A Piano: The Collection

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A Piano: The Collection
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ReleasedSeptember 26, 2006 (US)
Recorded1990 March 2006
Label Rhino Records
Producer Tori Amos
Tori Amos chronology
The Beekeeper
(2005)
A Piano: The Collection
(2006)
American Doll Posse
(2007)

A Piano: The Collection is a five-disc box set spanning the first 15 years of the solo career of American singer and song-writer Tori Amos. Released on September 26, 2006 by Rhino Records as part of the contract Amos negotiated with Warner Bros., the set consists of classics, rarities, demos, B-sides and a string of unreleased songs from album sessions.

Contents

Box set breakdown

The compilation's first disc includes an extended version of Amos's 1992 debut, Little Earthquakes . The original record has not only a different song sequence and alternate mixes but it features its four original B-sides ("Upside Down" and "Sweet Dreams," and alternate mixes of "Flying Dutchman" and "Take to the Sky") as well as the previously unreleased, unedited single remix version of "Crucify".

Spotlighting music recorded between 1994 and 1996, the second disc includes songs from Under the Pink and Boys for Pele . The 18 tracks blend original and remixed versions of albums cuts with the B-side "Honey" and "Professional Widow" performed live. Also included is "Take Me With You" (music recorded in 1990, with lyrics/vocals finished in 2006).

The third disc also includes songs associated with Boys for Pele plus 1999's To Venus and Back and Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection . The 15 songs feature original and remixed versions of album tracks as well as "Hey Jupiter" (Dakota Version) and "Professional Widow" (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin’ Mix). Also featured is "Walk to Dublin (Sucker Reprise)" (recorded in 1995 during the Boys for Pele sessions).

From the Choirgirl Hotel (1998), Scarlet's Walk (2002) and The Beekeeper (2005) are the focus of the fourth disc, which contains 15 songs including original and remixed versions of tracks from the albums. Also featured is the unheard intro for "Marys of the Sea" (from The Beekeeper) as well as four previously unreleased songs: "Not David Bowie" (recorded in 2004 for The Beekeeper), "Ode to My Clothes" (recorded in 2001 in between takes for Strange Little Girls), "Dolphin Song" (recorded in 2003 apparently during sessions for Tales of a Librarian), and the much-mythologized "Zero Point" (recorded in 1999 for To Venus and Back), which Amos had mentioned in interviews as well as the liner notes to 1999's To Venus and Back. In the A Piano liner notes, Amos writes:

"Some songs seem to have a timeline for when they want to be finished and put out to the world. At the time when we were working on 'Dolphin Song', I had all kinds of ideas for her development after the basic tracking had been done. Instead she got set aside for a while. But once we started to go through the tape library we put 'Dolphin' up on the faders again, and I realized we didn't need to record anything else; it was finished."

The final disc features 22 tracks spotlighting Amos's list of renowned B-sides and includes the exclusive digital release "Merman" from 1999 ("Merman" would later appear on No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees). It also includes popular B-sides such as "Cooling," "Purple People," "Bachelorette," and "Here. In My Head" and the unreleased "Peeping Tommi" (recorded in 1993 for Under the Pink). Amos also invites listeners into her artistic process with a medley of demos for the songs "Fire-Eater’s Wife / Beauty Queen", "Playboy Mommy" and "a sorta fairytale". Amos explains in the liner notes:

"I’m usually pretty reticent to expose the musical development process... The demo medley was a choice I made so that other songwriters can feel an affinity with the idea that songwriters have to push themselves and not just accept the first incarnation that you are presented with. Each of these three songs are presented here in their completed form somewhere within the box set so you can see conception to development."

Track listing

Disc A (440 Hz)

All tracks are written by Amos.

