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Catherine "Kate" Bush - Born July 30th, 1958 (Bexleyheath, Kent, England)

A demo of Kate Bush reached David Gilmour in 1975. Being impressed by her true original talent, the PINK FLOYD guitar player financed her fist proper recording session before introducing the result to EMI. In 1978 her debut album was issued but two songs were written years before that. "The Kick inside" must have been one of the most passionate albums ever written. In 1978 Bush' talents were an amazing revelation : a rare talent for melody and poetic imagery but especially the sound of her voice was something which was never heard before at the time. On the debut album her innocent sounding voice is in full helium mode and reaches ear ear-splitting frequencies. The songs are piano driven but the colourful arrangements are unmistakable in the vein of progressive rock. Similarities can be found in the sound of Gerry Rafferty at the time or the first albums from The ALAN PARSONS PROJECT. No wonder the full TAPP-line-up was in charge as the backing band on this record. Unlike the aforementioned bands, Bush's music is very feminine and reveals more light & playful pop & rock tunes. The hits "Wuthering heights" and "The man with the child in his eyes" introduced her to a large pop audience. Within months following the release of her debut album, she was already recording a successor album. Even though "Lionheart" contained another hit single, the compositions were less sparkling. On "Never for ever" her sound is enriched with traditional folk influences provided by more session musicians. Moving further away from the standard pop format, Bush challenged her audience with more experimentation with a most refreshing result. This album gave her the confidence to take full control of her music. She co-produced her next album "The Dreaming" on which she explored the fairytale weirdness even more. With it's haunting rhythm's this album could be described as manic and fearsome, one of Bush' strangest efforts. On the musical side her sound got innovated by the use of computer and fairlight, also the influence of an artist like Peter Gabriel was heavy felt. In 1985 Bush released her magnum opus and most successful album to date. "Hounds of love" is divided in a pop side and a progressive side. On the pop side it seemed the controversial influences from the previous album were incorporated in accessible pop songs. The epic side consists of one fascinating suite : "The ninth wave", di...
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KATE BUSH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.93 | 370 ratings
The Kick Inside
1978
3.34 | 253 ratings
Lionheart
1978
3.95 | 325 ratings
Never For Ever
1980
4.11 | 352 ratings
The Dreaming
1982
4.17 | 509 ratings
Hounds Of Love
1985
3.50 | 245 ratings
The Sensual World
1989
2.77 | 182 ratings
The Red Shoes
1993
3.85 | 285 ratings
Aerial
2005
2.99 | 96 ratings
Director's Cut
2011
3.76 | 177 ratings
50 Words for Snow
2011

KATE BUSH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.12 | 47 ratings
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon
1994
3.50 | 6 ratings
1979 Television Special
2014
4.06 | 34 ratings
Before The Dawn
2016

KATE BUSH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.20 | 24 ratings
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon (Video)
1981
3.46 | 12 ratings
The Single File (VHS)
1983
3.96 | 19 ratings
The Whole Story VHS
1986
2.41 | 10 ratings
The Sensual World, The Videos (VHS)
1990
2.93 | 10 ratings
The Line, The Cross & The Curve (VHS)
1993
2.79 | 9 ratings
Hounds of Love: A Classic Album Under Review
2008
2.00 | 3 ratings
The Only Girl in the World
2012
2.92 | 5 ratings
1979 Television Special
2014

KATE BUSH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 4 ratings
The Single File 1978 - 1983
1984
3.55 | 74 ratings
The Whole Story
1986
3.68 | 27 ratings
This Woman's Work
1990
3.33 | 3 ratings
Moments of Pleasure - The Best Works 1978 - 1993
1993
3.50 | 10 ratings
The Other Sides
2019

