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Out only yesterday, watch this SDEtv unboxing video which examines and evaluates the first wave of Kate Bush CD and vinyl box sets which contain new 2018 remasters of her studio albums. Lots of detail with comparisons to previous CD editions and vinyl releases. The video runs for 35 minutes, so sit down and make a cup of tea and enjoy!

The Kate Bush Remastered – Part I CD box set and the Remastered in Vinyl I & II box sets are out now. Remastered – Part II CD box and Remastered in Vinyl III & IV vinyl sets are released on 30 November 2018.

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CD box # 1 - 7CD The Kick Inside to The Red Shoes

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CD box # 2 - 11CD Aerial to Before The Dawn + rarities discs

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Vinyl box 1 - a kick inside, never for ever, lionheart, The dreaming

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Vinyl box 2 - Hounds of Love, The Sensual World, The Red Shoes

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Vinyl box 3 - Aerial, 50 Words For Snow, Director's Cut

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Vinyl box 4 - 12 inch mixes, The Other Side 1, The Other Side 2, In Others Words

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Kate Bush Remastered Vinyl Box 1

The Kick Inside (1978)
Lionheart (1978)
Never For Ever (1980)
The Dreaming (1982)

Kate Bush Remastered Vinyl Box 2

Hounds of Love (1985)
The Sensual World (1989)
The Red Shoes (1993).

Kate Bush Remastered Vinyl Box 3

Aerial (2005)
Director’s Cut (2011)
50 Words For Snow (2011)

Kate Bush Remastered Vinyl Box 4

12″ Mixes
The Other Side 1 (B-sides)
The Other Side 2 (B-sides continued)
In Others’ Words (covers)

Kate Bush Remastered CD box 1

The Kick Inside (1978)
Lionheart (1978)
Never For Ever (1980)
The Dreaming (1982)
Hounds of Love (1985)
The Sensual World (1989)
The Red Shoes (1993).

Kate Bush Remastered: CD box 2

Aerial (2005)
Director’s Cut (2011)
50 Words For Snow (2011)
Before The Dawn (2016)
12″ Mixes
The Other Side 1 (B-sides)
The Other Side 2 (B-sides continued)
In Others’ Words (covers)

What’s in the rarities discs:

12” MIXES

  1. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
  2. The Big Sky (Meteorological Mix)
  3. Cloudbusting (The Orgonon Mix)
  4. Hounds Of Love (Alternative Mix)
  5. Experiment IV (Extended Mix)

THE OTHER SIDE 1

  1. Walk Straight Down The Middle
  2. You Want Alchemy
  3. Be Kind To My Mistakes
  4. Lyra
  5. Under The Ivy
  6. Experiment IV
  7. Ne T’Enfuis Pas
  8. Un Baiser D’Enfant
  9. Burning Bridge
  10. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) 2012 Remix

THE OTHER SIDE 2

  1. Home For Christmas
  2. One Last Look Around The House Before We Go
  3. I’m Still Waiting
  4. Warm And Soothing
  5. Show A Little Devotion
  6. Passing Through Air
  7. Humming
  8. Ran Tan Waltz
  9. December Will Be Magic Again
  10. Wuthering Heights (Remix / New Vocal from ‘The Whole Story’)

IN OTHERS’ WORDS

  1. Rocket Man
  2. Sexual Healing
  3. Mná na hÉireann
  4. My Lagan Love
  5. The Man I Love
  6. Brazil (Sam Lowry’s First Dream)
  7. The Handsome Cabin Boy
  8. Lord Of The Reedy River
  9. Candle In The Wind

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[…] issued only in France and Canada. The song (and its B-side) was included in the rarities discs in last year’s box sets, but Kate has clearly approved this special 2019 12-inch for the French market (one thing’s […]

Annabel Lecter

I’ve waited until the prices dropped on the vinyl boxes. Now I have them, they’re gorgeous additions to my collection.

Anyone noticed the ‘Orgonon’ typo on the 12” Mixes album packaging. The original 12” single and the track on This Woman’s Work anthology refer to ‘Organon’.

[…] This SDEtv unboxing video examines and evaluates the second and final wave of Kate Bush CD and vinyl box sets which contain new 2018 remasters of her studio albums. The video runs for around 15 minutes. If you haven’t seen the first one yet, head here! […]

Spencer

My second cd box arrived and I was disappointed that the cd’s recreated the original digipaks as each disc was scratched by the time it got to me so just sent it right back – ugh! First box concept was a bit more practical I think.

Tim F

Did anyone who ordered the Remastered Part 2 (6 cd) get two of the same discs? I got two of ‘The Other Side 2′ discs. It was mistakenly put in the “In Others’ Words’ slot as well. Frustrating.

