version (Live)
10 Frog on My Toe
11 Hungarian Wedding Song
12 Walk to Dublin (Sucker Reprise)
13 Toodles Mr. Jim
14 Sister Named Desire
15 Amazing Grace/Til The Chicken
16 This Old Man
18 Honey (Live)
20 London Girls
21 In The Springtime Of His Voodoo (Rookery Ending)
Pitchfork is also reporting the original record will get a vinyl rerelease on the same day – Nov. 18th, 2016.
Tim is a writer, video game nerd, and music fan. You'll see him at shows, or you wont really see him at all.
I feel a kindred spirit with Tori – it’s the red hair and the appreciation for moody vocal harmonies. So I was incredibly exited to hear rumors about a new album from her coming this year. Sure enough, just in time for a dreary, rainy weekend, Amos releases the first single off of the upcoming [...]March 28, 2014
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