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Date: Thu, 08 Jun 89 16:10:54 BST
Subject: Spirit of the forest
News on the Spirit Of The Forest single which features Kate. All of the following info is taken from this weeks NME (which also includes a photo of Kate!). It is being released on Virgin this week with all profits being donated to the Earth Love Fund. It's a double A side recorded with different artists singing on each version of the song. Along with Kate the following are also on the record; LL Cool J, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Donna Summer, The Ramones, Little Steven, The B52's, Ringo Starr, Brother Beyond, Sam Brown, Fish, Pink Floyd, XTC, Big Country, Kim Wilde, Chris Rea, Was (Not Was), Fleetwood Mac, Thomas Dolby, Brian Wilson, Belinda Carlisle, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, and Olivia Newton-John. There are more than 60 acts on the record.
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 89 21:49 PDT
Subject: Spirit of the Forest
Well, the twelve-inch is out in Tower here. The song is a pretty ordinary bit of quasi-rappified and tame, funkish r&b, a bit like the Sun City all-star track that Little Whatsisface put out a couple of years back. There's not really much of a song here, properly speaking--not, anyway, in the "Do They Know It's Christmas?" sense of the word. Kate's own contribution amounts to one little line, sandwiched in between other people's so tightly that it's over as soon as you've identified her voice. Perhaps the video mix is different, since someone said she takes the lead for "a couple of lines." Anyway, Kate's stylistic imprint is scarcely felt. Naturally, she had nothing whatever to do with the music, aside from her own line. To be fair, though, there are some really touching samples, of animals in distress and buzz-saws cutting through the tropical bird-chatter, etc.
It goes without saying that the cause is admirable. Therefore, this review is not intended to imply a rejection of the message. This listener only criticizes (and mildly) the quality of the music itself.
-- Andrew Marvick
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 89 16:39 PST
Subject: live-concert bootlegs
As for there being too many to collect, that's all relative. IED understands that there is a bootleg (either on vinyl or tape) for virtually every Grateful Dead concert ever given, and that there are some Deadheads who have all of them! In comparison, the number of Kate Bush live-concert bootlegs is small indeed. IED knows of only the following:
1. Wow: a two-record set containing a poor stereo dub of the H-O film's audio-track on one disk, and a mono dub of the TV special Kate on the other. This is, so far as IED knows, the earliest KT bootleg; it came out in 1982 or early 1983.
2. Live in Paris: a single LP containing excerpts from the Paris concert.
3. A Bird in the Hand: a single LP containing excerpts (note: only nine of the original 12 tracks) from the H-O film's audio-track, in very poor stereo.
4. Live in Europe '79-'80: a re-packaged three-LP set containing the same three LPs that were originally released as Wow and Live in Paris.
5. Moving: a beautiful re-packaging of Wow. Audio quality equally poor, however.
6. Temple of Truth: a single LP of excerpts from an unidentified date from the Tour of Life.
7. Under the Ivy Bush: a collection of dubs from TV performances and a few excerpts from the Mannheim and Hamburg dates of the Tour of Life. One LP.
8. Dreamtime: a two-record set containing a complete record of one of the London Palladium dates. Probably has the best audio of any of the bootlegs (barring the Hammersmith dubs). Best known, however, for the nude photos of a Penthouse model named Kate Simmons on the back cover. Note: These are not photos of Kate Bush.
9. Passing Through Air: A 2-LP set containing b-sides and re-mixes, all of which are dubbed straight off of the official EMI singles and 12-inches. It also contains a dub of Let It Be as Kate originally performed it with Steve Harley and Peter Gabriel at the Bill Duffield concert in 1979.
10. If You Could See Me Fly: a single LP containing excerpts from the Bill Duffield benefit concert which Kate organized and gave with guests Steve Harley and Peter Gabriel.
11. Live in Manchester: a 2-LP set containing virtually the entire Manchester concert, albeit in poor audio quality.
12. What Katie Did...: a 7-inch single containing one of Kate's live performances of Let It Be and Running Up That Hill from the 1987 Secret Policeman's Third Ball (Amnesty International) concerts.
13. Live 1979-1987: the only live Kate Bush CD to date, containing a first-rate transfer from the digitally-remixed Japanese laser-disk of the Hammersmith-Odeon film, plus Kate's live solo performance of Breathing from the 1987 Comic Relief (UK) shows (dubbed from the UK home video), her performance of Running Up That Hill (from the official CD release), and the film-soundtrack mix of This Woman's Work.
14. Moving: no relation to no. 5 on this list, this is a seven-inch EP containing the audio-track from Kate's live performance of Moving at the Seventh Tokyo Song Festival, June 1978, and her partially pre-recorded, partially live performance of The Beatles' She's Leaving Home and The Long and Winding Road, taken off of Japanese TV, 1978.
15. Live in Amsterdam: the only one of these records which IED has not seen himself, though he knows that it exists. A single LP containing most of the brief Amsterdam concert (curtailed due to Kate's flu).
-- Andrew Marvick
P.S.: Thanks to all those who wished IED a happy birthday today--you cheered him up!
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan Kozak)
Date: 21 Nov 89 17:27:26 GMT
Thanx for the bootleg review. .. but I do have a nit to pick:
> 8. Dreamtime : a two-record set containing a complete record of one of the London Palladium dates. Probably has the best audio of any of the bootlegs (barring the Hammersmith dubs). Best known, however, for the nude photos of a Penthouse model named Kate Simmons on the back cover. Note: These are not photos of Kate Bush.
This is a 3 record set (I just went and checked). The sides are fairly short though, so there's probably not a whole lot more playing time than there would be on a double. Your comment re: the sound quality is disheartening and sharpens my resolve not to purchase any more KT bootlegs (unless I can find the Hammersmith dubs :-) as the quality on this one I found quite unlistenable, even compared to many other rough sounding recordings I have.
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 89 00:27 PST
Subject: The Abbey Road Interview
> "The Abbey Road Interview" on the back and had a picture of Kate sitting on a chair ostensibly talking to someone.
For the record, this CD (which has by far the best sound of any recorded interview with Kate anywhere) in fact has nearly nothing to do with Abbey Road studios. The interview was commissioned by Homeground and Kate expressly for the 1985 International Kate Bush Convention in Romford, England. It was conducted by Tony Myatt, a dj (and friend of Kate's who was the first dj ever to play Kate's music-- Wuthering Heights in November '78, four months before its actual release) for England's independent Capital Radio at Capital's own studios. (HG then sent it to Abbey Road for mastering, and Peter theorizes that the Abbey Road logo on the master tape is the reason for the bootleggers' mis-identification. And this is a bootleg, at least in IED's book, since neither Kate, nor Peter, nor Myatt had anything to do with its commercial release.)
