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Tori Amos Scarlet's Walk
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Operation Peter Pan
Scarlet's Web bonus track
Scarlet's Hidden Treasures
Ruby through the Looking-Glass
Bug a Martini
The CD's about America --
It's a story that's also a journey, that begins in L.A.
and crosses the country, slowly heading east.
America's in there, and specific places and things, Native American history
and pornography and a girl on a plane who'll never get to New York,
and Oliver Stone and Andrew Jackson and madness and a lot more.
Not to mention a girl called Scarlet who may be the land
and may be a person and may be a trail of blood.
- Neil Gaiman
Tori's seventh solo album, Scarlet's Walk, was released on October 28, 2002 (UK) and October 29, 2002 (US). It was produced by Tori Amos, recorded and mixed by Mark Hawley and Marcel van Limbeek at Martian Engineering in Cornwall, England, and was her first album to be released by Sony/Epic Records.
* The Scarlet's Walk CD unlocked a secret web site called Scarlet's Web.
* Read Scarlet Fever - an email bulletin to prepare Epic/Sony Music employees for the release of Scarlet's Walk.
* Read Where's Scarlet? by Neil Gaiman.
* Scarlet's Hidden Treasures is a 6-song bonus CD that was included with Welcome to Sunny Florida, Tori's live DVD from the tour for Scarlet's Walk.
"A Native American woman came to me and gave me a message saying that our relationship is not to the government, because governments change, but to the land itself. Have we given back, are we being good care takers or just takers? She inspired me to write Scarlet's Walk. The songs on Scarlet's Hidden Treasures are an extended part of that story. They wanted to be heard in their own way and I liked the way they sit together," says Tori.
Tori talks about Scarlet's Walk
"Scarlet came at a time when I had experimented with all forms of keyboards, from harpsichord to synthesizers to sampled things, and each album that I've done I think has taught me something about a different facet of the keyboard world. I am a pianist more than a keyboard player. And you have to delineate that for yourself. I know B-3 players who are B-3 players. I would never say to you that I am a B-3 player, ever. I mean, maybe in 40 years time if I started doing it tomorrow for six hours a day. The piano is my passion and my core. With Scarlet, it wasn't about sampled sounds. I needed to capture the authenticity of the land, so I used instruments that weren't a sample of themselves. And I was also trying to tap into that "great American road trip." And the Wurly and the Rhodes lent themselves to that. But we were going for more of that classic songwriting, sonically nostalgic feeling. The instruments, the engineering, the way that things were recorded, the choice Matt was making -- the different kits he had. It all went core-up. As opposed to everything in post -- it wasn't about that. It was the compressors that were being used at the time as we were recording. There was more of a classic approach, but we were using very updated equipment." [Keyboard - December 2003]
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from Billboard magazine (US), October 26, 2002
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