Before the Dawn (Kate Bush album)

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Before the Dawn
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Live album by
Released25 November 2016 (2016-11-25)
RecordedAugust–October 2014
VenueHammersmith Apollo, London
ProducerKate Bush
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50 Words for Snow
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Remastered Part 1
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Before the Dawn
Singles from Before the Dawn
  1. "And Dream of Sheep (Live)"
    Released: 18 November 2016

Before the Dawn is the second live album by English singer-songwriter Kate Bush, credited to The KT Fellowship. The album was released on 25 November 2016[1] by Bush's label Fish People, and is distributed in the United States by Concord Records. It was recorded in 2014 during Bush's sell-out 22-date residency, Before the Dawn, at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, which saw her return to the stage following a 35-year absence.

The album has been certified Gold in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry.


As with the residency, the album is split into three parts, comprising seven miscellaneous songs, the complete Ninth Wave suite from Hounds of Love, and A Sky of Honey from Bush's 2005 release Aerial. Presented in the same order as the original show, the album's performances are culled from various shows throughout the residency.

Before the Dawn contains the song "Tawny Moon", performed by Bush's son, Albert McIntosh. It also contains the track "Never Be Mine", which did not feature on the Before the Dawn residency, but was recorded when the show was performed without an audience for the purposes of filming the production.

Following two years of speculation, the album, released as three-CD and four-record pressings, was officially announced on 29 September 2016; the track "Prologue" was also shared. Bush commented:

It was an extraordinary experience putting the show together. It was a huge amount of work, a lot of fun and an enormous privilege to work with such an incredibly talented team. This is the audio document. I hope that this can stand alone as a piece of music in its own right and that it can be enjoyed by people who knew nothing about the shows as well as those who were there. I never expected the overwhelming response of the audiences, every night filling the show with life and excitement. They are there in every beat of the recorded music. Even when you can't hear them, you can feel them.[2][3][4][5][6]

The track "Prologue (Live)" was made available for streaming on 28 September, before "King of the Mountain (Live)" was released as a promotional single on 21 October, and "And Dream of Sheep (Live)", along with an accompanying piece of film used during the concerts, was made available as the album's official single on 18 November 2016.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Kate Bush, except where noted; all tracks produced by Bush.

Disc 1: Act I
2."Hounds of Love"3:29
4."Top of the City"5:13
5."Never Be Mine"5:57
6."Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)"5:39
7."King of the Mountain"8:08
Total length:39:32
Disc 2: Act II
8."Astronomer's Call" (spoken monologue; writers: Kate Bush and David Mitchell)2:38
9."And Dream of Sheep"3:35
10."Under Ice"2:59
11."Waking the Witch"6:42
12."Watching Them Without Her" (dialogue; writers: Kate Bush and Mitchell)2:01
13."Watching You Without Me"4:25
14."Little Light"2:04
15."Jig of Life" (performed and written by Kate Bush and John Carder Bush)4:09
16."Hello Earth"8:00
17."The Morning Fog"5:19
Total length:42:00
Disc 3: Act III
20."An Architect's Dream"5:19
21."The Painter's Link"1:33
23."Aerial Tal"1:29
24."Somewhere in Between"7:01
25."Tawny Moon" (performed by McIntosh)6:10
28."Among Angels"5:50
Total length:73:21


Speaking parts and chorus
  • John Carder Bush – writer and narrator ("Jig of Life")
  • Paddy Bush – helicopter pilot ("The Ninth Wave"), harmonic vocals, fujare
  • Kevin Doyle – astronomer ("The Ninth Wave")
  • Jo Servi – witchfinder ("The Ninth Wave"), chorus
  • Albert McIntosh – Ben ("Watching Them Without Her"), lead vocals ("Tawny Moon"), chorus
  • Bob Harms – dad ("Watching Them Without Her"), chorus
  • Jacqui DuBois, Sandra Marvin, chorus
  • Kate Bush – writer, producer, mixing
  • David Mitchell – co-writer ("Astronomer's Call", "Watching Them Without Her", and the helicopter pilot)
  • Nick Skilbeck – chorus MD
  • Ben Thompson – puppeteer
  • Robert Allsopp – puppet creation
  • Chris Lawson – guitar and bass technician
  • Morten 'Turbo' Thobro – keyboard (and guitar) technician
  • Steve Grey – drums and percussion technician
  • Ian Newton – monitor engineer, 'water tank' vocals research and recording
  • Baz Tymms – backline technician
  • Greg Walsh – FOH engineer, surround systems supervision, 'water tank' vocals research and recording
  • Davide Lombardi – FOH engineer
  • Davey Williamson – surround systems engineer
  • James Drew – soundscape
  • Jim Jones and Ian Silvester – studio technician, live show recording
  • Stephen W Tayler – live lead vocal engineer, audio post-production sunshine, mixing
  • James Guthrie – sound consultant, mastering
  • Joel Plante – mastering
  • Stuart Crouch Creative - album artwork design
  • Timorous Beasties – Two Worlds illustration
  • Ruth Rowland – hand lettering
  • Tim Walker, Trevor Leighton, Ken McKay, Gavin Bush – photography
  • Tim Walker – cover photography
  • Paul Munro- 'water tank' Vocals Production Sound MIxer

Charts and certifications[edit]


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