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Hounds Of Love [CD]

Kate Bush Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
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Kate Bush is one of the most successful and groundbreaking British solo performers of the last 30 years.

Her first single “Wuthering Heights” topped the UK singles chart for 4 weeks in 1978, the same year she released her debut album “The Kick Inside” and its follow-up “Lionheart”.

A year later she played her only concert tour to date, the ... Read more in Amazon's Kate Bush Store

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  • Audio CD (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fish People/EMI
  • ASIN: B004VPAXHU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Running Up that Hill (A Deal With God)
2. Hounds Of Love
3. The Big Sky (Special Single Mix)
4. Mother Stands for Comfort
5. Cloudbusting
6. And Dream of Sheep
7. Under Ice
8. Waking the Witch
9. Watching You Without Me
10. Jig of Life
11. Hello Earth
12. The Morning Fog

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This is a re-issue of the 1985 version, and hence will have the original date on the cover.

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149 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 6 stars if I could 13 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
No note, no word, no sound and no song is out of place on this, the greatest album of the 1980s. It is a work of epic mastery, startling originality and monumental solo achievement. No-one should compare Kate Bush to any other female singer/songwriter and this is why.

In the days when albums had sides, the first five songs would have been side one. Four out of five of them were hit singles and the whole side oozes celebration.

"Running up that Hill" is a haunting, atmospheric song about swapping places with someone to share their pain. Its rhythm is urgent and driven by almost warlike drums.

"Hounds of Love" is a wonderfully celebratory song about how helpless love makes you. It too has an urgent rhythm which underpins the song's theme.

"The Big Sky" is Kate at her trippiest best, looking up at the sky and giggling at clouds that look like Ireland, a fact subtly complemented by the folk-like refrain chanted in the background. The video is great too.

"Mother Stands for Comfort". One of the oddest songs she had written by that stage, but odd in a good way. Its relaxed rhythm mirrors the almost nursery rhyme-like quality of its lyrics: being warmly comforted by a mother even when you've done something wrong. There is no "tune" in the traditional sense but that does not stop the song being melodic. She uses drums, piano, bass and even breaking glass to great effect.

"Cloudbusting". This song has often been described as "majestic" and rightly so. It is a sweeping paean to a lost parent and is based on the story of a boy whose father was taken away because he had invented a machine which made it rain.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all time great albums 23 Sep 2006
By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a truly great album and is without a doubt in my top five albums of all time. Each album that Kate has ever released has had touches of genius about them, even her most experimental works that haven't quite reached the heights of 'Hounds of Love'. This album is her masterpiece and is probably the finest album recorded by a female artist. I know that is a bold statement, but it is one that I firmly believe is true.

Commercial in places, experimental in others, this album works in every respect from the truly superb 'Running Up That Hill' to the concept pieces that make up the albums second side.

This is a great piece of work from an artist at the very peak of her powers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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LET'S GET IT TO #1 !!! It's £4.99 right NOW!
This album deserves it's place as one of the greatest of all time!

Everything is great! The lyrics, the instrumentation, the experimentation of sound, the vocals, the order of track listing, the range of genres, the concept, the mixing, the songs THEMSELVES, and even the mastering!
Quite possibly her best, her peak!
This by far beats out any Madonna or Lady Gaga album (I'm a fan of Madonna's music, not her, but I am a 17-year-old dedicated Little Monster of Queen Gaga!) Or just about any female album!
Please note, I'm merely using Madonna as an example because she's the bestselling female artist of all time (for now); and Lady Gaga because she is the one to challenge that in recent years, and has accomplished so much! I know that some Bush fans will argue Kate isn't pop, and is more alternative/art-rock/avant-garde and whatnot. I agree with that slightly, but this is comparison only.

'Running Up That Hill' is obviously the highlight, and I'm not basing this solely on the fact it's her most well-known single! (I wouldn't say 'Wuthering Heights' is because Running always charts, more radio-friendly, and so on!)
Other highlights are just about everything. 'Under Ice' is a an eerie short song, and sounds amazing! 'Cloudbusting' and the title track come after as best highlights, especially if you're talking about popularity, pop relevance & commercial performance, but also SONG QUALITY, then these are highlights nonetheless...
'Waking the Witch' is bloody amazing, I love the beginning dialogues, and the last minute and a half! This song is the core song of what her tour is based on!

This album was the album that opened my eyes to how influential, creative & diverse music used to be!
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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Hounds of Love is really Kate Bush's ultimate pop statement... an album that advances on the pop landscapes of classic debut, The Kick Inside, whilst continuing the experimentations with sound and atmospherics found on her seminal 1982 album, The Dreaming. As it stands today, twenty-years on from its initial release, Hounds of Love has dated wonderfully. The musical climate has shifted recently to re-embrace the synthesised, production-heavy sound that this album so brilliantly employs, meaning that, thanks to acts like Goldfrapp, Daft Punk and Air, who have used electronic and synthetic music alongside traditional instrumentation to create dense and perfectly formed pop, Hounds of Love sounds fresh and contemporary, as opposed to dated and hollow.
As most people are aware, the album is broken into two halves... the first side, Hounds of Love, features all those amazing pop songs, with standout singles like Running Up That Hill, the Big Sky, Cloudbusting and the title track (recently murdered by retro-act The Futreheads) all standing as perfect examples of forward-thinking pop. The second half of the album, titled The Ninth Wave, in reference to the Tennyson poem, The Holy Grail, strings together a loose concept album, relating the thoughts and fears of a young woman drowning in the North Sea. This re-mastered 1997 release also offers a further six bonus tracks, making the Hounds of Love now an album in three-parts...
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