The same interview was simultaneously released by the same group in the form of a 12-inch picture-disk, which features a photo of Kate in a pink sweater with a pinkish background on one side. The LP has been much easier to find in the L.A. area than the CD, and IED would say that $7-10 for the Abbey Road Interview CD is a very good price.
-- Andrew Marvick
Date: Sun Mar 25 11:59:21 BST 1990
Subject: The Single File
The Single File
Firstly, the track listing for the video and the title 'Single' (rather than 'Singles' - someone queried this) given by DA are correct. <The Single File 1978-1983> boxed set is covered in the vine leaves from <The Dreaming> back cover, but in a deep grey-green, with all the lettering in gold.
The contents are (different from the video):
Lyrics booklet, with full-page colour photographs from:
Wuthering Heights (white gown)
Babooshka (black leotard, veil, double bass)
Sat in your lap (bulls, jesters, frou-frou frock)
The Dreaming (thermal flying suit)
13 singles (all picture sleeve versions):
Wuthering Heights / Kite
The man with the child in his eyes / Moving
Hammer horror / Coffee homeground
Wow / Full house
Kate Bush on stage (incl):
(Them heavy people / Don't push your foot on the heartbrake
(James and the cold gun / L'amour looks something like you
Breathing / The empty bullring
Babooshka / Ran tan waltz
Army dreamers / Delius / Passing though air
December will be magic again / Warm and soothing
Sat in your lap / Lord of the reedy river
The dreaming / Dreamtime
There goes a tenner / Ne t'enfuis pas
Ne t'enfuis pas / Un baiser d'enfant
There was (and probably still is) illicit dealing in the TSF singles being re-sold individually as the *original* picture sleeve singles (which are scarcer, and therefore fetch higher prices). There *are* differences between the originals and the re-issues, but they can usually only be identified by looking at the record itself; there are numerous differences in the arrangement of the lettering on the label, the wording of copyright and publication notices, and the typefaces/sizes used; the best guide is that only the originals have the hand-written inscriptions in the centre (except <Army dreamers>).
Here is a summary of how to identify the originals :
A - 'Remember the whales!'
The man with the child in his eyes
A - 'The child hides in the light'
A - 'We're all playing a hunch!'
(my set had two copies of this in the same sleeve)
Original has 'Made in Gt Britain' at bottom of label
TSF has 'Manufactured in the UK by EMI Records Ltd' at bottom of label
Kate Bush on stage
Original has 'Made in Gt Britain' at bottom of label, and a stiff card gatefold sleeve, only RH side open
TSF has 'Manufactured in the UK by EMI Records Ltd' at bottom of label, and a floppy card gatefold sleeve, both sides open
A - 'We all share the same air'
B - 'Happy anniverary(sic) to the P's'
(no discernible differences)
A - 'Life is to love'
(also on TSF - only original has 'For credits see over' on A side)
December will be magic again
A - 'Happy Christmas'
Sat in your lap
A - 'Well done J.B. 1st Dan'
B - 'Thank you Donovan'
A - 'For Rolf'
There goes a tenner
(no discernible differences)
Ne t'enfuis pas
Original has sleeve and label in French, TSF in English
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 90 11:35 PDT
Subject: Beatles songs
Evan Welsh writes:
>There are three Beatles covers on <a tape of KT demos> as well and I get the impression these are performed by the KT Bush Band in a pub. Is this hopelessly off the mark, because her voice sounds a bit too mature for that ?
Well, a bit off the mark, anyway. Kate has performed three Beatles songs, as far as fans are aware (though she may indeed have performed some more during her pub-crawling days). Two were performed on Tokyo television's Sound in S, during Kate's visit to Japan in June 1978. They are: The Long and Winding Road and She's Leaving Home. You can tell that these are not simple live performances, because Kate's voice is overdubbed toward the end of She's Leaving Home, and there is a small studio orchestra backing her. These two tracks appeared last year as the b-sides of a seven-inch bootleg of Kate's live performance of Moving from the Seventh Tokyo Song Festival (at which Kate won the Silver).
The third song is Let It Be. Kate has performed this song three times in all. The first performance dates from May 12, 1979, and is the finale of the so-called Bill Duffield concert, a benefit for a lighting engineer who was killed immediately prior to the launch of Kate's only tour. That version of Let It Be features Peter Gabriel and Steve Harley on alternate verses (both Harley and Gabriel had known Duffield).
The second version we know of Let It Be by Kate is also a live performance, but this one has David Gilmour trading verses. It dates from the 1987 Amnesty International concert called The Secret Policeman's Third Ball. Kate's other song from those concerts was Running Up That Hill, which appeared on the official LP and CD, but Let It Be only turned up as the b-side of another seven-inch bootleg.
The third Kate Bush performance of Let It Be dates from about the same time: she sings two lines from the last verse of the song in the Sun -Zeebrucke Ferry Disaster benefit single.
IED hopes this answers your question.
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 90 11:55 PDT
Subject: Breathing on Greenpeace compilation
IED, though he is pretty much of a KompleTist, himself, cannot in good conscience recommend to any Love-Hound the purchase of the old Greenpeace compilation, if the purpose is simply to obtain the LP mix of Breathing. The difference between the single mix and the LP mix is pretty much undetectable, at least to IED, though references to both have convinced him that they exist. Anyway, doesn't the Never For Ever CD contain the LP mix, and doesn't the CD of The Whole Story contain the single mix? So why get the Greenpeace CD?
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 1991 11:03:00 -0800
Subject: the Goldmine collectibles article--annotated edition
The Goldmine collectibles article, 1991
[The following article, annotated by Andrew Marvick, appeared in the August 9, 1991 issue of Goldmine, a periodical geared toward record collectors. The article was written by Gillian Gaar, a longtime Kate fan (of sorts) who first got the attention of other fans through her shortlived comic fanzine, For the Love of Kate. The present article was written with the assistance of a well-known dealer in Kate Bush merchandise, Tom Richards of C-Side Records. Such credentials would lead one to expect a first-rate article, but alas! such is not the case. There are a number of factual errors in the piece, and a terrible lack of organization. Nevertheless, it is of considerable interest to collectors, since it is the most recent assessment of the relative value of Kate Bush-related merchandise to have appeared in a mainstream publication since 1989.]
Kate Bush Collectibles
by Gillian Gaar
Though Britain's Kate Bush has been a highly successful commercial artist from the release of her first single, Wuthering Heights, in 1978, her track record in the U.S. has been surprisingly minimal in comparison, with only her fifth album, Hounds of Love, and the accompanying single Running Up That Hill cracking the American Top 40 (both peaking at No. 30). When Bush finally left EMI-America (she remains on EMI in the U.K.) and signed with Columbia Records, there was speculation that perhaps this corporate giant would be able to break Bush in the states, where she maintains a strong underground following. But these hopes did not come to fruition; 1989's The Sensual World just missed the Top 40, peaking at No. 44 in Billboard, and the single Love and Anger didn't chart at all (though it did reach No. 1 in Billboard's "Modern Rock" chart).
