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Never For Ever

7 Aug 2006

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  Song Title
Blow Away
All We Ever Look For
The Wedding List
The Infant Kiss
Night Scented Stock
Army Dreamers

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  • Original Release Date: 8 Oct 1990
  • Release Date: 8 Oct 1990
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 1980 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1980 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 37:23
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  • ASIN: B001IQAT7E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 827 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential Kate Bush Recording 30 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that smashed all the preconceptions of Kate's music and defined the directions that her music would move in later years. With this release she moved from being just another female singer/songwriter with a quirky voice to a serious artist, continually reinventing herself and seeking out new themes and directions. 'Never Forever' remains my favourite Kate album 20 years on, even though 'Hounds of Love' is probably a far more complete set. 'Breathing' is far and away the best single she ever released, although certainly not exactly radio-friendly. 'Infant Kiss' even now makes me shiver any time I listen to it. 'Egypt' would preview her later instincts for seeking out influences from far around the globe. 'Never Forever' introduced Kate's use of the Fairlight at much the same time as Peter Gabriel's third album did and both these artists would continue to wield extensive influence in the following years. I don't think its possible to underestimate how much the success of this album had on Kate's future work and I don't think that if this one had bombed out, we would have been listening to any more of this woman's work 20 years on. This, for me, is the quintessential Kate Bush recording.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Scary and (Mostly) Beautiful 11 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Kate's darkest recordings - suitably, the front cover boasts a flurry of mythical beasts flying out of under Kate's skirt, and the back has a bunch of bats with her face on them. This sets the scene for a collection of fascinating, morbid and haunting songs with very different subject matter to most pop/rock music: The Wedding List is about a woman whose husband is murdered on their wedding day and sets out to get revenge (it's also brilliant to boot), while Breathing, about nuclear war, features the immortal backing vocals: "What are we going to do? We are all going to die!" The album opens well, with Babooshka and Delius, then settles into a warm but slightly disturbing sound. After a while - basically by "Egypt", which is the closest any Kate song has ever come to being a filler - the slow pace gets to you, but then the album springs into life with The Wedding List, Violin and Army Dreamers, then finishes with the epic-sounding Breathing. (Always entertaining, especially with the rumours that an EMI official came into Kate's studio while the backing vocals of "in out in out" were on repeat, and asked her if she was planning on selling such pornography.)
Overall, this album is beautiful, rich and varied (something very rare in pop music), and doesn't sound too dated considering it is more than twenty years old. The lyrics are funny, clever and slightly bizarre (The Infant Kiss in particular), and the music is beatiful and absorbing, if somewhat eccentric at times. Depite the low points of Blow Away and Egypt, it is still a worthy addition to the collection of anyone who likes proper pop/rock music, and an great antidote to most of the stuff going around today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The definition of a transitional album 16 Aug 2010
By M.B.
Format:Audio CD
After putting out two albums in 1978, Kate Bush spent the first half of 1979 embroiled in her feted 'Tour of Life.' A lengthy extravaganza involving singing, playing the piano, dancing, and various other theatrics, it took the dramatic stage craft of David Bowie to another level and remains one of the most iconic chapters in Bush's career.

But afterwards, she was understandably exhausted and opted to retreat into the studio rather than concentrate further on live performance. Work began on 'Never for Ever' late in 1979 and continued until the summer of 1980, the first sign of Bush emerging as a dedicated studio artist. The sessions for The Kick Inside and Lionheart had been relatively quick, with live tracking and overdubs, but Bush wanted a more intricate sound this time and it obviously required greater patience and time.

It was also her first experience in the producer's chair, co-producing with Jon Kelly. Bush parted ways with producer Andrew Powell after the tour, intent on retaining some control of her own work - the huge success of the two LPs (self-written) and the tour (conceived by Bush) allowed her the muscle to exert her own influence. She was still only 21 at the time of recording 'Never for Ever' but occupied a quite remarkable position of power.

Perhaps understandably, it's the sound of an artist not quite committed to what sound she wants to go for.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly original composition from our Kate 12 Sep 2000
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To follow on from her brilliant 1978 debut album, The Kick Inside, and it's immediate (if overly similar) successor Lionheart, was always going to be a difficult task for Kate Bush. She knew there was a need for a completely different look and feel to her music, consequently borne out expertly via her introduction to the Fairlight synth, with delicate sampling and synthesised sound-sculpting utilised in perfect proportion with a variety of new and unusual instruments throughout Never For Ever (1980).
The album begins with the perfect opening vehicle for Bush, the drama-pop of Babooshka, and from thereon in she takes us on a joyous and meandering ride through her New World of musical soundscapes, with the quality control never diminishing on a single track. From the chilling Infant Kiss, the poppy Wedding List and the Celtic-tinged Army Dreamers to the brilliant hard-rocker Violin and the haunting Breathing, Bush collates an unbelievable array of moods and styles and produced the one of the most startlingly original albums of the 1980's.
You can see that an immense amount of thought has gone into this album, and Never For Ever saw the beginnings of Bush's fastidious attention to detail and dedication to total perfection on each and every component of every track. It may lack the tight cohesion of her brilliant Hounds of Love outing, but perhaps it is all the better for it. In fact it is one of those rare albums where you you invariably hear something new upon each hearing.
This is certainly one of Kate Bush's finest moments and to this day, no female artist (ie, the likes of PJ Harvey, Bjork and Tori Amos) has come anywhere close to her brilliantly original creativity which was always years ahead of its time (in fact they are all excessively glum or precosciously obscure). Never For Ever is a timeless piece of work from one of our quiet and unassuming national treasures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kate with a melancholy twist
I was a big Kate Bush fan back in the day. The first two albums were instant, bolstered by a few big single hits, Top of the Pops appearances and her quirky persona. Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. Butt
5.0 out of 5 stars kate bush.
What a first class song writer and singer this woman is, every song stays with you and is so different,she is truly a one off.
Published 3 months ago by a smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great.
This album is better than Lionheart, however I actually find it less accessible. Huh. Still, it's a gooden!

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Published 6 months ago by R. Hallifax
5.0 out of 5 stars kate bush
my favourite female artist and having lost my last cd this was priced right and new condition great cd thanks
Published 8 months ago by smergull
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 years on, Still going strong
As I have said in reviews I am a massive, if rather recent Bush fan. My quest to collect all her albums led me to Never for Ever, a mostly gorgeous album. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MusicMaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Never For Ever By Kate Bush
I purchase these down loads to replace my wife's record which were had had it from over playing. My wife has always like Kate from her teenage years.
Published 9 months ago by Tone the stone
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD!
I have this cd on vinyl. I bought it when in was first released in the eighties. I love it even more than before.
Published 9 months ago by EA Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best british albums of the 1980's
One great track after another, more polished than her first two excellent albums, reflecting her development as a songwriter and music maker.
Published 10 months ago by A. D. Mchattie
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Kate Bush fans
I have always been a big fan of Kate Bush, but all of the albums I had were on vinyl, so I decided to update my collection. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Miss T Sugden
5.0 out of 5 stars Never For Ever
I love this album, had it a long time ago on vinyl so this was a replacement.

Excellent value, quality and service from the seller.
Published 11 months ago by Kim Sharp
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