The Whole Story

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The Whole Story
Kate Bush The Whole Story.jpg
Compilation album by
Released10 November 1986
GenreArt rock
ProducerKate Bush
Jon Kelly
Andrew Powell
Kate Bush chronology
Hounds of Love
The Whole Story
The Sensual World
Singles from The Whole Story
  1. "Experiment IV"
    Released: 27 October 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA−[2]
The Whole Story
Video by
GenreArt rock
Length55 Minutes
LabelEMI/Picture Music International
Kate Bush chronology
The Hair of the Hound
The Whole Story
The Sensual World – The Videos
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMovie3.5/5 stars[3]

The Whole Story is the first compilation album by English singer Kate Bush. Released in November 1986, it was Bush's third UK number one album. The compilation went on to become her best-selling release to date, being certified four times platinum in the United Kingdom.

The album includes eleven of Bush's previous singles, with a previously unreleased track entitled "Experiment IV", which was later released as a single and reached the UK Top 30. A newly recorded version of Bush's debut single "Wuthering Heights" (1978) opens the album. The album mix of "The Man with the Child in His Eyes" features on this album instead of the single version.

A home video compilation of the same name was released simultaneously, which includes the promotional videos for each song on the album.

In 2014, during Kate Bush's Before the Dawn residency at the Hammersmith Apollo, The Whole Story charted at number 8 in the UK.[4]

Track listing[edit]

LP, cassette and CD editions[edit]

All tracks written by Kate Bush.

Side one
1."Wuthering Heights" (New Vocal)The Kick Inside (1978)4:57
2."Cloudbusting"Hounds of Love (1985)5:09
3."The Man with the Child in His Eyes"The Kick Inside2:38
4."Breathing"Never for Ever (1980)5:28
5."Wow"Lionheart (1978)3:46
6."Hounds of Love"Hounds of Love3:02
Side two
7."Running Up That Hill"Hounds of Love5:00
8."Army Dreamers"Never for Ever3:13
9."Sat in Your Lap"The Dreaming (1982)3:29
10."Experiment IV"Previously unreleased4:21
11."The Dreaming"The Dreaming4:14
12."Babooshka"Never for Ever3:29
Total length:48:53

VHS, VCD and Laserdisc editions[edit]

All tracks written by Kate Bush.

1."Wuthering Heights" (VHS/VCD/Laserdisc editions use the original 1978 recording)3:34
3."The Man with the Child in His Eyes"2:52
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
13."The Big Sky" (Only included on VHS/VCD/Laserdisc editions)4:26
Total length:56:54


  • Kate Bush – keyboards, vocals, producer
  • Ian Cooper – cutting engineer
  • Jon Kelly – producer
  • Andrew Powell – producer

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  3. ^ AllMovie
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