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SDEtv / Kate Bush: Unboxing the remastered CD and vinyl box sets part 2

This SDEtv unboxing video examines and evaluates the second and final wave of Kate Bush CD and vinyl box sets which contain new 2018 remasters of her studio albums. The video runs for around 15 minutes. If you haven’t seen the first one yet, head here!

All the Kate Bush box sets are out now. Worth noting that in the UK the second vinyl box [Hounds of Love, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes (2LP)] is just £56 right now. Vinyl boxes I, III and IV have also all dropped in price and are all around the £70 mark

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CD box # 1 - 7CD The Kick Inside to The Red Shoes

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CD box # 2 - 11CD Aerial to Before The Dawn + rarities discs

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Vinyl box 1 - a kick inside, never for ever, lionheart, The dreaming

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Vinyl box 2 - Hounds of Love, The Sensual World, The Red Shoes

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Vinyl box 3 - Aerial, 50 Words For Snow, Director's Cut

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Vinyl box 4 - 12 inch mixes, The Other Side 1, The Other Side 2, In Others Words

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Kate Bush Remastered Vinyl Box 1

The Kick Inside (1978)
Lionheart (1978)
Never For Ever (1980)
The Dreaming (1982)

Kate Bush Remastered Vinyl Box 2

Hounds of Love (1985)
The Sensual World (1989)
The Red Shoes (1993).

Kate Bush Remastered Vinyl Box 3

Aerial (2005)
Director’s Cut (2011)
50 Words For Snow (2011)

Kate Bush Remastered Vinyl Box 4

12″ Mixes
The Other Side 1 (B-sides)
The Other Side 2 (B-sides continued)
In Others’ Words (covers)

Kate Bush Remastered CD box 1

The Kick Inside (1978)
Lionheart (1978)
Never For Ever (1980)
The Dreaming (1982)
Hounds of Love (1985)
The Sensual World (1989)
The Red Shoes (1993).

Kate Bush Remastered: CD box 2

Aerial (2005)
Director’s Cut (2011)
50 Words For Snow (2011)
Before The Dawn (2016)
12″ Mixes
The Other Side 1 (B-sides)
The Other Side 2 (B-sides continued)
In Others’ Words (covers)

What’s in the rarities discs:

12” MIXES

  1. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
  2. The Big Sky (Meteorological Mix)
  3. Cloudbusting (The Orgonon Mix)
  4. Hounds Of Love (Alternative Mix)
  5. Experiment IV (Extended Mix)

THE OTHER SIDE 1

  1. Walk Straight Down The Middle
  2. You Want Alchemy
  3. Be Kind To My Mistakes
  4. Lyra
  5. Under The Ivy
  6. Experiment IV
  7. Ne T’Enfuis Pas
  8. Un Baiser D’Enfant
  9. Burning Bridge
  10. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) 2012 Remix

THE OTHER SIDE 2

  1. Home For Christmas
  2. One Last Look Around The House Before We Go
  3. I’m Still Waiting
  4. Warm And Soothing
  5. Show A Little Devotion
  6. Passing Through Air
  7. Humming
  8. Ran Tan Waltz
  9. December Will Be Magic Again
  10. Wuthering Heights (Remix / New Vocal from ‘The Whole Story’)

IN OTHERS’ WORDS

  1. Rocket Man
  2. Sexual Healing
  3. Mná na hÉireann
  4. My Lagan Love
  5. The Man I Love
  6. Brazil (Sam Lowry’s First Dream)
  7. The Handsome Cabin Boy
  8. Lord Of The Reedy River
  9. Candle In The Wind

66 responses to SDEtv / Kate Bush: Unboxing the remastered CD and vinyl box sets part 2

  1. BJ says:

    Boxset IV vinyl now down to £64.97 on amazon.

  2. BJ says:

    Kate Bush Vinyl Box Set IV currently £66.27. Been slowly going down the last couple of days.

  3. Pbody says:

    None of the links to the discounted pre-order prices work. What am I doing wrong?

  4. Derek Langsford says:

    Pre-ordered my CD sets from Amazon.ca and they were both EU glossy sets. Saved money on Amazon UK at the time but see that prices at both sites have already dropped below what I paid. I need to be more patient with these reissue boxed sets but that’s so hard when it is one of my favorite artists I’ve been listening to for 40 years.