Gurahl

With the exception of ‘The Morning Fog’, a track I used to play in the car, my love of Kate Bush slowly atrophied in the years after The Sensual World, to the point where I feel she’s like an ex, nice to think about sometimes but I don’t want to meet up with them again.

Chris Squires

Finally got around to listening to the recent vinyl remasters of the first tranche of 7 Kate Bush albums.

Listening on a Rega RP10 turntable with an Apheta 2 MC cartridge along with Rega Elicit-R Amp, Aria phono stage and PMC Wafer2 speakers. The vinyl was washed and cleaned using a Hannyl Aragon cleaning machine and Hannyl’s own proprietary cleaning fluid.

Firstly I won’t even worry about the sparse packaging and lack of ephemera. These are really only meant to be album remasters, I hope (in vain?) that SDE’s of the individual albums will appear soon.

So concentrating on just the sound….. I really could sum it all up in one word. Perfect, sublime…OK two words.

I always thought Kate’s albums were quite OK anyway. I had the ATR mastercuts version of Lionheart for a number of years and that was superb, much better than the original Lionheart and that always put the doubt in my head that maybe the others were not as good as they should be. The Audio Fidelity versions of The Hounds of Love and The Sensual World are also sonically superior to their original counterparts and according to my discogs inventory I have 63 different releases of these 7 albums so I do know them quite well. So the question was always can these new versions exceed the originals and do they get close to the 3 previously remastered albums or do they even surpass them?

The answers are yes, yes and yes. The ATR version of Lionheart was always going to be my guide as that is the album that showed me what a difference a good remaster can make but this 2018 version is even better than that. The album that benefits most, to me anyway, is the Kick Inside. In three Key areas.

1) The Vocals seem much clearer, words much crisper and when you might have to check a lyric sheet to see what word was actually said you do not need that here. The standout track that benefits most is The Man with the Child in his Eyes. I swear this is true….. I have heard this tracks hundreds of time over the last 40 years but when I first listened to this track on the new LP every single hair on my neck and forearms stood upright as if in salute. The Vocal shot straight through me like the ghosts in the Experiment iv video.
2) The bassline is far crisper and less muddy, the deep notes separate and have individual life.
3) The strange percussion and jaunty synth sounds that punctuate many tracks fizz and pop as if I had never heard them before. The much missed Morris Pert is perhaps the greatest beneficiary of this new makeover. His percussion, as opposed to the excellent drumming of Stuart Elliott, are where the greatest gains are made.

I won’t bang on about the other albums, they are terrific too and I want a few more listens, particularly to Never For Ever as I think that is another album that newly shines.

So, if anybody is hesitating about getting these because they already have the originals then hesitate no more.

“Remastering is a con” so the tired comment goes, I point you in the direction of this collection, it has woken already sublime music up, brought it into a new century and, if it were possible, polished a diamond to shine even more greatly and added a few Carats to boot.

I can’t believe that the second set will reveal as much as this set has revealed, but if it does Christmas is going to be extremely boring for the rest of my family.

Purchase with confidence.

Chris Squires

After another day’s listening I would add as a rider…. It seems to me that even within an album that has been improved greatly some tracks benefit more than others. As a rule of thumb I would say that the Rockier a track is, the less the difference between the original and the remaster.

So whilst The Man with the Child in his eyes (goosebumps), Blow Away and Symphony in Blue etc. seem like brand new songs the likes of Don’t Push your Foot on the Heartbrake, Violin, James and the Cold Gun don’t seem to shine as much. yes they are still better but the gap seems less to me.

Larry Davis

Just got my CD Box 1 in the mail yesterday from Amazon Italy… Glossy BTW…also, my take…it’s a nice looking set… Simple and artful… Also, only 3 of the albums (1-3) were licensed from Parlophone, the others are owned by Kate under her label company Fish People…also, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes, Columbia/Sony do not own the rights in the US anymore, same with Aerial…now the music, as I am new to her early work, this set is a really big bewildering drink of water to take in, almost like being exposed to a strange but alluring new language…just have to find the right key to unlock the lock…and I will find it…and yes, Kate does sound absolutely bonkers on some of it, in the best way possible… Definitely not boring…getting Box #2 soon…

Basil James Maher

I love Kate Bush and was so happy to hear about the release of these remastered CD’s. The sound is impeccable and it is so wonderful to hear all of these songs once again with such great clarity. My only issue is the packaging. I do not like the Fish People concept, imagery and logo at all since it does not exemplify Kate Bush’s work in any way, shape or form, at least not to me. The exterior box should have had the same presentation as the vinyl edition as it better represents her work from that era. It would have been nice to have some extra photos for each of the CD’s, such as the covers of the 7″ singles and/or video stills along with liner notes. The thing I dislike most is that once you touch the digipaks, your fingerprints are everywhere. Don’t plan to murder anyone after touching these digipaks as the police will definitely find you after they lift your prints from this horrific packaging. Regardless, I love Kate and always will as she is the epitome of a true musical artist.

