Thursday, June 4, 2009

CD of the Day - "Tori Amos: Live at Montreux"

CD of the Day
Tori Amos: "Live at Montreux 1991/1992" (Eagle/ST2)

This 2-CD set includes two Tori Amos concerts at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1991 and 1992, catching Tori right at the start of her solo career. The first, from July 1991, happened a few months before the release of her "Little Earthquakes" album and the second from July 1992 followed a few months after. There is a fascinating progression from one year to the next as she grows in confidence and skill as a live performer, buoyed by the critical and commercial success of the album. Naturally most of the songs are taken from "Little Earthquakes" but there are also rare songs from her various EPs released across the two years which didn't make it onto the album, including Tori's distinctive takes on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" and "Thank You", as well as on Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the closing track.

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