    While I had to get both sets, Part II is underwhelming. Apart from the inconsistent presentation, the remastering was even less needed. I consider Aerial to be her last true studio masterpiece but I am not sure I like the Rolf Harris/Bertie switch which evokes similar emotions to the use of the single mix of The Big Sky on HOL. Director’s Cut hits you full on with the reworking of all the tracks with varying degrees of success. I still have not been to figure out if I like 50 Words for Snow and like most KT fans, already had Before the Dawn (they used the 2016 set for this box). Lastly, the obvious omissions from Other Sides are not made up for with the 3 “new” tracks. Am I the only one who finds the dialog at the beginning of this version of Brazil to be a distraction?

    While Part I mostly delivers on its promise of 7 remastered albums of one of the most consequential British artists of the late 20th century, albeit using the 7″ mix of TBS, IMO Part II falls short and does not meet expectations.

    Regarding 5.1 mixes, as soon as they started to be released, I thought her work, especially her early albums, could be sublime in 5.1. But unless Kate is interested in the idea, I would assume 5.1 mixes in deluxe editions are a non-starter despite Steve Wilson being openly interested in doing them for her.

  5. edu says:

    Hi, Paul. Have you heard the vynil discs? Do you like them? I heard a lot of complaints about them… tks.

  6. Larry Davis says:

    I was wondering when you would do an unboxing of Kate’s Remastered Part II releases…been a while since Part I…I agree with basically all of it…I am happy “Before The Dawn” was included in the CD box because I never had it…the original US “Aerial” on Columbia/Sony was thinner and more delicate, and this reissue is more solid…I do agree that, as much as I like the digipacks in Part I, I like the media books even more and the whole set should have all been these books, I do agree about consistency and it bothers me a bit when a whole series is not the same type of packaging…be it laziness or switching art directors midway…Manic Street Preachers reissues are a perfect example with the larger media books then with “This Is My Truth…” a half-size 3CD digibook…not to mention the big 12×12 & 10×10 multi-media boxsets of “The Holy Bible” and “Generation Terrorists”, and other examples of artists not being consistent…The Pet Shop Boys’ “Further Listening” were in a way, TOO consistent, haha…

  7. Simon says:

    Did anyone manage to get a copy of 50 Words for Snow on vinyl that isn’t full of constant crackle?

  8. Spencer says:

    Thanks a lot! Great as always. My cd box 2 turned up and nearly every disc was scuffed before I’d even taken them out so was a bit disappointed- shame they weren’t all consistent for looks and cd quality!

  9. Woodsey Niles says:

    Has anyone else mentioned that the version of “Director’s Cut” included in Box 2 is the single disc version and not the deluxe 3 disc version with the complete “Sensual World” and “The Red Shoes” remix/remasters, or are these the versions included in Box 1? Sorry if it has already been addressed.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      It wouldn’t really make sense for them to include an unremastered version of The Sensual World in a box of remasters? While The Red Shoes was remastered from some analogue tape or other, The Sensual World wasn’t remastered at all, in that three-disc set.

      • Woodsey Niles says:

        Thanks Paul. I’ll have to re-examine my 3 cd set and try to figure out why an un-remastered version of Sensual World was even included in that set. I either missed or misunderstood the point at the time.

        I greatly enjoy your presentations on YouTube, especially now that I can watch them on my TV via Roku.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          To be fair it’s a common misconception. I think Kate hoped folks might think it was remastered, but it wasn’t!

  10. Del Boy Palmer says:

    I don’t know enough about the Kate Bush rareities whose omissions have irked so many of you but didn’t she also sing a song called “Ken” (‘Ken is the leader of the GLC’) on some spoof documentary for TV? Or did I dream that as I dreamt of sheep? KB completists would know.

    Enjoyed the unboxings. I will stick with Remastered Part 1 CDs and leave it at that.

  11. James says:

    Another disappointment in my book. I’ve been a huge fan of Kate’s since ‘82. Like others have mentioned most of the material has been released. I feel bad for fans that don’t own most of this material on vinyl or cd. I felt the same disappointment for the Bowie boxsets. There is a ton of material that has previously been released. Some of it no longer available. I would say I don’t understand the logic behind all of this. Bottom line is always $$$. Why rob people the opportunity to enjoy more? Especially if done right, people will pay more.

