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Hounds of Love
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Import only digitally-remastered reissue for her landmark 1985 album with six bonus tracks, 'The Big Sky' (Meteorological Mix), 'Running Up That Hill' (12-inch Mix), 'BeKind To My Mistakes', 'Under The Ivy', 'Burning Bridg... more »
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Import only digitally-remastered reissue for her landmark 1985 album with six bonus tracks, 'The Big Sky' (Meteorological Mix), 'Running Up That Hill' (12-inch Mix), 'BeKind To My Mistakes', 'Under The Ivy', 'Burning Bridge' and 'My Lagan Love' all were previously only available through her box set (which is unavailable in the US.) 18 tracks in total. EMI.
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The extra tracks are definitely worth a few extra bucks
L. DePhillips | Waldwick, NJ USA | 12/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Even without the extra tracks, this album is worth at least five stars. However, even if you already own the original, it's worth plunking down a few extra bucks for the bonus tracks.'The Big Sky Meterogical Mix' is really fun, creative remix with different voice-overs added. The 'Running up that Hill' remix is also more than decent though I admit I like the original better.'Be Kind to My Mistakes' is a sweet song about when you love someone you have to accept their blemishes along with the rest. 'Under the Ivy' is a gorgeous and sentimental piece -- it's one of my favorite Kate songs ever. Also, her piano playing really gets to shine on this track.'My Lagan Love' is a beatiful a cappella piece -- the music is taken from an original Irish/Scottish folk song and Kate's brother wrote the words. 'Burning Bridge' is an upbeat pop tune with great vocals.It's really nice to have all these rare tracks together (ligitly) on one CD. If you are a real Kate fan you can do what I did - resell your original copy on amazon and buy this one for the bonus tracks."
One of the truly great eighties albums
email@example.com | Edmonton, Alberta Canada | 03/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Hounds of Love" is the best Kate Bush album, her most successful, and yet it may be her least accessible. Certainly it contains a much wider musical range than most albums in 1985, what with the drums, guitars and pianos, followed by the bouzoukis, fiddles, uillean pipes, cellos and balalaikas. The album also has a wide range of allusion. Not only does it include a clip from "The Wall," but it also makes reference to Tennyson and Reich. Even more amazingly it actually make the portentous imperialist and the pseudo-scientific quack sympathetic and aesthetically successful. It starts off with the unusual love song "Running up that Hill," ("I'd make a deal with God/And get him to swap our places"). The video consists of a strange, intimate pair of dancers, which slowly spirals out of the attic where they are dancing to a strange foreign runway. "The Hounds of Love" is next and it is probably the song I care about the least. But then there is the joyful cheeriness of "The Big Sky." Then there is the carefully understated "Mother Stands for Comfort," ("She knows that I've been doing something wrong/But she won't say anything.") "Cloudbusting," one of Kate Bush's triumphs, refers to William Reich and his crackpot belief that by manipulating "orgone energy" (energy from orgasms) he could make it rain. Yet the song is a moving success, with its cello-driven melody, notwithstanding the fact that in both the song and the video Bush is playing a boy. ("Ooh I just know that something good is going to happen/And I don't know when/But just saying it could even make it happen.")Then there is the second side, "The Ninth Wave." The songs are all clearly different from each other, in style and tempo and instrumentation, and they discuss such subjects as sleeping, ice-skating, witch-hunts, ghosts, Irish jigs, the evening and a statement of love. But they are all united in their theme about a drowning woman. It starts off with the apparently soft and increasingly sinister "And Dream of Sheep." ("Like poppies, heavy with seed/They take me deeper and deeper"). Then there is the short, effective and quite chilling violin driven "Under Ice." The dramatic "Waking the Witch" follows, where Bush is confronted by a demonic inquisitor and which contains the aforementioned Pink Floyd reference, a forceful drumbeat as well as a brief sequence of bells. But the best cut is "Watching you Without Me," about the strange ghostlike presence, which is my favourite Kate Bush song of all. Here her voice, singing relatively understated material, shows off its true power and nuance. Then there is "Jig of Life" as well as "Hello Earth." The latter is the longest song on the album, as it starts off with childish innocence (Hello Earth/With just one hand help up high/I can blot you out,) and then moves on to a threatening storm. Finally there is "The Morning Fog," with its simple melody, relatively simple arrangement and genuine expression of love for her family. (The 1998 CD includes six other songs, including remixes of "Running up that Hill" and "The Big Sky." The four unreleased songs are all good, though they do not cohere with the original album. The best of them is "Burning Bridge.")"
"A Must Have!"
Sean | Hagerstown, Maryland United States | 03/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""This remastered classic CD: "Hounds Of Love" from England's favorite sweetheart Kate Bush, goes all out to give you your moneys worth. The six additional bonus tracks-(there are 18 songs in all), and beautiful new pics of Kate are well worth your purchase. If you already have the original version, sell it now and get the remaster! I really enjoy listening to the 12 inch version of "Running Up That Hill"...the production quality is better than the original, and Kate had added some new twists to the song. I wasnt as impressed with the remix version of "The Big Sky" however its still an interesting addition to this masterpiece. "Under The Ivy" and "Burning Bridge" are fabulous!! It's as if they shouldve been on the album in the first place. "My Lagan Love" adds a unique touch at the end of the bonus tracks as Kate sings accapella in a traditonal Irish folk style.If you are searching for any reasons why you shouldnt buy this remaster of Kates classic album, give it up right now! Cause you'll never find any that are worth holding back your purchase.If you are already a Kate Bush fan and you dont have the remaster of "Hounds Of Love" then you really have no excuse not to get it. And if you arent a Kate Bush fan yet, this remastered CD is the perfect purchase to begin your collection!"