The Video Collection: Fade to Red is a look at the unique and compelling videos that illustrate Tori Amos' musical vision. It features such memorable clips as "Silent All These Years," "Crucify," "Cornflake Girl," and "A S... more »orta Fairytale," along with videos from her most recent CD release, The Beekeeper. Tori is arguably one of the few artists who truly captures the essence of her music in video through striking images and cinematography which makes this a must-have for any devotee or casual fan. Also included is a comprehensive audio commentary by Tori herself. Track Listings: Past the Mission, Crucify, Jackie's Strength, Sorta Fairytale, Winter, Spark, Sleeps with Butterflies, Cornflake Girl, Hey Jupiter, Silent All These Years, Caught A Lite Sneeze, 1000 Oceans, God, Bliss, China, Raspberry Swirl, Talula, Sweet the Sting, Pretty Good Year, Professional Widow (Remix), Cornflake Girl (U.K. Version)« less
Why is it so difficult to put out a complete music video col
André S. | West Palm Beach, FL | 12/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am thrilled that we are finally getting an almost complete collection of Tori videos on DVD. I have no idea why there has been such a problem with this release. Then, after all this time waiting, they couldn't included all of Tori's videos? Why are Strange Little Girl and Glory of the 80's not included? It was difficult enough getting a chance to watch those videos when the were released, but to not include them on a compilation like this is a joke. This is why I can only give 4 stars, no to Tori, but to Rhino. BTW did I miss something, but how did Rhino records get a Tori release? Not Sony, or Epic?"
T. Mobbs | 04/03/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Rhino has developed a reputation for doing good work with artists' back catalogues. "Fade to Red" is their first effort delving into the work of Tori Amos, and while it has some good things, it really could have (and should have) been so much better.
As many reviewers are noting, the collection is missing the film clips for Strange Little Girl and Glory Of The 80s - despite the fact that it's sprawled across two DVDs. If Rhino were committed to doing a really good job, they wouldn't have released this until the legal wrangles were sorted. If they were doing a GREAT job they would have fought hard to get The Big Picture as well, from Tori's early career which she has begun to acknowledge. But instead we get something that doesn't even include the regular canon.
That problem pales, though, to what has been done to the audio. Everything has been remastered and the quality is very good, but many of the videos have been divorced from their original audio track. Instead, we get the 'reconditioned' versions from the Tales of a Librarian CD.
The consequences of this decision vary. Sometimes the changes are so minimal that it makes little difference, or possibly even enhances the video slightly - the one noticeable change in 'God' fits nicely with the images at that moment. In other songs, though, the changes are distracting (in one part of 'Cornflake Girl', for example, the lead vocal has been relegated to a backing part). In the case of 'Crucify', the result is nothing short of a train wreck - they couldn't even get the audio and video to end at the same time.
It's alarming to think that whoever was responsible for putting this collection together understood the artistic balance of pictures and music so poorly as to let these things get through. The directors of these clips knew what music they were using. To alter that music seems at best foolish, and at worst a destruction of the art that was originally created.
The picture quality is pretty good considering the age of some of these clips, and the small budget that would have been available in the early days. The menus etc. are lovingly done.
Tori's own video commentary is often quite interesting, although sometimes a little hard to listen to because of the slow pace. To get the most out of it, you have to be able to keep the start of the sentence in your head while waiting for the thought to be completed.
3 stars because it's a LOT better than sitting in front of a computer squinting at grainy pictures on YouTube, and because I can get through the whole of the 2nd disc without cringing. But Rhino really need to lift their game. "
Almost-Complete Collection is Completely Compelling!
Jeffery W. Kleismit | Batavia, New York | 02/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The latest Tori Amos release is a video retrospective, gathering together all of her videos from throughout her solo career-with the exception of "Glory of the 80s" and "Strange Little Girl." "Fade to Red" offers new fans and old regulars the first chance to own these videos with DVD-quality video transfers and remastered in Dolby 5.1 surround and PCM stereo audio. All songs were remastered by Jon Astley, not by Tori herself; one might look on this fact with hopeful anticipation of further Rhino remasters of her earlier work, as Astley has worked with Rhino re-releases before.
The video quality is fantastic throughout "Fade to Red," and the audio is impressive as well. The only issues I have experienced with the DVD playback have been with a couple of the Cindy Palmano-directed videos. On my lower-end (cheap) DVD player, during "Winter" and "Crucify," the video became very jumpy and the audio cut in and out. On my high-end Sony machine, though, everything played flawlessly. Both of the discs are immaculate. In other words, if you experience similar hiccups with the playback, it's probably the player and not the discs themselves. The menus on the DVD are animated, with Tori's video clips playing within frames to make them look like individual photographs and Tori's songs making up the background music. There's even one especially nice transition using a clip from the "Winter" video.
