The Whole Story

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The Whole Story
Kate Bush - The Whole Story.png
Compilation album by
Released10 November 1986
Recorded1975–1986
GenreArt rock
Length48:53
LabelEMI
Producer
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
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Record Mirror[2]
Robert ChristgauA−[3]
The Whole Story
Video by
Released1986
Recorded1977–1986
GenreArt rock
Length55 Minutes
Label
Kate Bush chronology
The Hair of the Hound
(1986)
The Whole Story
(1986)
The Sensual World – The Videos
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMovie[4]

The Whole Story is the first compilation album by English singer Kate Bush, released on 10 November 1986. It earned Bush her third UK number-one album and 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 had been 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 Bush's Before the Dawn residency at the Hammersmith Apollo, The Whole Story charted at number 8 in the UK.[5]

Following a resurgence of popularity for "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" in 2022,[6][7] [8] The Whole Story peaked at number 17 on the UK Albums Chart.[9]

Track listing[edit]

LP, cassette and CD editions[edit]

All tracks are written by Kate Bush.

Side one
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
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
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
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 are written by Kate Bush.

No.TitleLength
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[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales for The Whole Story
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[30] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[31] Gold 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[32] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[33] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States 195,000[35]
Summaries
Worldwide 6,000,000[36]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Robert Christgau
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