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Atlantic Records press release
January 16, 1996

Tori Amos: "BOYS FOR PELE"

Atlantic Records has announced the release of "BOYS FOR PELE," the third solo album from Tori Amos. Due in stores on 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 already the #1 most-added track at Alternative and Adult Alternative radio outlets nationwide. The song's companion video, directed by Mike Lipscombe (b-tribe, Tricky), has been added to MTV, and Tori will be performing on the channel's "120 Minutes" show this weekend. The commercial CD-5 version of "Caught a Lite Sneeze" features four bonus tracks not included on "BOYS FOR PELE."

Tori is slated to perform on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live on January 20th and on NBC's Tonight Show on February 8th.

On December 11th, "Caught a Lite Sneeze" was posted on the Atlantic Records website using groundbreaking RealAudio on-line technology, which enables users to select 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 were posted in Tori's area of the Atlantic website. Exclusive Tori materials (digital photos, album artwork, lyrics, tour dates, etc.) are being frequently added to the site.

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, "BOYS FOR PELE" 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. The album 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). 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. 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.

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