This week it’s two female singer songwriters.
First it’s the iconic Kate Bush, who came to fame with the first UK number one single written and performed by a female, “Wuthering Heights” in 1978 at the young age of 19. From her first single to her last one before a self-imposed hiatus.
“And So Is Love” by Kate Bush from 1994 from her 1993 album “The Red Shoes”. It was to be Kate’s last single until 2005.
The distinctive guitar is played by Eric Clapton and the Hammond organ by Gary Brooker of Procol Harum.
(Uploaded to Youtube by mdbrbpt)
Next is the American singer songwriter Tori Amos who came to prominence in 1991 and had a number of hits in the nineties. Her vocal style is not dissimilar from Bush’s.
“Cornflake Girl” by Tori Amos from her 1994 album “Under the Pink”
(Uploaded to Youtube by Eiffel T)
This week we have two tracks from two superstars with a very distinctive sound. Both of these tracks create a mood and feel which is so haunting and atmospheric and so uniquely them.
I bought the first song when it came out and placed it excitedly on the turntable. Is this an instrumental I thought? Where is Kate? I wasn’t the only one! People were going back to the shop thinking they had been given the wrong version! It turned out that the record had a double groove (on purpose) and depending on the luck of where you placed the needle, you either got the vocal version or instrumental! This was innovative but also annoying at the same time. Here is the vocal version, no tricky placing required!
“The Sensual World” by Kate Bush from 1989
(Uploaded to Youtube by Ms Saint Tropez)
The second track is by another style icon and visionary, the always cool Bryan Ferry.
“The Only Face” by Bryan Ferry from 1994
(Uploaded to Youtube by SolsburyHill22)
Next Friday is Christmas day so to celebrate there will be FOUR tracks rather than the usual two and they will be published around noon.