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Little Earthquakes

Artist: Tori Amos

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Label: Atlantic (Label)
Album: Little Earthquakes
# Song Title   Time
1)    Crucify
2)    Girl
3)    Silent All These Years
4)    Precious Things
5)    Winter
6)    Happy Phantom
7)    China
8)    Leather
9)    Mother
10)    Tear in Your Hand
11)    Me and a Gun
12)    Little Earthquakes

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Tori Amos (vocals, acoustic & electric pianos, keyboards); Jef Scott, Steve Caton (guitar, bass); John Chamberlin (mandolin); Eric Williams (ukulele, dulcimer); Will McGregor, Matthew Seligman (bass); Eric Rosse (drums, programming); Ed Green, Carlo Nuccio, Chris Hughes (drums); Paulinho DaCosta (percussion).
  • Producers: Davitt Sigerson, Tori Amos, Eric Rosse, Ian Stanley.
  • Engineers include: John Beverly Jones, Ian Stanley, Eric Rosse.
  • Includes music videos, live footage, and an interview.
  • Personnel: Tori Amos (vocals, strings, piano, electric piano, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Steve Caton (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); David Rhodes, Jef Scott (guitar); Eric Williams (dulcimer, ukulele); John Chamberlin, John Chamberlain (mandolin); Stuart Gordon (violin); William Gregory, Will Gregory (oboe); Eric Ivan Rosse (keyboards, drums, percussion, programming, keyboard programming, drum programming, background vocals); Chris Hughes , Ed Greene, Carlo Nuccio (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); John Philip Shenale (programming); Jake Freeze (musical saw); Tina Gullickson, Nancy Shanks (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: John Beverly Jones; Jon Kelly; Paul McKenna; Ross Cullum.
  • Photographer: Cindy Palmano.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: John Freeze.
  • Arrangers: Nick DeCaro; David Lord.
  • With this debut, Tori Amos rose above the inevitable Kate Bush/Joni Mitchell comparisons, producing a stunning set of brutally honest and emotionally wrought songs. A skilled and imaginative pianist, Amos also proved a versatile vocalist, moving from whisper to scream in an instant. She concentrates on intimate stories of her religious upbringing, childhood traumas, and predominantly, sex, self-discovery and unhappy relationships. "Silent All These Years" was the first to hit a nerve with the public on single release, but all the tracks--memories of her father in "Winter," the bittersweet "Happy Phantom," the harrowing account of her own rape, "Me And A Gun"--combine to make this inspiring, if rarely comfortable, listening.

Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (4/2/92, p.46) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good "...Amos' songs are smart, melodic and dramatic; the deeper you listen, the hotter they get... a gripping debut..."

Spin (9/99, p.134) - Ranked #31 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."

Spin (9/99, p.134) - Ranked #31 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."

Q (12/99, p.74) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s." Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #36 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.

Q (1/93, p.68) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.

Q (2/92, p.82) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...[Amos can] write seemingly effortless melodies...Lyrically, she's something special: a granite-like hardness with a journalist's eye for detail and compassion..."

Pitchfork (Website) - "Like Madonna, Amos put earthly passions on display not necessarily to seduce her congregation, but to empower herself -- and, by extension -- her fans."

Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:1 January, 1992


1. Crucify

2. Girl

3. Silent All These Years

4. Precious Things

5. Winter

6. Happy Phantom

7. China

8. Leather

9. Mother

10. Tear In Your Hand

11. Me And A Gun

12. Little Earthquakes

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Brad on
Tori Amos really is one of the best musicians I have ever had the privilege of listening to. Her songs are amazingly mesmorising and her lyrics unbaringly confessional. Her piano playing skills are amazing and she writes the most taunting melodies that are rivalled only by her voice. She sings with a uniqueness that no one else does and her vocals often sound so fragile and raw that she sings with amazing emotion. She truly is one of the best singer/song writers you will ever come across.
"Little Earthquakes" is my favourite of all her releases as it features a couple of my favourite Amos tracks. I would also say that it features her most brass and heart wrenching lyrics.
Favourite tracks include: Crucify, Winter, Precious Things, Little Earthquakes & Tear In Your Hand.
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Caroline on
Little Earthquakes is a superb album. Tori Amos is a musician with true talent. Opening track Crucify introduces you to what you are in for. Strong vocals enhanced by enchanting lyrics. Little Earthquakes will leave you wanting more.
Other standout tracks are Precious Things and Tear in Your Hand.
a must have CD for any collection.
Mark on
Tori Amos' debut album, Little Earthquakes, is one of her best album and contains some of her most poignant and disturbing songs. She exposes herself openly, putting forth her opinions and thoughts and does not shy away from her sexuality. There are also so deeply moving songs that move you down to the core. I strongly recommend this for any Amos fan, but it doesn't get 5 stars from me because after a while I got sick of the majority of the songs on this album.

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