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Y Kant Tori Read - 1988 Y Kant Tori Read

ARTIST: Y Kant Tori Read
ALBUM: Y Kant Tori Read
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 81845-1 (LP), 81845-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1988-


LINEUP: Tori - vocals, piano * Steve Caton - guitars * Steve Farris - bass * Kim Bullard - keyboards * Paulinho DaCosta - percussion * Matt Sorum - drums * Robin Zander - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Big Picture * 02 Cool On Your Island * 03 Fayth * 04 Fire On The Side * 05 Pirates * 06 Floating City * 07 Heart Attack At 23 * 08 On The Boundary * 09 You Go To My Head * 10 Etienne Trilogy - The Highlands * 11 Etienne Trilogy - Etienne * 12 Etienne Trilogy - Skye Boat Song

Before little Miss 'earthquake' Tori Amos made it big time with her brand of alternative/folk rock, she was part of another project which has been conveniently saddled into a dark closet never to see the light. From another time in her life during the eighties, when the music scene was quite different, Tori's approach was a typical Californian hard rock one, a far cry from where she is now. Apparently the album title is a joking reference to the talented pianist's inability to read sheet music, even when she was at Peabody Conservatory. Throughout the liner notes she's referred to simply as 'Tori'. In any case, there's no denying her ability. Her vocal warbling is somewhere in between E.G Daily, Kate Bush, and Bonnie Tyler. The E.G Daily reference point is quite apt, considering the over-produced and mechanised feel to the album: high stepping, lots of keyboard arrangements, and complicated percussive elements. Very similar to the Harold Faltermeyer workout on E.G Daily's 1985 'Wild Child' album.

The Songs
'The Big Picture', opening track and the only video culled from the album, certainly is a reminder of that mid-eighties bombastic pop period.. big drums, and keys all over the place. 'Cool Of Your Island' is slightly laid back, drifting easily on a lazy ocean of soft lyrics. Tori's vocal dabbles on 'Fayth' are a delight, and this track is one of my faves, very jazzy and urban. The introspective 'Fire On The Side' is a broody piece, followed by the hi-tech 'Pirates'. 'Floating City' is very dance flavoured, while the racy 'Heart Attack At 23' perhaps reflects the mood of the song. The pairing of 'On The Boundary' and 'You Go To My Head' continue the upbeat pop attack. Perhaps the closest song to her current style is the 'Etienne Trilogy', very dreamy and mystical.

In Summary
For Tori fans, this will seem like a radical departure. For eighties melodic rock/pop fans, this will be right up your alley. This album would have to be a contender for being one of the most bootlegged CD's in the melodic rock genre, and you can bet your bottom dollar that Atlantic will not officially re-release it, given Tori's reluctance to alienate her current fan base.. which is understandable. YKTR it would seem, is confined to cult status, and will remain so: a victim of the eighties fashion..

Y Kant Tori Read - 1988 The Big Picture

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 24 2008 10:06:04
Tori has gone on record as saying that this album will be reissued over her dead body. A shame, as it is a very good album, but I think it also holds too many bad memories for her from the time it was recorded.
#2 | Eric on March 31 2013 14:44:48
A very good record and 'Cool on your Island' hints at her later work.
#3 | code4 on November 06 2015 04:31:11
I got this the other week on a silver pressed counterfeit for 15 euro on discogs. It seems to be the best known counterfeit (see the online Y kant Tori read FAQ sites) ..the 'german atlantic one' although it says 'made it usa' on the disc now.....guess there was a repressing done somewhat recently....). Just like the Faq pages mention it has a 25 second space of silence before a song towards the end but sounds excellent overall to me (certainly not like a vinyl rip or the like). Anyhow, I think it's great. Another one i got because of this site. I didn't expect so much but getting the cd i heard a lot more detail than i did on youtube and was pleasantly impressed by the high quality of most the songs having great bridges etc. There must be more reasons than one why Atlantic and Tori pretend this never happened
#4 | super80boy on December 31 2017 16:44:36
I’ve had the German boot CD for many years, but the recent RSD Rhino vinyl reissue is a solid offering with a remastering job and translucent orange vinyl. The Left Side is a well-balanced affair and is book-ended with two upbeat standouts – ‘Pirates’ and ‘The Big Picture’. The Right Side has more excellent cuts, like the hard driving ‘Heart Attack At 23’ and Westcoast AOR rocker ‘You Go To My Head’. I’ve always preferred this early side of Tori.
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