Still, it's unlikely that this lack of chart success will make any diference to collectors, for Bush's collectibility as an artist has remained undiminished by the cool reception her work has received in this country, a collectibility that extends to virtually anything with a Bush connection, and this article will take a look at a wide range of collectibles. It's not unusual for items to change hands at prices in the hundreds of dollars, and early items continue to increase in value--even Bush's debut single, which hardly qualifies as a "rarity", being a No. 1 gold single in Britain, can command as much as $40.00 in its original U.K. picture sleeve. [Actually, the original picture-sleeve issue of this U.K. single is in fact very hard to come by, and a copy in mint condition could bring a great deal more than $40.00. AM]
In fact, as very few Bush songs can be considered rarities, collectors have tended to focus on the variations in the releases, particularly the singles, where the variations are limitless, encompassing different song pairings, covers, etc. Some of the more interesting and unusual releases of this type include the Polish "postcard" singles (Moving, Saxophone Song and Strange Phenomena, all from Bush's first album, The Kick Inside); the Canadian Wow on yellow vinyl and the promo of Symphony in Blue on blue vinyl (from Bush's second album, Lionheart); a British promo flexi-disk with excerpts from Never For Ever, Bush's third album; the Breathing single (from Never For Ever) with a sleeve featuring Bush in a "bat" pose released in France, and Germany reversing the colors from the British white-mushroom-against-a-black-sky to black on white on its version; and Babooshka (also from Never For Ever), released as a blue flexi-disk in Russia (there are allegations that this is a pirated disk).
The songs Ne T'En Fui Pas and Un Baiser D'Enfant are rarities of a sort, having only been released in France, Canada and the U.S., though the original mix of Ne T'en Fui Pas appeared on the flip side of There Goes a Tenner in the U.K. In Canada, Ne T'en Fui Pas (also spelled "T'enfuis" on some releases) [The latter is the correct French spelling. AM] was paired with Dreamtime (an instrumental version of the title track of The Dreaming [Kate's fourth LP]) and Un Baiser D'Enfant (a French-language version of The Infant Kiss from Never For Ever) had Suspended in Gaffa (from The Dreaming) as its flip. Both songs also appeared on the mini-LP, Kate Bush, in Canada, and were paired together on a single in France; Un Baiser D'Enfant only appeared on the U.S. version of the mini-LP.
Most people in the U.S. were probably introduced to Bush when she appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on December 9, 1978, singing Them Heavy People and The Man With the Child in His Eyes from The Kick Inside. The Kick Inside had originally been released in the U.S. on EMI's Harvest label in March 1978 (February 1978 in the U.K.), with a cover matching the Canadian release, picturing a wide-eyed Bush clutching her head. The album was later re-released on the EMI-America label in July 1978 with a new cover, featuring Bush lounging in jeans and red knee-high socks, with the same shot appearing on the Wuthering Heights single-sleeve [actually this shot was not exactly the same as the LP photo. AM], released as a single at the same time (it had been released in January in Britain). Neither Wuthering Heights nor its follow-up, The Man With the Child in His Eyes, performed well in the charts, with The Man With the Child... eventually peaking at No. 85. Wuthering Heights was reissued in 1986 on EMI-America's Silver Spotlight Series label b/w Babooshka.
But though these U.S. singles in their original sleeves can sell for upwards of $40, the real rarity from this period is Self Portrait: The Kate Bush Radio Special. This seven-inch promo disk had Bush introducing and discussing four of The Kick Inside's songs, along with two album plugs. [This is actually a twelve-inch LP record, not a seven-inch record, and Kate discusses more than just four tracks from the album. It is clear that the author has not seen the item herself. AM] Packaged in a sleeve which also featured the second U.S. album cover, prices for this record start at $200 and can go as high as $500.
The Kick Inside was released in at least six different covers worldwide (with variations in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Japan, Argentina and Yugoslavia), on gray vinyl in Holland, and on CBS's Portrait label in Israel. In 1979 it was also released as a picture disk in the U.K. in a limited-edition run (which sources have at anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000). This disk was later reissued, with the first run worth $150 and the second $90. There are several ways to distinguish the original pressing from the second: the cover on the original has a round brown sticker identifying the record as a picture disk, and the record itself has a thick black rim and the words "Remember Yourself" scratched in the run-out groove. The second pressing has an oval sticker on the cover, a thinner black rim, no message, and the words "Manufactured in the U.K. by EMI Records" stamped in the run-out groove.
The release of The Kick Inside was also backed up by heavy promotion, and among the many television appearances Bush made was a series of performances shot at the Efteling Gardens near Amsterdam in Denmark [sic!], with Bush miming to six of the album's songs. Though not commercially available, the show has made the rounds in collectors' circles on video. Video collectors have proven to be remarkably adept at preserving Bush's appearances on the tube, which frequently had her performing alternate versions of songs with "official" video releases. Her U.S. TV appearances have been infrequent, though aside from Saturday Night Live, she has appeared on Night Flight, MTV and VH-1. [The subject of Kate's television appearances and their collectibility is an enormous and separate one. The glancing reference here to one or two individual video clips is frustrating and confusing. See Andrew Marvick's more detailed listing of some 110 different Kate Bush video clips, in the computer resource, The Garden. AM]
Another unusual appearance in the wake of The Kick Inside was a commercial Bush filmed for Seiko watches in Japan, which also put together a special promotional package which featured pictures of Bush limited to 25 copies. Another sought-after release from Japan is a Japanese fan club's seven-inch record released in 1985 on red vinyl [N.B.: this was originally a red flexi-disk, not a hard vinyl release. AM], with a live version of Bush performing Let It Be and a message from her photographer brother John Carder Bush. [The live version is actually from a crude in-audience tape and is drastically abridged; in addition to John Carder Bush's message, the original also included a brief message from Kate. AM] This record has been counterfeited, but can be distinguished from the original by its accompanying poster sleeve, which folds out into an information sheet on the original and a color poster on the counterfeit (which is also on green vinyl).
A boot purporting to be Japanese, though it is not of Japanese origin, is also in circulation, with live versions of The Long and Winding Road, She's Leaving Home and a charity single version of Let It Be. [This information is all mixed up. The single in question does not purport to be of Japanese manufacture, but it does indeed contain television soundtracks of performances Kate gave in Japan in June 1978. The b-side contained the two Beatles covers mentioned above, but the a-side featured Kate's own song Moving, as performed by her live during the Seventh Tokyo Song Festival.
