Before the Dawn (Kate Bush album)

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Before the Dawn
Kate Bush - Before the Dawn Album.png
Live album by Kate Bush
Released 25 November 2016 (2016-11-25)
Recorded August–October 2014
Venue Hammersmith Apollo, London
Genre
Length 155:07
Label
Producer Kate Bush
Kate Bush chronology
50 Words for Snow
(2011)
Before the Dawn
(2016)
Kate Bush live album chronology
Live at Hammersmith Odeon
(1994)
Before the Dawn
(2016)
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 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.

Overview[edit]

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 written by Kate Bush.

Disc 1: Act I
No.TitleOriginal version on:Length
1."Lily"The Red Shoes (1993)4:50
2."Hounds of Love"Hounds of Love (1985)3:29
3."Joanni"Aerial (2005)6:09
4."Top of the City"The Red Shoes (1993)5:13
5."Never Be Mine"The Sensual World (1989)5:57
6."Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)"Hounds of Love (1985)5:39
7."King of the Mountain"Aerial (2005)8:08
Total length:39:32
Disc 2: Act II
No.TitleOriginal version on:Length
8."Astronomer's Call" (spoken monologue)2:38
9."And Dream of Sheep"Hounds of Love (1985)3:35
10."Under Ice"Hounds of Love (1985)2:59
11."Waking the Witch"Hounds of Love (1985)6:42
12."Watching Them Without Her" (dialogue / live)2:01
13."Watching You Without Me"Hounds of Love (1985)4:25
14."Little Light"2:04
15."Jig of Life"Hounds of Love (1985)4:09
16."Hello Earth"Hounds of Love (1985)8:00
17."The Morning Fog"Hounds of Love (1985)5:19
Total length:42:00
Disc 3: Act III
No.TitleOriginal version on:Length
18."Prelude"Aerial (2005)1:53
19."Prologue"Aerial (2005)10:12
20."An Architect's Dream"Aerial (2005)5:19
21."The Painter's Link"Aerial (2005)1:33
22."Sunset"Aerial (2005)7:59
23."Aerial Tal"Aerial (2005)1:29
24."Somewhere in Between"Aerial (2005)7:01
25."Tawny Moon" (featuring Albert McIntosh)6:10
26."Nocturn"Aerial (2005)8:48
27."Aerial"Aerial (2005)9:45
28."Among Angels"50 Words for Snow (2011)5:50
29."Cloudbusting"Hounds of Love (1985)7:32
Total length:73:21

Personnel[edit]

  • Kate Bush – piano, vocals, pre-recorded synths, producer, writer ('The Ninth Wave'), mixing
  • Jon Carin – keyboards, guitars, programming
  • Mino Cinelu – percussion
  • John Giblin – bass
  • Frissi Karlsson – guitars, bouzouki, charango
  • Omar Hakim – drums
  • Kevin McAlea – keyboards, Uilleann pipes, accordion
  • David Rhodes – guitars
  • Jacqui DuBois – chorus
  • Sandra Marvin – chorus
  • Albert McIntosh – chorus, Ben ("The Ninth Wave"), lead vocals ("Tawny Moon")
  • Bob Harms – chorus, Dad ("The Ninth Wave")
  • Jo Servi – chorus, Witchfinder ("The Ninth Wave")
  • Baz Tymms – chorus
  • Chris Lawson – Guitar and Bass Technician
  • Morten 'Turbo' Thobro – Keyboard (and Guitar) Technician
  • Steve Grey – Drums and Percussion Technician
  • James Guthrie – sound consultant, mastering
  • Greg Walsh – FOH engineer, surround systems supervision, 'water tank' vocals research and recording
  • Davide Lombardi – FOH engineer
  • Stephen W Tayler – live lead vocal engineer, audio post-production sunshine, mixing
  • Ian Newton – monitor engineer, 'water tank' vocals research and recording
  • Davey Williamson – surround systems engineer
  • James Drew – soundscape
  • Kevin Doyle – astronomer ("The Ninth Wave")
  • Paddy Bush – helicopter pilot ("The Ninth Wave"), harmonic vocals, fujare
  • John Carder Bush – writer, narrator ("The Ninth Wave")
  • David Mitchell – writer ("The Ninth Wave")
  • Nick Skilbeck – chorus MD
  • Jim Jones – studio technician, live show recording
  • Ian Silvester – studio technician, live show recording
  • Joel Plante – mastering
  • Stuart Crouch Creative - album artwork design
  • Ruth Rowland – hand lettering
  • Tim Walker – photography
  • Ken McKay – photography
  • Gavin Bush – photography
  • Trevor Leighton – photography
  • Ben Thompson – puppeteer
  • Robert Allsopp – puppet creation
  • Timorous Beasties – Two Worlds illustration

Charts and certifications[edit]

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