Musicneil66

Paul, great video on Kate’s first release. I was going cd due to space and cost but know vinyl
The cove needs to be right! Does the vin come with digital download?

Alan

As the CD box was a birthday present, I resisted unwrapping it until today (I’ve had it since Sunday). I therefore also refused to watch this video until today as I didn’t want any spoilers! It’s a fair assessment though, hard to disagree with anything said.

I haven’t listened to any of it yet as I’m away on holiday but the artwork reproduction is definitely impressive. No poor quality scans here. It’s adequate, and I’m assuming designed for long-term use as the new, basic vanilla releases. The real let-down is the Fish People labels. With all the albums from Never For Ever onwards originally having their own bespoke vinyl labels (and on those Japanese mini-vinyl replicas) it’s a missed opportunity not to have them here. Fish People is a vanity non-existent entity anyway, but it’s vanity of the highest order to over-do their use here.

I’m put off buying the vinyl versions for the same reason – I’ve never owned the four albums from The Dreaming to The Red Shoes on vinyl, and my Lionheart vinyl is just a mid-80s “Fame” reissue with no embossed titles and lyrics in black instead of red, but those Fish People labels really don’t help the cause. I think I’m content with those Japanese mini-vinyl replicas. The vinyl boxes themselves are nice though.

Incidentally, you mention not liking The Kick Inside artwork. It was apparently always meant to be that – the story goes that the Wuthering Heights single artwork was meant to be the controversial tight vest-top Gered Mancowitz photo, but Kate had it changed to the artwork similar to that of the album at the last minute – so the single artwork came first and Kate had enough clout (even before having a hit) to get her own way!

Michael

Cheers Paul for a great video. I actually got a little depressed watching, especially when you show the Japanese edition of Lionheart. I distinctly remember the interior sleeve of my vinyl from 1978. What a shame Kate didn’t go the extra mile and really make these shine a bit.
Still, I guess its all about the music but Kate’s sleeve designs have always been an extra point of interest.

Do you know if she’s restored the artwork sufficiently on Never for Ever, Hounds Of Love, and The Sensual World so we can see the KT symbol? It was never on the CD edition of Never for Ever but I’m pretty sure it was on the others and then basically vanished on later pressings..

Carl Stanley

Absolutely superb – these remasters are truly a labour of love. The orchestration on the track ‘The Kick Inside’ is simply stunning. ‘All We Ever Look For’ is another highlight for me – so much detail that was slightly muddy on the original master. Kate’s vocal harmonies are incredible throughout, you can hear every single vocal track so clearly. These remasters couldn’t possibly be better.

MARK LEVY

After having a closer inspection of the Kate Bush cd collection in HMV today, I decided rather than go mad and buy that set i’d get THE WHOLE STORY cd, THE KICK INSIDE (2011 reissue) and THE RED SHOES (2018 remaster) so I just got all the hits. That’s all really wanted at the end of the day. Perhaps Kate will consider releasing a new best of in the future including the original version of Wuthering Heights on it.

Stan Butler

AC/DC are the only ones I can think of.

pinkfloyd

…well technically, AC/DC released two compilations including Iron Man 2 soundtrack.
the other band without a proper compilation since 1983… Metallica

Jon

Glad/sad to learn others have noted the sonic deficiencies of The Big Sky 7″ used since 2011. But can anyone confirm my suspicion that this was the mix for the video? (Could confirm this easily by playing the video off the bonus blu-ray from the box set, except….)

Graham

I’ve been working my way through the first CD box – still have Sensual World and Red Shoes to go. A few thoughts:

I don’t get the hate for the packaging. The outer slip case is slightly weird, apparently being designed to be stored on its side, but overall is attractive, and fits on the shelf in a more “sane” orientation. At the moment, I’ve got the inner product open at the moment, for ease of access.

The inner “digipacks” are lovely. Chunky, attractive outers, with an actual tray to store the CD properly, protecting it and allowing access without touching the playing surface. They fit into the slip case with enough wiggle room to make getting the one you want out a doddle. Contrast with (to randomly pick on a couple of recent acquisitions) the Bowie box (with their tight slip cases, thin card outers and easily damaged film “sleeves”) or the Yazoo book (where you need to fight to get the discs out, especially the last one.) The Kate Bush set is vastly superior.

