- Audio CD (12 Sept. 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Single
- 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 (104 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lionheart gets it's fair share of criticism not just from fans, but also from Kate herself for following too hot on the heels of the first record. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Freddie's Dad
1978's superb debut album, 'The Kick Inside', was always going to be a hard act to follow and, as is so often the case, 'Lionheart' suffers to a certain extent from the curse of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Prog Rob
not as good the second last four tracks are weak. but the rest is good. Doesnt match the kick inside's greatness. but yes its worth buying. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr P.R. Banks
How can I not love this album, I bought the LP when it first came out ( what do you mean "how old?!!!)Published 2 months ago by gillian snook
This follows up shortly after The Kick Inside and is Kate Bush at full blast, possibly even better than her debut album. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Giustiniani
Some great songs on here sung really well... a blast from my past!Published 3 months ago by Colin Foster
Following the success of Kate’s debut album, her record company were eager to get another out. Kate had composed many songs throughout her teens (she was by this time 20 years old)... Read morePublished 3 months ago by GRP