Ex­pan­sive live com­pi­la­tion re­vis­its her 22- night 2014 live marathon with a mul­ti­me­dia ex­trav­a­ganza.

TRIPLE CD AND FOUR-LP CEL­E­BRA­TION OF 2014’S MOST UN­EX­PECTED COME­BACK.

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IT’S A THROW­BACK TO LIVE AL­BUMS FROM THE LAST CEN­TURY.

KATE BUSH BE­FORE THE DAWN FISH PEO­PLE, OUT 25 NOVEMBER

The cover of Kate Bush’s live al­bum bears the ti­tle “The K Fel­low­ship Presents Be­fore The Dawn”. It’s a cru­cial de­tail, as her 22- night run at Lon­don’s Ham­mer­smith Apollo was a col­lab­o­ra­tive af­fair. This mul­ti­me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence in­cluded ac­tors, elab­o­rate set-pieces, bird masks and, on one oc­ca­sion, Ms Bush wear­ing wings, disappearing down a hole in the mid­dle of the stage. Gob­s­macked au­di­ences fol­lowed her po­lite re­quest not to film the show on their smartphones, and very lit­tle footage has since found its way onto the net. Be­fore The Dawn is that rare beast: a con­cert pre­served only in the mem­o­ries of those who saw it and not all over YouTube. Sadly, this live re­lease doesn’t in­clude the DVD everyone was hop­ing for. This means the mys­tique en­dures, but also that lis­ten­ing to it with­out the vi­su­als can sometimes be frus­trat­ing. When you hear the au­di­ence’s spon­ta­neous ap­plause dur­ing A Sky Of Honey you have to imag­ine the wooden artist’s dummy sud­denly tottering across the stage. There’s a bonus track, too: a bril­liant read­ing of 1989’ s Never Be Mine. Pre­sum­ably recorded at a re­hearsal, it’s dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand why it never made the fi­nal show. Then again, noth­ing about the show was pre­dictable: from a setlist ig­nor­ing ev­ery­thing be­fore 1985’ s Hounds Of Love to Bush’s teenage son Ber­tie singing the un­re­leased song Tawny Moon. In keep­ing with this, Be­fore The Dawn snubs mod­ern­day con­ven­tion and is a throw­back to live al­bums from the last cen­tury. The mes­sage is clear, then: close your eyes, lis­ten to the mu­sic and imag­ine what it looked like. MARK BLAKE

Lis­ten To: Hounds Of Love | Never Be Mine | Run­ning Up That Hill

Kate Bush: “Be­fore The Dawn is that rare beast: a con­cert pre­served only in the mem­o­ries of those who saw it.”

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