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The Whole Story [CD]

Kate Bush Audio CD
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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 (24 Nov 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002UA7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  VHS Tape  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wuthering Heights (New Vocal)
2. Cloudbusting
3. The Man With The Child In His Eyes
4. Breathing
5. Wow
6. Hounds Of Love
7. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
8. Army Dreamers
9. Sat In Your Lap
10. Experiment IV
11. The Dreaming
12. Babooshka

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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful
By amboline VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The 10 years or so of silence since her last recorded works haven't helped, but it has to be said that Kate Bush's contribution to songwriting history and musical innovation since she burst onto the pop scene as a teenager in 1978 has been rather overlooked of late. I would urge anybody who likes their songwriting catchy and emotional but also intelligent and quirky, and their music intriguing and eclectic, to try this compilation, featuring most of the famous singles and a few minor ones from all but the last 2 albums of Kate Bush's career. Although not *quite* the whole story, this is an impressive journey over a huge range of musical ground showing a level of developing maturity and sophistication rarely heard since.
The ordering of tracks - neither chronological nor thematic - appears rather random at first, especially to those who might know the repertoire well, but holds together remarkably well. The early classics "Wuthering Heights" (here given a subtle re-working) and "The Man with the Child in his Eyes" show Kate as the wistful, impassioned teenager; "Wow" and "Babooshka" demonstrate growing vocal strength and a developing knack for telling stories in song; "Army Dreamers" and "Breathing" give a chilling reminder of the tense global situation in the depths of the Cold War and remain, years on, as outstanding protest songs in the grand tradition. With "Sat in your Lap" and "The Dreaming" a more experimental phase is reached, with at-the-time ground-breaking electronica, drum machines, sampling, and even the musical talents of Rolf Harris called in to complement the unerringly catchy, stirring melodies and bizarre lyrics.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just swirly white nightgowns 21 April 2004
By amboline VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
Kate Bush wasn't just one of the most original songwriters of the 1970sand 80s. She was also a pioneer in the use of video as a medium fortelling the stories behind the songs. This video collection, to accompanythe compilation album of the same name, suffers (as the compilation does)from not actually being the whole story, but apart from that it's afaultless portrayal of one songwriter's growing confidence in herself, inher music, in her ability as a storyteller, and in her power to commandand captivate an audience visually as well as emotionally.
I have to take issue with some of the reviewers here who deride the earlyvideo material. Yes, most of it consists of Kate in swirly whitenightdresses doing what at times looks reminiscent of "liturgical dance".So what? Remember when these films were first made: the promotional videowas a rarity in the late 70s (half of the material on this video predatesMTV), musicians were only just beginning to grasp the possibilitiesafforded by the medium, and let's face it, most of the videos produced by*anyone* in that early era look even more dated now, and are executed witha lot less grace. By the "Never for Ever" era, Kate had moved away fromdance interpretations and was beginning to use video as a storytellingmedium, as can be seen in the classic films for "Babooshka" and thechilling "Breathing". "Sat in your Lap", released in 1981, was one of thefirst videos ever to use computer graphics; true, it looks dated now, butremember this was the era when the ZX81 was the cutting edge of computertechnology, so to achieve something so spectacular and - well, downrightbizarre - at that time was absolutely ground-breaking.
By the time the "Hounds of Love" era arrived, Kate was a video artistwithout compare.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start 8 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is an enjoyable run through some of Kate's best moments, and if you are new to Kate Bush then it's a good place to start. The only drawback is that in almost every case the songs sound better as a part of the albums they came from, so if you know you like Kate Bush, skip this and go straight to the original albums as you'll end up buying them all in the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A unique talent 7 May 2006
By Peter Reeve VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Not really the whole story, of course. More like 'the story so far', as at the end of the first decade of her three decade career.

Kate had an astonishing debut. On her first television appearance, singing Wuthering Heights, she was shaking with stage fright. Also, for the time, she cut a rather bizarre (though very attractive) figure, as she used the mime training she had received at school to perform slow, graceful movements as an accompaniment to her very novel song. She became an overnight star. She was treated seriously from the start, giving art-program interviews rather than the usual pop DJ stuff. She has remained an enigmatic and revered figure, on the fringes of the pop scene, ever since, ploughing her own deep furrow.

The version of Wuthering Heights on this album has a new vocal, with a cleaner, clearer sound. At the time, there was much discussion on what the song was actually about. So to that extent, this is 'the story so far, retold'.

It is a story worth catching up with, because Kate is a unique and special talent, with an extraordinary vocal range. This is music to be sat and carefully listened to. The music owes more to imaginative and lush production rather than melodic strength, and the lyrics, on close inspection, are often facile and sometimes rather portentous. But the complete package is always impressive. The lyrics are available online and it increases your appreciation greatly if you have them to hand while listening. As they are all story-based, you get even more out of them if you watch the videos, but I couldn't find many of her videos on DVD. If you can find Babooshka on DVD, see it. It's wonderfully erotic.
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