Audio Fidelity - AFZLP087 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - 780014208714
Audiophile Mastering by Steve Hoffmann & Kevin Gray
from the Original Analogue Master at Abbey Road
Marble Virgin Vinyl Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI
One of the Best of the 80's ...a superior recording in every way. 25 years later, this album is unmatched!
Kate Bush's self-written and produced Hounds Of Love album was released in 1985 - it was her fifth studio album and her most successful worldwide. Hounds of Love is actually a two-part album consisting of the suites "Hounds of Love" and "The Ninth Wave." She uses the studio as an instrument, Hounds of Love is a carefully crafted art-rock production filled with memorable melodies and arrangements and a range of influences and styles from Celtic to Middle Eastern music, and a mastery of rock and pop, from lavish ballads to hard rockers.
The album marked her breakthrough into the American charts with the Top 40 hit "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" as well as two other U.K. Top 20 singles, "Cloudbusting" and the title track. The album also yielded a set of videos, the most famous of which is "Cloudbusting" co-starring Donald Sutherland. In 2000, Q magazine placed Hounds of Love at #20 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever
Limited Edition - Mastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray from the Original Analog Master from Abbey Road
Kate Bush's strongest album to date also marked her breakthrough into the American charts, and yielded a set of dazzling videos as well as an enviable body of hits, spearheaded by "Running Up That Hill," her biggest single since "Wuthering Heights." Strangely enough, Hounds of Love was no less complicated in its structure, imagery, and extra-musical references (even lifting a line of dialogue from Jacques Tourneur's Curse of the Demon for the intro of the title song) than The Dreaming, which had been roundly criticized for being too ambitious and complex. But Hounds of Love was more carefully crafted as a pop record, and it abounded in memorable melodies and arrangements, the latter reflecting idioms ranging from orchestrated progressive pop to high-wattage traditional folk; and at the center of it all was Bush in the best album-length vocal performance of her career, extending her range and also drawing expressiveness from deep inside of herself, so much so that one almost feels as though he's eavesdropping at moments during "Running Up That Hill." Hounds of Love is actually a two-part album (the two sides of the original LP release being the now-lost natural dividing line), consisting of the suites "Hounds of Love" and "The Ninth Wave."
The former is steeped in lyrical and sonic sensuality that tends to wash over the listener, while the latter is about the experiences of birth and rebirth. If this sounds like heady stuff, it could be, but Bush never lets the material get too far from its pop trappings and purpose. In some respects, this was also Bush's first fully realized album, done completely on her own terms, made entirely at her own 48-track home studio, to her schedule and preferences, and delivered whole to EMI as a finished work; that history is important, helping to explain the sheer presence of the album's most striking element -- the spirit of experimentation at every turn, in the little details of the sound. That vastly divergent grasp, from the minutiae of each song to the broad sweeping arc of the two suites, all heavily ornamented with layered instrumentation, makes this record wonderfully overpowering as a piece of pop music. Indeed, this reviewer hadn't had so much fun and such a challenge listening to a new album from the U.K. since Abbey Road - Allmusic
The Sensual World became Bush's biggest-selling album and received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album.
Now, experience it like never before on this amazing-sounding analog reissue, remastered from the original master tapes by legendary engineers Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray.
"Added dimensionality gives the music and production the feel of coming across like a good surround sound mix that, of course, you only need two channels to hear. The massive amount of low-frequency energy handily surpasses that on the original, lending real weight to the synth bass lines present on a majority of tracks. And, David Gilmour’s guitar solo on “Rocket’s Tail” claims more energy than the original." --Jeff Dorgay, TONE Audio
1 Running Up That Hill (a Deal with God)
2 Hounds of Love
3 The Big Sky [special Single Mix]
4 Mother Stands for Comfort
6 And Dream of Sheep
7 Under Ice
8 Waking the Witch
9 Watching You Without Me
10 Jig of Life
11 Hello Earth
12 The Morning Fog
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