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b. Catherine Bush, 30 July 1958, Bexleyheath, Kent, England. While still at school, the precocious Bush was discovered by Pink Floyd 's David Gilmour, who was so impressed by the imaginative quality of her songwriting that he financed some demo recordings. EMI Records were equally taken with the product and in an unusual act of faith decided not to record her immediately. Instead, she was encouraged to develop her writing, dancing and singing in preparation for a long-term career.
The apprenticeship ended in 1978 with the release of the extraordinary Wuthering Heights. Inspired by Emily Bronte's novel, Bush had created a hauntingly original piece, complete with an ethereal, almost demented, vocal that brilliantly captured the obsessive love of the novel's heroine, and her namesake, Cathy. It was no surprise when the single rapidly reached number 1 in the UK and established Bush in Europe.
An attendant album, The Kick Inside, recorded over the previous three years, was a further example of her diversity and charm as a songwriter. A follow-up single, The Man With The Child In His Eyes, was typical of her romantic, sensual style of writing, and provided her with another Top 10 success.
Bush consolidated her position with a new album, Lionheart, and during 1979 undertook her first major tour. The live shows were most notable for her characteristically extravagant mime work and elaborate stage sets. An EP from the show, Kate Bush On Stage, gave her another Top 10 hit.
After guesting on Peter Gabriel 's Games Without Frontiers, Bush was back in the charts with Breathing and Babooshka. The latter was her most accomplished work since Wuthering Heights with a clever storyline and strong vocal. Her next album, Never For Ever, entered the UK album charts at number 1 and further hits followed with Army Dreamers and December Will Be Magic.
At this point, Bush was still regarded as a mainstream pop artist whose charm and popularity was likely to prove ephemeral. Her self-produced 1982 album The Dreaming suggested a new direction, with its experimental song structures, even though its less melodic approach alienated some critics. A comparative commercial failure, the album nevertheless proved to be highly influential on other 80s pop musicians, and in particular on Gabriel's increasingly studio-bound work.
A two-year hiatus followed, during which Bush perfected a work that would elevate her to new heights in the pop pantheon. The pilot single, Running Up That Hill, was arguably her greatest work to date, a dense and intriguing composition with a sound uniquely her own. The album Hounds Of Love soon followed and was greeted with an acclaim that dwarfed all her previous accolades and efforts. By any standards, it was an exceptional work and revealed Bush at the zenith of her powers. Songs such as the eerily moving Mother Stands For Comfort and the dramatic Cloudbusting underlined her strengths not only as a writer and singer, but most crucially as a producer. The outstanding video accompanying the latter featured Donald Sutherland. An entire side of the album, titled The Ninth Wave, fused Arthurian legend and Jungian psychology in a musical framework, part orchestral and part folk. After this, Bush could never again be regarded as a quaint pop artist.
Following another brief tie-up with Peter Gabriel on the hit Don't Give Up, Bush took an extended sabbatical to plot a follow-up album. In 1989 she returned with The Sensual World, a startling musical cornucopia in which she experimented with various musical forms, even using a Bulgarian folk troupe. The arrangements were as evocative and unusual as her choice of instrumentation, which included uillean pipes, whips, valiha, celtic harp, tupan and viola. There was even a literary adaptation a la Wuthering Heights, with Bush adapting Molly Bloom's soliloquy from James Joyce's Ulysses for the enticing The Sensual World. The album attracted the keen attention of the high-brow rock press and Bush found herself celebrated as one of the most adventurous and distinctively original artists of her era.
A variety of artists contributed on The Red Shoes including Eric Clapton, Prince, Jeff Beck, Trio Bulgarka and Gary Brooker, but the album was a lesser work that indicated that Bush's standing as an innovative artist may be on the wane in the 90s.
31/08/05 :: 'Aerial' Emi Press Release
Kate Bush's new album, Aerial, is to be released on 7th November 2005. The first single from the album King Of The Mountain is to be released sooner on 24th October.
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Below is the EMI Press Release:
Kate Bush, the enigmatic English singer and songwriter, will release her long-awaited new studio set this November, her record company EMI Records confirmed today (Aug. 31).
The double album Aerial will be issued internationally on Nov. 7, and the following day in the United States. It will be Bush's first album release since 1993's The Red Shoes, which peaked at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and at No. 28 stateside.
The first single King Of The Mountain is slated for an Oct. 24 release. London-born Bush has produced both the single and album, EMI says.
A 17-year-old Bush exploded onto the British singles chart with her debut 1978 hit Wuthering Heights, which held the top spot for four weeks and went on to become an international breakthrough. She went on to have a string of top ten hits with Babooshka, Running Up That Hill and Don't Give Up, a duet with Peter Gabriel.
Three of the Brit Award-winning artist's albums - Never For Ever, Hounds Of Love and The Whole Story - have reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom.
Since effectively dropping out of the public spotlight in the mid-1990s, the next phase of Bush's recording career has been the focus of routine speculation. In October 2001, the artist whet the appetite of her devoted fanbase during a presentation at the annual Q Awards in London. While delivering her acceptance speech on winning the publication's accolade in the classic-songwriter category, Bush told the audience, "I am actually making an album, [but] it's just taking longer than I thought," she said.
EMI Group told shareholders during its annual meeting last month that a Bush album was on the cards for release during the company's current financial year.
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Below are just a few seminal posters from Kate Bush's releases. In terms of the iconography of the record sleeve and the promotional material that comes with each release, her work is up there with the very best and most important. 'Best' because it is visually as striking as anything you will see anywhere and stays in the mind; 'important' because it has helped elevate the record cover to a thing that could be considered a work of art on its own right.
You won't be surprised to know but the company with the most varied of Bush film posters is amazon. There are a vast array of her posters there - far, far more than here.
They come in various sizes and usually work out to be less than $10 per poster which I don't think is too bad. You get an unusual and beautiful item to hang on your walls and I bet your friends won't have it.
Here, occasionally, you will find an original poster from the time of the. They are obviously far more expensive but if you have the money they are worth it as they are works of art in their own right.
Kate Bush Posters available @ amazon.com.
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