Lionheart (1978)


Cover of 1978's Lionheart

My terrible fear of dying
No longer plays with me,
for now I know that I'm
needed for the symphony.

Lionheart was rushed out of the studio (in Nice on the French Riviera), making this Bush's only album to be wholly recorded outside the UK. While it has its share of hits, most notably "Wow", it did not receive the same reception as her first album, reaching number six in the UK album charts.

The album takes its title from the track, "Oh, England, My Lionheart", in which a pilot who has been shot down contemplates his homeland as his plane hurtles towards the ground, and to his death. It is a song that Bush has disparaged in later years despite it being a firm favourite with many listeners. Literary references include J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan in In Search of Peter Pan (a song which also quotes When You Wish Upon A Star from the classic Disney film, Pinocchio), as well as a nod towards Arsenic and Old Lace in the song "Coffee Homeground", which despite being similar in plot to the play, was reportedly inspired by a taxi driver who drove Bush once. Film references include "Hammer Horror", inspired by the Hammer Film studio, known for their gothic horror films. The British television show The Sweeney, a popular police drama, was mentioned in the lyrics of the song "Wow".

Notable for his work on all subsequent recordings by Bush, Lionheart is the first record on which Del Palmer worked as a bassist. Palmer went on to play bass, or to engineer and record every album since.

Lionheart was produced by Andrew Powell, assisted by Kate Bush.

Album Tracks:

1. Symphony In Blue
2. In Search Of Peter Pan
3. Wow
4. Don't Push Your Foot On The Heartbrake
5. Oh England My Lionheart
6. Fullhouse
7. In The Warm Room
8. Kashka From Baghdad
9. Coffee Homeground
10. Hammer Horror


Source: Wikipedia