Kate Bush – The Red Shoes - Import - Double LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Gatefold, 180g
Personnel: Kate Bush (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, Fender Rhodes, bass); Prince (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass); Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Danny McIntosh (guitar); Paddy Bush (mandola, valiha, singing bowls, musical bow, fujare, whistles, background vocals); Nigel Kennedy (violin, viola); Justin Vali (valiha, kaboosy, background vocals); Nigel Hitchcock (tenor & baritone saxophones); Paul Spong (trumpet); Neil Sidwell (trombone); Steve Sidwell (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gaumont D'Olivera (bass, drums, percussion, programming); John Giblin (bass); Stuart Elliot (drums, percussion); Charlie Morgan (percussion); Lenny Henry, Collin Lloyd-Tucker (background vocals); Trio Bulgarka, Gary Brooker. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios Number One, London, England. Kate Bush was never the most prolific of artists; this 1993 album and its attendant singles formed her complete '90s output. Her recordings are carefully conceived, densely orchestrated, and finely tuned, and THE RED SHOES is no exception. Though spontaneity may not be her strong suit, her records are never dull or self-indulgent. Among Kate Bush's most relaxed recordings, THE RED SHOES features a number of guest appearances, notably Eric Clapton, Nigel Kennedy, and Jeff Beck. Highlights include the appropriately bouncy "Rubberband Girl," the double entendre-laden "Eat the Music," complete with a great horn section, and "Big Stripey Lie," an angry track shot through with distortion and some of Bush's most agonized vocals since her 1980 album NEVER FOR EVER. Also noteworthy is "Why Should I Love You?" an interesting collusion between Bush's introspective style and loose funk lite, courtesy of The Artist Hereafter Known As Prince Rodgers Nelson.