The sound is improved – mainly on the first three albums, admittedly, though there’s some parts of the Dreaming have a bit of extra clarity on the details. Hounds of Love is improved mainly by the removal of the “extras” that were appended on the earlier CD edition I have. Moving them to their own disc is the right decision to my mind.

None of this really changes anything – Lionheart is still Kate’s weakest, The Dreaming still has some odd choices, and the Hounds of Love is still glorious!

The lack of extras is to me irrelevant. The set is what it is, and its a valid approach. It could have been done differently, but that would just have appealed to a different audience. I’m happy with what it is. The decision to group the extras thematically (necessitating keeping the discs together) is perhaps questionable, but given I was going to buy both boxes anyway, I’m happy enough with it. Those who don’t want an improved version of Ariel (you fools! *grin* ) are justified in questioning the decision.

The one significant misstep in all this is the version of Big Sky. I’m fine with the slightly abbreviated version – to be honest, if it hadn’t been drawn to my attention, I’d probably not have noticed! – but the mastering is poor. There’s a notable drop in volume, clarity, and separation for just that one track. That’s annoying.

Gerbrand

Confession time. Listening to Hounds of Love tonight (1997 reissue). Reading the “Q Sleevenotes” I have inserted in the booklet approx. 20 years ago. And in there it is pointed out to me there are two actual hounds on the front cover. I have never, never noticed that before.

Tom Elliot

Honestly, i’m kind of impressed. Just wait ’til you find out what’s on the cover of The Red Shoes.

Kevin M

I got the LPs The Dreaming and Hounds of Love as they’re my two favourites from the 1978-1993 era. The sound is fantastic, particularly Hounds which sounds better than any version I’ve owned (cassette in 1985, LP in the 90s and two different CDs).

Kate Bush was and is brilliant. In and out of this world. Respect.

Tom Elliot

I’m relieved to see some other fans leaving reviews on blogs and Amazon, having a good old moan about The Big Sky on Hounds of Love!. It’s lonely to moan al0ne. It stands out because the overall sound is different to the album. I really hoped that the remaster would use the original version, like how Walk Straight Down The Middle was removed from The Sensual World because the original vinyl recording is definitive, especially for an acclaimed classic like Hounds of Love.

In the latter part of The Big Sky Kate goes completely bonkers and it’s so much fun. Because as everyone knows, bonkers Kate is best Kate. The fade-out is brief on the original and you can hear all her mad vocal riffs and screaming clearly. It’s the best part!. But on the remix there’s such a long fade-out and the volume is so low toward the end you can barely hear her unless you crank the volume stupid-high. Worse still, the remix cuts out some of Kate’s vocal shenannigans completely, which we can all agree is a crime against God and man.

I mean, you’re getting less Kate to the pound and who wants that?. Nobody, that’s who.

Mikko Suhonen

I am a great Kate Bush fan, but these remasters seem to tick none of the boxes that make me buy the albums again (I’ve bought them twice thanks to the annoying and expensive This woman’s work I had to buy to get the bponus cd’s). What I appreciate in a remastered rerelease are:
-bonus material: I would have preferred that the b-sides had been included in each individual album rather than in an extra disc. Also the remastered promotional videos and other video material (live, interviews, tv apprearences) would make me smile too.
-good bookets with comprehensive information about the albums, no lyrics needed

Abba deluxe editions are a good example of how I wished Kate Bush had handled her catalogue. Double disc sets (cd + dvd), bonus tracks added, all the possible and viable video material gathered and a good booklet telling the story.

So, for the time being, a box with just the albums and absolutely nothing new to offer will not make me take my wallet out.

Sara Hughes

Is there a pattern forming here. Checked my CD box after reading comments, mine is glossy and from Amazon UK.

I have spoken to a friend and work colleague, Birmingham/Leeds area, both bought from HMV and matt.

Just waited for a call from another in Glasgow, ordered from Amazon UK, and its glossy

Aaron T.

Hey Paul! I know that you’ve been focusing on the vinyl and CD releases of the ‘Kate Bush Remastered’ biz sets. I was wondering, however, if you knew anything regarding the haphazard digital release of this set in the US.

It appears that iTunes is releasing the digital box sets on a schedule that resembles the vinyl. The ‘Remastered, Pt. 1’ digital set has been released with all four indivual albums (TKI–TD). ‘Hounds of Love’ was also released but there is no listing for ‘The Red Shoes,’ ‘The Sensual World,’ or the ‘Remastered, Pt. 2’ digital set (like it has been in other countries) Do you know if this is a label issue since TRS and TSW are on Sony/Columbia? I’ve asked around and have received no solid answers.

Thanks!
Aaron T.

memoryboy

I am curious if anyone knows about this as well. The download situation in the U. S.