The packaging for the release is very high-quality, and the "Past the Mission" cut-out is my favorite part, with a cut-out church from the video shoot holding the set's paperwork in place. The track lists and title on the packaging are stamped in an auburn foil, and the whole color scheme and appearance of the materials seems very lush and rich. The images behind the discs and on the discs themselves carry a water theme; the discs show the "baptismal" tub of "Crucify" and the rainfall behind Tori from "1000 Oceans," and behind the discs are again a pool of water and rainfall. Overall, I find the packaging to be quite impressive.
Many people have written me regarding the audio commentary track Tori provides for numerous videos and the presentation of the videos themselves (i.e., wide- or full-screen). As a result, I have listed the videos below, along with the format of each video and one teaser quote from Tori's commentary for each. "FS" stands for full-screen, and "LB" stands for letter-boxed, as I have no idea how to tell if something is technically "true widescreen" or not. In the commentary, Tori recollects about the locations where the videos were shot, the individuals she worked with at the time, and the process of translating the music into images. It is really a fascinating listen. Tori's comments are entertaining to hear, with her anecdotes being a mix of lucid looks-back and political-religious Torispeak. As fans, I think we've all grown used to that by now.
In the end, I would recommend "Fade to Red" to new and old Ears with Feet alike. As collectors that seek the elusive complete collection, many fans will snatch this DVD set up regardless of what any review says. For the casual fans, it offers many the chance to own the videos and see them in high-quality form for the first time. For others still, the videos can be seen somewhere other than online, where one's connection speed might hinder the streaming experience. Everything about "Fade to Red" screams quality, and I, for one, am hoping to see more Tori-Rhino-Epic re-releases in the future!
-Disc One- 1. Past the Mission (FS) "I loved the idea that this priest was really kind of the talk of the set because the women were saying, you know, `If we had a priest that looked like that, we'd go in to church a lot more often!'"
2. Crucify (FS) "I've always had a thing for waitresses, and I thought that we needed some cheerleaders. [...] I liked the idea that Anne Boleyn has these cheerleaders. I think she deserves some cheerleaders."
3. Jackie's Strength (LB) "She's seeing people that had all these ideas about who they were going to be. [...] And then, something happens on the way to your life. [...] The driver of the taxi, we brought him back from the `Spark' video, and we thought he was an important element; he's the guy that has a, not a complete finger, and you'll see him in `Spark,' and we liked having that tie because Tori's past is . . . um . . . you know, something that even I don't know sometimes. I think she gets up to all kinds of things. [...] Young Tori is trying to remind her of an agreement they made..."
4. A Sorta Fairytale (LB) "The girl who ended up wearing [the shoe] was a dancer with a size ten foot, which is not easy to find-ten pairs of size ten Sergio Rossi's-in a very short amount of time! [...] There were leg people, and there were arm people, and there were head people. I think the arm and leg did get along quite well. I think they hooked up!"
5. Winter (FS) "I remember coming out in a collared sweater because Karen Binns, the stylist, thought well, yeah, child-woman-girl-it all works in a sweater. And Cindy said, `What in the world is she in?' And Karen said, `Well, I love the material.' And Cindy said, `Well, do something to it, Karen.' And [Karen] said, `Oh, girl, I'm gonna push knit in a way you ain't never seen knit pushed.'"
6. Spark (LB) "We wanted her to be kinda protected in this shroud. I was really into `Twin Peaks' the first season when it came out, so I liked the idea of a complex story."
7. Sleeps with Butterflies (LB) "I'd be on blue screen for hours and hours [...] and they're yelling, `You're on a mushroom now!' And I'd say, `I wish I were on many!'"
8. Cornflake Girl - U.S. Version (LB) "This is sort of `Mean Girls' before `Mean Girls.'"
9. Hey Jupiter - Dakota Version (FS) "I don't see this as Tori choosing to die or to commit suicide. I see this as an angel that's happy and an angel that really believes they're going to a good place."
10. Silent All These Years (FS) "I liked the idea of `music box,' trying to break out of it as a musician."
-Disc Two- 1. Caught a Lite Sneeze (FS) "This period of composing for me was a harpsichord and piano-timelines were crossed. If you think about it, it's crawling inside the bloodline of the piano that leads to the harpsichord and back."
2. 1000 Oceans (FS) "I began to see that the earth, as a creature, is separate from our life. If we live in cities, she's almost like a ghost; you don't hear her. [...] But sometimes we can see her: the crazies, the broken-hearted, the artists."
3. God (FS) "I didn't really foresee . . . um . . . what it was going to be like having hundreds of rats crawling all over you. [...] Karen Binns was threatening the rats, [...] `You get anything on my garment!"
4. Bliss (FS) "Lilith Fair was going on-usually in the same town we were in, and we were in arenas, plugged in, rockin' the house-and I think both messages were extremely important because it was different aspects of the Feminine."