KATE BUSH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.89 | 7 ratings
The Man with the Child in His Eyes
1978
3.28 | 4 ratings
Wow / Fullhouse
1978
3.87 | 6 ratings
Hammer Horror / Coffee Homeground
1978
4.67 | 6 ratings
Wuthering Heights
1978
2.70 | 15 ratings
On Stage
1979
3.31 | 7 ratings
Babooshka / Ran Tan Waltz
1980
4.64 | 5 ratings
Breathing / The Empty Bullring
1980
3.06 | 5 ratings
Army Dreamers
1980
3.67 | 8 ratings
December Will Be Magic Again
1980
3.97 | 6 ratings
Sat in Your Lap
1981
3.91 | 5 ratings
There Goes a Tenner
1982
3.42 | 8 ratings
The Dreaming
1982
2.74 | 7 ratings
Suspended in Gaffa
1982
3.85 | 4 ratings
Kate Bush
1983
4.29 | 7 ratings
Night of the Swallow
1983
3.25 | 4 ratings
Ne T'enfuis Pas
1983
4.76 | 6 ratings
Running Up That Hill
1985
3.57 | 7 ratings
Cloudbusting
1985
3.78 | 13 ratings
Experiment IV
1986
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Man With The Child In His Eyes / Sat In Your Lap
1986
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Big Sky (Special Single Mix)
1986
3.65 | 6 ratings
The Sensual World
1989
3.67 | 3 ratings
This Woman's Work
1989
2.09 | 4 ratings
Love and Anger
1989
2.39 | 9 ratings
Aspects of the Sensual World
1990
2.11 | 9 ratings
Rocket Man / Candle in the Wind
1991
2.13 | 5 ratings
And So Is Love
1993
3.00 | 3 ratings
Rubberband Girl
1993
3.00 | 2 ratings
Moments of Pleasure
1993
3.00 | 2 ratings
Eat the Music
1993
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Red Shoes
1994
3.67 | 3 ratings
King of the Mountain
2005
3.67 | 9 ratings
Wild Man
2011
2.23 | 4 ratings
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (2012 Remix)
2012

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 Night of the Swallow by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
4.29 | 7 ratings

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Night of the Swallow
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

5 stars No music videos for either of these songs, which is... not overly surprising, but going into this, I'll say this much: Interesting that either of these songs, while both excellent, would be selected for a single at all. Then again, we are talking The Dreaming. And we are talking Kate Bush. "Night of the Swallow" was that album's fifth and final single, backed with "Houdini".

Our A-side is the perfect, perfectly chilling track. In some ways glancing back only slightly at her piano balladry of her early career in the late-70s. But this is very characteristic of the eerie, Fusion-adjacent vibe of the time, starting with Never For Ever (songs we can look to there include "Blow Away", and "Egypt" with a fantastic Minimoog solo from Max Middleton). The thing that sets this song apart from most (though it has somewhat of a sister in the brighter "Jig of Life"), as it dips out of the dark ambience of the verses, it steps firmly into its Highlands-inspired chorus. The track that its verses bring to mind, though only somewhat, is that next track after "Jig of Life" on Hounds of Love, "Hello Earth".

"Houdini", our B-side, honestly feels fitting given her overall history with singles. And yet, in its immediate quietness, the track flows in and out of incredible pop-adjacent intensity. A track moreso of haunting (a form of dreaming), I think it's a great match. Beautiful Art Pop number with frisson-inducing orchestration and warm Soft Rock instrumentation. At times, Kate's vocals, in these most intense sections, are shredded, emotive, but also apparently heavily distorted; another chilling effect. Great single (off my favorite album by one of my all-time favorite artists).

True Rate: 4.75/5.00

 Kate Bush by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
3.85 | 4 ratings

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Kate Bush
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

4 stars Released for the US and Canadian markets, Kate Bush's self-titled 1983 EP is some variation of different singles that were released years prior, the one exception being the 1979 Hammersmith Odeon live version of "James and the Cold Gun" (released that year via the On Stage EP ).

It begins with the excellent "Sat In Your Lap", released a year prior on The Dreaming. I'm sure I said some variation of this, but this is a Kate Bush essential to me. "James and the Cold Gun", to reiterate, is a call-back to a different time entirely, released on her 1978 debut, The Kick Inside, this version being from a live performance in '79 (still 4 years before the release of this EP). I believe I said something of this sort when reviewing On Stage, but there's something slightly heavier in this version. It's nice to hear the backing vocals handled live. Organ sounds awesome and, as I noted then, the half-time slow at the end of the song is actually more impactful here than on the studio version. I got a real kick out of watching the actual video of this live performance, with a creeping Kate holding a pistol and then, even going so far as aiming at the audience, a rifle.