I got my CD’s and I also notice that ‘The Big Sky’ on the Hounds Of Love reissue sound’s muffled (as someone has said earlier). Such a disappointment. I know the single edit version was used on this.

Grahame Andrews

Just to follow up to my comments at the weekend, it is looking like another possible Parlophone faux pas, regarding the Kate Bush CD 1 set. A spread of comments regarding the finish of the box and digipacks, some glossy, some matt finish. I have no issue with the discs, remastering is sublime, but the gloss finish as shown on Paul’s excellent video, gives the colours a lot more vibrancy than the matt finish. So having paid decent money, we get a rather poor box design and digipacks and now it seems sub standard finish. I have emailed HMV, who supplied my copy, but to be fair not really their issue. Contacting Parlophone Records is more difficult than negotiating Brexit! Lord knows what will happen with box set 2. Paul, can you throw any light on this?

Tom Elliot

So i’m listening to Hounds of Love (CD)… and does anyone else think that The Big Sky sounds muffled, compared to the songs preceding it and considerably more than other versions?. It sounds as if i’m hearing it through a thick blanket. I’m going to have to replace the song file with a different version because the flat, dull sound sucks the fun and energy out of such a cheerful song (and Kate doesn’t do cheerful often so I take what I can get!)

I understand that this is the single mix but it sounds more muffled than any other version I own including the The Big Sky 7″. It sounds most similar to the 7″ mix that is included on The Red Shoes CD single #2 (1994) but even more muted. It stands out so much I can’t help wonder if it was a mistake.

Anyway, that aside i’m loving these remasters. Nobody had better try and talk to me about anything except Kate for the next week at least, because I have full-on Bush-brain.

Oh and I ripped the CD’s and put the fugly NON-GLOSSY digipaks away, banished to where they can’t taunt me any longer. There’s no way these were designed by a gay guy I can guarantee you that. We don’t do ‘economy’.

Paul

The Big Sky sounds like a complete remix! I’m not familiar with the versions you reference Tom, but this is not the version of The Big Sky that is on my other 2 CD versions of Hounds of Love.

Paul

I meant my other two copies of Hounds that I have on CD. Haha! I’m a little surprised that a different version had been swapped in to what is considered a remaster of the original album, but I guess it’s artist prerogative ultimately.

Loved the unboxing video! My U.S. copy from Amazon is a glossy one btw.

Andy P

Regarding the shiny vs matt finish of box and digipaks – if I have the matt version of CD box 1, what are the chances I will receive a matching finish for box 2? Is it possible for Paul to enquire about where the different finishes originate, would be useful going forward? Thanks

Spencer

Great video thanks Paul! I have just unboxed the 2 vinyl sets this afternoon. 4 of the lps have a fairly noticeable wobble / warp. I’ve not noticed it affecting playback but still. I’m never sure if I’m just being fussy but you can definitely see it. Sound wise I’m really impressed and just glad to have them really :)

David M

I only bought The Red Shoes and that jumps around all over the place first track on both sides 1 and 2. Disappointing.

Phil

It’s unlikely these days that records will jump – first thing is to check your stylus – if it’s reasonably old maybe change it? Also check your tracking weight as too light and it will jump. Apologies if you have done/are aware of this – just some friendly advice. I’ve not had a record that jumps in the last 10 years

David Ryan

Best ever unboxing video Paul! CD booklets probably produced by the same outfit responsible for the boring CD booklets that came with the Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music 1999 remasters. Definitely a missed opportunity in comparison to the recent David Bowie box sets and The Beatles Stereo and Mono 2009 box sets.

frederic

I bought the box cd 1, and I’m happy with the covers, the box, it’s necessarily better than the first cd 80s. I mean that for the price it’s good. If you compare with Bowie’s boxes, actually there was better to do, but it’s more expensive!
I’ve been waiting for these remasterings for years. And I am very disappointed, because of the sound. The volume of the sound. It is very low compared to the volume of all current CDs and those that are remastered. I like to listen to albums mixed with others, so that’s very painful. Obliged to mount the sound to each piece of Kate, and then lower. It’s amazing to release such a low volume in 2018. Kate had already done the same with her two previous albums (Directors Cut and her show).
(I hope you understand my english ;-))

Bob M

Thanks very much for the video. I received my box yesterday morning (yes, Sunday!!) from Amazon Canada. For those interested, my box is glossy. I did a quick comparison for sound, one track per disc, so this is no way complete, but to these ears, the remasters are a slight improvement over the originals, especially on Kick and Lionheart. However, I would say that I would look forward to a remix at some point – there is a lot going on in the mix that should be more up front I think. Overall, I believe remasters are a bit of a con unless a remix is also part of the reissue. I know that gets into Original versus Not discussions, but I like hearing both – like Roger Glover did with Deep Purple.

