Tori Amos / Little Earthquakes: CD versus LP cover art


For your attention… here’s some new images showing the forthcoming Tori Amos reissues. I had expected Warner’s forthcoming two-CD reissue of Little Earthquakes to revert to artwork used on the original vinyl record where the Tori-in-a-box image is much smaller, proportionally, than the CD version, but, assuming this packshot from Amazon is correct, they appear to have chosen to keep to the 1992 CD ‘revised’ artwork instead.

The Pet Shop BoysPlease album had exactly the same issue when someone took the decision to enlarge the famous centre cover photo for the CD release back in 1986, putting the LP and CD out of sync in terms of artwork. However, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe make a point of correcting this in 2001 when the album was reissued. That hasn’t happened with Tori’s deluxe, so perhaps the ‘real’ cover to Little Earthquakes could please stand up and make itself known to a member of staff?


CD cover on the left, LP on the right.

Does this actually matter? You tell me. There are no such issues with the follow-up album Under The Pink. You can see what that is going to look like below.


Both Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink are released as two-CD deluxe editions on 13 April 2015.

Little Earthquakes 2CD Deluxe

Under The Pink 2CD Deluxe

Little Earthquakes vinyl reissue

Under The Pink vinyl reissue

Track listing

Little Earthquakes

Disc: 1

1. Crucify
2. Girl
3. Silent All These Years
4. Precious Things
5. Winter
6. Happy Phantom
7. China
8. Leather
9. Mother
10. Tear In Your Hand
11. Me And A Gun
12. Little Earthquakes

Disc: 2

1. Upside Down (from Silent All These Years single)
2. Thoughts (from Silent All These Years single)
3. Ode To The Banana King (Part One) (from Silent All These Years single)
4. Song For Eric (from Silent All These Years single)
5. The Pool (from Winter single)
6. Take To The Sky (from Winter single)
7. Sweet Dreams (from Winter single)
8. Mary (from Crucify single)
9. Sugar (from China single)
10. Flying Dutchman (from China single)
11. Humpty Dumpty (from China single)
12. Smells Like Teen Spirit (from Winter single)
13. Little Earthquakes (Live in Cambridge – Apr 5, 1992) (from Crucify single)
14. Crucify (Live in Cambridge – Apr 5, 1992) (from Crucify single)
15. Precious Things (Live in Cambridge – Apr 5, 1992) (from Crucify single)
16. Mother (Live in Cambridge – Apr 5, 1992) (from Crucify single)
17. Happy Phantom (Live) (from Silent 18.All These Years single)
18. Here In My Head (from Crucify single)

Under The Pink

Disc: 1

1. Pretty Good Year
2. God
3. Bells For Her
4. Past The Mission
5. Baker Baker
6. The Wrong Band
7. The Waitress
8. Cornflake Girl
9. Icicle
10. Cloud On My Tongue
11. Space Dog
12. Yes, Anastasia

Disc: 2

1. Sister Janet [from Cornflake Girl single]
2. Honey [from Cornflake Girl single]
3. Daisy Dead Petals [from Cornflake Girl single]
4. Over It [from Cornflake Girl single]
5. Black Swan [from Pretty Good Year single]
6. Home On the Range (with Cherokee Addition) [from Pretty Good Year single]
7. All The Girls Hate Her [from Cornflake Girl single]
8. God (The CJ Bollard Remix) [from God 12″]
9. Here In My Head [live] [from Past the Mission single]
10. Upside Down [live] [from Past the Mission single]
11. Past The Mission [live] [from Past the Mission single]
12. Icicle [live] [from Past the Mission single]
13. Flying Dutchman [live] [from Past the Mission single]
14. Winter [live] [from Past the Mission single]
15. The Waitress [live] [from Past the Mission single]

Little Earthquakes 2CD Deluxe

Under The Pink 2CD Deluxe

Little Earthquakes vinyl reissue

Under The Pink vinyl reissue

52 responses to Tori Amos / Little Earthquakes: CD versus LP cover art

  1. Geert De Wilde says:

    OK, now that I have it, the new vinyl is rather poor looking. The original vinyl looks noticeably sharper + the colours were richer. This new print looks ever so fuzzy with a gray-ish overlay. Really a pity. Same goes for the CDs by the way. So very poor quality printing there and truly boring selection of images.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “There are even Grammys for packaging FFS!”

    I could have said that. But my FFS probably wouldn’t have carried quite the same inflection the same as yours….

  3. Mark McKendrick says:

    The image on the CD was always meant to be larger by scale. It’s actually the same size as the image on the elpee. The image was always meant to be the same size regardless of the media.

