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Bush, Kate - 1993 The Red Shoes

ARTIST: Bush, Kate
ALBUM: The Red Shoes
SERIAL: CK 53737
YEAR: 1993


LINEUP: Kate Bush - lead & background vocals, bass, guitar, piano, keyboards, rhodes piano

Additional Musicians: Danny McIntosh, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton - guitar * Prince - guitar, bass, keyboards, background vocals * Paddy Bush - vocals, whistle, mandola, valiha, singing bowls, fujara, musical bowl * Gaumont d'Oliver - bass, percussion, drums, sound effects * Stuart Elliot - percussion, drums * Charlie Morgan- percussion * Nigel Hitchcock - baritone & tenor sax * John Giblin - bass * Nigel Kennedy - violin, viola * Lily - narrator * Justin Vali - vahila, kabosy, background vocals * Paul Spong - trumpet * J. Neil Sidwell - trombone * Steve Sidwell - trumpet, flugelhorn * Del Palmer - fairlight sampling * Michael Kamen - orchestration * Trio Bulgarka, Lenny Henry, Colin Lloyd Tucker - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rubberband Girl * 02 And So Is Love * 03 Eat The Music * 04 Moments Of Pleasure * 05 The Song Of Solomon * 06 Lily * 07 The Red Shoes * 08 Top Of The City * 09 Constellation Of The Heart * 10 Big Stripey Lie * 11 Why Should I Love You? * 12 You're The One


2014 was an astounding year for Kate Bush and her fans. 22 dates for Kate's 'Before The Dawn' extravaganza at London's Hammersmith Apollo sold out in just 15 minutes. Her first shows since 1979; the critical praise was overwhelming and as a result she became the first female in UK history to have 8 simultaneous albums on the top 40 charts although the events surrounding Bush in 1993 and the recording of her seventh album 'The Red Shoes' were very different. Her mother Hannah passed away a year prior and Kate ended her longtime romantic relationship with boyfriend and artistic foil Del Palmer while taking up with former Bandit and Grand Hotel guitarist Danny McIntosh who appears on the album and remains her partner today. While 'The Red Shoes' did respectively well on the charts, many hardcore fans feel it to be Bush's weakest album although I disagree, giving that prize to 1989's somewhat lacking but still wonderful 'The Sensual World'.

The Songs
'The Red Shoes' was influenced by the vivid Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 1948 film of the same name. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, I've seen the movie several times, have it on DVD and have never been able to draw a parallel between the film and this disc other than the cover art.. but I digress. The first single 'Rubberband Girl' opens the curtain on what is typically Kate Bush. A creative and dizzying tune complete with very untypical Yoko Ono styled screeching and odd for 1993, there was a disco mix released although I've never had a chance to hear it. The song sets the stage for what is a very 'busy' album sonically. Recorded digitally at a time when it was something new, the songs often come across as brash and tinny, yet there is some great songwriting to be found. 'Eat The Music' is a delight, using food as a metaphor for sex which is nothing new for Bush. In keeping with her sly wit, spicy double entendres are something she's toyed with since her remarkable debut 'The Kick Inside'. The aggressive 'Big Stripey Lie' is notable for Kate's first appearance on guitar while 'Why Should I Love You?' is collaborative work between the songstress and Prince. The Minneapolis pop star contributes keyboards, the chorus as well as his trademark guitar soloing and it's possibly the set's best track. The lilting- end of a relationship- ballad 'You're The One' doubles the star power with Procol Harum's Gary Brooker on organ and Jeff Beck on guitar with Kate delivering one of her more personal lyrics and certainly describing the artists emotional state at the time.

In Summary
A tour was to follow but never came to fruition. Instead Bush began work on a short film 'The Line, The Cross And The Curve' to coincide with 'The Red Shoes'. Starring actress Miranda Richardson and Kate, the film was universally panned and the singer herself was unhappy with the results as she was with the album, so much so she re-recorded seven tracks from the record for 2011's 'Directors Cut' although many fans myself included, felt she shouldn't have bothered.

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#1 | tompa on December 29 2014 13:26:41
My least favourite Kate Bush album and that is (mostly) down to the production, I think. Describing the sound as "tinny" is spot-on. "Moments of pleasure" is a majestic piece of music and the same goes for "And so is love" but THAT voice can save just about any mediocre track. She's a true original, her work is always worth looking out for, she is unpredictable and unique and I love the fact that she does things HER way. Oh how I tried to get tickets for those shows...but no luck.
#2 | Eric on December 29 2014 18:04:58
I've been a fan ever since I heard 'Wuthering Heights' in 1978, and after I saw the video-a major teenage crush! flower

We'll try to get to her other albums in the future, in particular the groundbreaking 'Hounds of Love'.
#3 | swazi on December 30 2014 19:53:19
Teenage crush on Kate Bush ..! LOL! Sounds familiar! Smile
#4 | gdazegod on December 30 2014 23:13:20
My former girlfriend back in the 80's was a dead ringer for Kate Bush. If she only could've sung.. All my prayers would've been answered. . Lol
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