Remastered. Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever, The Dreaming, Hounds Of Love, The Sensual World, The Red Shoes.
Considering Kate Bush has only issued three studio albums and one live document since ‘The Red Shoes’ in 1993, she hasn’t felt the need to asset strip her fans by pumping out retrospective product. Her early albums in particular have never been reissued since they first came out on CD in the 1980s. Finally, Kate has remastered her entire catalogue with esteemed engineer James Guthrie, best known for his work with Pink Floyd. Of course, Floyd’s David Gilmour helped Kate get a contract with EMI in the mid-70s so a nice connection there.
Kate’s debut single “Wuthering Heights” cleaned up in early 1978 giving her a No.1 single. It featured on the debut album ‘The Kick Inside’ which sold consistently for about a year, helped along with the second single “The Man With The Child In His Eyes”. A hastily recorded second album ‘Lionheart’ appeared before the end of the year and material from both albums were performed during her first tour in 1979. The second album wasn’t as well received as the first and the two singles also struggled compared to the previous hits. However, the tour went down well and Kate consolidated her early promise with third album ‘Never For Ever’ in 1980 for which she was rewarded with her first No.1 album. This contained the top ten hit “Babooshka”.
Fourth album ‘The Dreaming’ arrived in 1982, which had taken nearly two years to produce. The lack of a discernible hit single (only “Sat In Your Lap” which hit No.11 was issued a year before the album) and the overall experimental nature of the record led to her lowest selling album to date. Kate disappeared after this until she re-surfaced in 1985 with the smash hit “Running Up That Hill”. It was taken from the fifth album ‘Hounds Of Love’ which proved to be Kate’s biggest selling album of her career and was largely recorded at her newly constructed home studio.
There was a four year gap to the next album ‘The Sensual World’ which featured one of her best loved tracks “This Woman’s Work”. Another four year wait was required for Kate’s seventh album ‘The Red Shoes’ which featured more of a band sound. This raised hopes that Kate might tour again as her 1979 jaunt proved at that point to be her only live work. Instead the opposite happened. Once the promotion for the album concluded in 1994 she then slipped out of view for ten years, primarily to focus on starting a family. All seven of rthese albums from 1978-1993 are featured in this box set.