"Ne t'enfuis pas" is the French-sung post-progressive number, which B-sided "Suspended in Gaffa". Just an interesting use of sonics. I would think just a bit ahead of its time. Not a wild or crazy interesting song, but lovely. Then it's onto one of her signature classics, "Babooshka", a wild Art Pop track about infidelity and... trickery? Of course the chorus (and the music video) is iconic. Then the aforementioned "Suspended in Gaffa". I definitely had to be more honest with myself about rating for this track. It's a Baroque Pop song with a sort of harpsicord sound and a light, upbeat lilt. I love this song, and especially when it crescendos to a feral, untamed Kate, just waiting to be king, I do suppose haha. And finally, the French version of "The Infant Kiss", "Un Baiser D'Enfant". Interesting, indeed. This is a sort of eerie track off of Never for Ever. This is my first time hearing it in French. Nice song, but it was never anywhere near a favorite of mine.

A barely-rounded-up True Rate of 3.5/5.0

 Suspended in Gaffa by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
2.74 | 7 ratings

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Suspended in Gaffa
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

4 stars Wow! What a spread for the current individual ratings for this release! "Suspended in Gaffa" was the fourth and final single for Kate Bush's magnum opus, The Dreaming (1982). It was actually the first ever viewing of this song's music video, if I'm not mistaken, that put me on this back catalog journey into her work. This song is signature Baroque-Pop quirk, with light harpsicording, all played over an upbeat lilt. I love the chorus. I love her vocals. One I often think of, but perhaps not as thrilling to someone less familiar with her. Her vocals are wild, feral even, at the end of the song, with the final chorus. This music video shows a stableboy Kate dancing about in a somewhat sun-lit barn. Looks... smelly haha. Before the second chorus she is briefly shown floating through an outer space of stars.

Our B-side is one of the first non-album tracks that I had heard from Kate, "Ne t'enfuis pas". I just listened to the song she did with Peter Gabriel, "Don't Give Up", and honestly that puts this into a different perspective in my mind. As individuals like Gabriel, Japan's David Sylvian and Talking Heads' David Byrne were throwing out Post-Progressive ideations in its apparent infancy around this time (perhaps my perspective of timing is off), this feels like a fully realized post-Prog song. Beautiful track, sung of course in French (not the first time for Ms. Bush), with reverberating percussion and a beautiful, booming fretless bass. Lovely lovely stuff.

[Could have sworn I already rated this, but perhaps I'm just thinking of when I most recently listened through this and its B-side; again, I believe that being the reason I'm now going through her deeper back catalog.]

 The Dreaming by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
3.42 | 8 ratings

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The Dreaming
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

2 stars Definitely one of the more interesting tracks (especially as a single) is "The Dreaming", uncharacteristically un-English (despite the put-on accent) and sung for the most part in her lower register. I most love the refrain, for sure, but the song overall isn't one of her finest, despite being the title track of, in my opinion, her absolute strongest album. In the music video, uhhh.... reanimated [space?!] mummies(?) dance along with Kate, striding a beam of light, as though it were a horizontal metal pole in a dance studio. They dance in front of a rather creepy, beating sun. A dove leaves a cave (someone's soul departing?), and the dancers are found dead and dying therein, eventually being covered by sand and dust. Pretty cool video, to say the least, even if I have no clue what in the hell happened in it. The lyrics, which allude to some kind of future race-war (or governmental subjugation of "the other"), imply this may be space. Like a new Mars? And with that, too, it feels my suspicions about a possible visual homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey were warranted. Interesting.

Our B-side is the more-than-thematically-similar "Dreamtime", which actually picks up with the sound and tribal drumming of our A-side; effectively the backing track. Really very interesting choice. I certainly wasn't expecting this (like an anti-80s-Dance-version-B-side). It's basically the pre-chorus of "See the light ram through the gaps in the land" repeated over and over, as the rhythm shifts slightly and intensifies. I guess I haven't really thought about it before, but that's a didgeridoo, right?! [Oh, wow, and please believe me, I spelled that right on the first try?!]. Since it's basically the same song as the first, though simplified, I don't feel any which way about it, really.