The reference to the song Let It Be is also inaccurate, in that the version of the song in which Kate participated during her appearance on Japanese television in 1978 was not the same as the recording of the same song which was released in Britain in 1987 to aid the families of the victims of the Zeebrugge Ferry disaster. Although Kate did add vocals to that recording, neither it nor the Japanese version has ever appeared on a record with the other two Beatles covers. AM]
In between the release of Lionheart in November 1978 and Never For Ever in September 1980, Bush organized her only concert tour to date, the 1979 Tour of Life. (The tour booklet has since become another in-demand collector's item). Bush's first video, Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith Odeon, and the EP, Live On Stage, preserved the live performances; EMI Home Video has recently reissued the Hammersmith Odeon video (also available on laser-disk in Japan).
The EP exists in a variety of formats, and began life as a promo set of two 45s in a gatefold sleeve, with a green sticker over the "33 1/3" notation on the cover, and is worth $125. The first commercially available copy was a single 33 1/3 disk packaged in the same gatefold sleeve, but with one of the pockets glued shut: it's worth $30. The second pressing, worth $15, was available in a single sleeve. The promo set was also broken up into two singles for jukebox play, worth $30 in plain sleeves, or as a pair in a single non-gatefold sleeve, worth $15. The four songs have appeared in a variety of formats, including a Portuguese twin-pack, a twelve-inch disk in France and Holland, twelve-inch and seven-inch disk in Japan and Canada, and a German seven-inch. The song Them Heavy People fromthe EP was also released in the U.S. as a promo disk.
The first Bush boots were released in the wake of the tour, though with only one tour to her credit, the boot market was initially limited to the same set of songs being performed at different venues. Wow, a limited edition boot on red vinyl, is said to be the first Bush boot, a double LP featuring material from the live show and a '79 Christmas special, with an appearance by Peter Gabriel singing Here Comes the Flood and, with Bush, Roy Harper's Another Day (this is another show popular in video collectors' circles). Other Bush boots draw on material culled from live TV appearances, guest shots at charity shows, or non-LP b-sides. There are also a large number of interview disks, though many are the same interview re-pressed on different-colored vinyl.
The existence--or non-existence--of a record entitled The Early Years has generated a great deal of speculation among collectors. The record is supposed to be an official German release featuring early demos Bush did with Pink Floyd' David Gilmour, who brought Bush to EMI. One story says the record was withdrawn after release; another claims the record is a bootleg; and a third theory suggests that the record doesn't actually exist but is really an East German album entitled Amiga (actually the name of the record label), a compilation of songs from Bush's first three LPs.
The author of a Bush article in the U.K. magazine Record Collector claimed to have seen a copy of The Early Years "for about five seconds--long enough to say that it looked like an official release, but not to memorize the song titles." [Gaar should have known that a far more authoritative and reliable source, namely Peter FitzGerald-Morris of the British fanzine Homeground, has confirmed the existence of the album, and has even published the titles of its ten tracks. Peter insists, however, that he does not own or have access to any copies of the album now. AM]
Whatever the truth is about the record, Bush demo material has definitely surfaced on two different sets of releases. The Cathy Demos is a set of three EPs, each pressed on a different color vinyl (red, yellow and green), limited to 600 copies each, and containing a total of twenty-two songs--some of these early versions of tunes later officially released, but most of them unreleased songs, a goldmine of material for Bush fans. [This is inaccurate in two respects: first, there are five EPs in the Cathy Demos collection; and second, they total twenty-three tracks, not twenty-two. Apparently Gaar has once again relied only on hearsay, and has not actually seen the records herself. AM]
Six additional songs appear on Cathy's Album: Home Demo Recordings, and Cathy's Album Too, with speculation that the six new songs are the Early Years material, as they feature a backing band (the other 22 songs are simply Bush and her piano). [Once again, Gaar is misleading her readers. The two albums she refers to, which together comprise only 22 of the 23 solo-piano demo recordings found on the five EPs, also feature six additional recordings featuring Kate with back-up by an electric band. Five of these six tracks are songs which later appeared (in more polished performances) on Kate's first two studio albums, and none of the six are in any way related to the ten tracks found on the (now untraceable) Early Years LP. AM] Cathy's Album also had a limited-edition run of twelve copies, numbered and titled The Sensual Woman.
[These two albums are probably the work of Tom Richards, a dealer who helped Gillian Gaar with the material for this article. The early title is simply a sticker on the same album known as Cathy's Album. The fact that two of the nine photos accompanying Gaar's article are pictures of these two products indicates the influence of Gaar's collaborator Richards. AM]
The first Bush books were also issued after the tour, with Paul Kerton's Kate Bush: An Illustrated Biography, and Fred and Judy Vermorel's Kate Bush: Princess of Suburbia both published in 1980. Fred Vermorel produced another volume, titled The Secret History of Kate Bush (And the Strange Art of Pop), which came out in 1983; all three books are now out of print. [The last of these three is still widely available, and there is no sign that it is out of print. AM]
Perhaps as a reaction against such biographies (many fans find the Vermorels' efforts particularly sleazy), the Kate Bush Club, which began in late 1978, has made an effort to present members with an excellent product; the newsletters are professionally produced and feature a large number of photos of Bush (mainly taken by her brother John) and articles from the Bush entourage (including Kate, who profiles her new material at length on release). They have also offered exclusive items, such as the limited-edition prints issued at the time of Hounds of Love's release in 1985, limited to 1,000 and autographed by Bush. (This is not correct. The prints were available not through the KBC but through mail-order forms found only in initial U.K. pressings of the album. AM] (The KBC's address is P.O. Box 120, Welling, Kent, DA16 3DS, England.)
When The Dreaming was released in 1982, it was also released in the U.S., which hadn't bothered to release Lionheart or Never For Ever after the failure of The Kick Inside and its accompanying singles. Some sources say that Lionheart was released in the U.S. and then withdrawn; the song Wow did appear on a sampler featuring upcoming EMI-America releases, and Lionheart and Never For Ever were eventually released in the U.S. in 1984 in non-gatefold sleeves (the original releases were in gatefolds). Though no single from The Dreaming (which reached No. 157 in the Billboard charts) was officially released, Suspended in Gaffa was released as a twelve-inch promo, and the video was plugged into rotation on MTV. [I have never seen such a promo twelve-inch, nor have I ever heard that MTV aired Suspended in Gaffa's video at any time. AM]
A promo EP featuring four songs from The Dreaming was also released; a Canadian sampler issued at the same time (appropriately titled Kate Bush Sampler) featured nine songs spanning Bush's career. EMI-America also released a test pressing of The Dreaming, limited to five copies, each pressed on a different color of vinyl.
