This Woman's Work [Box Set]

This Woman's Work [Box Set]

by Kate BushKate Bush

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Overview

Blessed with one of the loveliest voices in the industry and a talent for creating theatrical, affecting songs, Kate Bush is the Stanley Kubrick of recorded music. Her life-long career has resulted in only seven full-length studio albums and one official live release. And much like Kubrick's films, each of those albums is an impassioned, singular work of artistic vision crafted by a perfectionist. This Woman's Work, released by EMI in 1990, collects Bush's first six studio releases supplemented by two full-length discs of bonus material. Manufactured and released simultaneously in the U.S., Canada, and Japan, the Japanese release is the collector's best bet for superior packaging and sound quality. It features two substantial booklets: one comprised of 26 color photographs spanning Bush's career and the other, titled "This Woman's Work, 1958-1990: The Biographical Notes of Kate Bush", a 28-pager in Japanese only. Additionally, a detailed singles discography (1977-1986) is included in The Dreaming booklet. Beginning with her auspicious 1978 pop release, The Kick Inside, through her glossy 1989 production, The Sensual World, Bush's studio releases are presented here adorned in their original British cover art with lyrics (in English and Japanese) and detailed song-by-song personnel included. The collected works and supplemental photographs are an elegant testament to Bush's unique vision and eclectic talents. The musical range and time span of the material also convey a fascinating evolution of those talents. Highlights from Bush's albums are numerous. In short, 1980-1985 stands as her most creative period, yielding Never for Ever, The Dreaming, and Hounds of Love. Never for Ever displays an uncanny leap (from Lionheart) in Bush's writing and performance skills. On compositions like "The Wedding List," "Delius (Song of Summer)," and "Breathing," she lays down fertile groundwork and sows the seeds that grow into trees on The Dreaming and Hounds of Love. The Dreaming is Bush's most accomplished and progressive work to date. Startling and even overwhelming at times, the album is rife with experimentation. Bush's vocal delivery and lyrics transcend anything she has done before or since. From the otherworldly darkness and bewildering rage of "Get Out of My House" to the quirky, fairy garden sounds of "Suspended in Gaffa," The Dreaming is a display of the artist at full tilt, all synapses firing toward a thematic, visionary end. Hounds of Love is Bush's most commercially successful album, and for good reason. Part pop, part prog rock/art rock, Hounds hits all corners of Bush's fan base. A slickly produced, mature, and personal work, the album is actually a sort of heightened, warmer continuation of The Dreaming. Featuring the driving, upbeat radio hits "Hounds of Love" and "The Big Sky," the moody, nightmarish sounds of "Waking the Witch," and the heart swelling on the lilting "Morning Fog" and "Watching You Without Me," Hounds is a reflection of the matured artist on the verge of introspection and assessment. The bonus discs included in the box set are the main draw for hardcore fans. While this material certainly has its moments, there's really nothing substantial here for the casual listener to warrant purchase of the set. The spare and sedate Vol. 1 (1980-1989) is comprised of previously unreleased material, much of which has since been made available (at least for a limited time), and previously available work that had been long out of print. The highlights here are the vocal workouts: "December Will Be Magic Again" (1980), "Under the Ivy" (1985), the doleful, a cappella "My Lagan Love" (1985), and the sublime "Handsome Cabin Boy" (1986). Vol. 2 (1979, 1985-1990) is much livelier than its companion, due in large part to the rollicking concert recordings and the general upbeat quality of Bush's songs. The 1979 performances at Hammersmith (taken from her On Stage EP), baring Bush early in her career, are an entertaining and refreshing contrast to the later, slickly produced recordings on Hounds of Love, The Sensual World, and their subsequent remixes. At the same time, it is this slick, polished gloss that makes her later work so successful. Thankfully, the remixes of 1985-1990 recordings are not the standard, annoying dance mixes so prevalent in the market at the time. That said, they also aren't particularly interesting, with the pleasant exception of "The Big Sky [Meteorological Mix]." This eight-minute remix features effective, pronounced percussion and a playful midsection with characters commenting on the shapes of clouds. Other highlights include the energetic "Ken" (from the comic strip film GLC), "Wuthering Heights [New Vocal]," and the dramatic "Experiment IV." The bonus discs include lyrics but not track-by-track personnel. By 1990 CD standards, This Woman's Work was ahead of the pack in terms of superior box design, exquisite sound quality, and an abundance of glossy color photographs; however, the exclusion of English liner notes about the artist and her work is simply a wasted opportunity. The set went out of print but was reissued in 1998. While it's no longer comprehensive or essential for fans, This Woman's Work is a handsome (and expensive) trophy for collectors and completists.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/05/1999
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 0077779523726
catalogNumber: 795237

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Empty Bullring
  2. Ran Tan Waltz
  3. Passing Through Air
  4. December Will Be Magic Again
  5. Warm and Soothing
  6. Lord of the Reedy River
  7. Ne T'En Fui Pas
  8. Un Basier d'Enfant
  9. Under the Ivy
  10. Burning Bridge
  11. My Lagan Love
  12. The Handsome Cabin Boy
  13. Not This Time
  14. Walk Straight Down the Middle
  15. Be Kind to My Mistakes

