Tori Amos - The Music #2

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'Boys For Pele' Platinum in the U.S.

    Prime Time Live and the Atlantic Records Web Site have both reported that Tori's latest album Boys For Pele has gone platinum. This is Tori's third platinum album in a row in the United States. A Platinum album means sales of a million copies. Congratulations Tori!

Hey Jupiter EP Released In The U.S.

    Atlantic Records released in the U.S. on August 20, 1996 the Hey Jupiter EP. The cover is pictured here and is pretty much the same as the UK version of the Hey Jupiter single that was released in July. The rest of the photos are the same also, except you can see a little more of Tori's body on the inside tree shot. The songs are also the same, except that this EP does not contain the Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix), but has instead 2 extra live songs! I purchased this EP for $7.99. The CD does not state where the live songs were recorded, but the live version of Professional Widow was recorded in Boston at the Wang Center on May 21, 1996. Sugar may have been recorded at Madison Square Garden in New York City on May 15, 1996. There is debate about Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Some people claim it was recorded June 10, 1996 in Minneapolis, while others feel that is was recorded May 14, 1996 in New York at Madison Square Garden. Honey may have been from the show in Asheville NC on April 21.

    The track listing for the Hey Jupiter EP is:

  • Hey Jupiter (Dakota Version) 6:03
  • Sugar (live) 5:33
  • Honey (live with Steve Caton) 4:19
  • Professional Widow (Merry Widow Version live) 4:38
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow (live) 4:31

    For die-hard collectors, there are a few more Hey Jupiter items available. One is a US promo CD single (PRCD #6801) with the following tracks:

  • The Dakota Version (Edit) (4:05)
  • The Dakota Version (Long) (6:03)
  • Album Version (5:10)

    The other is item is a 'Hey Jupiter' Box which contains some pics and the single (I think.)

Hey Jupiter / Professional Widow CD-5 Single Released In The UK

    Tori's Hey Jupiter Single was released in the UK in July 1996 on East West Records. The CD-5 has the following tracks:

  • Hey Jupiter (The Dakota Mix)
  • Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)
  • Sugar -Live
  • Honey -Live

    You see pictured here the inside photo. The CD cover (not shown) is a composite of this photo (or one very similar) and a photo of some stars that are also present in the single. The cover is the same as the US Hey Jupiter EP released August 20 in the U.S. Tori fan Monica Sanghavi describes more about the new single:

    "The inside flap has just stars and way at the bottom in one line it has the added lyrics of Hey Jupiter:

    I go from day to day I know where the cupboards are I know where the car is parked I know he isn't you

    Then the back of it has this orangeish colored design on it..and then in the center it looks like a nipple..Im not even kidding!! The back of the cd has the same graphic.

    Frank Beck emailed me about this CD-5 and the so called nipple and clarifies what it actually is:

    "It is in fact the planet Jupiter. The picture on the single is a photograph taken by NASA's Voyager 1 space probe on February 13, 1979. You can see the giant Great Red Spot, a permanent cloud feature on Jupiter, about 3 times the size of Earth. In front of that cloud passes one of Jupiters satellites called Io (that's the nipple!). On the 12" single you can also see another moon called Europa. When I remembered the photo I looked up in a NASA publication I have, which describes the Voyager missions to the outer planets. The moon Io is actually the most geologically active planetary body in the solar system with several active volcanoes. And then I saw the most striking information for us Toriphiles: the book says, that the volcanic features on Io were given names taken from the mythology of fire and volcano legends, and one of the volcanoes was called Pele for the Hawaiian volcanoe goddess! I wonder if Tori knew about that! I hope this nipple business is now cleared up. "

    A 12" Vinyl Record was also available in the UK and contains:

  • Hey Jupiter (Dakota Version Radio Edit
  • Talula (B.T.'s Synthesia Mix)
  • Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin Mix)

    The German release of this single is identical to the English release described here.

Professional Widow CD-5 Single Released In The U.S.

    In the U.S. on July 2, 1996, Atlantic released on July 2 a CD-5 Maxi Single and a 12" vinyl record filled with Professional Widow remixes. This release is primarily for the dance music market. The Professional Widow CD-5 has the cover you see here, and contains the following tracks:

    1. LP Mix (4.31)
    2. Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix (8:08)
    3. MK Mix (7.20)
    4. Just Da Funk Dub (3.44)
    5. MK Vampire Dub (6.56)
    6. Armand's Instrumental (5.35)
    7. Bonus Beats (4.31)

    These remixes are quite dancable and I rather enjoy them. However, there are very few vocals in these remixes, which can be very irritating to some. If you enjoy dance music every now and then go ahead and buy them, otherwise you may wish to pass on it. Remixing was done by MK and Armand Van Helden.

    The US 12" vinyl release has the following track list:

    Side A:

  • Armand's Star trunk Funkin' Mix (8:08)
  • Just Da Funk Dub (3:44)

    Side B:

  • MK Mix (7:20)
  • MK Vampire Dub (6:56)

    The Professional Widow dance mix reached #1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play chart and remained there for a few weeks, with the week of August 3, 1996 being the last. This was Tori's first number one in the States since 'God' reached the top of the Modern Rock chart in 1994. PW debuted at #37, and moved #19-9-4-1.

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