And one of the more notorious boots borrowed Dreamtime for its title: it was a tree-LP set of Bush's 1979 show at the London Palladium, with cover artwork taken from a European Penthouse spread of a nude model named "Kate" who bears a slight resemblance to Bush; the spread had appeared shortly after Bush's arrival on the music scene in 1978.
Meanwhile, Sat In Your Lap, There Goes a Tenner and the title track were released in Britain as singles of The Dreaming (Sat In Your Lap had been issued as early as June 1981); Suspended in Gaffa was released in Europe, and Night of the Swallow was released as a single in Ireland, capitalizing on the involvement of Irish group Planxty. One of the most sought-after Bush singles, a counterfeit copy was produced to satisfy "customer demand", and with the first pressing of the single going for $125, it's worth looking at how originals differ from the counterfeit.
The first run comes in a glossy picture sleeve, and there is no "-A" in the matrix number on the run-out groove. The second run has a matte (non-glossy) finish to its stiff sleeve, and the third run has a thin paper sleeve with a white band down the left side edge; both second and third runs have "-A" in the matrix number. Counterfeit copies have a poor xerox-quality sleeve, with a blackish tint as opposed to the original's brown coloring. [It's important to note that the original's artwork was printed with a deliberately grainy resolution, so that the relatively poorer resolution of the counterfeits may be difficult to discern without the benefit of direct a-b comparison. AM] The singles can be worth up to $125, $85 and $50 for the first, second and third runs, respectively.
In 1983, the mini-LP, Kate Bush, was released in the U.S. and Canada (reaching No. 148 in the U.S. charts), with the Canadian version issued on six different colors of vinyl. [Also note that the Canadian version contained six tracks, the U.S. version only five. AM] In 1984 a boxed set, The Single File, was released, with an accompanying video and laser-disk (which actually were released in late '83). The boxed set contained all of Bush's British singles, from Wuthering Heights to There Goes a Tenner; the live EP; and the Ne T'En Fui Pas/Un Baiser D'Enfant single; with a booklet containing song lyrics.
Promo editions and the first commercial edition of the set had a limited edition number in the booklet, and promo copies were also autographed by Bush; the second run was unnumbered, but even it can command as much as $100 [actually as much as $250! AM], while the numbered sets can run $200 [Bleecker Bob's has asked for and received $300 for less-than-mint-condition copies of these. AM] and the autographed sets $300 [I have never seen one of these for sale, but I estimate that $400 or even $500 might conceivably be obtained for a copy in mint condition. AM] The set was criticized at the time of its release for the poor quality of vinyl used, and to compound the problem sets have been broken down, with the singles then passed off as originals.
There are a number of ways to distinguish original singles from The Single File releases. Originals have glossy sleeves as opposed to the matte finish of the reissues [This is not always the case, as with the original semi-matte finish of the original release of The Man With the Child in His Eyes, for example. AM], and they are also marked with "G&L" on the sleeve. Various messages were scratched in the run-out groove of the originals, which are missing on the reissues, except in the cases of Breathing and There Goes a Tenner (some sources add Army Dreamers to this list). The reissues also use LP mixes of the songs instead of the single mixes, especially noticeable in the endings of Babooshka and Army Dreamers.
Hounds of Love, released in 1985, received a big marketing push in the U.S., which extended to promotional items: there were even 100 Hounds of Love football jerseys produced, numbered 1 through 100. A special promo pack was available in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, which contained the album, bio and photos in a white folder tied with a purple ribbon: the U.S. version can be worth $150, the Canadian version--which substituted an interview album for the Hounds of Love LP--$300, and the U.K. pack, autographed by Bush, also worth $300.
Initial runs of Hounds of Love were available on gray marbled vinyl in the U.S. (there was even a "marbled cassette" version) and pink vinyl in Canada. [The latter is far rarer than the former, and brings much higher prices. AM] Running Up That Hill became the first Bush single released in the U.S. since The Man With the Child in His Eyes, and it was Bush's first twelve-inch single to boot, with an extended mix of the song and an instrumental version on the flip in addition to Under the Ivy, the b-side on the seven-inch; the U.S. promo limited itself to the single and extended mixes of the song. The twelve-inch Running Up That Hill in the U.K. was released in a gatefold sleeve [Incorrect: only the U.K. seven-inch pressing came initially in a limited-edition gatefold sleeve. AM], and the U.K. cassette version of the Hounds of Love album also featured the extended re-mix of the song.
The title track and The Big Sky were also released as seven-inch singles in the U.S., with The Burning Bridge and Not This Time on their respective b-sides. Hounds of Love was also a twelve-inch promo single, with an extended version of the song [this was an unauthorized extension of the original LP mix, with no input from Bush herself, and released on in the U.S. promo. AM], and The Big Sky was a commercially-available twelve-inch. Hounds of Love, The Big Sky and Cloudbusting were all released as seven- and twelve-inch singles in the U.K., and The Big Sky was also released as a seven-inch picture-disk. A video titled The Hair of the Hound was released with videos of all four Hounds of Love singles, and is available as a laser-disk as well. The picture from the U.K. sleeve of Hounds of Love also adorned a Spanish interview picture-disk, which was later withdrawn.
1986 saw the release of The Whole Story (Bush's "Greatest Hits" compilation), and Cloudbusting was finally released in the U.S. in seven- and twelve-inch versions to accompany the album's release, though only the twelve-inch contained the extended mix of the song (the U.K. twelve-inch featured The Burning Bridge and My Lagan Love), and the seven-inch had The Man With the Child in His Eyes on its b-side. There was also a promo-only CD released with the single and extended versions of Cloudbusting, plus The Man With the Child... and Sat In Your Lap. The new single from the set was Experiment IV, released as a seven- and twelve-inch single in the U.S., with Wuthering Heights (featuring a new vocal) on the b-side and December Will Be Magic on the twelve-inch, matching the U.K. versions.
The Whole Story also spawned a video release [of the same name] which included the Hair of the Hound videos; Experiment IV; Wuthering Heights (original vocal); The Man With the Child in His Eyes; a new version of Wow; Breathing; Babooshka; Army Dreamers; Sat In Your Lap; and The Dreaming. EMI Publishing also released Kate Bush Complete, one of the nicer and most comprehensive music books, with the words and music to all of Bush's songs through Experiment IV, along with an extensive chronology, discography, videography and many photos.
Though Bush did not release another album until 1989, the intervening years had her making a number of one-off appearances at charity events, as a backing vocalist, or on soundtracks. She had previously sung the title song for the U.K. film The Magician in 1979, and Brazil from Terry Gilliam's film of the same name (which didn't make the final cut). [This is incorrect: Kate was asked to sing a version of the song to an orchestral arrangement by Michael Kamen intended for inclusion on a soundtrack LP made after the release of the film. The recording postdated the film itself by several months. In any event, it was never released. AM] Though she turned down the chance to sing the theme song for the James Bond film Moonraker, she did contribute Be Kind to My Mistakes for Nicholas Roeg's 1987 film castaway (soundtrack on EMI) and This Woman's Work for John Hughes's '88 film She's Having a Baby (soundtrack on IRS).
