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THE WHOLE STORY

Kate Bush

 

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4 stars In general I don't like compilations, but this one gives a good idea of Kate's work up to 1986. I would have added just Hammer Horror but all the most impolrtant songs are present.

"Wuthering Heights" is the song that made her famouos in 1978. It was produced by David Gilmour and it has been remastered for this disc. I have the impression that the final solo is played by Sir David, but I can't be sure. The album sheet says that only vocals are new, but I think the guitar part has been re-recorder as well.

"Cloudbusting" is from Hounds of Love. I remember a very nice videoclip interpreted by Donald Sutherland. It has the typical 80's sound, based on Fairlight, but the song is nice.

"The Man With the Child in His Eyes" is another song from her first album "the kick inside". Kate says she wrote this song when she was thirteen. She was a very talented teen to write a song like this. One of her best, I think.

"Breathing" is from "Never for Ever" (1980). There is probably a sexual double-sense in the lyrics. The track is driven by an impressive fretless bass. Kate's voice is dramatic. The final male choir gives her the possibility to shout in a crescendo.

"Wow", is one of her most famous songs. Back in 1978 (Lionheart). In tis song Kate demonstrates her vocal extension by singing a very bass "wow" - unbelievable, really.

"Hounds of Love" from the homonimous album (1985) is yet based on the Fairlight. About the use of Fairlight, Kate is credited on Camel's Stationary Traveller for "borrowing the fairlight". The song is in the same mood of Cloudbusting. This was the electronic period of Kate Bush.

The same can be said about "Running up that hill". Same sound, same album. Deep inside the 80s. I see some similarities with Rick Wright and Dave Harris Zee project (1983), at least in how the fairlight brasses sound.

"Army Dreamers", is a very nice acoustic short song. A slow waltz with high but sussrred vocals.

"Sat in your Lap". Is another fairlight song on which the overdubbed vocals have the most important part. From "The dreaming" (1982).

"Experiment IV" was the inedit. Again is son of its times. The electronic drums seem the same used by Mason and Fenn in "Profiles" released the same year...However Kate is always able to add something different to her songs, even if the overall sound is dated, due not only to the use of Fairlight, but also to all the other electronic devices (guitar effect, fretless bass and so on).

"The Dreaming" from the homonimous album is another example of vocal skill, inventive and composing. A very interesting track, even if the sound is still the same.

Finally, "Babooshka" is a very good closure. From "Never for Ever". It's a very good pop song, not too much affected by the 80s standardisation. One of my favourite. You can still hear some guitar here.

If you are not going to purchase Kate's whole discography, this is a good example of her music. A good starting point to be kicked inside Kate's music.

octopus-4 | 4/5 |

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