  12. -SG- says:

    Thank you for another detailed unboxing. With the exception of two songs I already had everything here. Hard to justify re buying everything for the incomplete rarities set, and granted I have that stuff too, so perhaps this project was not really for me anyway. Great music. I wish she had left more for those of us who were tempted to get these as I would have been a lot more interested if she had offered more archival material, such as scrapped extended mixes etc, alternate takes, in a more balanced timeline set. The CD boxes seem more like an afterthought, and reflect that there were likely leftover stock to include here. A comprehensive bowie like box would have been much better and could have stretched to 3-4 boxes. I also think the re recordings on Aerial would have been better if someone like Peter Gabriel would have done the spoken bits, but in the end, oh well.

  13. Andy Haines says:

    Hmmm. I have the original Aerial, (still sealed), Directors Cut, 50 Words for Snow all on vinyl and enjoy listening to them, except Aerial of course!
    I bought the reissue of Hounds and I felt it lacked the depth of sound the original has. It’s almost cd compressed sounding and I can’t get used to the Big Sky being the 7″ version. I’d be interested to get the new Aerial, just for the difference without Rolph Harris and to hear it on vinyl. The only box I’d be interested in is the fourth one to be honest! It’s certainly divided the fans on what has been released, or not, and the packaging seems hit and miss. I’m hoping they will drop off in price to a more acceptable level and or 2nd hand copies come into the fold. And finally can we drop the fish people overkill! It’s nearly as prolific as Pink Floyd’s bloody triangles!!

    • vinyl listener says:

      open your sealed aerial !
      records are for playing not for sitting, shrinkwrapped on a shelf gathering dust.

      :)

  14. Grahame Andrews says:

    Thanks for another detailed and interesting unboxing video. Again I notice your cd set has a gloss finish, whereas mine, once again is matt! That aside my main gripes with these two sets, are the inconsistent presentation. All the disc cases were the same fold out digipack in the first box set, where the second set has a mixture of digipacks and digibooks. Must admit I would have preferred ALL in the digibook style, failing that all in the same format, this is just lazy! A decent additional book in the style of the Bowie box sets would have been better!

  15. Grahame Andrews says:

    Wow, thanks Paul, duly ordered. I was never going to pay the ridiculous £150 ish price over here. My experience tells me this would never receive much of a discount price in the UK, so at this price, a no brainier! Begs the question if Amazon.Com can send this at a price including postage for half the UK price, why can’t Amazon UK reduce to a sensible price!

    • Grahame Andrews says:

      Sorry, this post referred to the McCartney Ref Rose Speedway deal. I must have pressed the wrong button, the penalty of using a mobile to post comments!!!

  16. Chris Squires says:

    For me the question is. Did this set of re-issues fulfill what we can assume was the brief when the project started. To get a full set of clean, re-mastered audio, Vinyl and CD Kate Bush albums out into the 21st Century. It is a resounding yes. Yes they are very vanilla but I think that was the point.
    Someone said below, that these sets are not collectible, I don’t think they were ever meant to be.
    A perfect set of Kate Bush albums now exists with the best possible sound.
    Will this be all we get? yes probably. The Holy Grail would be each individual album a la McCartney with demos, outtakes, 12″ inchers, alternates, b-sides, videos and TV performances. If they were limited to say, 5,000 units at £100 each they would disappear from the shelves. I would love a shelf of 10 albums sets like the McCartney archive. Double vinyl to accompany, using the re-masters and b-sides / best demos and quad / quin vinyl like Marillion / White Album to be the ultimate vinyl set.

    Has this current set been a success or a failure. For me it has been a massive success, it has given über and casual fans what they needed. Now give us what we want. Thanks Kate.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Not sure I totally agree. If she just wanted to give us newly remastered albums then at least the brief (or intent) would have been crystal clear. But she went beyond that into some halfway house by including B-sides, remixes, some relative rarities (Brazil) and even a completely unreleased early demo (Humming). I get the feeling that that is the KB version of ‘rarities’ and that’s all we’ll ever get. I think if anyone were to suggest going through the album one-by-one to create deluxe sets with bonus tracks, she’d say “I thought we’d just done that?”

