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Product Details

  • 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 (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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It is not designed for one to decide which version is better or not.
Stephen K. Patterson
'Song of Solomon' just sounds like a warm-up for the original track, just with some of the more emotional vocals taken out.
The erotic/sensual quality of some of the songs is much deepened, compared to the originals - in a very subtle manner.
Michael Escamilla

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98 of 118 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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11 of 13 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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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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sean E. King on June 1, 2011
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First of all, let me preface this review by saying I have been a longtime listener of Kate Bush. That being said I don't feel as though I need to go crazy over every thing she does. I was a bit disappointed with Directors Cut (remakes of her previous songs). Don't get me wrong: "The Sensual World" is among my favorite Kate Bush albums. "The Red Shoes" had a few gems on it as well. However, "Directors Cut" does not do justice to her previously recorded material.

"Deeper Understanding" (the original I love) the new version features a computerized vocal over the entire chorus with occasional bleeps and glitches not worthy of the original (beautiful) composition. In addition to this, the song runs a near 2 minutes longer than the original. Not that this would necessarily be a bad thing except its nearly two mins of "filler" chorus instead of more diverse orchestration.

Other "Cuts" which suffered Kate's makeover process were: Flower Of The Mountain (aka The Sensual World) which were missing the percussion that gave the song its drive. Also Kate's vocals don't sound quite as vibrant as on the original (sounds like she actually mumbles on some of the lyrics while trying to give her vocals a lower tone. The new lyrics don't really make much difference either way. It's the same with "Moments Of Pleasure" The new vocals are drawn out and almost boring compared to the original (which was far more endearing).

In Kate's defense it is only natural for an artist to second guess their own compositions. The new version of "The Red Shoes" is actually an improvement over the original song and these recordings do generate renewed interest in her old material.
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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:

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