Christian

Anyone else noticed the slightly alternative intro/version of THE BIG SKY on HOUNDS OF LOVE?

Auntie Sabrina

It’s the slightly shorter 7 inch mix

CJ

Gives me a reason to hold onto my deluxe anniversary release from a few years ago, which has the original album version of “Bog Sky” plus bonus material that will be replicated (I think entirely) when the second box comes out next week.

CJ

Whoops. Maybe it was a secret outtake. :P

Ian Dillon

Really!!

-SG-

Great unboxing video. I watched it all. That Japanese box looks really cool. The vinyl looks nice, the Cd’s for this set were definitely not created with the same standard, which is a shame. I agree with you Paul, the vinyl replicas are the way to go with sets like this, with general releases made later, this seems a bit half hearted for the CD box, and that is a shame for the sake of the actual music or people not wanting the vinyl. A book with photos and something written about the music, like Pet Shop Boys did for their further listening reissues definitely would have made this more appealing and actually provided more of a context for anyone unfamiliar but wanting to get immersed in this music. The Whole Fish People thing seems a bit rediculous, and does detract from the visual context, looking out of place graphic wise, I get it is her label, but why make it look like it is the band mascot on every record. I hate the CD box art and had emotionally blocked that I had seen it before. Besides looking like an actual Modern English album, or some NuMetal, or something out of a horror movie, it also reminds me of the song “fish heads, fish heads, roll poley fish heads, fish heads, fish heads, eat them up, yum.”

Tom Elliot

I’m a bit disappointed that there seem to be two different versions of the CD1 box. The one in Paul’s video, with a glossy outer box and glossy digipaks (which I think look lovely overall), and the one I got which looks like a cheaper version with no gloss. The glossy digipaks in Paul’s video look much nicer than mine, with brighter colours. Mine look dull, the cover of Never for Ever especially so.

Overall my set looks like a budget version of the one in the video and after forking out £60 and looking forward to this so much, I feel a bit gutted :(

Paul D

Mine’s the same – dull matt finish. Picked mine up in Portsmouth (UK) yesterday.

Tom Elliot

No Paul, UK. And i’ve seen other people saying they got a gloss-free version too. Been a huge fan of Kate since ’78 and I was all excited after watching your video because despite some flaws, I thought they looked really nice overall. But mine look budget-tastic by comparison :(

CJ

I had pre-ordered from Canada because the price was the lowest of all offerings, and then they suddenly posted on the listings pages that they would not ship either set to the US. I wasn’t sure if they would honor my order since I placed it before they put the moratorium on it, so I wound up cancelling at the last minute and ordered from the US store. Mine came on Saturday, and seems to be the full-glossy version. I really hope the second box matches it, because I would not be thrilled to have two boxes that look like they don’t go together.

Derek Langsford

Both sets came together on Sunday Dec 2 from Amazon Canada to California via DHL, and both sets are glossy and Made in the EU! Managed to save $38 over Amazon UK.

andrew R

Weird bought mine from amazon .it with their 10 grazie code
arrived today well pleased with the look of it and it’s glossy!
More than one box manufacturer?

Michael McA

My CD box set is Matt finish – bought from HMV – click and collect – a bit concerned the next one will be glossy – therefore not matching.

What’s going on?

Woodsy Niles

I just got my Box 1 delivered here in Chicago USA. I guess its the shiny version but its not THAT shiny. I haven’t listened to it yet so I can’t comment on sound quality. Obviously this box is much smaller and much less deluxe than my Japanese “This Woman’s Work” box but also much cheaper. I’m just happy to new editions of these great albums.

andrew R

In amongst all the discussion of packaging
what about the sound quality? I am increasingly frustrated by the whole remastering
shtick . The resulting items either change the feel of the original (white album)
or struggle to find a difference(floyd) or in the case of the Song remains the same
butcher it ,brickwall it (first remaster) unbrickwall it but cut it to pieces (2nd remaster)
One hopes that KB has actually listened and approved these remasters as sometimes it just seems an excuse to re sell the same product to the same (gullible) fans.

andrew R

It wasn’t a criticism of you Paul .Managing the unboxing video that quickly took great
effort. My comment was that all of the comments alluded to aspects of packaging.
Iam a great lover of good packaging .nice booklets etc, but it seems that is more important than the sound of these reissues. Or that there was zero interest in what she might have done with the sound. Hope that clears that up

Chris

Anyone noticed this as well…? The Intro of “Big Sky” on the HOUNDS OF LOVE album is slightly different from previous releases of the album.

