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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Jeemo » 22 Nov 2016, 18:04

I saw Rhodes in his first band Random Hold supporting Peter Gabriel. I thought they were brilliant and had high hopes for them. Gabriel then poached Rhodes for some session stuff and RH fell apart. Which was a shame.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Spec » 30 Nov 2016, 11:21

What a strange album it is.

I find the first disc very good. The recording is excellent and the singing strong. The 2nd and 3rd I'm much less sure about. The narration makes me cringe and the songs are less strong, although the performances are still great. I assume it all makes more sense if you were at the shows?

Overall, nice to hear but I don't expect me going back to it very often.

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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Diamond Dog » 16 Dec 2016, 09:10

Well I've listened to it pretty extensively the past week or so....

I absolutely love that there are (allegedly) no overdubs - it certainly sounds that way. It isn't perfect - there are some (very small) pitch problems with Kate.... exactly as I remember from the night I was there. That's how it should be - I'm glad she resisted the temptation to polish everything to perfection.

That having been said - the band are absolutely fucking exemplary. Omar Hakim, particularly, is stunning in parts. Again, exactly as I recall.

The first disc is very very strong, as you say Spec. Musically it's an odd set of tunes though - they're great singularly but don't really lead thatnaturally into eachother.

The second disc ("The Ninth Wave") is technically the toughest of the three - to get everything to fit together as they did was some achievement. I remember on the night thinking how magical "And Dream Of Sheep" was.... and it is so good here too. I also remember the tension of the night... building to "Hello Earth" and then the pure release of "The Morning Fog".... this set captures that brilliantly.

But the third disc is where I think it reaches its peak - like you Spec, I'm not sure the narrative works for those that weren't there... I do understand that. But it's kind of essential for the piece to work naturally, for me. My only question is why the arrangement of "Sunset" was altered so much... I loove the new version but the original is my favourite part of the whole album. Still, minor complaint. . But...my lord... when you get to "Nocturn" and the cataclysmic "Aerial".... I'm right back there on that night. Right there. Astonishing crescendo. When "Among Angels" follows with just Kate and the piano.... it's the only way she could have come back... and it's gorgeous. Then the climax of "Cloudbusting" takes you home.... perfect and exactly how it was... impossible not to be moved by it.

And, yeah, I love how Kate thanks the fans too. You can tell she is somewhat overwhelmed and I love that little bit of fragility.

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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Six String » 17 Dec 2016, 06:26

I've heard it completely twice so far and I'm in Pete's corner although I wasn't at any of the shows. To echo a bit of what you were saying about Kate's allowing the imperfections to show, she also allows the band to breathe, no doubt partly to Omar Hakim's drumming which was well done. The music requires precision which he handled but he also gave the music some breath. Actually the entire band did a great job. King Of the Mountain is epic! I noticed in one song where Kate didn't attack each verse in the same exact spot for each verse and I thought to myself, in the studio that would have never stayed that way.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Diamond Dog » 17 Dec 2016, 10:03

It's good to hear from those that weren't lucky enough to attend in person, Les, thank you.

Generally it has got pretty 'rave' reviews - that's nice to know that those of us that were lucky enough to see it weren't completely off our rockers with our reviews of the time.

One thing I do know - Omar Hakim is a frighteningly great drummer. His ability to build with precision is really something to behold.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Graham Murakami » 17 Dec 2016, 10:41

Don't you all hope she runs into financial trouble and has to sell her soul and do a proper show for normal fans: 40 minutes playing the kick inside in its entirety, then a second half with Running up that Hill, the Futureheads song, Wow and all the hits.

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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Diamond Dog » 17 Dec 2016, 10:42

'Proper show'?

'Normal fans' ?

Right - you never got a ticket.

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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Neil Jung » 17 Dec 2016, 12:06

I've played it a few times. I saw the concert. But I could do without the spoken bits especially the grating "piss off" bit. But that's just me.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Diamond Dog » 17 Dec 2016, 12:35

I get that entirely.... I think it works both ways.... I guess in the end the spoken parts will begin to piss me off too.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Jeemo » 17 Dec 2016, 16:43

Her public reasons for not releasing a dvd of the shows are ridiculous. Just tell us you weren't happy with the end result or at least release some of the bits that she was happy with.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Diamond Dog » 11 Feb 2017, 08:05

Just a bit of 'inside info'.... remember I said I found out after the shows were complete that Kate's rehearsals for her shows were at a public school near me ... well.... one of my postmen has been talking to the caretaker who 'strongly suggested' that Kate is doing something similar sometime soon..... so.... keep your eyes and ears open......... 8-)
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Revolver » 11 Feb 2017, 10:06

Diamond Dog wrote:Just a bit of 'inside info'.... remember I said I found out after the shows were complete that Kate's rehearsals for her shows were at a public school near me (Carmel College) ... well.... one of my postmen has been talking to the caretaker who 'strongly suggested' that Kate is doing something similar sometime soon..... so.... keep your eyes and ears open......... 8-)


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That would be a dream and thanks for that information. However...she didn't seem very keen on the idea recently. But perhaps that was her usual reticence to give people anything that could be considered "information".

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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Minnie the Minx » 15 Mar 2017, 16:23

I knew that on 'Hello Earth' Kate had the Richard Hickox singers sing Georgian stuff, but I didn't know until yesterday that the tune was not written by her. Now I've fallen into a HUGE rabbit hole of this stuff.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Goat Boy » 15 Mar 2017, 16:28

Diamond Dog wrote:Just a bit of 'inside info'.... remember I said I found out after the shows were complete that Kate's rehearsals for her shows were at a public school near me ... well.... one of my postmen has been talking to the caretaker who 'strongly suggested' that Kate is doing something similar sometime soon..... so.... keep your eyes and ears open......... 8-)



Hopefully she'll do some shows outside of fucking London
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Nervous Ned » 21 Mar 2017, 07:57

Isn't the Hello Earth (peek-a-boo earth :? ) just lifted wholesale from Herzog's Nosferatu where I assume she heard it? I was astounded when I first heard it partucularly when I could find no attribution in the cd credits (maybe I'm wrong)

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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Diamond Dog » 21 Mar 2017, 08:04

It's three years today since the shows were announced......
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby clive gash » 21 Mar 2017, 08:11

Your sheets must be dry by now Peter?
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby 'O' » 21 Mar 2017, 08:59

She's touring with KIM WILDE next year, my sources tell me.

The tour will be called.....
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Goat Boy » 21 Mar 2017, 09:17

Wilde Bush!
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Diamond Dog » 21 Mar 2017, 09:48

Goat Boy wrote:
Diamond Dog wrote:Just a bit of 'inside info'.... remember I said I found out after the shows were complete that Kate's rehearsals for her shows were at a public school near me ... well.... one of my postmen has been talking to the caretaker who 'strongly suggested' that Kate is doing something similar sometime soon..... so.... keep your eyes and ears open......... 8-)



Hopefully she'll do some shows outside of fucking London


Likely it's studio rehearsals, rather than live stuff....
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