Disc 2

  1. I'm Still Waiting
  2. Ken
  3. One Last Look Around the House Before We Go...
  4. Wuthering Heights
  5. Experiment IV
  6. Them Heavy People
  7. Don't Push Your Foot on the Heartbreak
  8. James and the Gold Gun
  9. L' Amour Looks Something Like You
  10. Running up That Hill
  11. Cloudbursting
  12. Hounds of Love
  13. The Big Sky
  14. Experiment IV

Disc 3

  1. Symphony in Blue
  2. In Search of Peter Pan
  3. Wow
  4. Don't Push Your Foot on the Heartbreak
  5. Oh England My Lionheart
  6. Fullhouse
  7. In the Warm Room
  8. Kashka from Baghdad
  9. Coffee Homeground
  10. Hammer Horror

Disc 4

  1. Sat in Your Lap
  2. There Goes a Tenner
  3. Pull Out the Pin
  4. Suspended in Gaffa
  5. Leave It Open
  6. The Dreaming
  7. Night of the Swallow
  8. All the Love
  9. Houdini
  10. Get Out of My House

Disc 5

  1. Moving
  2. The Saxophone Song
  3. Strange Phenomena
  4. Kite
  5. The Man With the Child in His Eyes
  6. Wuthering Heights
  7. James and the Gold Gun
  8. Feel It
  9. Oh to Be in Love
  10. L' Amour Looks Something Like You
  11. Them Heavy People
  12. Room for the Life
  13. The Kick Inside

Disc 6

  1. The Sensual World
  2. Love and Anger
  3. The Fog
  4. Reaching Out
  5. Heads We're Dancing
  6. Deeper Understanding
  7. Between a Man and a Woman
  8. Never Be Mine
  9. Rocket's Tail
  10. This Woman's Work
  11. Walk Straight Down the Middle

Disc 7

  1. Running up That Hill (A Deal With God)
  2. Hounds of Love
  3. The Big Sky
  4. Mother Stands for Comfort
  5. Cloudbusting
  6. And Dream of Sleep
  7. Under Ice
  8. Waking the Witch
  9. Watching You Without Me
  10. Jig of Life
  11. Hello Earth
  12. The Morning Fog

Disc 8

  1. Babooshka
  2. Delius (Song of Summer)
  3. Blow Away (For Bill)
  4. All We Ever Look For
  5. Egypt
  6. The Wedding List
  7. Violin
  8. The Infant Kiss
  9. Night Scented Stock
  10. Army Dreamers
  11. Breathing

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kate Bush   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,fairlight,Harmony
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki
Alan Stivell   celtic harp
Roy Harper   Background Vocals
Mick Karn   Bass
Eberhard Weber   Bass
Nigel Kennedy   Viola
Duncan Mackay   Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Francis Monkman   Hammond Organ
Trio Bulgarka   Vocals
David Paton   Bass
Stewart Arnold   Background Vocals
Jimmy Bain   Bass
Ian Bairnson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Brian Bath   Guitar
Stoyanka Boneva   Vocals
Paddy Bush   Mandolin,Stick,Slide Guitar,Mandocello,Pan Pipes,Vocal Harmony
Barry DeSouza   Drums
Geoffrey Downes   Trumpet
Percy Edwards   Vocals
Stuart Elliot   Percussion,Drums
Larry Fast   Prophet 5
John Giblin   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
David Gilmour   Guitar,Background Vocals
Preston Heyman   Drums,Stick
Gary Hurst   Background Vocals
Paul Keogh   Guitar
Dave Lawson   Synclavier
Bruce Lynch   Bass
Max Middleton   fender rhodes
Mike Moran   Prophet 5
Alan Murphy   Guitar
Liam O'Flynn   Penny Whistle,uillean pipes
Del Palmer   Bass,Linn
Morris Pert   Percussion
Davy Spillane   Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes
Medici Sextet   Strings
Adam Sceaping   Viol
Eva Georgieva   Vocals
Jonathan Williams   Cello
John Sheahan   Fiddle,Whistle (Instrument)

Technical Credits

Kate Bush   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Donovan   Composer
Michael Kamen   Arranger
Michael Berkeley   Arranger
Haydn Bendall   Engineer
Andrew Boland   Engineer
Bill Clark   Sleeve Coordinator
Howard Gray   Sleeve Design
James Guthrie   Engineer
Richard Hickox   Direction
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Nick Launay   Engineer
Dave Lawson   Arranger
Hugh Padgham   Engineer
Del Palmer   Engineer
Brian Tench   Engineer
Nigel Walker   Engineer
Bill Whelan   Arranger
Ian Cooper   Cut
Tom Leader   Engineer
Bill Somerville-Large   Engineer
Gered Mankowitz   Art Direction
Paul Gomazel   Engineer
Boromira Nedeva   translation
Nick Price   Photo Tinting,Cover Art
Adam Sceaping   String Arrangements
Jo Sceaping   String Arrangements
Nelli Svetkova   translation
Traditional   Composer

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