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The Illustrated Collector's Guide to Kate Bush [Paperback]

Robert Godwin
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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Apogee Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894959450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894959452
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Bush exploded onto the world stage in 1978 with her smash hit single "Wuthering Heights". Music lovers around the world were enamoured with her unique talent, charm and beauty. The accompanying album The Kick Inside was lauded by critics on both sides of the Atlantic. From that moment until this, with the release of her new album Aerial, she has defined her own unique style and broken new ground with her vision of contemporary music. During an absence from recording of over a decade Kate Bush's influence prevails in the recorded works of female superstars around the world, whether it be in the music of Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos or the choreography of Madonna and Britney Spears. Kate Bush is an originator who has either directly or indirectly inspired millions. The "Illustrated Collector's Guide to Kate Bush" is a comprehensive register of the recorded works of this remarkable chanteuse, from 1978 to the present day. It includes over 600 listings covering albums, compact discs, 45's, CD singles, laserdiscs, videos, interview discs, promotional records and CDs, bootlegs, books, sheet music, fanzines, guest appearances as well as a record of her television appearances.

Fully illustrated throughout in colour with over 400 pictures of Kate Bush related material, it is an essential reference source for collectors. The book is compiled by Robert Godwin, author of the critically acclaimed "Collectors Guides" to Led Zeppelin and Hawkwind.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but for hardcore Kate fans only 20 Feb 2006
When I bought this book I didn't have any idea what it was, it just caught my eye on the bookshelf as it said 'Kate Bush' on the front. I was suprised to learn (after purchase) that it is simply a collection of all her albums, singles, posters, EP's and everything to do with Kate. Although I own all her albums on CD, and most of the books, there are still a lot of things that have gone out of print or are very hard to find. As I am a young Bush fan, most of the stuff that has been lost, has been lost forever, but this book lets me see all the stuff I'm missing and will help me collect what I can. DON'T buy this if your the causual lister, but DO buy it if your a Kate Bush obbessive or avid collector.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating facts 25 Aug 2013
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Collectors Only 12 Mar 2011
This is less of a book & More of a glorified pamphlet,yes it has some nice pics(of the occasional item that may have gotten away from you, if you've been collecting Kate stuff as long as I have) and It'll save you keep buying Record Collrector for a while,but that's about it really.
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1.0 out of 5 stars POOR 6 Sep 2007
Nice pics but when you read a book about the complete dusty springfield recordings please don't expect this here. this book is a very simple affair which could have been so more - a shame it wasn't.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good guide, but needs many corrections. 18 Feb 2007
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First of all, buyers should know that this is not a price guide. It is a guide to the multitude of variations of Kate's albums and singles, plus some other items (videos, TV appearances, etc.). It also does not have posters, stand-ups, or related items. What this edition does have are color photos of most of Kate's recorded works, and in this regard it is a fascinating book. I doubt that any collectors have all of goodies illustrated here, so this guide makes it possible to see what they have missed. There are some major errors, grammatical and factual. For example, regarding the LP Lionheart, Godwin runs together three sentences, and punctuation errors are many. He also refers the reader to an illustration of the original US Lionheart label, but that image is missing from this edition. He further states that when Lionheart "did finally see a substantial US release in 1984 it was in a single pocket jacket". My 1984 copy is a gatefold. Many of the photos have no legend, and finding the accompanying text is sometimes difficult. Despite its many faults, it is a useful reference. It is also the only printed guide of its kind.
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3.0 out of 5 stars still incomplete and premature... 26 May 2007
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Given the thoroughness of the first edition (which lists through 'The Sensual World', with an addendum of the 'Rocket Man' single), I expected this second edition to be as comprehensive and studied - correcting mistakes in the original, then filling in the gaps through 'Ariel'. Firstly, the color reproductions of the listed items are wonderful to see over the original edition's black and whites. But I do find the new layout sometimes confusing. In the first edition, each picture had its own descriptive caption under or next to it. In this, the listings are grouped into a column and the pictures are grouped into a seperate column, where it sometimes takes some deducing to assign the description to its picture. As far as content, the new edition does include some ommissions from the previous, e.g., the 'Cloudbusting' Japanese 12" and the 'Sensual World' Japanese promo sampler cd. But it does not correct some misinformation, e.g., the listing of red as one of the Canadian MiniLP colors (it does not exist); the number of copies of the 'Sensual World' Japanese promo 7" as being 50 (there must be a lot more judging by the amount I've seen for sale!); 'The Dreaming' US colored vinyl press which is in fact test pressings of a Jimi Hendrix album with 'Dreaming' labels. In addition to other certainly numerous corrections that can be pointed out by KB-philes, I also think it egregiously premature that this edition was released before listing the 8 Japanese Mini-LPs, their promo obis, and the stunning 'Never For Ever' slipcased box that houses them - surely a most desirable collectible. And one last complaint - while the first edition had a wonderful cover replete with KB stuff, the new cover depicts an awful sci-fi-scape that seems completely inappropriate (the back cover with Kate's 'This Woman's Work' photo superimposed over washed out 7" covers is equally unappealing). Though it is a treat to have a guide in color, this edition does fall short of what I hoped to be definitive.
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