5. China (FS) "I was humbled by this stark, gorgeous place I call home now. [...] I stayed and watched until every last rock of the stone piano was pulled back to sea, and when I said goodbye, I didn't realize that I was really saying, `I'll see you soon.'"
6. Raspberry Swirl (LB) "This really was, you could say, a collaboration Karen Binns had with the directing team. [...] The casting, of course, was pretty central to this, and . . . um . . . Karen was quite rigid about what the casting should be, and I've always loved the fact that she'll say to me over and over again, `Come on girl, we have to represent the children!'"
7. Talula - The Tornado Mix (FS) "I guess you could say it's a performance video more than a story video. Clearly, there are elements of investigation; I was investigating Southern culture with this song, `Talula.'"
8. Sweet the Sting (FS) "The truth of it is: when you go live, there is no lip synch live. You know, there are artists that use DATs when they're onstage; I mean that's just because they're not really musicians who can perform live. They're artists who are studio-accomplished, but they're very different things. And I sort of, I love the challenge of having to do it [...] I think all of that makes it magical or, you know, a train wreck. That's the danger of it. So, if you use DATs, then you're really not very dangerous, are you?"
9. Pretty Good Year (FS) "Karen Binns was very much about the dancers and what they needed to be expressing as they carried Tori to the chair-these muscle-bound guys in briefs lovingly delivering this woman; that's one of my favorite moments, I guess."
-Bonus Features- 1. Cornflake Girl - U.K. Version (FS) "The song was inspired by Alice Walker's `The Temple of My Familiar' and how women treat each other. And again, I had my buddies on the side trying to get me through it, and the women who wouldn't help me through it, well they weren't invited to the set, obviously."
2. Professional Widow Remix (FS) "This is one of the renditions of my work that I always kind of was proud of because I don't think that it disrespected the musicians on the original. A lot of what you hear was on the original master. [...] And I am a sucker for a good bass line."
M. Silva | Milwaukee, WI | 12/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's about time Tori's videos are released on DVD. Her videos are often as abstract and just as deep as her songs - for the most part. "Caught a Lite Sneeze", "1000 Oceans", Jackie's Strength" and both versions of "Cornflake Girl" are the stand-out vidoes, the best of the collection. Not included in this collection are the videos for "Mary", "Strange Little Girl", "Glory of the 80s" and Jackie's Strength - Wedding Cake Edit." I'm not too broken up about the ones that were not included. Mary is a made up of a hodgepodge of video clips from her former videos (very similar to Professional Widow). I enjoyed watching Strange Little Girl, and out of the four, I think this one should have made it on the DVD. I didn't really care for the Glory of the 80s video; it didn't make much sense, and didn't really fit the song (however, I liked the edited version of the song which was used for the video. Jackie's Strength - Wedding Cake Edit is actally the same video used for the video of Jackie's Strength - Album Version, but adjusted for the length of the remix. I have only seen it on launch.yahoo.com. All in all, I am very satisfied with what was included on the DVD."
An Almost Perfect DVD Collection
bridget | Chicago, IL United States | 06/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love Tori Amos. I love her music, I love her style. Combine that and I love her music videos. Sometimes they were simple yet effective. Others, there was a mini movie to be seen. But nonetheless, I've always enjoyed her videos. She had already put out a video collection. Back in 1998, she released "The Complete Videos" and featured all of her videos from 1992-1998 (excluding "Professional Widow" video, which was clips from her previous videos edited to the dance remix). But since she had put out new music videos from 1999-2005, it was time to update. I was very excited to see her recent videos since I've never seen them, and get a nice quality of her older videos. When I bought this DVD, I was giddy with anticipation. When I watched it, I was very happy. The video quality is beautiful, though some have a grainy look, but that was due to the type of cinematography that was used for that particular video. The sound is great, thought I don't have DTS so I wasn't able to enjoy that aspect of the DVD.
But, as my name titled says, not everything can be perfect for me. (ok, that's a lie, I'm just finicky!). For one thing, for the video "Crucify", the original had the single remix version that was used. For the DVD, it's a choppy version of the "Tales of a Librarian" reworked version, and it's bad. It doesn't flow together with the video like the original does. Plus, two very important music videos are missing. "Glory of the 80s" from the album To Venus and Back, and "Strange Little Girl" from the album Strange Little Girls. There was some talk about copyright violation or something about why they weren't on there. Whatever the reason, it's a shame they aren't included, which would make this DVD collection perfect.
There are extras to see. We do get that "Professional Widow" video here, plus a "Making Of" for the video "A Sorta Fairytale" that was very interesting. Plus, there is commentary for every video from Tori Amos herself. It is worth getting, all of the videos featured are wonderful and gives an insight to her visual interpretation of the songs."