Little Earthquakes extended
No.TitleAlbum/SingleLength
1."Leather" (Alternate Mix) Little Earthquakes (Previously Unreleased Version)3:12
2."Precious Things" (Alternate Mix)Little Earthquakes(Previously Unreleased Version)4:30
3."Silent All These Years" (Remastered)Little Earthquakes4:12
4."Upside Down" (Remastered)"Silent All These Years" (U.K.) / "Winter" (U.S.)4:22
5."Crucify" (Unedited Single Version)Little Earthquakes(Previously Unreleased Version)4:27
6."Happy Phantom" (Remastered)Little Earthquakes3:15
7."Me and a Gun" (Remastered)Little Earthquakes3:43
8."Flying Dutchman" (Alternate Mix)"China" (Previously Unreleased Version)6:29
9."Girl" (Remastered)Little Earthquakes4:08
10."Winter" (Remastered)Little Earthquakes5:43
11."Take to the Sky (Russia)" (Alternate Mix)"Winter" (Previously Unreleased Version)4:18
12."Tear in Your Hand" (Remastered)Little Earthquakes4:42
13."China" (Remastered)Little Earthquakes4:59
14."Sweet Dreams" (Remastered)"Winter"3:28
15."Mother" (Alternate Mix)Little Earthquakes(Previously Unreleased Version)7:01
16."Little Earthquakes" (Remastered)Little Earthquakes6:54

Disc B (493.88 Hz)

All tracks are written by Amos.

Pink and Pele
No.TitleAlbum/SingleLength
1."Cornflake Girl" (Remastered) Under the Pink 5:06
2."Honey" (Remastered)"Pretty Good Year" (U.K.) / "Cornflake Girl" (U.S.)3:42
3."Take Me with You"Previously Unreleased4:40
4."Baker Baker" (Alternate Mix)Under the Pink(Previously Unreleased Version)3:25
5."The Waitress" (Alternate Mix)Under the Pink(Previously Unreleased Version)3:07
6."Pretty Good Year" (Remastered)Under the Pink3:20
7."God" (Remastered)Under the Pink3:54
8."Cloud on My Tongue" (Remastered)Under the Pink4:36
9."Past the Mission" (Alternate Mix)Under the Pink(Previously Unreleased Version)4:06
10."Bells for Her" (Remastered)Under the Pink5:17
11."Yes, Anastasia" (Alternate Mix)Under the Pink(Previously Unreleased Version)9:21
12."Blood Roses" (Remastered) Boys for Pele 3:55
13."Mr. Zebra" (Remastered)Boys for Pele1:05
14."Caught a Lite Sneeze" (Alternate Mix)Boys for Pele(Previously Unreleased Version)4:24
15."Professional Widow" (Merry Widow Version – Live) (Remastered)"Hey Jupiter" (Album version on Boys for Pele)4:03
16."Beauty Queen/Horses" (Remastered)Boys for Pele5:56
17."Father Lucifer" (Remastered)Boys for Pele3:40
18."Marianne" (Remastered)Boys for Pele4:09

Disc C (523.25 Hz)

All tracks are written by Amos.

Pele, Venus, and Tales
No.TitleAlbum/SingleLength
1."Walk to Dublin (Sucker Reprise)"Previously Unreleased5:25
2."Hey Jupiter" (Dakota Version) (Remastered)"Hey Jupiter" (Album version on Boys for Pele)6:03
3."Professional Widow" (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix) (Remastered)"Professional Widow" (Album version on Boys for Pele)3:47
4."Putting the Damage On" (Remastered)Boys for Pele5:07
5."Bliss" (Remixed Version) To Venus and Back (Remixed version previously included on Tales of a Librarian)3:41
6."Suede" (Remastered)To Venus and Back4:58
7."Glory of the 80s" (Remastered)To Venus and Back4:05
8."1000 Oceans" (Remastered)To Venus and Back4:18
9."Concertina" (Single Remix Version)"Concertina" (Album version on To Venus and Back)3:57
10."Lust" (Remastered)To Venus and Back3:51
11."Datura" (Remastered)To Venus and Back8:26
12."Sugar" (Live from Soundcheck) (Remastered)To Venus and Back5:10
13."The Waitress" (Live) (Remastered)To Venus and Back9:49
14."Snow Cherries from France" (Remastered)Tales of a Librarian2:55
15."Doughnut Song" (Remixed Version)Boys for Pele(Remixed version previously used during credits of Fade to Red )4:21

Disc D (587.33 Hz)

All tracks are written by Amos.

