To Venus and Back

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To Venus and Back
Studio album / live album by
ReleasedSeptember 20, 1999
Recorded Cornwall
LengthTotal: 123:22
Disc one: 47:50
Disc two: 75:32
Label Atlantic (US), East West (Europe)
Producer Tori Amos
Tori Amos chronology
From the Choirgirl Hotel
To Venus and Back
Strange Little Girls
Tori Amos live chronology
To Venus and Back
The Original Bootlegs
Disc one – Venus: Orbiting
4."Glory of the 80's"4:03
8."Riot Poof"3:28
10."Spring Haze"4:44
11."1000 Oceans"4:19
Disc two – Venus Live, Still Orbiting
1."Precious Things"7:37
3."Cornflake Girl"6:31
4."Bells for Her"5:42
7."Mr. Zebra"1:17
8."Cloud on My Tongue"4:58
10."Little Earthquakes"7:37
11."Space Dog"5:46
13."Purple People"4:11


Given the conditions under which the album was created, To Venus and Back is unique in that it does not have any studio tracks that serve as B-sides. Instead the album's singles are backed by live tracks recorded from the previous year's tour.

"Hey Jupiter" (live)4:32"Bliss" (1999)
"Upside Down" (live)5:47
"Baker, Baker" (live)3:54"1000 Oceans" (1999)
"Winter" (live)6:59
"Famous Blue Raincoat" (live)5:25"Glory of the 80's" (UK) (1999) /

"Concertina" (US) (2000)

"Twinkle" (live)2:48

Following the theme of the album's second disc, which is composed of live tracks arranged similarly to an actual concert, the B-sides that appear on the album's singles are live songs performed solo with Amos on the piano. The chart above lists only the songs that were released as B-sides on singles from To Venus and Back.




RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA) [32] Platinum1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


The album was supported by a short tour in 1999, the "Five and a Half Weeks Tour", which Amos co-headlined with Alanis Morissette beginning a month prior to the release of To Venus and Back. Many referred to Amos as the "opening act" for Morissette because she always performed first; however, this was due only to the logistics of setting up a grand piano for performance. An Amos-only stint, the "To Dallas and Back" tour, also took place, but promotional plans were cut when Amos suffered her third miscarriage in November 1999.

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