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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9 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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82 of 87 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique talent 30 Mar 2005
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Kate liked to experiment with music all the time, which endeared her to the critics (always on the lookout for something new and different) and to a lot of fans. She had six UK top ten hits in the seventies and eighties, together with plenty of other hits. The most popular of Kate's early hits (except her live on stage EP) are to be found on this excellent compilation, originally released on vinyl in 1986.
Kate had her biggest UK hit with her debut single, Wuthering heights (inspired by the famous Emily Bronte novel of the same title), which went all the way to number one. The follow-up, Man with the child in his eyes, became a UK top ten hit. Two other UK top five hits are here (Babooshka, Running up that hill) along with several songs that made the UK top twenty and three minor UK hits. Sadly, Kate's duet with Peter Gabriel (Don't give up, a UK top ten hit) came a couple of years too late for this compilation.
The diversity of Kate's music is impressive but her music is difficult to classify. Kate's high-pitched voice may not appeal to everybody - it's the kind of voice you either love or hate but it is very distinctive. And I love it.
An expanded compilation including some of Kate's hits after 1986 is long overdue (there is plenty of room on a CD to include more tracks), but until such time as one appears, this is the only compilation of Kate's music there is. Still, quantity is less important than quality and this collection is certainly filled with quality.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A GREAT TALENT' 24 April 2014
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
When this lady burst onto the music-scene in 1979, I, like many I'm sure
thought 'WOW' what a talent, what a voice.
Her first release was 'Wuthering Heights' which rocketed to the number
one slot here in the U.K. and stayed there for 'four weeks'
This was surprisingly to be her only number 'one' however she did have
several Top 30 hits during the period covered by this album 1979-1986.
'Kate Bush' penned all the material on this album which contains many
of her numbers released during that period, certainly the songs many of
us remember this talented artist singing.
A couple of her numbers on this album are among my all-time favourites
down the years.......those being.......'A Man With A Child in His Eyes' which
charted at number '6' .......and......'Army Dreamers' which peaked at number
'16' (for me it should have charted higher) among some of her well known
numbers also on-board.......'WoW' (Chart 14).....'Cloudbursting' (Chart 20)
'Hounds of Love' (Chart 18).....'Running up that Hill' (Chart 3) .....and.....
'Babooshka' (Chart 5)....these among the tracks on-board.
Of course 'Kate' continued to release albums and singles beyond 1986, I
myself do own one or two more of her albums, she did have much success
with album releases achieving eleven Top Ten Album entries, four of which
were 'Number One Sellers'
She did drop out of the scene for several years, however she released two
albums in 2011 after a six-year break.
'Kate Bush' is a rare talent, with an incredible 'vocal-range'
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The Whole Story (1986) is a pretty standard and obvious collation of KB's singles releases between 1978 and 1986. It introduces the as yet uninitiated to 12 of her most popular songs, although perhaps the vastly overproduced 'new vocal' for Wuthering Heights was not the brightest of ideas.
The compulsory 'new' single (released for the compilation only), Experiment IV, is actually a fairly good track (a direct descendent from the Hounds Of Love album), but nothing to get overly excited about. The inclusion of The Dreaming (which only just made the Top 50) was perhaps another oversight, and could have been replaced with a classic 'non-single' song from Kate's expansive body of work, such as the excellent Them Heavy People, Suspended in Gaffa or Infant Kiss etc. Moreover, twelve tracks covering five albums is a tad tight-fisted considering the vast resevoir of work at the compiler's disposal.
However, with the likes of Babooshka, Breathing, Running Up That Hill, Army Dreamers and Wow all present and correct, The Whole Story is certainly enough to keep most punters thoroughly happy and will undoubtedly push many of them to investigate KB's unique talent a little deeper. Even by listening to this somewhat limited singles collection, you can still begin to explore a vast array of moods and textures, each of which is a small work of art in itself.
Die-hard fans willingly forked out over 90.00 for the This Woman's Work box-set compilation a few years later, so in comparison, The Whole Story is still quite good value for the non-completist. And no, I bought all the albums instead... it was actually cheaper !
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