  4. Jopla2 says:

    Correction: the square lyric pics and square Tori pics don’t appear on the inner sleeve. Apparently, the LP didn’t come with a designed inner sleeve. Instead, there are 16 square pics on the back of the sleeve. This also explains Dr Avalanche’s comment that ‘the original album did not have them [mushrooms] on the back cover’. He’s referring to the LP as the ‘original’ – when in reality the LP was a ‘speciality’ item back in 1992 for this release. Was a vinyl even released in the US – doesn’t have it.

    What will the back sleeve look like on this new edition? The pics above don’t show it. Maybe with all the tracks, there’s no space for mushrooms or any imagery.

  5. Jopla2 says:

    There are eighteen (18) different versions of the “Little Earthquakes” CD on and not one has the Tori-in-a-box image scaled down, as shown in the 2nd pic from top. Cassette and MiniDisc likewise. This site usually manages to address the correct points – and I’m grateful for all the work they do – but here they’ve missed it. Like many others have already pointed out, CD was the main format in 1992 and they didn’t just carelessly ‘derive’ the CD art from the LP design. The image on the CD cover was intentionally proportionally bigger on the CD cover and it wasn’t a design flaw.

    The whole design was carefully laid out, on both LP and CD. On CD booklet, all individual lyrics are laid out in the form of a perfect square, one square per page. All images are the same size. On the LP inner sleeve, there squares are collected, 16 on both sides of the sleeve.

    I don’t own the LP, but could it be that the sizes of the Tori-in-a-box images and the album title are actually the same, in reality? On CD, there’s just obviously a lot less of the white filler. The canvas size varies but the pics stay the same?

  6. AnonymousToo says:

    The original artwork for the original LP had the small artwork and I’ve never seen a CD with the small artwork, so the reissues look exactly the same as the original issues in that regard. One should remember that vinyl was all but dead by that time and that CDs and cassettes were the standard formats at the time. There may or may not be some “in joke” about the box staying about the same size on the vinyl as the pic on the CD, being Tori admitted somewhere that they thought it was funny to have a small box on the front of the CD cover and the big uhm… mushrooms on the back. Either way, if anything, the LP vinyl version therefore would seem to be the “revised” artwork, not the CD or cassette.

  7. Francis says:

    “Oh how I bow to thee Mr Knowitall Saint Paul of SuperDeluxeEdition and kiss thy sweaty feet” (NOT even if I was paid)! LOL

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Francis – it’s much more interesting to contribute something constructive than post comments like this. What’s the point? You got a bit of flak for criticising a post on a music blog that posts about box sets and packaging… can we please just move on?

  8. Zongadude says:

    What they’re doing with the cover of Little Earthquakes is the same thing they did for the CD versions of ‘A night at the opera’. Only the japanese paper sleeve CD of the Queen album bears the original Lp artwork (with a lot of white and a tiny drawing in the middle).

    And they also zoomed in the sleeves of George Harrison’s “Somewhere in England” (the first cd version) and Joe Jackson’s “Look sharp”.
    So halas it is common to blow up artworks (or fonts) when they do a cd version of an Lp. :(

    • Geert De Wilde says:

      but but but … :) – they didn’t zoom the artwork for the CD: They failed to blow it up properly for the (marginal) release of the LP. Happened more frquently in those days. Paul McCartney’s ‘Off the Ground’ LP version come to mind. Nobody would complain that they left out that white band around the picture on the CD release?

  9. Charles says:

    I’m curious about the sound quality of the b-sides. Some of those UK singles are at a very low volume. Happy to have these releases, but really wish we could get Y Kant Tori Read and some of the other outtakes.

  10. Michael says:

    Personally I’m excited to see they’ll be gatefold reissues. That’s why the Diana Ross reissues were so disappointing and the Lisa Stansfield and Donna Summer ones were so exciting. Of course its about the music but when time is taken with the packaging and it looks like a brand new edition (which these Tori Amos ones do), well then my wallet opens. Not a huge fan of Under The Pink, but Little Earthquakes? Absolutely. One of the best debuts I’ve ever heard.

  11. Shane says:

    I can’t believe Paul has to justify his posts to a rude person shouting and spurting out that crap about wars. Yes, you know, if you think that those things are more important, then why are you wasting your time on a site about music? Why are you wasting money on music? Surely you could do something so much more constructive like helping the needy! So go instead of insulting people’s intelligence.

    I am very glad that Paul has taken time to explain the difference and question the layout. Let’s be honest, if you are here you care not only about the music. Music and the artwork has been an important match. Listening to music while looking at the artwork, reading the lyrics, is a wonderful way to listen to your favorite artist and enhance the whole musical experience. There are even Grammys for packaging FFS!

    I think you should just go to iTunes and download the music there, unless you’re one of the others.

    • Putanbitch says:

      Yeah, unbelievable! Paul is God, there’s no such person in the world. Paul is definitely bigger than John Lennon, bigger than Jesus, bigger and brighter than anybody else ever walked this planet! Which was such a miserable place before Paul, of course.