Scarlet, Beekeeper, and choirgirl
No.TitleAlbum/SingleLength
1."A Sorta Fairytale" (Remastered) Scarlet's Walk 5:30
2."Not David Bowie"Previously Unreleased3:55
3."Amber Waves" (Remastered)Scarlet's Walk3:40
4."Iieee" (Remixed Version) From the Choirgirl Hotel (Previously Unreleased Version)4:09
5."Playboy Mommy" (Remixed Version)From the Choirgirl Hotel(Remixed version previously included on Tales of a Librarian)4:07
6."The Beekeeper" (Remastered)The Beekeeper6:51
7."Jackie's Strength" (Remixed Version)From the Choirgirl Hotel(Remixed version previously included on Tales of a Librarian)4:26
8."Zero Point"Previously Unreleased8:55
9."Sweet the Sting" (Remastered)The Beekeeper4:17
10."Ode to My Clothes"Previously Unreleased2:04
11."Spark" (Remastered)From the Choirgirl Hotel4:14
12."Intro Jam and Marys of the Sea"The Beekeeper(Previously Unreleased Version)8:55
13."Cruel" (Remixed Version)From the Choirgirl Hotel(Previously Unreleased Version)4:06
14."Dolphin Song"Previously Unreleased5:53
15."Gold Dust" (Remastered)Scarlet's Walk5:53

Disc E (659.26 Hz)

All tracks are written by Amos, except tracks 15 & 21 (traditional).

Bonus B-Sides
No.TitleAlbum/SingleLength
1."The Pool" (Remastered)"Winter"2:52
2."Never Seen Blue" (Remastered)"Jackie's Strength"3:38
3."Daisy Dead Petals" (Remastered)"Pretty Good Year"3:03
4."Beulah Land" (Remastered)"Jackie's Strength"2:57
5."Sugar" (Remastered)"China"4:27
6."Cooling" (Remastered)"Spark"4:39
7."Bachelorette" (Remastered)"Spark"3:34
8."Black Swan" (Remastered)"Pretty Good Year" (U.K) / "Past the Mission" (U.S.)4:01
9."Mary" (Tales Version) (Remastered)Tales of a Librarian4:42
10."Peeping Tommi"Previously Unreleased4:19
11."Toodles Mr. Jim" (Remastered)"Caught a Lite Sneeze"2:49
12."Fire-Eater's Wife / Beauty Queen" (Demo)Previously Unreleased (Album version on Boys for Pele)3:11
13."Playboy Mommy" (Demo)Previously Unreleased (Album version on From the Choirgirl Hotel)1:34
14."A Sorta Fairytale" (Demo)Previously Unreleased (Album version on Scarlet's Walk)3:09
15."This Old Man" (Remastered)"Caught a Lite Sneeze"1:44
16."Purple People" (Live from Soundcheck) (Remastered)To Venus and Back(Studio version on "Spark" single)4:12
17."Here. In My Head" (Remastered)"Crucify"3:52
18."Hungarian Wedding Song" (Remastered)"Caught a Lite Sneeze"1:01
19."Merman" (Remastered)From the Choirgirl Hotel(Pre-Order Bonus Download)3:46
20."Sister Janet" (Remastered)"Cornflake Girl"4:00
21."Home on the Range" (Cherokee Edition) (Remastered)"Pretty Good Year"5:22
22."Frog on My Toe" (Remastered)"Talula"3:42

Errors in the printed track listing

The track listing incorrectly labels "Purple People" as being the B-side version from the Spark single, but the version featured here is the live soundcheck version from To Venus and Back .

Likewise, the version of "Take to the Sky" featured here is a different mix from the one released as a B-side on the Winter EP. The alternate mix on this compilation is noticeably different in that it does not have backing vocals on the second chorus or during the song's outro.

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