Hounds of Love (1985)


Cover of 1985's Hounds of Love

What made it special
Made it dangerous,
So I bury it and forget.

Considered by many reviewers as her masterpiece, 1985's Hounds of Love is no less experimental from a production standpoint. Not only did she produce it herself, but for this album, stung by the huge costs she had run up hiring studio space for The Dreaming, she built a private 48 track studio near her home where she could work at her own pace.

In August of 1985, England's most popular music magazine, NME, featured Bush in a "Where Are They Now" article. Two days later, on The Wogan Show, the single "Running Up That Hill" was played for the first time. The single, and indeed the album, were showcases of a newfound mastery of production. Hounds of Love ultimately topped the charts in the UK, knocking Madonna's Like A Virgin from the number one position.

The album is split into two sides, with the first side, Hounds of Love, containing five commercial sounding songs, including the four singles: "Running Up That Hill", "Cloudbusting", "Hounds of Love", and "The Big Sky". The second side is entitled "The Ninth Wave", whose title is taken from a poem by Tennyson. As part of a song cycle, each track helps to convey the story of a woman who is lost at sea, facing death by drowning, and the tortured night she spends in the water. Bush's technical wizardry is shown to full effect, using samples and vocals played in reverse to synthesized sounds and folk instrumentation.

A 1997 re-release of the album included 6 bonus tracks- new mixes of "The Big Sky" and "Running Up That Hill", "Be Kind To My Mistakes" (which featured on the opening to the film Castaway starring Oliver Reed and Amanda Donohoe), "Under The Ivy", "Burning Bridge" and "My Lagan Love".

Album Tracks:

1. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
2. Hounds Of Love
3. The Big Sky
4. Mother Stands For Comfort
5. Cloudbusting
6. And Dream Of Sheep
7. Under Ice
8. Waking The Witch
9. Watching You Without Me
10. Jig Of Life
11. Hello Earth
12. The Morning Fog

Bonus Tracks (1997 EMI edition):

1. The Big Sky (Meteorogical Mix)
2. Running Up That Hill (12"" Mix)
3. Be Kind To My Mistakes
4. Under The Ivy
5. Burning Bridge
6. My Lagan Love


Source: Wikipedia