      • Chris Squires says:

        Ha, true.
        We can want what we want, I don’t imagine for a second we will get it though.

      • Robert says:

        I hope that you are wrong, Paul. Let this be the start of Kate Bush’s of deluxe editions of her albums. Most of her albums would deserve a la McCartney deluxe edition. Sometimes I wish that I have bought those 12″ inchers in the ’80’s.

        By the way … great unboxing video. Thanks !!!

  17. Michael says:

    You know, at the beginning of your video Paul, I was all set for you to talk me into buying this second set which I resisted doing since I knew there wasn’t any remastering to be done with what’s included aside from the (obviously incomplete) b-side/rarities collection. But then I thought, I’ve loved her all my life and since everything in the first set was repackaged, why the hell not? I’m a completist, but then to see that nothing here has been repackaged into the new gatefold/digipack editions, well, zero sale. Sorry Kate. And I can’t for the life of me work out why Director’s Cut and BTD are even here. And sadly, since the packaging is the same I’m guessing this is a neat way to offload leftover copies of both. Everything connected to the first boxset in terms of b-sides, remixes, and rarities should’ve been included there. Isn’t Sexual Healing the only real extra from the last 2 albums? What a major disappointment.

    Thanks Paul. You saved my wallet a serious bellyache.

    • Michael McA says:

      Actually – although it wasn’t released until 2005 on the CD single of KOTM – Kate’s version of Sexual Healing was (first) recorded back around the time of The Red Shoes – I know this because it was played at the 1994 convention. Therefore everything from the 4 CD ‘Other Sides’ belongs with the first box set period – and should have been included in that first box.

      I only bought the second box for the rarities (and I’m so pissed off The Empty Bullring and Dreamtime aren’t there.)

      I’d hate to think it was Kate’s idea to put them with the second box – therefore boosting sales of that box – because I (of course) adore her.

  18. Excitablebear says:

    A very brief flash, but I think I saw a barcode on the back of the packaging for “The Other Side” CDs. This pleasingly suggests we will get an individual release at some point, after all.

    • Michael says:

      I so hope you’re right. I’ll be first in line if it comes separately. I have a feeling that would slide easily into the first boxset where Aerial, as it turns out, neatly fits.

  19. fedge says:

    Per the Bowie box, I’m just offended that no one, including Paul, has responded to me about the digital glitch on China Girl.

  20. Tracey Spivey says:

    I recently opened the two CD box sets that I purchased, and as with other comments I have seen posted online, most of my CDs had surface scratches and/or smudges on them. I’m curious if those with the CD box sets “here at SDE” noticed the same with theirs. I don’t recall Paul mentioning this in his unboxing of Vol 1 video, sorry if I missed it, and I’m just about to watch his unboxing of Vol 2 video.

  21. John Orr says:

    Aye, Sainsbury’s so called 2 for £25 is pot luck yet again depending on your branch. Been into two branches so far and the selection is downright awful. Includes the obligatory exceptions, no Beatles or Oasis for example, always a con that one. And just when I thought I’d seen one or two, they were of course bashed or dented in some way. I’ve got most of the reissues anyway that they sell, thought I’d see a wee bargain with nectar points on top, but no luck. And where’s Amazon’s sale like the one from last year? Or was that a one off..

  22. Blackbird Braille says:

    For those thinking that KT left off certain b-sides because of vinyl runtime limitations, she didn’t. “The Empty Bullring” and “Not This Time” could have easily fit on The Other Side vinyls. She must have left them off because she doesn’t prefer them anymore.

    Also, “Passing Through Air” is from 1973, not 1975 as listed on the album.

    A few other differences (beside all of the albums being remastered) in “Remastered in Vinyl III” is that the original Aerial sleeve is much thicker and taller (it won’t fit in the remastered box, for example). And the original booklets for Aerial and Director’s Cut are printed on heavier paper.

    That being said, the Aerial and 50 Words For Snow remasters sound incredible on vinyl. Aerial is a huge improvement over the original. Well worth having the new ones on vinyl. Director’s Cut is…better, but not incredibly so.

