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Atlantic Records press release
Exclusive to Billboard
December 20, 1995


Atlantic Records has announced the forthcoming release of "BOYS FOR PELE," the third solo album from Tori Amos. Due January 23rd, the album includes eighteen songs, all written and produced by Ms. Amos. It was recorded and mixed by Mark Hawley and Marcel van Limbeek, with additional mixing by Bob Clearmountain.

The album's debut single, "Caught a Lite Sneeze," is scheduled to make its radio debut on December 22nd. The "Caught a Lite Sneeze" CD-5, which includes four bonus, non-album tracks, will be available at retail outlets nationwide on January 4th. The track's companion video is being directed by Mike Lipscombe (b-tribe, Tricky).

On December 11th, "Caught a Lite Sneeze" was posted on the Atlantic Records website ( in an unprecedented use of groundbreaking RealAudio on-line technology, which enables users to selecy and playback audio multimedia content on demand, in real time. This marked the first time a complete track by an artist of such popular stature had been made instantly available via the Internet prior to its official release. On December 15th, 30-second samples of three more "... PELE" tracks -- "hey Jupiter," "Putting the Damage On," and "Talula" -- were posted in Tori's area of the Atlantic website. In addition, exclusive Tori materials (digital photos, album artwork, lyrics, tour dates, etc.) will be regularly added to the site in the upcoming weeks.

Ms. Amos is slated to kick off a U.K. headlining tour February 23rd, with a headlining U.S. tour scheduled to begin April 9th.

Named after the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele, the album was primarily recorded in an old church in Delgany, part of Ireland's Co. Wicklow, with the famed Black Dyke Mills Band contributing horns to several tracks. Additional recording took place at a Georgian house in Ireland's Co. Cork, in England with the Sinfonia of London, and in New Orleans, Louisiana. "BOYS FOR PELE" marks Tori's first use of the harpsichord, which she plays on a number of tracks.

Ms. Amos's first solo album, "LITTLE EARTHQUAKES," was released in February 1992 and earned U.S. gold a year later (and eventually went platinum) "virtually be word of mouth" as Spin noted. The same period saw the North Carolina native play over 200 solo shows -- just her and the piano -- forging a reputation for raw, moving performances.

1994's "UNDER THE PINK" (#1 in the U.K., another platinum disc in the U.S.) brought forth new revelations and a new set of characters. In its review of the album, Rolling Stone praised Tori's "emotional fearlessness," calling her "a musical find to treasure." "Measured simply by her raw ability, Tori Amos is a phenomenal talent," wrote Entertainment Weekly. A worldwide headlining tour followed, with Tori playing a marathon series of concerts across North America, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.

In the summer of '94, Tori launched RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and helped establish the nation's only toll-free sex abuse hotline (1-800-656-HOPE). The non-profit organization is run by the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, with Tori chairing the advisory board.

Tori is currently featured on the new Atlantic holiday collection, "YOU SLEIGH ME!," with her version of the Christmas classic "Little Drummer Boy." Earlier in 1995, she recorded "Down by the Seaside" as a duet with Robert Plant for the Atlantic release, "ENCOMIUM: A TRIBUTE TO LED ZEPPELIN" -- expanding a diverse list of duet partners that already included Trent Reznor and Michael Stipe. She also recorded her version of "Famous Blue Raincoat" for a Leonard Cohen tribute album, "TOWER OF SONG."

Following is the complete track listing for "BOYS FOR PELE":

Beauty Queen/Horses * Blood Roses * Father Lucifer * Professional Widow * Mr. Zebra * Marianne * Caught A Lite Sneeze * Muhammad My Friend * hey Jupiter * Way Down * Little Amsterdam * Talula * Not The Red Baron * Agent Orange * Doughnut Song * In The Springtime Of His Voodoo * Putting The Damage On * Twinkle

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