Larry Davis

Just watched this unboxed vidclip, and I have to agree and disagree with your take…yes, there are differences, Fishpeople label, weird fishperson on the cover, etc, but they do not bother me whatsoever…perhaps because I never really owned all of these albums when they were new…I came onboard with “Hounds” onward…but with this remaster program, I want all in…I saw the CD box at my local Newbury Comics and thought it looked great and bigger than I thought it was going to be, and was struck by how it opens upward rather than to the right side or left, and with the thickness of the digis, this CD box reminds me most, sizewise, of Sweet’s 2016 box on RCA/Sony Germany, but no big-ish booklet…at least there are individual minibooklets with full lyrics, and I like how each one shows a quote inside…it’s artistic and doesn’t look jarring or out of place…the price I paid on Amazon Italy was very reasonable, $62 for a 7CD box…so I am very happy with this, and I have no problem that all the bonus material is in CD box #2 because that is on pre-order and the 2 go together…so why would I complain?? Thanks for the vidclip Paul, I am even happier I ordered them!! Perhaps Kate was not as involved as some would have liked…no essays or bonus tracks in part 1…sure, they would be nice, bit I am sure there was a reason they were not…but I think we should bee grateful we are getting what we are…they look great, and based on what Paul said, they prob sound stunning…and for me, I’m excited for the aural journey I will soon be taking…

CJ

It always seems like a thin line to tread when it comes to critiquing reissue projects like this. On the one hand, there’s the desire to respect the artist’s wishes and intent. On the other, there’s a rabid fan in me that wants EVERYTHING. Even the crap. What, you have a thirty second take of dabbling at the piano coming up with a riff for a b-side that was never actually finished? Bring it!

I do appreciate having the albums in their original track listing. Sometime sit seems strange to have the album you have loved an cherished for decades reach its “end” and then keep going. At the same time, it would be wonderful to have the context of the period b-sides and any potential outtakes, single versions, and alternate mixes included in the context of the era. I wish we had the single versions of “Sat in Your Lap” and “The Man With The Child in His Eyes” coming to us. Since there were planned 12″ releases with The Dreaming era that were cancelled, it feels like there must be extended versions in a vault somewhere that we haven’t heard and aren’t getting. Plus we’re not getting the Hammersmith performances, or the recording from the Secret Policeman’s Ball. And video would be excellent to have.

But if Kate feels this is her work as she wants it taken, then I respect that as well. I know she isn’t proud of many of her videos (unfortunately, since many of them are brilliant). But it doesn’t keep me from wishing that there is something more coming. Perhaps a vault project that just hasn’t had the chance to go through the mastering and mixing process that will make it a pleasure to listen to. If and when anything else comes forward, I will cherish it just as much as I cherish these remasters that we are getting now. But Kate, if you’re reading this, you’ve whetted the palate of an appetite that could be insatiable.

TRACY

Great video Paul, very informative and enjoyable. Are any of these remastered sets, vinyl or CD, limited editions or will they be available for ages?

Miguel Rocha

I’ll start on a positive note by stating how much I adore and admire Kate’s work. While I can’t argue with the value per CD, especially if you’re a new fan hoping to get all of Kate in one scoop (or two, I suppose), as an old fan with original vinyl and many of these cds already in my collection, there’s absolutely nothing here for me. To be honest, I was hoping for the same level of attention to detail as the Bowie boxes, and would have happily paid the same prices. I’m having difficulty imagining anything too enlightening aurally and, visually, these are extremely disheartening. I was so looking forward to having these under the tree as gifts for myself and my wife but I’ve cancelled my Amazon Canada order instead.

Nils

I bought two copies of each of the two vinyl box sets, one for me and one for my daughter.

Both are missed printed INSDE.

PS.
I’m in California.

Robert Mah

Paul, I really enjoy your site and news on tactile music products. You are extremely perceptive and thorough and you usually give me first insight on upcoming releases. However, I think that you have unfairly maligned Kate’s CD box set. Perhaps the presentation is not absolutely true to the original release and lacks additional liner note insights from Kate, but they have managed to keep the price of these sets extremely reasonable (at least in Canada anyway).

Most of my Kate Bush discography exists on vinyl records (mostly from the 1970’s and 1980’s) so to get an entire upgrade for less than 100 GBP WITH bonus material is extremely generous. Lining reissues with filler live material or one measly exclusive 5.1 remix and charging the same 100 GBP price for one album in three formats (I’m looking at you, Rush!) is taking advantage of fans who have already purchased the albums perhaps three or four times.

Kate’s CD reissues represent great value! Of course, I am getting fleeced through the purchase of the vinyl boxed sets, but these will not be available forever! I have to wait a bit longer to receive these (Canada always seems to get low priority on new releases), but I am salivating! Thanks for the great review. I can’t wait!!

