Kate Bush Announces New Live Album, 'Before the Dawn'

Kate Bush Announces New Live Album, 'Before the Dawn'

The album marks her first musical release in five years.

The album marks her first musical release in five years.

Text: Jake Viswanath

The one and only Kate Bush has come out of seclusion to announce her latest project: a new live album. Before the Dawn, a live recording of her 2014 residency of the same name at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, her first live shows since 1979, will be released on CD and vinyl formats on November 25.

The album is laid out exactly like the live show, which was separated into different acts. Act One is a seven-song set of her most iconic hits and fan favorites from her vast discography, including “Hounds of Love” and “Running Up that Hill." Acts Two and Three are comprised of select suites from her experimental albums in their entirety—The Ninth Wave, the second side of Hounds of Love, on Act Two, and A Sky of Honey, a suite from her album Aerial, on Act Three. An encore of the haunting “Among Angels” and thrilling “Cloudbusting” complete the album.

The British rock legend was likely inspired to put out the live recording after the overwhelmingly positive reception to the shows. “It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life,” she said following the completion of the 22 shows. “I just never imagined it would be possible to connect with an audience on such a powerful and intimate level; to feel such, well quite frankly, love.”

Unlike numerous live albums, the album was entirely produced by Bush herself, and nothing from the show was re-recorded or overdubbed for the release. The album will be released on deluxe three-disc and 4xLP formats, but there is no news about a digital release thus far.

Find out more about Before the Dawn, and pre-order here.

Credits: Banner image courtesy Kate Bush

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