Tales of a Librarian

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Tales of a Librarian
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 17, 2003
Recorded1990 – Summer 2003
Length78:00
Label Atlantic
Producer Tori Amos, Eric Rosse
Tori Amos chronology
Scarlet's Walk
(2002)
Tales of a Librarian
(2003)
The Beekeeper
(2005)
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Tales of a Librarian (complete title: A Tori Amos Collection: Tales of a Librarian) is the first retrospective compilation album by singer/songwriter Tori Amos. Given the option to be involved in the project, Amos elected to take a central role in the production of the collection, released in 2003 on her former label Atlantic Records.

Contents

Amos described the compilation as a "sonic autobiography", a title derived from her dislike of the term "greatest hits". [6] Recording under the premise that a librarian is a "chronicler", Amos pieced together the collection in accordance with the Dewey Decimal System; so, for example, "Sweet Dreams", which contains the lyrics "Land, land of liberty / We're run by a constipated man", is listed as "973.938: History of North America -- Politics of Illusion". [7] Amos revisited the mixing of many of her own favorite songs from her career, focusing on those she thought were not fully realized in their original recordings and those that she felt explained her life story. Additionally, Amos added two new songs and two re-recorded b-sides: "Angels", "Snow Cherries from France", "Sweet Dreams", and "Mary", respectively (the latter two compositions were originally recorded in 1990 during sessions for Little Earthquakes ).

Track listing

CD

All tracks are written by Amos.

No.TitleLength
1."Precious Things" (from Little Earthquakes )4:29
2."Angels"4:27
3."Silent All These Years" (from Little Earthquakes)4:10
4."Cornflake Girl" (from Under the Pink)5:05
5."Mary" (B-side from Little Earthquakes)4:42
6."God" (from Under the Pink)3:54
7."Winter" (from Little Earthquakes)5:43
8."Spark" (from From the Choirgirl Hotel )4:13
9."Way Down" (Extended) (from Boys for Pele )1:50
10."Professional Widow" (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix) (Radio Edit) (single from Boys for Pele)3:48
11."Mr. Zebra" (from Boys for Pele)1:05
12."Crucify" (from Little Earthquakes)5:00
13."Me and a Gun" (from Little Earthquakes)3:43
14."Bliss" (from To Venus and Back )3:35
15."Playboy Mommy" (from From the Choirgirl Hotel)4:06
16."Baker Baker" (from Under the Pink)3:12
17."Tear in Your Hand" (from Little Earthquakes)4:38
18."Sweet Dreams" (B-side from Little Earthquakes)3:39
19."Jackie’s Strength" (from From the Choirgirl Hotel)4:25
20."Snow Cherries from France"2:56

DVD

Live

All tracks are written by Amos.

No.TitleLength
1."Pretty Good Year" (Recorded live during soundcheck from Welcome to Sunny Florida , September 4, 2003)3:47
2."Honey" (Recorded live during soundcheck from Welcome to Sunny Florida, September 4, 2003)4:00
3."Northern Lad" (Recorded live during soundcheck from Welcome to Sunny Florida, September 4, 2003)4:27

Others

All tracks are written by Amos.

No.TitleLength
1."Putting the Damage On" (Remixed; runs over photo gallery.)5:08
2."Mr. Zebra" (Instrumental; runs over photo gallery and navigation menu)1:05
3."Putting the Damage On" (Instrumental)5:08

Charts

Chart performance for Tales of a Librarian
Chart (2003)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [8] 93
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [9] 72
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [10] 34
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [11] 93
Irish Albums (IRMA) [12] 67
Italian Albums (FIMI) [13] 65
UK Albums (OCC) [14] 74
US Billboard 200 [15] 40

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [16] Silver60,000^
United States295,000 [17]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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