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Under the Pink is the second solo album by singer-songwriter Tori Amos. Upon its release in January 1994, the album peaked at US # 12 and on the back of the hit single "Cornflake Girl", the album debuted at UK # 1, her highest-charting UK album debut to date. This album was included in Blender magazine's list of 500 CDs You Must Own. A special double-disc edition was released exclusively in Australia and New Zealandmarker, titled More Pink: The B-Sides.

Overview

The album represents a more acoustic piano-based sound, and most of the final third of the album is devoted to a classical-inspired suite of piano songs, including the sweeping nine-and-a-half minute epic "Yes, Anastasia". Amos used a prepared upright piano for the studio recording of "Bells for Her", which was also played on a prepared piano for the second half of the tour. It was voted among the greatest albums of the 1990s by Rolling Stone magazine some years later.

Amos performed the "Under the Pink" tour from February through November 1994, encompassing many of the same stops as on the previous world tour. A limited edition release of the album commemorating the Australian tour included a second disc entitled More Pink, a collection of rare B-Side like "Little Drummer Boy" and a cover version of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You", was issued in November 1994. During this period, she also contributed the song "Butterfly" to the soundtrack for the 1994 movie Higher Learning, as well as a cover of the R.E.M. song "Losing My Religion".

The album was recorded in Taos, New Mexicomarker in a hacienda. The album artwork features several Native American and New Mexican references in the photography.

The album is also notable as the last Amos album to feature the production of Eric Rosse as they split that year.

To date, Under the Pink remains her highest-charting album in the UK and has sold more than two million copies worldwide.

Track listing

The original track listing included the B-side "Honey," which was kicked off the record at the last minute. Amos has since voiced great regret for leaving the song off the album.

"There were certain songs that were supposed to be on the record that got kicked off.
Honey was supposed to be on the record and, in retrospect, I wish it had been.
I kicked it off for The Wrong Band.
Under the Pink wept when Honey wasn't on, and she still is angry with me about it".


Singles & B-sides

Singles

Under the Pink produced four singles. "God" was the first U.S. single in January 1994, and reached #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart; an October release in the UK saw a peak of #44. "Cornflake Girl" became Amos' biggest international hit of the time, reaching UK #4, while "Pretty Good Year" followed it to UK #7. "Past the Mission", which featured the vocal contribution of Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, just missed the UK Top 30 that summer. In February 2007, the album was certified UKmarker Platinum by the BPI.

B-sides

As with most of Tori Amos' albums, Under the Pink is also known for its various B-side. Amos recorded a host of songs that did not make the album, but were released as B-sides to various singles or performed live in concerts. The song "Peeping Tommi" was recorded during Under the Pink album sessions and remained unreleased 12 years until its inclusion on the five-disc box set A Piano: The Collection, in 2006.

Title Release
"Home on the Range (Cherokee Edition)" "God" (1994)
"All the Girls Hate Her/Over It (Piano Suite)" "God" (1994)
"Sister Janet" "God" (1994)
"Daisy Dead Petals" "Cornflake Girl" (1994)
"Honey" "Cornflake Girl" (1994)
"Black Swan" "Pretty Good Year" (1994)
"A Case of You" "Cornflake Girl" (1994)
"Strange Fruit" "Cornflake Girl" (1994)
"If 6 Was 9" "Cornflake Girl" (1994)
"Little Drummer Boy" More Pink: The B-Sides (1994)
"Butterfly" Higher Learning Soundtrack (1994)
"Losing My Religion" Higher Learning Soundtrack (1994)


More Pink: The B-Sides

The double-disc version of Under the Pink was released on November 14, 1994 by East West to coincide with Amos' tour of Australia and New Zealand. The second disc, titled More Pink: The B-Sides was never released separately, and is a rarity amongst Tori Amos collectibles. Amos would not release another collection of B-sides until 2006's A Piano: The Collection.

The packaging simply inserted the normal Australian release of Under the Pink in a double jewel case, and altered the back insert artwork so that instead of being blank it featured the track listing of the second disc as well as production information for the songs. The title More Pink may be misleading, as many of the B-sides on the disc did not come from Under the Pink singles but in fact from the 1992 album Little Earthquakes, and in one case, from a Christmas compilation. The length of this disc is 56:54.

The double-disc set entered the Australian ARIA Charts Top 100 Albums chart on the week ending 11 December 1994, peaking at #44 and spending 6 weeks on the chart. However, it was listed on the chart as a re-entry of Under the Pink, with its weeks spent charting added to the 21-week tally achieved earlier by the album.

Track listing

Personnel

  • Michael Allen Harrison – violin
  • Tori Amos – piano, vocals, producer
  • John Acevedo – viola
  • Steve Caton – guitar
  • Paulinho Da Costa – percussion
  • Ross Cullum – mixing
  • Shaun DeFeo – assistant engineer
  • Melissa "Missy" Hasin – cello
  • John Beverly Jones – engineer
  • Kevin Killen – mixing
  • Ezra Killinger – violin
  • Dane Little – cello
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Paul McKenna – producer, engineer
  • Cynthia Morrow – viola
  • Carlo Nuccio – drums
  • George Porter, Jr. – bass
  • Chris Reutinger – violin
  • Trent Reznor – backing vocals
  • Jimbo Ross – viola
  • Nancy Stein-Ross – cello
  • Eric Rosse – producer, engineer
  • John Philip Shenale – strings, organ (Hammond)
  • Francine Walsh – violin
  • John Wittenberg – violin
  • Nancy Roth – violin
  • Cindy Palmano – art direction, photography
  • Julie Larson – production coordination
  • John Fundi – assistant engineer
  • Alan Reinl – design
  • Avril McIntosh – mixing assistant


Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1994 Billboard 200 (U.S.) 12
1994 Official UK Album Chart (UK) 1
1994 Australian ARIA Albums Chart (Australia) 5
1994 Austrian Albums Chart (Austria) 6
1994 Dutch Albums Chart (The Netherlands) 10
1994 NZ Albums Chart (New Zealand) 15
1994 Swedish Albums Chart (Sweden) 15
1994 Swiss Albums Chart (Switzerland) 11


Singles

Title Chart Position
"God" (1994) US Modern Rock Tracks 01
"God" (1994) UK Airplay (UK) 28
"God" (1994) UK Singles Chart 44
"God" (1994) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay (U.S.) 64
"God" (1994) Australian Singles Chart 65
"God" (1994) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 72
"God" (1994) Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales (U.S.) 73
"God" (1994) Canadian Hot 100 87
"Cornflake girl" (1994) UK Singles Chart 04
"Cornflake girl" (1994) UK Airplay (UK) 06
"Cornflake girl" (1994) Irish Singles Chart 09
"Cornflake girl" (1994) US Modern Rock Tracks 12
"Cornflake girl" (1994) Australian Singles Chart 19
"Cornflake girl" (1994) Dutch Top 40 26
"Cornflake girl" (1994) Canadian Hot 100 30
"Cornflake girl" (1994) Canadian Airplay 32
"Cornflake girl" (1994) New Zealand Singles Chart 41
"Cornflake girl" (1994) German Singles Chart 73
"Cornflake girl" (1994) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 107
"Pretty good year" (1994) UK Singles Chart 07
"Pretty good year" (1994) Irish Singles Chart 26
"Pretty good year" (1994) UK Airplay (UK) 53
"Pretty good year" (1994) Australian Singles Chart 85
"Past the mission" (1994) Irish Singles Chart 25
"Past the mission" (1994) UK Singles Chart 31
"Past the mission" (1994) UK Airplay (UK) 73


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