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Kate Bush


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2.60 | 11 ratings

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2 stars "that's all gone now..."

That's how Kate described her early work after completing "The Tour of Life." After a short break in the Summer of 1979, Kate and Jon Kelly started working on the tapes for the release of a four song EP in September. But she was not particularly excited about revisiting the Tour project and was already stoked about recording Never For Ever, for which she intended a very different sound. In an early example of Kate rewriting her own history, she is reported to have been displeased with the sound of the tour tapes and re-recorded some of the material on this EP, ironically to give it a more "live" sound.

So the four tracks presented here, while classic Bush, are some combination of live and studio work hopelessly lacking in giving the listener any real taste of the 2 hour long Tour of Life shows. I'm not sure why they bothered other than for the financial appeasement of the label. The Hammersmith video would be out a bit later and at 50 minutes would still be a half-finished painting, but at least there you get the visual element as well, and far superior to this. I don't believe this EP has been released on CD, thus it is at best a collector's item for vinyl hounds. Today's listeners would be better served by finding a good copy of the Hammersmith video for a chance to experience The Tour of Life. Hopefully the powers that be will one day remove their heads and re-release the full Tour of Life in a high quality CD/DVD package...all 2 hours of it. "On Stage" is for hard core fans only.

Finnforest | 2/5 |


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