No one plays the piano like Tori Amos. She arches her back forward, always ready to kick her foot up or straddle the seat. In her best work, even when she's being precious, there's an underlying force and anger that threatens to shatter everything into little pieces. When you have Amos's kind of cult devotion, you do what you want. That has made her output, unpredictable. It's never clear if she's entirely in control, or just off her rocker. And isn't that reason enough to listen?
These two concerts from Montreux in 1991 and 1992 catch Tori Amos right at the start of her solo career. The first from July 1991 was filmed 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 her distinctive takes on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" and "Thank You" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
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