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Apr 12th, 2011, 11:33 PM

English singer/songwriter Kate Bush is looking to the past for her first new set in six years.

"Director's Cut" is a collection of 11 songs from Bush's backcatalog, revamped and otherwise re-recorded, including some of her better-known tracks like "Rubberband Girl" and "This Woman's Work." It's set to drop on May 16 via her own Fish People label.

In lieu of the release, these new tracks are starting to drop. "Deeper Understanding" was played on BBC's Radio 2 today, and is available for stream below; it goes up for sale tomorrow. Additionally, there has been a short film to correspond with the track, for release in a few weeks. It was directed by Bush herself, and includes cameos from Robbie Coltrane, Frances Barber, Noel Fielding and Bush's son Albert.

The first track on the "Director's Cut," "Flower of the Mountain," has been renamed and altered from the song "The Sensual World"; Bush explains the change as thus:

Originally when I wrote the song ‘The Sensual World’ I had used text from the end of ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce, put to a piece of music I had written. When I asked for permission to use the text I was refused, which was disappointing. I then wrote my own lyrics for the song although I felt that the original idea had been more interesting. Well, I’m not James Joyce am I? When I came to work on this project I thought I would ask for permission again and this time they said yes. It is now re-titled ‘Flower Of the Mountain’ and I am delighted that I have had the chance to fulfill the original concept.

Meanwhile, a release states that Bush is also still hard at work on crafting a new album of entirely new tunes.

Bush's last studio was "Aerial," from 2005.

Here is the tracklist for "Director's Cut":

1 Flower of the Mountain (new version of "The Sensual World")
2 Song of Solomon
3 Deeper Understanding
4 Lily
5 Red Shoes
6 This Woman's Work
7 Moments of Pleasure
8 Never Be Mine
9 Top of the City
10 And So Is Love
11 Rubberband Girl



Apr 12th, 2011, 11:43 PM
My favorite Kate Bush song......Many people think it was written and sung by Maxwell.


Apr 13th, 2011, 12:01 AM
Very excited to hear the re-worked version of Never Be Mine, one of my favorite Kate songs. :hearts:

Apr 13th, 2011, 12:14 AM
I'm so excited to hear the "The Sensual World" as she initially wanted to record it. :hearts:

Apr 13th, 2011, 09:02 AM

let's wait and see. i'm excited that kate still does something, but i'm not quite sure what to make of this idea of re-recording songs that were (mostly) perfect in the 1st place. but you know, she just might blow my mind. again.

offtopic: the way americans write dates (5.16.11) always confuses me ;)

Apr 13th, 2011, 08:45 PM
I love TWW and don't see how she can improve it, but maybe improving isn't her aim.

King Halep
Apr 15th, 2011, 07:33 AM
Anyone think Deeper Understanding sounds like Dont Give Up, the duet with Peter Gabriel

Apr 15th, 2011, 09:18 AM
Anyone think Deeper Understanding sounds like Dont Give Up, the duet with Peter Gabriel

Yes, I'd never noticed until now! For me DU has dated badly from that album whereas so much of Kate's work hasn't dated. I love a lot of her songs from Lionheart which sounds as if it is a recent recording. Ironically i read that Lionheart was not that well received when first released so maybe its just my taste! Maybe DU will sound fresher with the update.

May 18th, 2011, 09:08 PM
i bought "director's cut" this week and i phrased my thoughts in the whatband thread:
as for "director's cut": it's good to have some "new" material from kate, that's for sure. the quality of the record is varying. as you could have expected, some songs are better than the originals, some sound more or less the same, and some are defintely worse. the pubrock version of "rubberband girl" is just horrible!
overall this record is slightly muso- or MOR-sounding, just like "aerial" was. but it's still an interesting experiment and works pretty well as a whole.

the slant review is quite reasonable: http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/review/kate-bush-directors-cut/2507

May 18th, 2011, 09:26 PM
I can't find the new version of The Sensual World on Youtube. I'm not crazy about NBM. :(

May 19th, 2011, 08:47 AM
I can't find the new version of The Sensual World on Youtube.(

it's called flower of the mountain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFkJRESs73Y

May 19th, 2011, 10:59 AM
Thank you, love! :hatoff:

Like many of the songs, I don't see the need for a re-working. I would have just preferred new material. :sobbing:

May 19th, 2011, 11:38 AM
Well, having listened to the album now I have to admit I'm a little disappointed. I don't see the point of it, and I prefer the originals. I can't understand the song choices - not her best ones in the first place. Probably just me, but I think this is a stop gap for the next new album which is allegedly due soon. But given Kate's history of not being exactly Speedy Gonzales, her soon could be a long time!

The video for Deeper Understanding is naff. Sorry, but Robbi Coltrane and the images of the vocal waves coming from the computer just didn't do it for me! I still prefer Lionheart and Never Forever but as I say, just my personal taste.

May 19th, 2011, 11:53 AM
Agreed. If she was going to re-work any of her songs, the ones early in her discography are far more interesting.