Bush's first appearance on a charity single was on Lesley Duncan's Sing, Children, Sing, a benefit single for the U.N. Year of the Child Fund, released on CBS. She sang Breathing, and Do Bears Sh... in the Woods?, a comic duet with Rowan Atkinson, at a benefit show for the Save the Children Fund and Oxfam in '86, with an album, Comic Relief, released on the WEA Records label; there was also a video release (U.K. only).
She sang Running Up That Hill at the 1987 Secret Policeman's Third Ball, with its soundtrack released on Virgin, along with a video release. The booleg What Katie Did for Amnesty International also features material from the show, and the boot Passing Through Air [N.B.: the vinyl double-LP set, not the newer CD, which latter features Cathy demos. AM] has her singing The Wedding List at one of the Prince's Trust charity concerts. She also appeared on the 1987 benefit single for the Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster Fund, joining an all-star cast singing Let It Be, released on The Sun newspaper's own label. [Additional charity performances by Bush which have appeared in one form or another include the twelve-inch all-star single Spirit of the Forest, to benefit the rain forests of South America; and the Bill Duffield benefit concert bootleg. AM]
A number of Bush songs have appeared on various compilations, mostly U.K.-only, though The Man With the Child... did appear on the EMI-America Spinning Pups compilation, and Breathing also appeared on a Greenpeace charity album on A&M. Bush has also provided backing vocals for a number of artists, most notably Peter Gabriel, on Games Without Frontiers and No Self Control from Peter Gabriel III, released in 1980 on Mercury; and dueting with him on Don't Give Up, from 1986's LP, So, released on Geffen (this song was also released as a seven- and twelve-inch single, and Bush appeared in the video, featured on Gabriel's CV compilation). [Actually, that compilation included two different videos for that song, in both of which Kate appears. AM]
Other guest appearances include Flowers, on Zaine Griff's LP, Figures, released in 1982 on Polydor; Them Heavy People, performed by Ray Shell on a 1981 single on EMI; You: The Game, Part II from Roy Harper's LP, The Unknown Soldier, released in 1980 on Harvest; The Seer, the title track of Big Country's 1986 Phonogram LP; The King is Dead, on Go West's Dancing on the Couch LP, released in 1986 on Chrysalis; Sister and Brother, from Midge Ure's 1988 LP, Answers to Nothing, also on Chrysalis; and an appearance on Roy Harper's latest LP, Once.
With the release of The Sensual World LP in 1989, Bush had moved to Columbia in the U.S. After deliberation, Love and Anger was released as the LP's sole single in the U.S., on cassette only, with Walk Straight Down the Middle, available on the CD and cassette versions of the album. Love and Anger was also released as a CD-only promo in the U.S. (as were The Sensual World and This Woman's Work). The Sensual World was the initial single release in the U.K., followed by This Woman's Work and Love and Anger.
All three were also available as twelve-inch singles; The Sensual World featured an instrumental version of the song on the flip, and the a-side, which had a special "double-groove" playing either the extended version or the instrumental version, depending on where the needle came down, along with Walk Straight Down the Middle. This Woman's Work was also released as a seven-inch picture-disk, with Be Kind To My Mistakes [a re-mixed and edited version of the soundtrack song. AM] on the flip, and I'm Still Waiting on the twelve-inch. Love and Anger's seven-inch (in a gatefold sleeve) had Ken (from the Comic Strip film, GLC) on the b-side, with two other GLC numbers--The Confrontation, and One Last Look Around the House Before We Go--on the twelve-inch. The singles were also available as CD-singles.
A CD promo-pack for the album was released in the U.K. and Canada, with CD and cassette versions of the release. The U.S. was given the chance to catch up on non-LP b-sides through the release of a CD titled Aspects of the Sensual World, which featured the LP and instrumental versions of the title track; Be Kind to My Mistakes; I'm Still Waiting; and Ken. The Sensual World: The Videos was also released, with videos of The Sensual World, Love and Anger and This Woman's Work, interspersed with interview footage of Bush discussing the songs, taken from a VH-1 special; the video is supposed to be set for release on laser-disk later this year. [The laser-disk had been available in the U.S for more than six months when Gaar's article went to press! AM]
At the end of 1990, the boxed set called This Woman's Work, an anthology of her recordings from 1978 to 1990, was released in the U.K. on CD, cassette and vinyl configurations. The set was not released in the States, due to the rights for Bush's work being split between EMI-America and Columbia. For U.S. Kate fans who have had to rely on import services for years to complete their collections, this came as little surprise.
The set contained all of Bush's albums except The Whole Story, and included a "rarities" collection, featuring Bush's b-sides and assorted other tracks (two CDs in the CD boxed set). The set still remains incomplete as far as including every Bush track: the instrumental b-sides to The Dreaming and Running Up That Hill [as well as The Sensual World. AM] were missing, along with the single versions of Babooshka and Army Dreamers from Never For Ever. The set did include the tracks from the Live On Stage EP, the Ne T'En Fui Pas/Un Baiser D'Enfant single, a booklet of color photos and stickers.
Recently, two new Bush books appeared on the market, both from Britain: Kerry Juby's The Whole Story and Kevin Cann and Sean Mayes's Kate Bush: A Visual Documentary. There are also a number of fanzines, the most comprehensive being the semi-official Homeground (P.O. Box 176, Orpington, Kent, BR5 3NA, England). There are three operating in the U.S.: Watching Storms (167 Central Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914), The Big Sky Forum (Scott Marcy, 17 Donna Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824) and Lone Star Lionhearts (c/o Sunset Sam Prods., 13414 Capitol Stn., Austin, TX 78711). [See The Garden for listings of several other U.S. publications, as well as more than a dozen fanzines worldwide. AM] There is also a Canadian 'zine, Still Breathing, an offshoot of the controversial Break-Through (11588 72nd Avenue, Delta, British Columbia, V4E 1Z1, Canada).
At the 1990 Kate Bush Convention, sponsored by Homeground and held at London't Hammersmith Palais, Bush announced her plan to tour at the end of 1991, in the wake of her next album's release, also set for this fall. Given Bush's past manner of working, even the most devoted Kate fan can't help but be skeptical about whether these projected dates will be met, but the announcement that Kate is even considering a tour is a piece of news that her fans will certainly find welcome.
