Kate Bush releases an unusual new album â€œDirectorâ€™s Cutâ€ on May 17 on her own label Fish People, in conjunction with EMI. On “Directors Cut,” Kate revisits a selection of tracks from her albums â€œThe Sensual Worldâ€ and â€œThe Red Shoes,â€ a process that presents a fascinating portrait of an artist in a constant state of evolution. She has re-recorded some elements whilst keeping the best musical performances of each song â€“ making it something of a directorâ€™s cut but in sound, not vision.
Kate says: â€œOriginally when I wrote the song â€˜The Sensual Worldâ€™ I had used text from the end of â€˜Ulyssesâ€™ 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, Iâ€™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 â€˜Flower Of the Mountainâ€™ and I am delighted that I have had the chance to fulfill the original concept.â€
All the lead vocals and drums on â€œDirectorâ€™s Cutâ€ are new performances, some of the tracks featuring guests including Steve Gadd, Danny Thompson and, on backing vocals, Mica Paris. Three songs have been completely re-recorded, one of which is ‘This Womanâ€™s Work.’
Kate adds: â€œ For some time I have felt that I wanted to revisit tracks from these two albums and that they could benefit from having new life breathed into them. Lots of work had gone into the two original albums and now these songs have another layer of work woven into their fabric. I think of this as a new album.â€
“Director’s Cut”- TRACKLISTING:
FLOWER OF THE MOUNTAIN (a new version of the song originally titled â€˜The Sensual Worldâ€™)
SONG OF SOLOMON
THIS WOMANâ€™S WORK
MOMENTS OF PLEASURE
NEVER BE MINE
TOP OF THE CITY
AND SO IS LOVE
â€œDirectorâ€™s Cutâ€ will be released under the following formats: Digital Album, Standard CD in a case-bound book, Deluxe CD (three disc package, including “Directorâ€™s Cut,” “The Sensual Word” and re-mastered “The Red Shoes”) in a case-bound book and two-disc vinyl. Other digital and vinyl formats will be made available on katebush.com. Details will be published shortly.
Kate’s new single, a brand new version of ‘Deeper Understanding’ was just sent to radio. Although written some twenty years ago, the song may be more relevant today than ever. A new short film to accompany the track will be premiered in a few weeks. Itâ€™s directed by Kate and stars Robbie Coltrane, Frances Barber and Noel Fielding – and Kateâ€™s son Albert plays the role of the computer programme. He is also featured in the song, singing as the computer programme. Kate is currently working on new material although no release date has been set for this.