James W

I agree to an extent. It is what it says on the box. Kate Bush Remastered Part 1. I think the CD artwork looks great (except for the mistake on “The Dreaming”). They may not be exactly the same as the original vinyl LP covers, but I think they look very nice. Like Paul said, the best the cover pictures have ever looked. We could have got some bonus tracks and better booklets with lots of pictures and info. But, we do get Kate’s albums nicely remastered. And that should be worth the price of admission here. However, I do agree with Paul that the rarities from box set Part 1’s era should have been included with that box. I think it’s unfair to force people who don’t care about Kate’s later releases to buy the Part 2 box if they want the extra tracks.

Jon

It’s sad to see that Kate put hardly no effort into these. Her catalog was desperately in need of remastering but the boxsets are shamelessly barren.

JM

To your comment about the name for the vinyl collection “Remastered In Vinyl” being clumsy, it seems to me it’s a deliberate callback to “Suspended In Gaffa” and something that long-time fans might appreciate.

Michael S.

Oh, and quick postscript: Truly excellent, fair, and thorough unboxing vid. You call out moments of lost opportunity while never faulting the great elements (the music, the artwork reproductions). Thanks so much.

Michael S.

So many disappointments, among them that there are no download codes with the vinyl (at least in the US). Yet another corner cut, yet another sign of utter cheapness on the part of the reissues. Cancelling my vinyl pre-orders for the second two box sets. Better to just DL the files.

pete john

Very Disappointing Kate bush package only lightened up by pauls commentary needs another looking at but hey mayb thats the idea ,bring them all out again with more on them as they usally do

David Petersen

Paul,
Not being a Kate Bush expert are the Japanese cd recordings as good as the new box set recordings?

Grahame Andrews

My first post on this excellent site, well done Paul for consistently informed and interesting content! Having ordered both CD boxes from HMV, I picked up the first on release day Friday. Have to agree the packaging is very disappointing. Lift off lid, digipacks, no extra information or essays. Why not issue like the Bowie sets, in replica sleeves, or the Tull sets in a book format, with dare I suggest DVD of Hi res? It seems to me some box sets really hit the mark, say as I mention the Tull sets or King Crimson, full of content. However the discs themselves, having played them all now, are a vast improvement over the quite old now original issues, having great clarity and depth. One question, your box set seems to be gloss, the one I picked up is all matt, are there two different sets available?

Chris

Great commentary, highly amusing disdain for the guy with the fish head! Ha! Totally agree. Just like many others I was really disappointed not to read some personal reflections on these amazing albums – how do they sound to her now? Is she super proud or non-plussed? Nonetheless, as a fan I’ll take what I can get – they vinyl sounds amazing. Interestingly, my CD digipacks are not glossy at all but instead are a matt finish!

Sara Hughes

I agree with you Paul about the covers on the digi packs. What I have done is put the original CD booklet with the new one. The original CD booklet was square, and glossier, the CD booklet with the new digi packs picture is very stretched and non glossy

I have listened to Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never Ever and The Dreaming The remastered really needed it, best way to describe it, taking a duvet off, so much crisper. All tracks were of same length as original

Sensual World and Red Shoes, I have the Directors Cut collectors edition which had the 2011 remasters in, so slightly crisper. Again all tracks same length as original.

Hounds of Love, very crisp and clear. We all know about the change to The Big Sky, BUT me thinks Miss Bush has been tweaking. Jig Of Life has been cut short by 20 seconds, not much you may think but it comes to an abrupt end.

I don’t regret buying it, but the CD box. shall I say marmite, some may like it, I don’t.

Paul I like your unboxing video, but may I ask, how many versions of her albums do you own.
vinyl, CDs, Japanese versions??!!

I look forward to unboxing in a couple of weeks. I’ll dare you to say how many versions of those albums you own!

Punk Anderson

About ‘Jig of Life’ – the track’s shorter, but rest assured nothing has been removed. The radio chatter at the end now forms the beginning of ‘Hello Earth’.

paolo

Paul, do you know if the individual CD releases will be in standard jewelcases like Bowie’s or if they’ll be just those digipacks sold separately?

Dan

Basically the vinyl box sets are superior, I have both and the CD box set and I’d say the vinyl is where the luxury element goes to.
I did notice however, which I thought you’d mention when going through the track list, that they’ve tried to pass off the 9th Wave as a separate album, as they’ve got it listed separately from Hounds of Love. Is this to try and make Remastered In Vinyl II look more full?

CJ

The track listing on the albums itself as always listed them as separate entities, almost as though Hounds of Love were an EP of songs and The Ninth Wave were a concept EP/album. I don’t think I have ever seen a version of Hounds of Love where the track listing was not divided up as thought they were separate “albums.” Much like Aerial with “A Sky of Honey” and “A Sea of Honey.”