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2011 album from the British songstress. On Directors Cut, Kate revisits a selection of tracks from her albums The Sensual World and The Red Shoes, a process that presents a fascinating portrait of an artist in a constant state of evolution. She has re-recorded some elements whilst keeping the best musical performances of each song - making it something of a director's cut but in sound, not vision. All the lead vocals and drums are new performances, some of the tracks featuring guests including Steve Gadd, Danny Thompson and, on backing vocals, Mica Paris. Three songs have been completely re-recorded, one of which is 'This Woman's Work.' EMI.

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  9. Top Of The City (Director's Cut) 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fish People
  • ASIN: B004S6RIDY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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100 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Falsetto Prophet on May 28, 2011
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Clearly anyone who adores Kate Bush is simply happy to have "a" new album in their hands. The pyramids were built in less time than it takes for Kate to come down the mountain with new material. Just because I have every piece of vinyl and CD she has ever released (including Hounds of Love on marbleized vinyl and marbleized cassette), doesn't mean every single item is a home run. Look no further than that yawn from The Golden Compass.

The Director's Cut is a shoo in for "Album of the Year", not in my annual Best of list, but rather The Onion's annual ranking of Least Essential Albums: albums neither good or bad, but simply had no reason to exist in the first place.

It's always a dicey proposition to tinker with cherished artistic works. From George Lucas adding distracting special effects to Star Wars Episodes 4-6, New Order releasing Blue Monday 88, Real Life trumping them with Send Me An Angel 89, or Peter Hook touring England playing the songs of Joy Division. Why Kate was possessed to mess with two of her most perfect albums is anyone's guess, if only she kept those red shoes on and kept on dancing instead. Perhaps she sipped one of Bertie's Mountain Dews and decided to take her music to the EXTREME!

The problem with The Director's Cut is as technical as it is artistic. On Flower of the Mountain, Song of Solomon and And So Is Love, her "new" vocals are so loud and over-modulated in the mix, it's like she recorded them with a Mr. Microphone on a car radio out in the driveway. In other cases, the extra vocals (echoes here, a few new lyrics there) add as much to the integrity of the original song as Natalie Cole's vocals do when taped over her father's.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Polar Bear on May 31, 2011
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"Director's Cut" is Kate Bush's first album in six years, and while it's been way too long, it was well worth the wait! On her latest release, Bush revisits earlier songs she recorded from two previous albums (The Sensual World and The Red Shoes) which did not reflect her original vision. Some tracks have been reworked completely: for example, the opening track The Sensual World is now called Flower Of The Mountain, and has been expanded to include a passage from the James Joyce novel Ulysses. On others, she has re-recorded the drums and her vocals - an experience which, she explains, felt initially "like trying to open a door with the wrong-shaped key. So I changed the key and the door began to open." Bush's vocals may be lower pitched but other elements remain untouched to discover afresh: that wonderful plangent bass sound which is all over her albums, her world of esoteric influences, from the Bible's love poetry to Hindu mantras, from dark, demented fairytales to classic cinema, and her lyrical meshing of the spiritual, sexual and sensual. While a certain amount of re-mixing has gone on, Director's Cut goes beyond mere technical tweaks. If you love her earlier work, you'll love this!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stonelove on October 23, 2011
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Huge Kate Bush fan here...but unfortunately, this album is the pits. Kate's voice has weakened considerably and it's difficult to understand how one can think re-recording the vocals would improve on the originals. It's like Elton John, whose voice is so bad that he shouldn't tour anymore, but he keeps going and people still pay to listen to his horrible singing. I suppose once your reputation is sealed and you're surrounded by Yes-men, it goes downhill and you don't even realize it. Every track here is vastly inferior to the originals. Don't waste your time with this.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Eble on June 14, 2011
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I have been in love with Kate Bush's music since the mid 1980's. She can be odd, eccentric, enigmatic, and exciting. This album strips most of that from her. It feels like a bad experiment or a pressing to meet the demands of a recording contract. How in the world does anyone justify a remake of "This Woman's Work?" The result is pleasant but devoid of the original emotional punch of raw passion. So are the rest of the songs on this album. Its sad to think this is a tad of a wink toward making KB dentist office friendly under the guile of artistic reinvention. Kate Bush is better than this, fans know it, newcomer please take this advice and listen to her original recordings, of most import "The Hounds of Love"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gina Guillotine on May 12, 2013
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I have loved Kate since New Years Eve 1986 after friends played the Hounds of Love album. On January 1st 1987, I swung over to a record store and bought a copy of every album they had. Wow, wow, wow, she was unbelievable!

As time passed and other records were released, it was obvious she'd done her best work. Aerial is a wretched piece of muck that sounds as if it was released to fulfill contractual obligations. It is unfocused and lacks the genius of Kate's previous work.

When I heard about The Director's Cut, I was nervous. Why would she go tinker with great material? My husband wanted my collection of Kate's albums to be complete, so he bought this record for me. I have listened to it twice, and will never listen to it again. The songs sound like demo ideas rather than finished pieces of music. Because she's had a lifetime of smoking and drinking, she doesn't sing as well as she used to, so the 'new and improved' vocal performances are horrible.

If you want to experience some great Kate, invest in her older material. Anything from The Sensual World and older will be fine.
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Nice, but really would prefer a new album.
If you want to get a better idea of what Kate was doing and why, this is the place to find all the interviews she's just done in support of this album, as well as reviews, information, etc. It is the best place to find all things Kate: http://www.katebushnews.com/

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