With such a strong cult following clearly evident in the U.S., and with prices on any Bush material continuing to rise, it's clear that Bush has solidified her position as one of the most collectible artists today, and the purchase of nearly any Bush item is a wise investment for the future.
Thanks to Tom Richards for additional information.
[This annotated transcription was made by Andrew Marvick for Love-Hounds and The Garden.]
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 1991 23:01:00 -0800
From: gatech!chinet.chi.il.us!katefans@EDDIE.MIT.EDU (Chris Williams)
Subject: Goldmine bits...
> In between the release of Lionheart in November 1978 and Never For Ever in September 1980, Bush organized her only concert tour to date, the 1979 Tour of Life. (The tour booklet has since become another in-demand collector's item).
The tour booklet was sold at the '90 convention for something like 5# each, but it's not quite the same as the original. I have an original (no, I wasn't there :-( I got it from Lisa years ago when the KBC still sold merchandise) and it included 3 posters. A tour poster, a Moving poster (with scenes from the Die Efteling video) and a "Man With The Child..." poster (with scenes also from the DE video). They were folded and fit right into the folder along with the booklet.
> Some sources say that Lionheart was released in the U.S. and then withdrawn;
It was. We have both versions. We also have what we were told are original US Lionheart posters. We bought them from Scott Shepherd (sp?) at the Winnipeg Bush-Con '84. They are truly beautiful!
The story we heard was that EMI-America decided to release Lionheart, and printed up LPs and posters and then when the brass changed their minds, most of them were *burned*!!!! Quite a few copies had already been circulated though so some were spared.
Vickie (one of Vickie'n'Chris)
* I doubt that Ed's fingers have completely recovered from all the typing he did after the release of TSW. Ron Hill will probably never recover! Did the three of you compare aching-finger stories at Katemas? :-)
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 1991 11:13:44 -0700
From: email@example.com (Ed Suranyi)
Subject: Letter reply to Goldmine article
The new issue of Goldmine just came out (Sept. 6), and in it there's a letter from Steven McDonald about the Kate article that appeared two issues ago. He mentions love-hounds. Here it is, with my comments:
Kate Bush Additions
Compliments on Gillian Gaar's nicely done article on Kate Bush --well handled, though with one or two missed moments that no doubt have plenty of fans writing in with corrections. Even though I'm not the best of Kate scholars, I've lived long enough with a Kate fan (and additionally have encountered more via the Music RT, where we have a very active Kate Bush topic that I began in January 1990). So, here's some loose and assorted notes for you.. .
1) Not only was the boxed set incomplete in terms of the two instrumentals noted, it also fails to include the single mix of "This Woman's Work" and also lacks the last track from the "Love And Anger" 12-inch and CD single -- another from the "GLC" episode of the Comic Strip, this one titled "Last Look Around The House Before We Go.. ." [Actually, if I remember right, this track IS in the boxed set. Is my memory playing tricks on me? -- Ed]
2) Kate has appeared as an actress in at least two projects, one of them for the Comic Strip. Her music has also been used in Miami Vice (in the "Bushido" episode) and other places. [What was the other acting role for Kate? -- Ed]
3) Peter Gabriel's CV video compilation includes two versions of "Don't Give Up," one featuring an abstract compilation of footage with Depression elements, the second a rather warm and sweet version with Kate and Peter standing on a turntable in each other's arms, heads resting on each other.
4) The 12-inch single for "Hounds Of Love" released in the U.K. is not a remix, it's a completely different version altogether, startlingly so. It was during this period that Kate also took over directing her own videos and changed her style completely.
5) The Kerry Juby book is an unauthorized bio, reputedly very inaccurate and is widely repudiated by Kate fans and associates both. Most of them own a copy, however.
6) The Saturday Night Live performances have been barred from circulation. Though the shows they're incorporated into are in wide syndication and have been reissued several times on videotape, the footage of Kate has not been seen since the rerun, except in bootleg form. [Recently, MTV Europe ran the whole show, including the Kate parts. It is therefore possible to get a very nice transfer from PAL to NTSC now, far better than the zillionth generation copies most of us have had to put up with until now. -- Ed]
7) "Do Bears.. ." was not on the Comic Relief album, just the videotape. It's a shame, really, as Kate seems to have had a lot of fun with the number. Her performance of "The Wedding List" in The Prince's Trust Rock Gala is widely available on an MGM/UA videotape and is notable for a backing band that includes Pete Townshend, Midge Ure and Mick Karn. [Also Phil Collins on drums. This doesn't seem to be as widely available now as it once was. -- Ed] It's also notable for the fact that Kate broke both of the spaghetti straps on her top and completed the number with a huge smile and one arm clamped firmly across her chest. [Actually, only one strap, the left one, broke. -- Ed]
8) The boxed set again. Big beware here -- there's a U.K. edition, a Canadian version and a Japanese edition. The Canadian is more or less the same as the U.K. version, but can be had more cheaply. [As far as I know, the Canadian version IS the U.K. version, just imported by the record company. The difference between that and the situation in the USA is that here the set is imported by individual record stores, if they want it. -- Ed] The Japanese version eliminates the Kate stickers but includes a second booklet that features the lyrics to the songs on the combination discs, along with more pictures. [The organization is somewhat different than the way he describes, but he's got the gist --Ed.] The mastering is reputedly a bit better, but that may be snobbery speaking (the U.K. discs for the first three albums, by the way, are vastly better than the domestic releases; mastered from the source, it seems, not run from album master). The real sore point is the U.K.-only vinyl set, in demand for the full-sized artwork and booklet. Aside from the shoddy vinyl and cheap cardboard (the vinyl, I gather, is thin and noisy) the LP boxes are often incomplete, missing booklets, stickers and albums, sometimes with two or three copies of one album and none of the others. The most common note about This Woman's Work is the disappointment felt by many fans that the set didn't really go far enough.
9) Moonraker -- Actually, she hemmed and hawed and backed out at the last second, which resulted in a very rushed title track sung by Shirley Bassey. I think I'd rather have had Bassey from the start.
10) Tour of Life boots. Avoid like the plague: consistently wretched material, even worse than usual. [It's true that the sound quality, which is what I assume he's talking about, is miserable. But it's the only way you can hear the original version of "Egypt", which is very different from the final version and, I think, really great. -- Ed.]
11) Tour and album plans. The latest word now is the first single by December and a tour that would be a limited set of shows in the U.K. as well as on the East and West coasts of the U.S. [Well, we'll see -- Ed.]
12) Fanzines and the like. There used to be one called Under The Ivy a couple of years ago, but that appears to have expired quietly. The fan club magazine is pretty good when it comes out (coinciding with albums or other major activity) and Homeground is good, if fannish (unmitigated worship gives me hives).
