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Boys for Pele
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Studio album by Tori Amos

Released

22 January 1996 (UK)
23 January 1996 (US)

Recorded

1995

Venue

County Cork, Ireland
County Wicklow, Ireland
New Orleans, Louisiana

Length

70:09

Label

Atlantic RecordsEastWest Records

Producer

Tori Amos

Boys for Pele is the third album by American singer-songwriter Tori Amos. The album was released on January 22, 1996 in the United Kingdom through East West Records and released on January 23, 1996 through Atlantic Records in the United States.[1]

Boys for Pele marked the first time Amos was the sole producer on one of her albums, having served as co-producer on her previous two records Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink

Amos began to write the songs on Boys for Pele in 1994 during the dissolution of her seven-and-a-half-year relationship with romantic partner Eric Rosse. She drew inspiration from the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele for the title of the record.

The album was primarily recorded in a church and Georgian-era house in Ireland; additional recording took place in studios in New Orleans and London, England.

Five singles were released from the album, including "Caught a Lite Sneeze", "Talula", and a remix of "Professional Widow" that reached no 1 on the... To promote the album, Amos embarked upon the Dew Drop Inn Tour in 1996.

Background[]

Recording and production[]

The album was primarily recorded in Ireland, both in a church in Delgany in County Wicklow and in a rented Georgian-era house in County Cork. Additional recording took place at The Egyptian Room and Dinosaur Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana.[2]

Over seventy-five musicians were credited as performing on the record. The Sinfonia of London, which appears on the track "Marianne", was recorded at Air Studios in London, England.

Critical reception[]

Commercial performance[]

Track listing[]

Original release[]

All songs written and composed by Tori Amos.

No. Title Length
1. "Beauty Queen/Horses" 6:07
2. "Blood Roses" 3:56
3. "Father Lucifer" 3:43
4. "Professional Widow" 4:31
5. "Mr. Zebra" 1:07
6. "Marianne" 4:07
7. "Caught a Lite Sneeze" 4:24
8. "Muhammad My Friend" 3:48
9. "Hey Jupiter" 5:10
10. "Way Down" 1:13
11. "Little Amsterdam" 4:29
12. "Talula" 4:08
13. "Not the Red Baron" 3:49
14. "Agent Orange" 1:26
15. "Doughnut Song" 4:19
16. "In the Springtime of His Voodoo" 5:32
17. "Putting the Damage On" 5:08
18. "Twinkle" 3:12

Personnel[]

Credits adapted from Boys for Pele liner notes.[3][4][5]

Performers[]

Musicians and Vocalists[]

  • Tori Amos – Bösendorfer piano (tracks 1-11, 13-18), clavichord (track 11), composer, harmonium organ (tracks 2, 8, 9), harpsichord (tracks 2, 4, 7-9, 12, 16), primary artist, vocals
  • Bull - Bull (track 4)
  • Steve Caton – acoustic 12-string guitar (track 15), electric guitar (track 9), guitars (tracks 3, 4, 11, 12, 16), HA HA guitar (track 15), mandolin (tracks 9, 12), swells (track 7)
  • Mino Cinelu – percussion (tracks 12, 16)
  • Michael Deegan and Bernard Kim – bagpipes (track 16)
  • Alan Friedman – drum programming (tracks 4, 7, 12), effects (track 11), organ and programming (track 16)
  • Clarence J Johnson III – soprano sax (track 8)
  • Manu Katche – drums (tracks 4, 11, 12, 16)
  • Darryl Lewis, Gus McField Jr, Jack Trimble, James Crawford Jr, Mark Sterling, Marvin Sterling, Sam Berfect – gospel choir (track 10)
  • Marcel van Limbeek – Delgany church bells (track 2), Dutch Pilot (track 13)
  • George Porter, Jr – bass (tracks 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 15, 16)
  • Nancy Shanks (Beene) – additional vocals
  • Rob van Tuin (R.O.B.) – Dutch Pilot (track 13)
  • James Watson – trumpet (track 3)

Horns (track 12)[]

  • Flugelhorn – Brian Graber and Tracy Griffin
  • Tenor sax Clarence J Johnson III
  • Trombone; arranger – Mark Mullins
  • Sousaphone – Craig Klein

The Black Dyke Mills Band (tracks 5, 17)[]

  • Conducted by James Watson
  • Arranged by Goff

The Sinfonia of London (track 6)[]

  • Strings performed by The Sinfonia of London
  • Peter Willison – Musical Director 
  • Orchestrated and conducted by Scott Smalley
  • Arranged by John Phillip Shenale

Production[]

  • Jim Albert – assistant engineer
  • Tori Amos – producer
  • Walter Campbell – art direction
  • Paul Chessell – design
  • Bob Clearmountain – mixing (tracks 4, 7, 12, 15)
  • Vincent Cooper – art direction
  • Rupert Coulson – assistant engineer (track 6)
  • Paddy Cramsie – design
  • Ryan Freeland – mixing assistant (tracks 4, 7, 12, 15)
  • Lin Gardner – assistant engineer at Jacobs Studios
  • Mark Hawley – engineer; mixing (tracks 1-3, 5, 6, 8-11, 13, 14, 16-18)
  • Julie Larson – production co-ordination
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Robinson Mills – assistant engineer
  • Declan O'Regan – assistant engineer at Jacobs Studios
  • Cindy Palmano – art direction, photography
  • Rail Jon Rogut – assistant engineer at Record One Studios
  • Tania Staite – harpsichord and piano technician
  • Marcel van Limbeek – engineer; mixing (tracks 1-3, 5, 6, 8-11, 13, 14, 16-18)
  • Rob van Tuin – assistant engineer; mixing (tracks 1-3, 5, 6, 8-11, 13, 14, 16-18)
  • John Witherspoon – management; project director

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References[]

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