The Whole Story

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The Whole Story
Greatest hits album by Kate Bush
Released 10 November 1986
Recorded 1975–1986
Genre Art rock
Length 48:53
Label EMI
Producer Kate Bush
Jon Kelly
Andrew Powell
Kate Bush chronology
Hounds of Love
(1985)
The Whole Story
(1986)
The Sensual World
(1989)
Singles from The Whole Story
  1. "Experiment IV"
    Released: 27 October 1986 (1986-10-27)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
The Whole Story
Video by Kate Bush
Released 1986
Recorded 1977–1986
Genre Art rock
Length 55 Minutes
Label EMI/Picture Music International
Kate Bush chronology
The Hair of the Hound
(1986)
The Whole Story
(1987)
The Sensual World – The Videos
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmovie 3.5/5 stars[3]

The Whole Story is a compilation album by the English singer Kate Bush. Released in 1986, it was Bush's third UK number one album as well as her best selling release, being certified 4× Platinum in the UK.[4]

The album included a previously unreleased track entitled "Experiment IV" which was released as a single and reached the UK Top 30, as well as a new version of Bush's first hit, "Wuthering Heights", featuring newly recorded vocals.

A home video compilation also called The Whole Story was released at the same time. It includes the videos for all of the songs on the album (in the same order), plus the video for "The Big Sky", a song from Hounds of Love which is not included on the compilation album. The video for "Wow" on this release features excerpts from Bush's 1979 live tour, which differs from the original promotional video.

Track listing[edit]

LP, cassette and CD editions[edit]

All songs written and composed by Kate Bush. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Wuthering Heights (New Vocal)"   4:57
2. "Cloudbusting"   5:09
3. "The Man with the Child in His Eyes"   2:38
4. "Breathing"   5:28
5. "Wow"   3:46
6. "Hounds of Love"   3:02
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "Running Up That Hill"   5:00
8. "Army Dreamers"   3:13
9. "Sat in Your Lap"   3:29
10. "Experiment IV"   4:21
11. "The Dreaming"   4:14
12. "Babooshka"   3:29
Total length:
48:53

VHS, VCD and Laserdisc editions[edit]

All songs written and composed by Kate Bush. 

No. Title Length
1. "Wuthering Heights" (VHS/VCD/Laserdisc editions use the original 1978 recording) 3:34
2. "Cloudbusting"   6:55
3. "The Man with the Child in His Eyes"   2:52
4. "Breathing"   5:31
5. "Wow" (VHS/VCD/Laserdisc editions feature a new alternate video produced especially for this compilation) 3:42
6. "Hounds of Love"   3:04
7. "Running Up That Hill"   4:55
8. "Army Dreamers"   3:17
9. "Sat in Your Lap"   3:30
10. "Experiment IV"   4:41
11. "The Dreaming"   4:09
12. "Babooshka"   3:26
13. "The Big Sky" (Only included on VHS/VCD/Laserdisc editions) 4:26
Total length:
56:54

Personnel[edit]

  • Kate Bush - Keyboards, vocals, producer
  • Ian Cooper - Cutting engineer
  • Jon Kelly - Producer
  • Andrew Powell - Producer

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
Now That's What I Call Music 8
by Various Artists
UK number one album
17 – 30 January 1987
Succeeded by
Graceland by Paul Simon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/work/kate-bush-the-whole-story-doc-26986
  4. ^ a b "British album certifications – Kate Bush – The Whole Story". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Whole Story in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Search
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Kate Bush - The Whole Story" (ASP). dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  7. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste : Kate Bush" (PHP) (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  8. ^ "Album Search: Kate Bush - The Whole Story" (ASP) (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  9. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005 (in Japanese). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  10. ^ "charts.org.nz - Kate Bush - The Whole Story" (ASP). Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  11. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Kate Bush - The Whole Story" (ASP). Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  12. ^ "swedishcharts.com Kate Bush - The Whole Story" (ASP). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  13. ^ "Chart Stats - Kate Bush - The Whole Story" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  14. ^ Allmusic - The Whole Story > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  15. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2004". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Kate Bush – The Whole Story". Music Canada. 
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Kate Bush; 'The Whole Story')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.