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Director's Cut [Box set]

Kate Bush Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Fish People
  • ASIN: B004S6RIF2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Flower Of The Mountain
2. Song Of Solomon
3. Lily
4. Deeper Understanding
5. The Red Shoes
6. This Woman’s Work
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Sensual World
2. Love and Anger
3. The Fog
4. Reaching Out
5. Heads We’re Dancing
6. Deeper Understanding
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Rubberband Girl
2. And So Is Love
3. Eat The Music
4. Moments Of Pleasure
5. The Song Of Solomon
6. Lily
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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BBC Review

When Deeper Understanding emerged as the first evidence of Kate Bush’s new album of revisions, the instant reaction was surprise tinged with anger. How dare she play with our memories? How dare she use Auto-Tune on the chorus vocal? "Butchered" and "almost unforgivable" cried the fansites. But as Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens have already shown, Auto-Tune – a pitch-shifting tool typically used to mask defects – can also be used for beauty. It’s not as if Bush’s own vocal was altered. Instead, it’s just the song’s computer voice, which now resembles 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL 9000 rather than a demo on a kid’s Casio. A bonus two-minute coda of Talk Talk-style folk-jazz floatiness extends the mood of blissful angst. Butchered? More like reborn.

The problem is less that Bush’s new album consists of old songs than the fact she’s only released one album of new ones in 18 years. She’s had the urge to tinker before, sprucing up Wuthering Heights for her 1986 greatest hits, The Whole Story. All the vocals and drums on Director’s Cut – totalling four tracks from 1989’s The Sensual World, seven from 1993’s The Red Shoes – are new; if such a term existed, you could say the overall execution has been to ‘de-80s-fy’ the originals. Gone are the gated drums, the keyboard presets, the Synclavier washes; in comes a softer, golden glow. Minus the choc-box orchestra (plus subtly altered lyrics), the rest of Moments of Pleasure emerges into the light, shaded by a solemn choir. Rubberband Girl, which in context sounds like a knees-up down her local boozer, comes over like the work of a totally different band (weirdly, that band is now The Rolling Stones).

The Sensual World’s title-track, now re-named Flower of the Mountain and borrowing Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from James Joyce’s novel Ulysses as Bush intended (she was originally denied permission), is another major alteration. Yet, musically, it’s rather more cosmetic. Just as Bush sounds in great voice – richer, bolder, brighter, wiser – so the re-cast Lily and The Red Shoes’ title-track follow suit, but they’re hardly re-inventions. As much as it’s fascinating to hear Bush the Elder look back at Bush the Younger, is the tinkering worth a full album? Yes, because it’s a sign Bush the Artist is still alive (she’s working on new songs too) and Director’s Cut (a less prosaic title would have been nice) is a gorgeous body of work. No, because it’s writer’s block by any other name. No, because it’s not radical enough a move. But if Deeper Understanding raised hackles, imagine if Kate had gone dubstep or collaborated with Odd Future. World wars have broken out over less.

--Martin Aston

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KATE BUSH Directors Cut (2011 UK Deluxe Edition 3-CD album set - On Directors Cut Kate revisits a selection of tracks from her albums The Sensual World and The Red Shoes a process that presents a fascinating portrait of an artist in aconstant state of evolution. She has re-recorded some elements whilst keeping the best musical performances of each song ? making it something of a directors cut but in sound not vision. Includes a new version of Deeper Understanding. Comescomplete with the albums The Sensual Word and the remastered The Red Shoes. Housed in the SEALED hard-back book style packaging!)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's get some perspective... 28 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just wanted to say, a lot of the negative reviews on her are being pretty unreasonable. This triple disc version features ONE disc of reinterpretations. You also get the 2 original albums remastered. Kate wanted to try something different, for her own satisfaction, and released this boxset so as to present the originals with an improved sound quality AND her reinterpretations as an older woman. This is an extremely sensitive way to go about a project like this and represents decent value for money even if you're not interested in the new versions.I actually don't own 'The Red Shoes' and agree with Kate that the sound on 'The Sensual World' was very flat. I'm very happy with these remasters.
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70 of 83 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Moments of Pleasure... 20 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
Really glad I gave this another go, because my original review title was 'Not Many Moments of Pleasure' Given the nature of this album, it really has to be taken on a track by track basis, which is something I don't normally like doing. I must point out that The Red Shoes was never my favourite album. However reading KB's comments about the original digital mastering, I think that has had something to do with my dislike of the album. It always had an unlistenable quality about it, pity I didn't get the box set of this then!

