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Lionheart [CD]

Kate Bush Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 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 (12 Sep 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000007MVL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Don't Push Your Foot On The Heartbrake 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Description

KATE BUSH Lionheart (1990 Dutch issue of the 10-track CD album [originally released on vinyl in 1978] including the singles Hammer Horror Wow and Symphony In Blue with the picture / lyric booklet)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful: One Of Her Best 14 Jan 2001
Format:Audio CD
I first bought this album on vinyl in the '80's and I've always thought that it was one of her best. It's hard to believe that it was ever recorded in a hurry as it sounds so well crafted, and I had no idea that Kate now supposedly dislikes 'Oh England, My Lionheart', which is one of my favourite Kate Bush tracks. I've bought this again on CD since and it's still great: full of atmospheric, intelligent, thought-provoking, emotional and beautiful songs. Kate is a multi-talented performer, both musically and visually, and something of a genius. Her music brings back wonderful memories and it's a shame that we don't hear more from her. EMI could put out a compilation of B sides/extra tracks which so far have only been available in the 'This Woman's Work' box set. It would also be nice to see stuff like 'The Whole Story' video re-released onto DVD. Well, in the meantime, there's still Kate's older material to listen to and fall in love with, as the fantastic Lioheart proves. Enjoy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from the Edwardian Nursery 29 Sep 2010
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Yes indeed - 'Second Star on the right Straight on 'til morning'

It is quite a scary Edwardian Nursery sometimes, definitely Rackhamesque (he would have - should have - designed a terrific cover) but really you are safe there and it is a good place to be.

This is the one that Kate Bush is on record as saying she likes the least - rushed and she did not have as much control as on all the others, so DON'T TELL! The strongest bunch of songs, a warm sound and arrangement that is not duplicated in this or almost any other catalogue (except maybe Nick Drake with Joe Boyd and John Wood to look after him). Maybe it is better not to have total control and ten years off every time to make an album.

So many gems here, kicking off flawlessly with the lovely melody of 'Symphony in Blue', then the underrated sad, sad Edwardian Nursery lament 'In Search of Peter Pan' segueing into that other lament of Camp Failed Luvvies that is 'Wow' (this is an Edwardian Backstage to complement the Nursery) then 'Heartbreak', an evocative breakdown going on there, then `Oh England My Lionheart' (like our own beloved anthem, admirable sentiments but a dreary tune) then there is 'Fullhouse' (`Watching the wipers squashing the leaves away' - a reminder that this Album's spiritual season is Autumn) 'In the Warm Room' is a tad embarrassing but nice, 'Kashka from Baghdad' is cosily exotic, 'Coffee Homeground' a wonderful Weimar Cabaret Macabre - and last but definitely not least, the Autumnal Halloween Classic itself 'Hammer Horror.'

So this was an unrepeatable LP for anyone, such a variety of songs embracing such diversity and originality of subject matter and yet with a unifying and peculiar Englishness.

I call that rather good.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kate's 2nd album shouldn't be underated 11 Jan 2000
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Format:Audio CD
It has been said of Lionheart, Kate's follow up to The Kick Inside that it was a retrograde step in her career, too like the first album. I think that the similarity is one of it's strengths, it continues the themes of The Kick Inside while exploring the darker side of the human experience. The orchestration is beautifuly executed and Kate's voice has never sounded lovelier. The material does seem to thin toward the close except for the theatrical Hammer Horror but an album that contains songs of the quality of Wow, Symphony in Blue and In Search of Peter Pan still deserves a place in the heart of any lover of Kate's Music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Track A Winner 31 Jan 2010
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For me, this is Kate Bush's best complete work, free of the sort of musical experimentation and twoddle that manifested itself in some of her later albums (and indeed in some reviews). This may be pop but every track is memorable with a great lyric and a great tune. I may be easily satisfied but I can live without the experimental fripperies and machinations of half the tracks on her later albums. From the very first note to the very last, you will never tire of this album or have to press "Skip" on any track. Buy it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of my favourite Kate Bush albums, better than The Kick Inside, save for a few songs., and full of early Kate's charm. The tracks are all wonderful, and despite it not being as deep as some of Kate's later work, is still very good. This is a perfect album to listen to on a rainy day.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Kate albums! 25 Oct 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is a simply astonishing album, one of Kate's best. Songs like 'wow', 'In search of Peter pan', 'Don't push your foot on the heartbrake' and 'hammer horror' show how original and exciting Kate's music is. Although it was made in the time of 2 months you certainly wouldn't know it and in fact it makes the album even more astonishing! In parts the songs are reminiscent of both 'kick inside' and 'never for ever', but songs like 'Symphony in blue' are slightly different to Kate's other work but still hauntingly beautiful. Like all of Kate's albums you need an open mind and a good imagination, listen to it 5 or 6 times and you'll fall in love, and realise what a work of genius it is!! Forget Britney Spears, this is worth your hard earned money! It'll make you feel glad to be alive!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By M.B.
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When Kate Bush was recording her debut LP The Kick Inside in the summer of 1977, EMI envisaged her as an albums artist, someone who would take a few years and a few records to build up a fan base and a critical response. You can imagine the surprise of all parties when Bush achieved a No.1 hit with her debut single "Wuthering Heights" and multi-platinum success with the album, released in February 1978.

What ensued was a whirlwind of hectic promotion in the UK, Europe, Australia, the US (briefly), and Japan through the first half of 1978. So much for a slow-burning albums artist. Bush was catapulted into the pop mainstream, and it was a bit of an awkward fit. Such was the speed of her success that EMI deemed it a good idea to capitalise immediately and put out another record in time for the Christmas market. Bush had not found sufficient time to write, owing to her never-ending promotional commitments, and arrived for the sessions in Nice in July 1978 with only three new songs.

'Lionheart' is filled up with material dating back to 'The Kick Inside' and earlier, but it unfairly has a reputation as a quickly cobbled-together rush job. The sessions in Nice were, according to the excellent Under the Ivy: The Story of Kate Bush, relaxed and luxurious, but there were some tensions with producer Andrew Powell - Bush wanted different musicians and more control. It was to be the last album where she did not have as much of a say in the arrangements and production.

The album was recorded a full year after 'The Kick Inside,' so it's not quite as rushed as it might seem (both albums were released in 1978.
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