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November 28, 2003
BECK/SMITH HOLLYWOOD EXCLUSIVE
Tori Amos Looking Forward to Breather
Tori Amos is looking forward to a spell of down time, with 2003 having
been jammed with touring and with work on her newly-released "Tales of
a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection" compilation CD and bonus DVD. She
notes that she and her band "thought we would have a little bit of a
break" last summer, but wound up working intensely on the new disc
She's candid about her reason. "Originally, it was contractual."
Atlantic Records, she informs, decided to exercise its option for a
greatest hits album, and she was left with the choice of being involved
-- or not.
"Once I knew they were going to do some kind of 'best-of' album, I said,
'Let's do something that's intriguing.' I explained to Atlantic that
every night the kids come back with their own version of the
'best-of,'" she says, speaking of fans' proclivity for amassing their
own collections thanks to the wonders of modern technology.
Thus, the iconoclastic and introspective songstress conceived the idea
of a "sonic biography" of material in the custodianship of a librarian
(complete with Dewey Decimal System packaging). She reworked some of
her classic material, added two new songs, and brought back two
little-known songs that, she says, "were cited as being too political
at the time." And political they are. One, "Sweet Dreams," includes the
line "land of liberty, we're run by a constipated man." She says it was
"originally written about George Bush and a war in Iraq -- about the
father in that war."
Anyway, Amos says her next step is "to take some time to write. I find
I get the best results when I have a little bit of time to not have to
deliver. I don't have to deliver again until 2005 -- and that gives me
the opportunity to know that in 2004 I'll be planting a vast garden."
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