Anyway, here goes

1. Flower of the Mountain - Musically softer & less vital but not radically different, lyrically the original has it.
2. The Song of Solomon - An improvement over the original for me, but Wop, Bam, Boom?
3. Lily - Pretty much the same as above, without the Wop, Bam, Boom bit
4. Deeper Understanding - Erm, Er, The original has it. Auto Tune, really?
5. The Red Shoes - Again I prefer this version, a more 'played' organic feel to it.
6. This Woman's Work - This was always the one that would struggle to win me over, and it hasn't. I'm not saying this new arrangement is awful, it's perfectly fine, but it isn't the same song that can move me to tears. And I don't think it ever would have, had this been the original version. Original wins!
7. Moments of Pleasure - Benefits from the stripped back production & calmer feel compared to the original. I do like the original, but this new arrangement is beautiful.
8. Never be Mine - As others have said nothing much different here, just a softer feel again. A pleasant reworking, that's all.
9. Top of the City - Never really liked the original, this is better..just.
10. And So is Love - Great song, this version does nothing to change that fact.
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95 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Bush retrofits her old material with style 16 May 2011
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This is a review of the three-disc Collector's Edition featuring newly-recorded versions of tracks from 'The Red Shoes(1993)'and 'The Sensual World(1989)'.The other two discs are a remastered Red Shoes and what seems to be an unchanged Sensual World.The newly recorded versions mainly feature new vocals,keyboards and percussion and are generally more stripped-down than the originals.Some songs are in a different key with entirely new vocal melodies and some are almost unrecognisable.I dont see this as an attempt to replace those old tracks-more like a re-imagining,like changing your furniture around.I have played the original recordings to death over the last 20 years and I personally prefer all of these updated versions.We again meet a quirky,playful and wierd Kate Bush,one that was maybe a little absent from the superb but earnest Ariel.

'Top of the City'from 'Shoes'I never really rated as a song,but the new version which is great,makes me realise that it was the original production that put me off,it always sounded a bit too big and epic for me,but this new take is better,less cinematic and leaner with more real sounding drums and shows off the song.

This version of Rubberband Girl is a real surprise-Something like 'Street Fighting Man'with muffled,naive vocals reminding me of Canned Heat or the really young Kate on Passing Through Air.

In a nit-picking moment I notice Eric Clapton's uninspired noodlings on And So Is Love remain intact.This song is probably the most unchanged rework on the record,but sounding much warmer than before

Moments Of Pleasure is revealed as a fantastic song-again free of the massive production that buried it before.This features a male-voice choir,maybe-giving a voice to the departed...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely packaged and overall very worthwhile 21 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
I was drawn back to listen to this again by desire to listen to the sublime track Never Be Mine and an underlying feeling that my somewhat lukewarm feelings (shared by a lot of other reviewers here) about the whole set on its release were perhaps overdone - and they were. This is beautifully presented triple set and the original album The Sensual World is perhaps second only to Hounds of Love as her best album. The other original album The Red Shoes is less consistently good, albeit remastered, but also has its highlights. The reworkings on the third disc range from better than the original eg. Deeper Understanding via simply different eg. Flower of the Mountain through to inferior eg. why oh why Kate did you remove the brilliant Davy Spillane's pipes from the reworked Never Be Mine? A star deducted for variability then, but a worthwhile experiment nonetheless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars unsure
tracks that have been re mastered are notoriously difficult to review as you never quite know what the artist intended, im still listening this and trying to "get it"
Published 2 months ago by angela jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Bush - musical maestro
I was a bit nervous about this, given that I love Kate's work and how could she possibly improve on 'Moment's of Pleasure'? Read more
Published 15 months ago by MrsB1
4.0 out of 5 stars Curse of the Bad Packaging.
Every artist has the right to reinterpret their own music, as long as the originals still exist for those wishing to acquire them. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Betty Blockbuster.
5.0 out of 5 stars Where are my shoes?
I've given this a 5 star rating, but haven't listened to it, I'm not a fan and didn't want to dilute the overall rating. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by George Massey
2.0 out of 5 stars no deeper understanding
I bought this box set because I had lost Red Shoes and Sensual World a few years back and wanted to replace them anyway. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2011 by Robert James
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Kate, Kate, Kate. Why?
I give way to no person in my absolute adoration of everything the sublime K.B has ever recorded. From first being blown away by Wuthering Heights all those years ago, then... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by Ace Music Lover
2.0 out of 5 stars Cash Cow
It's always disappointing when your teenage heroes let you down. I would actually have preferred not to have this album at all, because it's clearly been made as a money-spinner to... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2011 by Rabbit_With_Fangs
3.0 out of 5 stars The brilliant Kate delivers again
My wife and I have been Kate Bush fans for many years and like many people, I was fearful when I heard that she was going to do an album of re-worked songs. Read more
Published on 21 July 2011 by J. Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Kate
First of all, I do recommend the purchase of the Collector's Edition version of Director's Cut! For a few more pounds you will have a de-luxe edition in hard cover book with photos... Read more
Published on 2 July 2011 by I. Duarte
5.0 out of 5 stars kate bush director cut
a well good album re sung and remastered by kate & paddy bush some of the titles have been re mamed but are very good a good buy for all kate bush fans
Published on 18 Jun 2011 by kate fan
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