Tori Amos Announces The Release Of A New Album Titled ‘Gold Dust’

An Orchestral Greatest Hits Album

Great news today for Tori Amos fans — she is releasing a new album later this year! Titled Gold Dust, Tori has “re-imagined” a hand-picked selection of songs that span her entire 20 year music career and will be releasing the collection as her 13th album. The songs have been re-recorded with the Metropole Orchestra and the album will be supported at the end of this year by a small concert tour. As a HUGE Tori fan, I am beyond excited by this news! Read on for more deets about the forthcoming release of Gold Dust.

Tori’s thirteenth studio album has just been announced on ToriAmos.com! Entitled Gold Dust, it is a career-spanning collection of her songs re-worked in an orchestral setting. With arrangements by long-time collaborator John Philip Shenale, the project with recorded with The Metropole Orkest, with whom Tori performed in Amsterdam in October 2010, under the direction of conductor Jules Buckley. The complete tracklist hasn’t been made public yet, but a press release from Mercury Classics/Deutsche Grammaphon gave us some hints regarding which songs will be included, and how they’ll be different from the originals:

Beloved gems like “Silent All These Years” and “Precious Things” take on new life alongside lesser-known treasures such as “Flavor” and a number of tracks underwent significant reworking when adapted for orchestra. Almost autobiographical in structure, the songs represent stories culled from Tori’s own life relationships: “Jackie’s Strength” is about her relationship with her mother, “Winter” is about her father and grandfather and “Snow Cherries from France” is about her husband.

Gold Dust is slated to be released in October 2012 and will be supported by a limited orchestral tour of Europe and the United States. So far, three dates have been announced: Rotterdam on October 1st, Brussels on October 2nd and Warsaw on October 13th, with tickets for the Warsaw show going on sale on Monday, October 11th at livenation.pl.

Yes!! This is really exciting news. I honestly wasn’t expecting a new album from Tori this year so this is a very nice treat. I loved her last album Night of Hunters, which also had a very orchestral feel to it. I also really loved seeing her on tour last year because many of her older songs were reinterpreted with an orchestral feel. It sounds like Tori got inspired by that album and tour to re-imagine some of her favorite songs for inclusion on a new album. I’m counting on Tori playing at least one show in NYC and one in LA (maybe more) so I hope to see her at least one of those times. Altho the album won’t be out until October, I suspect the time will fly by and we’ll be back in full Tori mode sooner than we think. I cannot WAIT!

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  1. Shazzer

    So excited about this. I also assume she will play NYC (it would be awesome at Lincoln Center), but you never know. Fingers crossed.

  2. TORI! TORI!

    yay! not a fan of the “best of” or “greatest” collections (have all the goods already, cuz i’ma REEEAAL fan :-P), but re-imagined versions, even if they’re not as good as, let the performer stretch & create s’more, LOVE that!

  3. PixiesBassline

    It took me a really long time to end up liking Tori Amos. But I eventually “realized” the beauty of her music, and I love orchestras, so I can’t wait to hear this!

  4. Jason

    I’m really excited about this! I’ve seen Tori live a few times and she is always amazing, and adding in the Metropole Orchestra will make it even more amazing, they were really great performing with Within Temptation on their “Black Symphony” DVD. Can’t wait til October!

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