A rounding up from a True Rate of 2.5/5.0

 There Goes a Tenner by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
3.91 | 5 ratings

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There Goes a Tenner
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

4 stars Another Kate essential, "There Goes a Tenner" was the third single for The Dreaming; an artsy, Baroque-lite pop song with a ton of quirk, character and spunk. In the video, Kate and a few others seem to be in a sort of mine, or... is it a grandfather clock? They bust open a metal door with explosives. It's not a safe? It is a safe?! haha. Interesting video, especially when compared to her earlier songs [this was a year into the advent of MTV specifically]. Anyways, this track is fantastic; love it.

One of the first of these B-sides that I perhaps moreso incidentally heard before was this'n, "Ne t'enfuis pas". And unlike many of her B-sides, it holds its own weight. It has its own character. As you might guess, this is sung in French. And it features the warm, jazzy bass that was pretty signature to this era in her career. Beautiful track. Easily could have fit in Never For Ever with others like "Egypt".

I'll be honest with myself and round down from a True Rate of 4.5/5.0.

 Sat in Your Lap by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1981
3.97 | 6 ratings

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Sat in Your Lap
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

4 stars And for me finally, I have entered into the singles for her magnum opus, The Dreaming (1982). "Sat in Your Lap" is the opener of that album, and a helluvan introduction to any work, I would say. As with these other singles, I was really looking forward to seeing the music video for this one. I'm surprised to say, somewhat, that I've never seen it before. This is the culmination of her more or less short-lived Art Pop era (beginning with Never For Ever, ending with The Sensual World). Always loved the compositional and lyrical progression of this song. The lyrics sort of whirlwind and change up from refrain to refrain. Super intense, from the vocals to the wordless percussion to the banging organ. From verse to verse, the video shows Kate rollerskating with two other dunces, and later with some bullheaded dancers and then some red-and-yellow jesters... I'm sure that's all poetically purposeful. ["Some say that knowledge is something sat in your lap / ...something that you never have."] Anyways, freaky-deak sh*t. One of her essentials, in my opinion.

The B-side is "Lord of the Reedy River", with quite the juxtaposition. A flutey Mellotron(?) softly accompanies Kate most eerily. Quieted, stylistically-consistent male backing vocals enter in in the second half. Haunting number. I like it. Worth a listen.

 December Will Be Magic Again by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
3.67 | 8 ratings

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December Will Be Magic Again
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

3 stars Christmas Kate?! Alright! Sorry I'm a month early to be celebrating Kate Bush's July Will Be Magic Again. I much appreciated in user Matti's review their contextualization of this single, as it was released just following Never For Ever (1980).

And indeed, she really captures that classic Christmas sound from the get-go on "December Will Be Magic Again". It's 1980 and she's of course still sporting her swelling dramatic soprano. With little trills of synthesizer, the main of the track is guitar (or is it mandolin) with piano. In a great compliment from me, the grand refrain, now with added drums and backing vocals (the latter of which continue on in the next verse), has a sort of oldschool Runescape feel to me. Generally speaking, the compositional style of that OST's (if that's what games also call them) Ian Taylor is relatively simplistic, but he is apt and well capable of capturing different moods. And so, as fans well know, does Bush. Great melody. Bit complex in the verses, but still lovely.

And "Warm and Soothing" is very much of her old mode, with soft and feeling vocals in piano balladry. A lot of beauty, but a less-than-memorable melody compared to some of the similar tracks of this sort. I mean, "In The Warm Room", for instance... Good God, can she write. Certainly B-side material here, to say the least.

 On Stage by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1979
2.70 | 15 ratings

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On Stage
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

3 stars First of all, a shoutout is most certainly due to user Finnforest, for the (to me here and now) twelve year old review of this EP. Really well written context for this can be found therein. I, for one, was utterly unaware of this. Despite what they say, it does appear this is a true-blue live recording, from May 1979 at the Hammersmith Odeon. But some have suggested that there was some kind of later (likely very purposeful) studio f*ckery on the finished tracks. Who's to say? Aside from Lionheart's "Don't Push Your Foot on the Heartbrake", the material on this album was originally released via her debut LP, The Kick Inside. [My personal experience with her live material is pretty much solely represented by her famed Christmas special, which premiered later that same year. If anyone is unfamiliar, there are some interesting commentaries written in recent about that performance, in all of its peculiarity. I'm sure they would make for a more than decent viewing guide, too.]