      Keep up the good work Paul, do not ever leave us!

      • Julian H says:

        You appear to blow everything out of proportion. Just because someone appreciates what Paul is doing (and you apparently don’t) that doesn’t mean he is “God” or something similar and there’s no need for your fits. There’s a difference between criticizing (rightly or wrongly) and basically just stomping around and insulting people.

  12. Edward says:

    are actually all b-sides from that period on the second disc(s) or are songs beeing left out?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      All of the cover versions are missing except Smells Like Teen Spirit (that’s five tracks missing). Also two versions of Crucify on the CD single are also missing (single remix and alternate version). So that’s seven.

  13. Denis says:

    I had it on Cassette.Remember at that time it was CD and Cassette that were the most popular formats.I remember the cover image being big on the Cassette version.

  14. DP says:

    I can’t say it bothers me. I love awesome packaging, but ultimately, it’s the music that matters!

  15. Jeremy says:

    I have to say I’ll only be buying if the quality of the recordings is significantly better than the originals (which I bought in period, having discovered Tori via her Me and A Gun CD single, bought in local record shop for 50p), and to be honest, they’re going to have to be pretty good, as the originals were very good quality as it was. Remember, this was ’92, CD was the dominant format, so all discs were already mastered for playback on that format anyway. As to the size of the box, it really doesn’t matter to me, CDs have never had the impact of a full size 12″ vinyl cover. We lost album covers being Art as soon as CDs took over, I have a number of 12″ and album covers on my walls as artwork, but no CDs, they just don’t have enough impact to make it worth it.

    As always, these comments are all MHO!

  16. FM says:

    Amazing the things people will get riled up about.

    I am really enjoying the conversation about the artwork. No, it’s not the most important thing, but why does it have to be in order for us to talk about it? Topics like this are why I come to this site at least daily. I don’t know many people who care this much about physical music product, and I am thrilled to have discovered a community here that shares my interests.

    Paul, please keep up the amazing work and meticulous attention to details great and small. The vast majority of us are capable of simply ignoring the posts we are not interested in.

  17. Anonymous says:

    “Any further insights on remastering/sound quality?”

    Wrong forum. Head on over to the Steve Hoffman board for, I’m sure, endless talk about that. Another bunch of real “music” lovers there, don’t cha know…

  18. Dr Avalanche says:

    No mushrooms, I’m afraid. :) The original album did not have them on the back cover; I don’t know about the inner sleeves.

    East/West did most of the European pressings of the album in 1992, but there is a German vinyl pressing which has the green/orange Atlantic labels (according tot Discogs).

    To me both artworks (CD + vinyl) look just fine and exactly as it was when the album came out originally.

  19. Geert De Wilde says:

    The *really* important question is: what will be the size of those mushrooms on the flipside?! Will they have made those bigger too?! ;)

  20. Daniel says:

    Paul, I really like your response to Francis “that’s what we do here”. Right on the money. We all are here because this stuff matters to us. No one ever said it is ” important ” in a save the world way. This is our passion and entertainment. In the words of the movie Meatballs: “lighten up Francis❗️)”

  21. Eric says:

    I’m much more bothered that the old “EastWest” label logo has been replaced by the Atlantic Records one, and the discs are now bearing the iconic Orange, Green & Red Atlantic design on them. Which just isn’t right……

    And breathe!

  22. Runicen says:

    Wow… Funny the conversations that will become heated.

    Personally, I don’t see a problem with two different sets of artwork between CD and vinyl. That which looks great in 12″x12″ looks terrible when clipped down to less than a quarter of the size. That’s almost universal if you stop to think about it. Not many iconic images from the vinyl age looked nearly so impressive when compressed for the digital one.

    So, if they kept the CD artwork as it was originally released (on CD), aside from being the only version I’ve known, it really just seems like a natural choice to me. Now, if they took the blown up CD version and used that for a vinyl re-release or refused to use the vinyl art for a larger form “super deluxe” box version of the release, that would bother me, but on a double digipack I’m not sure I see a reason for a fuss.

  23. Lennie says:

    It’s nice to get a good looking package when I buy music, but anyone not in it for the music should give up collecting CD’s and collect art instead.

  24. Jon says:

    Any further insights on remastering/sound quality? I already have almost all the singles, which aren’t horrible-sounding by any means; so unless the sonics have been upgraded no need to buy these new editions. Thanks, Paul.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I have the promo CDs… they do sound very good, but haven’t had a chance to properly compare. Will report back.

