( Beware before reading this review if you own “Kate Bush: Under review” and “Hounds of Love: A Classsic Album under Review”. That this dvd is just the re release of both dvds with new cover art)
That being said, since I only had grainy vhs copies of both, this dvd coming out now is such a good thing. Kate Bush was 19 when she got started. She released her first cd The Kick Inside to a lot of UK fan fare. In America, it was not until 1985 and Hounds of Love’s big 120 Minutes break out hit Running up that Hill that we embraced her in America. This first documentary runs around a hour and 13 minutes and goes into detail the cds and the history of each one, from The Kick Inside to her 2005 comeback Aerial. Any fans of Kate wanting to hear stories about her relationship with a few certain musicians, well this may not be the dvds you are looking for. Kate being such a private person, is only here on old clips and old interviews. But, me being a massive Kate Bush fan, I found out some stuff I did not know. Like she did her first three songs to introduce herself to EMI at Abbey Road studios and that David Gilmore of Pink Floyd was such a big help to Kate in the beginning. Also, in the bonus stuff is a Kate Bush test to see how good a fan you are. You get some video clips of her hits, not the whole video but little clips. And that made me sort of mad, that all these Kate Bush re releases, noone thought about The Whole Story-the videos. That is so long overdue for dvd and maybe blu ray. Or her one and only tour, her 1979 tour. She taped a few of the shows, and only one has seen the light of day, but she once said that she would release the others. That would be cool also. I did not know that Kate only did one tour in 1979 and never toured again. I know with Director’s Cut now out, that there is this new found love and respect for the legacy of Kate Bush, I am glad to get this flashback at the artist that I think revolutionized this industry for so many female musicians like Tori Amos and so many more. And to hear Kate defend herself againist the EMI label, from what songs should be singles to just the name of her songs. This first disc is solid. She released her first cd and second cd within a 8 month period and Sat in your lap was released a full year to radio before the cd came out.
Hounds of Love disc 2,Â Â you get informative interviews withÂ musicians who played on the sessions, and commentary from others whoÂ were there when it happened. But, like disc one I have a issue. Everyone has called The Dreaming a failure for Kate, seriously. The Dreaming to me is just as good as the breakthrough Hounds of Love and deserves its own dvd. But, when people think of Kate Bush..it is Running up that Hill. And, the story behind that song is so informitave, that Kate wanted it to be called A Deal with God, and the studio and her butted heads as they did many times. And as a lot of Bush fans know, this was also the start of the procrastinating Bush. Her next cd the Sensual World would take 4 years, then Red Shoes took 3 years then Aerial almost 13 years. And now 6 years later The Director’s Cut. Which is rumored to be her last cd. If you never heard a Kate Bush song before, go to your local record store or amazon, and buy The Whole Story cd. And try these dvds when you are all about Kate. Rock and Roll hall of fame open your fucking eyes…..You put Abba in before Kate Bush. What a fucking crime. This is almost 4 hours of Kate Bush, and for a fan like me I can rewatch this over and over and never get tired of it. Here is hoping Kate comes out of her reclusive shell and tours or at least commits to doing a blogger’s podcast..hint hint.
10 out of 10