The EP begins with "Them Heavy People", one of her best Pop songs of her early works. For those somehow unfamiliar, this is one of a few tracks that is, as I've put it, faux-Reggae (successfully, I might add). Pretty great sound here, with much-necessary backing vocals. As if we didn't know it already, Kate is of course an insanely talented vocalist. The guitars at the end are soft and lovely. Next is the aforementioned Lionheart track, "Don't Push Your Foot on the Heartbrake". According to the credits for the EP, it is a full live band, as it sounds. This is the first time in her discography that I'm seeing the feature of one of her career go-tos, drummer Preston Heyman. For a live performance, pretty decent sound and offering a slightly different approach than what we get on the studio version. Specifically, it's slightly faster, slightly heavier and the backing vocals provide something pretty interesting that isn't on that original version. Even so, I'd take the original.

Onto our second side, we have the harder Rock of "James and the Cold Gun" and, really, the guitars here sound pretty awesome, either Brian Bath or Alan Murphy. Also a tad heavier than the original. But in that, I'll take the cleaner sound of the original. The even slower, super feeling approach of the final instrumental section is actually a lot more impactful than on The Kick Inside, so that's a mark in its favor, for sure! Honestly, super cool guitar solo here, too. The softest of the bunch by a landslide [did I use this analogy properly? haha] is our final track, "L'Amour Looks Something Like You". And this version, unlike the two tracks that precede it, is actually slower than the original studio recording. Kate sounds great, but there's really nothing that it offers that the original didn't already have.

True Rate: 3.5/5.0

 Wuthering Heights by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1978
4.67 | 6 ratings

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Wuthering Heights
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

5 stars Kate Bush's debut single, released January 20, 1978, was the iconic, eccentric "Wuthering Heights". This song was something else when it was released, I'm sure: an orchestral pop ballad, based off the Emily Bronte novel of the same name. As iconic as the song itself, if not more, is its accompanying music video, with a solo-dancing Kate in a red dress, swaying to and fro in an open field. Apparently, this was the second version of the video, from what I'm seeing. Like many others, this was definitely one of my legitimate introductions to Kate back when I was in college. In the first version, also iconic and much referenced in the age of internet memes, a slightly shorter version of the song than this single, instead features Kate (or numerous Kates) in a white dress on a lit stage. Supposedly somewhat closer to the novel, here she is slated to appear as the main character Catherine's ghost. The guitar solo at the end was performed by Alan Parsons' Project's Ian Bairnson. As with other material from this era and album specifically, it also most notably features Duncan Mackay, here on Hammond.

Our B-side is the very fun, very upbeat faux-Reggae of "Kite", [much] moreso a favorite of mine. Super free-flowing, this features pretty big Rock drumming and bright organ, which really makes its sound. Fantastic. Such a killer debut single, in my opinion.

A rounded up True Rate of 4.5/5.0.

 Hammer Horror / Coffee Homeground by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1978
3.87 | 6 ratings

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Hammer Horror / Coffee Homeground
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

4 stars I love this album cover. Iconic, with her (lovely) massive Lionheart mane. Much like "Full House", "Hammer Horror" is a pretty great example of her steady departure from her singer-songwriter material and ballads into the Art Pop of Never for Ever and The Dreaming. Where it is similar to some of the material off of The Kick Inside is its Rock-oriented chorus, an interesting juxtaposition to the moody piano balladry of the verses and the dancey, upbeat lilt of the pre-chorus. Interesting music video, too, with this trailing visual effect as she enters the screen in one scene and propellers and flaps her arms about in most others. Also there's quite intimate dancing with a rare(?) partner here.

Its B-side is quite the unique Kate track: "Coffee Homeground". This is a silly, classically-oriented track, like something out of Tschaikovsky's The Nutcracker, maybe? She also sings with a (French?) accent in the verses. And the pre-chorus features her signature dramatic soprano. Big quirk. Not much else to say on it haha.

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