  25. Anonymous says:

    While Francis may be going a bit overboard, the point from his initial comment should be reiterated: if this (artwork) issue concerns you, or for that matter, if “holding the music in your hands” is an all-important matter for you, then MUSIC is not really your primary concern. Which is fine. But let’s be honest about it at least from time to time, eh?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      This post was all about showing everyone the new packaging to the Tori Amos deluxe reissues. Rather than just say ‘here’s what they look like’ I thought it was semi-interesting to bring up the issue of CD/LP artwork. Not everyone would have realised they were different, so I thought it might be mildly interesting, or at least a point of discussion. I never claimed it was REALLY important. I never said it was “all-important” I even asked ‘does it matter?’. Not quite sure what everyone is getting so het up about!!?

  26. fettdog says:

    And you, Francis, waste your time commenting on this trivial little forum that we love when you could clearly be off elsewhere saving the world. Shame on you.

    And re Tori, these releases look really nice but I already have all the music on the original singles etc, and wish there was more unreleased material in the archives. I’d even take a proper release for the Y Kant Tori Read album, which I have several bootlegs of, and which I still have a soft spot for :-)

  27. Eric says:

    The 1992 CD version looks “right” to me as well, not only because as others have said that was the dominant format by then, but from a visual perspective the LP’s photo and text looks ridiculously small.

    The case with Please was a bit different, as the LP was still the definitive format for a design in 1986 (and many original CDs from that era had horribly modified versions of the sleeve artwork..Scoundrel Days, Graceland, Parade…the list goes on).

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Fair point. But why didn’t they just make the LP consistent with the CD? Why bother to have two different versions? Apologies to Francis for asking an ‘unimportant’ question…;)

  28. Francis says:

    Countries are at war, homes are being bombed, people are dying from lack of food and water, murders have taken place and you lot go on about some artwork. Unbelievable!

    • Steve Thorpe says:

      Exactly Francis – the whole point of the excellent SDE website is to ESCAPE from the horrors of the world news for just a small part of the day…and this community likes to do this by discussing artwork, mastering, tracklistings etc. Do we have your permission to continue? ;-))

  29. Paul,
    You mentioned that the above CD artwork was similar to the ‘revised’ CD – I must have an original pressing on CD then as my booklet looks like the vinyl art that you show. The photo on my copy is quite small – especially for a CD booklet!

  30. Francis says:

    There are more devastating things happening in the world to worry about some artwork on a CD or LP.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      That’s what we do here… we worry about artwork, mixes, remastering, inadequate packaging, wrong versions on reissues, missing tracks, missing deadlines, production issues, cancelled projects, incorrect credits, photos from the wrong era etc. :) Do you want me to start covering the war against Islamic State? That’s probably more ‘important’ but not within the remit of SDE.

      • Putanbitch says:

        No please, don’t “start covering the war against Islamic State”, don’t start covering anything else, this Edsel advert disguised as a music collectors blog is just enough, seriously.

        Also, very funny to see you still using the word “staff” referred to yourself… MPD / DID ?

  31. Francis says:

    It is just an image – get a life and enjoy her music.

  32. Francis says:

    I could not care less about the CD packaging artwork, it is the music that matters to me (the original and the added). So her photograph is small on one format and large on the other, so what?

    • ChristopherM says:

      Francis – If you “could not care less about the CD packaging artwork” then I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong website. As it says at the top of the page, this blog is intended for “collectors and fans who love holding the music in their hands”.

      Paul – Unless the publishing company was claiming the packaging to be a Vinyl Replica (which I don’t think was the case), then this design looks fair enough to me.

      • Francis says:


      • Francis says:

        By the way, it is not physically possible to “hold music in your hands”, only the packaging it comes in or the format it is on, whether it be CD, Vinyl, Cassette, DVD, Video Tape or Blu Ray. It can only be physically listened to via the ears. LOL

  33. François nereau says:

    A Pitt tais gorgeois photograph is reduced to suce à small Scala ! The white frame is obviously too big. I guess the original artwork should have been revised by the same person who did it in 1992. I can’t remember i.e. there was a vinyl release at The time and if the photograph was bigger.

  34. Simon Long says:

    If they’d copied the LP cover but with it reduced down to CD size, the picture would be ridiculously small. As commented above, the album was released long after CD became the standard format for new releases, so I’d assume the CD version of the cover is the “correct” one, and the vinyl was just designed to keep the picture the same size and padded with whitespace.

    I’ve got several other albums in my collection where the CD artwork is at the same scale as the vinyl artwork, but with spurious monocolor edges reduced – it’s the logical thing to do, surely?

  35. Steve says:

    Can you reach out to WB to find out the source lineage and cutting/mastering/pressing info for the two vinyl releases (specifically I’m interested in Earthquakes)?
    Thank you Paul.

  36. Geert De Wilde says:

    I thought Little Earthquakes came out when CDs were the regular format — so the CD would have the ‘proper’ cover. The Vinyl version would just have been a spin-off, where they couldn’t be bothered to ‘blow-up’ the image to 12″ size. At least, that’s what I thought … :)

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