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Tori Amos Celebrates ‘Boys For Pele’ 20th Anniversary w/ Deluxe Reissue ft. Rare and Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks

One of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, Tori Amos is as much a force to be reckoned with today as when she made her debut as producer in 1996 on her third studio album, Boys for Pele, over 2 decades ago. An ambitious and uncompromising collection of songs about mythology (Pele was a Hawaiian volcano goddess), suppression and self-discovery, the record became one of her most successful, debuting at #2 on the album charts in both the U.S. and the U.K. An international hit, Boys for Pele hit the Top 10 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Sweden.

To celebrate the pivotal album’s 20-year anniversary, Rhino will release a deluxe edition that includes a newly remastered version of the original, along with a selection of B-sides, rare recordings, and four previously unreleased tracks. Boys For Pele: Deluxe Edition will be available on November 18 as a 2-CD set ($19.98) and digitally. A 2-LP set ($31.98) of the original album on vinyl will also be available on the same date.

Moving away from the corporate environment to record in a church In Delganey, Co Wicklow,  and an old Georgian house in Co Cork, Ireland, Boys for Pele altered the course of Amos’ career. As she explains in the album’s liner notes, “This is the record where I fought for my life.” Greeted with rapturous fan support, this proved this to be a rewarding decision. In addition to album fan favorites “Caught a Lite Sneeze” and “Hey Jupiter”, the groundbreaking Armand Van Helden remix of “Professional Widow” was #1 on the UK Singles Chart and US Dance Chart.

Amos was so prolific writing Boys for Pele that a number of songs were left off the album and released as B-sides. Many of them can be found among the 21 bonus tracks that appear on Boys For Pele: Deluxe Edition, including “Toodles Mr. Jim” and “Frog On My Toe.” Other rarities include the demo for “Fire-Eater’s Wife/Beauty Queen” and live recordings of “Honey,” “Sugar” and “Professional Widow.” Four unreleased gems make their debut on the collection: “To The Fair Motormaids of Japan,” “Talula” (M&M Mix), “In The Springtime Of His Voodoo (Rookery Ending)” and “Sucker.

Tori Amos has sold over 12 million albums, played over a thousand shows and had multiple Grammy nominations. A pioneer across multiple platforms, she was the first major label artist to offer a single for download, has had her songs turned into graphic novels and a successful musical, and has produced pioneering videos throughout her career. She is renowned for her passionate and broad fan-base, her critically and commercially successful tours, and her ever-evolving live show. Amos is also a noted humanitarian and co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organization.

Boys For Pele: Deluxe Edition Track Listing

Disc One: Original Album
1.     “Beauty Queen/Horses”
2.     “Blood Roses”
3.     “Father Lucifer”
4.     “Professional Widow”
5.     “Mr. Zebra”
6.     “Marianne”
7.     “Caught a Lite Sneeze”
8.     “Muhammad My Friend”
9.     “Hey Jupiter”
10.  “Way Down”
11.  “Little Amsterdam”
12.  “Talula”
13.  “Not the Red Baron”
14.  “Agent Orange”
15.  “Doughnut Song”
16.  “In the Springtime of His Voodoo”
17.  “Putting the Damage On”
18.  “Twinkle”

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
1.     “Hey Jupiter” – The Dakota Version
2.     “To The Fair Motormaids Of Japan” *
3.     “That’s What I Like Mick (The Sandwich Song)”
4.     “Fire-Eater’s Wife/Beauty Queen” – Demo Version
5.     “Professional Widow” – Armand’s Star Trunk Funkin’ Mix (Radio Edit)
6.     “Sugar” – Live
7.     “Alamo”
8.     “Talula” – M&M Mix *
9.     “Professional Widow” – Merry Widow Version (Live)
10.  “Frog On My Toe”
11.  “Hungarian Wedding Song”
12.  “Walk To Dublin (Sucker Reprise)”
13.  “Toodles Mr. Jim”
14.  “Sister Named Desire”
15.  “Amazing Grace/Til The Chicken”
16.  “This Old Man”
17.  “Sucker” *
18.  “Honey” – Live
19.  “Graveyard”
20.  “London Girls”
21.  “In The Springtime Of His Voodoo (Rookery Ending)” *

* previously unreleased

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