Unheard Kate Bush material coming to new compilation?


Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel and Sting will be among the artists who will contribute music to a new compilation album which is being put together as a tribute to the Dalai Lama who turns 80 on 6 July 2015.

The Art Of Peace Foundation’s Songs For Tibet II is a PledgeMusic funded project and what is really interesting – as Rolling Stone reports – is that “the tracks will be a combination of unreleased versions of previously released songs or new recordings“. We have been promised a track listing soon, but assuming that statement is factually correct, then we can expect either something interesting from the archive or new material from Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel et al. Kate hasn’t issued any unheard studio material since 2011’s 50 Words For Snow.

Producer Rupert Hine is the Musical Director and Producer of this Songs For Tibet project and you can ‘pledge’ for various release options over at PledgeMusic. More news on the track listing when we have it.

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[…] with some element. Let’s hope that’s not the case. Talking of Kate Bush, back in June I reported that a new song or new version of a Kate song would be included with The Art of Peace’s Songs […]

Wolfgang Mintrop

Nothing is different. It’s the normal version (single edit) as appeared on 50 Words for Snow.

Wolfgang Mintrop

The songs by Sting, Gabriel and Bush are:

STING – “The Book Of My Life” (Remix)
PETER GABRIEL – “Signal To Noise” (Remix)
KATE BUSH – “Wild Man”


The ‘Live At Hammersmith’ video took, I think, a couple of years to be released after the shows in 1979, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the ‘Before The Dawn’ release takes as long!


“Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel and Sting will be among the artists who will contribute music to a new compilation album which is being put together as a tribute to the Dalai Lama”

No Simple Minds?! It’s like the mid to late eighties all over again {shudders}.


I can’t see any KB remasters/reissues with bonus tracks coming anytime soon. Having taken back the licenses from the then EMI in 2011, she reissued most of them herself with the original tracklisting/mastering. Only The Red Shoes got a remastering. Got to admire Kate, she had EMI by the balls for decades and only allowed one greatest hits album. Her contract after The Dreaming was such that EMI had first refusal on her work but if they didn’t like it, she was free to go elsewhere. Presumably getting wind of a possible takeover of EMI by another major (as happened), she took back full control of her post-1980 work leaving Parlophone (the former EMI label) with just her 1978-80 output that she never owned.


Well, TSW is a little thin. But isn’t that more of a mix than a mastering problem?

Paul, do you have the UK CD? The Dreaming sounds fabbo if you play it as intended: loud!!! :D


Hey, speaking of Peter Gabriel, here’s another opportunity to get the Dance Version of Sledgehammer out on silver disc. What are the odds?


Sorry to disagree with Chris, but for us colonials the Kate-alog was very poorly served, sonically speaking, especially the CDs. TSW on Columbia is so awful I thought it had been digitally recorded by Beethoven. To really hear it, the recent LP is mandatory. I’d be truly grateful for a proper multi-disc treatment of HOL; there’s probably three discs worth of B-sides, demos, etc. SACD audio from the original masters would be wonderful; a nice 5.1 by Steven Wilson should be mandatory, along with lots of video. But it will never happen.


Kate Bush’s catalogue needs no remastering! It sounds superb! Full dynamics, rich sound. What do you want? A louder mastering? Reissues are a different Story, though. All the albums should appear as nice double or triple sets with extra tracks and a high res version in stereo and surround.


I wasn’t really referring to recent years when Bowie took control of catalog work. I’m referring to the early 90s Ryko reissue project where it was all done in one go. I agree with you about the last decade-ish. But it’s well-documented the amount of thought that went into the proposition to Bowie to get him to OK the Ryko plan (which was absolutely not of his own creation).


Yeah, the Ryko’s did okay, and were at least consistent. However, they butchered the cover art (the booklets were a rad bizarre, actually).

Don’t worry – I can always think of things to moan about. :D


The last time I pledged was for a project called CAROUSEL, offering exclusive music and vinyl pressings from Mark Kozelek, Jason Molina and others. The goal of the project was not achieved, the artists (or those behind them) backed off and I was never refunded until today.

I´m sure this will not happen here, but my need for pledging is gone.


I suspect what is needed is someone within the companies involved to gather up a wish list and write up a comprehensive strategy for a campaign (with a few options ready to go) then present it to her as a compelling argument – then allow her to edit/comment for adjustments. This is what happened with Bowie moving his catalog over to Ryko, and though he ended up significantly cutting back their aspirations, the fact that they had a strong vision in mind for the whole body of work made for a pretty convincing argument to go ahead with that sort of treatment. Unless she’s really opposed to revisiting (is she considering she just did Before the Dawn?), I could see that being the necessary kick to get things going.


I’m sorry – but your argument doesn’t stand up. :-)

Bowie took control of his catalog and has basically messed it up. It’s become fragmented, and some titles get completely ignored time and time again. The fans don’t ever seem to get what they want. And since everything takes Bush years and years to do – she’s the last person that needs to be driving a reissue campaign. Of course she must sign off on things, but involving her is introducing a huge bottleneck.

The amount of material that has not appeared on CD would fill a three to four disc set easily. Hell, I have a – admittedly poor – bootleg of demo’s covering pre-Kick Inside to Hounds of Love which in any form is astounding to hear. There is also a “Woman’s Work” bootleg out there of live tracks from various things with the track listing:

Moments of Pleasure
Running Up That Hill
Let It Be
Don’t Give Up
Under the Ivy
The Wedding List
James and the Cold Gun
Oh England My Lionheart
The Long and Windows Road
She’s Leaving Home
Wuthering Heights
Man With a Child in his Eyes
Them Heavy People.

The Cathy Demo bootleg I have has the following tracks:

Babooshka (2 different demos)
Don’t Push Your Foot on the Heartbreak
Frightened Eyes
Help (2 versions – from Hound of Love)
It Hurts Me
Lamour Looks Something Like You
Nethertheless You’ll Do
Oh to Be in Love
Organic Acid
Radio 1 Bumper (a 30 second ad, essentially)
Rinfy the Gypsy
Sat In Your Lap
Scares Me Silly
Sexual Healing
Stranded at the Moonbase
Strange Phenomena
The Craft of Life
The Kick Inside
You Were a Star
Zwoh (2 tracks of 8 seconds each showing how an backing track was made)

The longest track is over 5 minutes, with many at 3 minutes.

These demos from various era’s are fantastic, and really call for box on the scale of Floyd’s The Wall. However, ever the perfectionist, I think it’s highly unlikely she would let anyone put it out.

With B sides and things made for foreign shores, the scale of what is out there would support a massive reissue campaign if the will was there to do it. Sadly I don’t get the impression Kate is much interested in looking backwards.


Maybe we should all hate EMI for giving her a contract that allows her to release new material whenever she’s ready. This is just like Kraftwerk, also an EMI act. Coincidence? ;)

alan hansen

a brief note here about the glaring obvious: Kate Bush’s catalog needs to be kindly and reverently remastered – to include all the non-lp material (of which much did not even gain inclusion in the box set “This Woman’s Work”). no need to list it all; although if someone would like to do so, i wouldn’t object so that i can double-check my own completist collection. cheers!