However, there's two other places to look for fan activity, and they move a hell of a lot faster than the print medium -- Rec. Music Gaffa [aparently the editor of Goldmine didn't know exactly what to do with "rec.music.gaffa". -- Ed.], a newsgroup on USENET (a loose information network connecting hundreds of universities and individual computer systems worldwide) that's the home of "Lovehounds," [ditto for "love-hounds" -- Ed.] a computer-based group within the main Gaffa group [Huh? -- Ed.]; there's also GEnie (sm), General Electric's Network for Information Exchange, and its Music Round Table, wherein you'll find Category 11, topic 2 dedicated to Kate (along with numerous files in the librairies, including the only known review of the "Aspects" CD5, contrary to Homeground 's cmplaint that nobody out there had reviewed it: Online Digital Music Review did). [ Goldmine itself did also. -- Ed.] One of our participants runs a Bulletin Board System called The Big Sky, another is assembling a massive project called "Cloudbusting," essentially a compilation of Kate Bush talking about Kate Bush, her life and her work. Both USENET and GEnie (sm) are accessed via computer, modem and telecommunications software. For info in GEnie call (800) 638-9636 voice.
Hope there's something useful in this letter. Me, I'm just a music loving sysop (and musician who's proud of the Music RT and how many times Goldmine gets mentioned -- as it should, being an excellent magazine. Billboard is all well and good, but Goldmine and ICE are regular visitors at Chez McDonald (if not at BPS in Topeka).
-- Steven McDonald
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 1991 03:56:00 -0700
From: gatech!chinet.chi.il.us!katefans@eddie (Chris n Vickie)
Re: Goldmine article:
>> It's also notable for the fact that Kate broke both of the spaghetti straps on her top and completed the number with a huge smile and one arm clamped firmly across her chest.
> [Actually, only one strap, the left one, broke. -- Ed]
Look closer Ed, both straps did break.
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 1991 19:24:40 -0700
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ed Suranyi)
Subject: Another Kate letter in Goldmine
The new issue of Goldmine (Sept. 20) includes *another* letter about the Kate article that appeared last month. Here it is:
Kate from Canada (and Elsewhere)
Thanks for the most interesting article covering the recording career of Kate Bush. In addition to those facts and recordings listed in the article, the following is a nice complement to the article.
Canada has been a great source of collectibles when it comes to Kate Bush. The first single released in Canada was the same as in the rest of the world, "Wuthering Heights" on Harvest. The difference from the other versions of the song is that this is a 3:33 edit, cutting out a major part of the ending instrumental. The next single, "Man With The Child," again had a regular issue in Canada. [It did in the US also. In fact, it even got on Billboard's singles chart, peaking in the eighties. -- Ed] Later it was reissued (from the Whole Story LP) with a unique sleeve. The song this time was backed with "Sat In Your Lap."
The two colored vinyl 45s released in Canada as mentioned in the article have become highly sought-after items. The yellow vinyl "Wow" single came in black title sleeve. "Symphony In Blue" also had a regular release in addition to the promo copy mentioned. It was also in blue vinyl. The seven-inch version of the Live At The Hammersmith EP was housed in a 12-inch cardboard sleeve that the EP fit into. The EP had a fold-open sleeve like the first editions in the U.K.
The Canadian releases for "Sat In Your Lap" and "Ne T'enfuis" [sic] were both included with sleeves, the French version sleeve being the same as the French single release except that the picture on the front was flipped. [I don't understand this. Could this sentence be a typo for "..., the Canadian version sleeve being the same..."? -- Ed]
In addition to the above-mentioned differences, Canada is home to the following: The 12-inch version of "Hounds Of Love" has for its B-side the songs from the U.K. version of "Cloudbusting," which never saw a Canadian release. Hounds of Love, in addition to the pink vinyl album, also came in a multi-colored cassette. Both the regular and colored version of the cassette had the 12-inch of "Hounds of Love" added. [I may be wrong, but wasn't it the extended version of RUTH? -- Ed] The Columbia Record Club version of the cassette is just a straight U.S. reissue omitting the extra cut. The final rarity from Canada is the CD version of the Sensual World album, which as a picture disc with the picture from the "Sensual World" single imprinted on the disc itself.
Japan has also had its share of unique picture sleeves for its 45 releases. "Wuthering Heights" came in a sleeve identical to the Japanese sleeve for the Kick Inside LP. "Symphony In Blue" pictures Kate on a dolphin. "Man With The Child" has Kate in a mirror pose in a yellowish dress.
Other countries that released unique 45 sleeves not mentioned in the article were Poland for "Wuthering Heights" (same as the U.S. sleeve for the second version of the LP) and for "Man With The child," Holland for different colors on the "Wuthering Heights" single, Belgium for the "Man With The Child" single, and Italy with a different sleeve for "Wow."
Finally, most of the releases of "Wuthering Heights" had a sleeve unique to the country of origin. If not a completely different sleeve from the U.K. version then the back was unique to the country of origin. This makes each sleeve collectible.
-- K. McLatchie London, Ontario, Canada
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 1991 16:05:39 -0700
From: email@example.com (Ed Suranyi)
Subject: Yet another Goldmine letter
The new issue of Goldmine (Oct. 4) has yet another letter in reply to that long Kate article from a while ago. Well, strictly speaking, it's actually a reply to a previous reply. Here it is:
Correction to Kate Correction
I'd like to offer a correction to Steven McDonald's corrections to Gillian Gaar's article on Kate Bush.
"Do Bears..." *is* on European copies of the LP Comic Relief Utterly Utterly Live! At The Shaftsbury Theatre (WEA Records Ltd. WX 51 [U.K.], WE 381 [France], just as Gaar says.
I have a copy. Terrific article, by the way.
-- Bill Ruhlmann New York, NY
The editor responds:
A few people wrote in to say their copy of Comic Relief has the song, so if anyone's got a rarity here, it's Steven McDonald -- ed.
From: Scott Telford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1992 07:10:58 -0800
Subject: Homeground 44 and Record Collector
April Record Collector: there's a feature by Nev & Jon of Never for Ever about Kate's session work and collaborations (she's even on the front cover). Also an ad from C-Side Records for "The Can", which is a bit naughty coz RC expressly forbids ads for bootlegs. Scott Telford
From: Scott Telford <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 1992 05:00:14 -0700
Subject: Earthrise - the Rainforest Album
A new album called "Earthrise - the Rainforest Album" is to be released in the UK on June 1. It includes tracks by REM, U2 and others, and also *speciallly recorded* tracks by a group comprising Brian May, Donna Summer, Kim Wilde, some of XTC, and *KATE*!
This is from today's (May 19) ITV Oracle teletext service rock & pop news page.
On to The Discography Posts, Pt. 3
written by Love-Hounds
compiled and edited
Sept 1995 June 1996