Album Watch: Really Happening To Ya!! Kate Bush Re-Releasing Some Things

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This quite an old bit of news, but it's about Kate Bush, and usually news about her is like seeing a unicorn in flight---so let's look at this:

Kate Bush has announced that she will be releasing Director's Cut, her first album in six years, on May 16th. The record will be comprised of rerecorded, reworked and otherwise altered versions of songs from two previous albums, 1989's The Sensual World and 1993's The Red Shoes. Details about these new tracks have not been revealed, but Bush's statement says that the Director's Cut versions keep "the best musical performances of each song."  [source]

Okay. I can sorta dig this. Most Kate-ites that I come across usually voice that 1989's The Sensual World and 1993's The Red Shoes are their least favorite albums from the Queen of Proggy-Pop. I never understood that, considering that both of those albums from the funky Shoes to the serene beauty of World feature some of my favorite songs ever ("The Sensual World", "Deeper Understanding",  "Walk Straight Down The Middle", "Moments Of Pleasure", "Top Of The City", and below "Rubberband Girl"). While, I don't see a point of trying to tamper with things that are already pristine, a new 2011 twist on these songs might be entertaining, plus tide us over for that long-awaited follow-up to 2005's Ariel that's been feverishly rumored to drop this year. From RS's write-up, it sounds like this project will be packaged nicely...vinyl, digital, CD, and also the original albums in a box set---sounds mighty generous.

Oh...and as a funsie kicker to this little '40 Great Kate Bush songs' list over at RYM.


  1. Thank you Jennifer for this great news - I had to look twice to make sure it was true - I had gotten accustomed to a 8+ year wait between albums for Kate Bush so to see something possibly new is great. I agree - The Sensual World (I'd add "Never Be Mine to my list of favs) and The Red Shoes are underrated (as is "The Dreaming"). Love your list - mine is up on iTunes (I'm the "Moments of Pleasure" one with the little narrative intro:).)

  2. You're so welcome Gracie!

    I'd like to see your list, I always get happy meeting other Kate Bush Junkies and hearing about their favorite songs :)

    I feel you on the wait, it's been a long time since 'Ariel' and apparently in that report Kate is working on a brand new effort, so maybe by the end of this year we'll get to see something new from Kate!

    Oh, and "The Dreaming" is underrated by far. Just a really wacky masterpiece, lol. It's the toughest album to get into, but once you get into it, it's fantastic.

  3. "The Sensual World" is my favorite KB album really.-QH


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