  23. Christophe says:

    Hello Paul . Finally these remasters are not as good as expected. I bought the first cds box set and Got cheap packaging and pathetic booklets..Not a succesfull reissue campaign . Kate and/or her management and label exécutive have à lot to learn from ..at random Crowded House Pink Floyd Bruce Springsteen or of course the Beatles in the good way of dealing with fans and legacy. Thanks for the unboxing vidéos these boxsets are definitely not collectors items. Happy new Year from Nice France to you Paul and to all SDE readers

  24. memoryboy says:

    After going through my box sets and listening to them I have to say that the albums all sound great, they were remastered wonderfully. But the other stuff? These CD’s?

    I think it’s a mix and match type of situation. Some of it sounds ok… but I was very disappointed at some of these tracks…. they just don’t sound so good. I found it was either hit or miss, some of those copies of songs just don’t sound so great to me on these.

    I just found the sound quality was not very consistent on this second volume of so-called remasters.

    So I can’t say it was all disappointing, because I think all the albums were remastered wonderfully the only issue with the album’s is… I didn’t like what they did with the swapping of “the Big Sky” 7″ edit on the album “hounds of love”. They should have kept the album version and I can notice a change in sound quality on that one track that they did add.

  25. Jim says:

    Hopefully the vinyl 2 & 3 boxes will drop to below £60 each sometime soon.

  26. EW99 says:

    Never heard of the US extended mix of Hounds of Love before so thanks for mentioning that in the video!

  27. Gary Smith says:

    Checked Sainsburys online and they have just 9 albums available!.
    I thought they were a big seller of vinyl music but just offering a paltry selection such as this makes me think otherwise.
    Maybe they have far more available in store although I don’t have a store near ne.

  28. pinkfloyd says:

    This unboxing videos shows that CDs are now the afterthoughts in 2018… vinyl rules! & it sucks!
    Other examples in 2018:
    1. Bowie’s loving the alien box, many 80s remixes were omitted to avoid additional vinyls…
    2. Yazoo Four Pieces was originally vinyl only, reluctantly the label relented & the Yazoo CD is called Three Pieces… could have included another CD of remixes and make it four!

    Perhaps, Kate could have released the CDs in 4 box sets as per the vinyls. Those who opt for CDs now gets 2 box set that lacks coherence & consistency…
    Sad…

    • Michael says:

      Personally, for the Bowie set, I agree with making the remixes limited to one disc. I like that the disc feels curated and flows well. It makes for a cd I want to play. I see this as more an issue for what more people will have an interest in. 3 discs with 5 mixes of this song and that song would just be too much in the box, for me. I have those tracks from the MP3s, but I listen to the new Dance disc, not those.
      I think being complete about songs released is good, but remixes when so many were released is a bit different territory. I don’t think it only concerns the vinyl production, though.

    • James says:

      I don’t think the CD boxsets are an afterthought – just 4 years too late. I really think they were designed as a simple ‘boxing up’ to coincide with the gigs – hence all the same design and packaging. Add an updating of ‘The Whole Story’ as well and it would have all made sense.

      It would have also allowed enough time to properly release the albums as 40th Anniversary sets with the archival care, attention and love they deserve to have.

  29. Smeery says:

    Sainsburys 2 for £25 on the Kate Bush vinyl albums Hounds of Love & The Dreaming included in the promotion The Wall pink Floyd £12.50p baaaagain!

  30. DaveM says:

    I notice both of your CD boxes are gloss whereas I got the matt finish ones. I actually like the ‘underwater artwork’, so much so that the print I got at the BTD show I attended is framed and takes pride of place in the living room. Must say although short in length (hamstrung by vinyl limitations) I think the rarities discs play really well. Also, annoyimg though including BTD is, it’s nice to have an uncrushed spine copy. Overall I am really happy with the sets, and great to finally have a good sounding Lionheart.

  31. Simon says:

    Can someone please post a list of the missing tracks(b-sides/remixes/oddities)from this collection,many thanks

  32. Matthew says:

    Hi Darren 2 for £25 of what format cd or vinyl most likely CDs ?

  33. cecil meulenberg says:

    Thank Paul, very informative unboxing video. I am sooo glad I can complete my collection with KB recent albums, which for some reason I never purchased, but can now without double-dipping.

  34. Darren says:

    For those interested, Hounds of Love & Dreaming are on a 2 for £25 offer in Sainsbury’s.

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