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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.

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