It's in the trees! It's coming! The Kate Bush box set that is, with the critically revered singer-songwriter announcing plans for a remastered re-release of her entire back catalogue.
The first suite of re-released recordings will be in stores on 16 November with another batch of vinyl and CD packages to follow two weeks later.
Bush is currently remastering her work with producer/engineer James Guthrie, who also famously worked with Pink Floyd. The pair previously collaborated on Bush’s spellbinding 1985 record Hounds of Love, which spawned four UK top 40 singles in the title track, the joyous ‘Cloudbusting’, the richly evocative ‘The Big Sky’ and ‘Running up That Hill (A Deal with God)’, arguably her masterpiece.
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A book collecting Kate Bush’s lyrics is also on the way
The vinyl albums will be available in four separate boxes and will include LPs which have now been unavailable on vinyl for more than a decade.
The hyper-talented but reclusive Bush has always inspired rabid devotion among fans and devotees can also look forward to How to Be Invisible, a curated book of lyrics, which will be released in December.
The book will feature an introduction from British novelist David Mitchell, who is a long-term admirer and who previously penned the spoken word sections that featured in her 2014 live shows.
Her most record release, Before the Dawn will be available as part of the second box set in its original master. That record captured her long, long-awaited return to the live arena after a 35-year gap between shows.
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Rare versions, remixes and cover songs will also be part of the collection
Among the box sets will be a number of rare tracks and alternate versions of songs which promises to offer fans a glimpse into Bush’s creative process. One CD will be entirely devoted to cover songs and will include her haunting version of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man‘ and a slinky, minimalist take on Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’.
Rarities will also include the previously unreleased ‘Humming’, thought to date to 1973 and B-sides like ‘Walk Straight Down the Middle’.
Despite keeping a low profile in recent years, Bush’s influence on contemporary music has been profound and far-reaching. Artists as diverse as Florence and the Machine, Grimes, Goldfrapp, Bat for Lashes and Charli XCX have all drawn inspiration from her eclectic and singular work.
Contents of the four vinyl box sets:
Box Set 1 (16 November release): The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever, The Dreaming
Box Set 2 (16 November): Hounds of Love, The Sensual World, The Red Shoes
Box Set 3 (30 November): Aerial, Director’s Cut, 50 Words for Snow
Box Set 4 (30 November): 12″ Mixes, The Other Side 1, The Other Side 2, In Others’ Words