Kate Bush ‎– Aerial

EMI ‎– 0946 3 43960 1 1, EMI ‎– 343 960 1, EMI ‎– KBALP01
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 Gram

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A Sea Of Honey
A1 King Of The Mountain 4:53
A2 π 6:09
A3 Bertie
Arranged By [Strings] – Bill Dunne
A4 Mrs. Bartolozzi 5:58
B1 How To Be Invisible 5:32
B2 Joanni 4:56
B3 A Coral Room
Vocals – Michael Wood
A Sky Of Honey
C1 Prelude 1:26
C2 Prologue 5:42
C3 An Architect's Dream 4:50
C4 The Painter's Link
Vocals – Rolf Harris
C5 Sunset 5:58
C6 Aerial Tal 1:01
D1 Somewhere In Between 5:00
D2 Nocturn 8:34
D3 Aerial 7:52

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Release in stickered gatefold sleeve with each record in a black poly-lined inner sleeve. Some copies feature a 'Made in Holland' sticker on the rear sleeve.

[On sticker]:
'Kate Bush Aerial
The new double album
on heavyweight vinyl
with 24 page lyric
booklet. Includes
'King of the mountain'

[On rear sleeve]:
'℗ 2005 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Kate Bush trading as Noble and Brite under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd.
© 2005 Kate Bush trading as Noble and Brite under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd.
© 2005 EMI Records Ltd'.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 94634 39601 1
  • Label Code: LC0542
  • Other (On label of 'A Sea of Honey'): 343 962 1 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Handwritten): 00946 - 343960 - 1 - 1 - A M2,P2 cB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Handwritten): 00946 - 343960 - 1 - 1 - B (M1) cB
  • Other (On label of 'A Sky of Honey'): 343 965 1 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Handwritten): 00946 - 343960 - 1 - 1 - C cB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Handwritten): 00946 - 343960 - 1 - 1 - D cB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A etched): 00946-343960-1-1-A CB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B etched): 00946-343960-1-1-B (2M) CB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A etched): 00946-343960-1-1-C CB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B etched): 00946-343960-1-1-D CB
  • Other (Sticker): KBALP01

Other Versions (5 of 42) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0946 3 43960 2 8, 343 960 2, KBACD01 Kate Bush Aerial(2xCD, Album) EMI, EMI, EMI 0946 3 43960 2 8, 343 960 2, KBACD01 UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
FPCD006, 5099908304520 Kate Bush Aerial(2xCD, Album, RE) Fish People, Fish People FPCD006, 5099908304520 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
none Kate Bush Aerial(2xCDr, Promo, Wat) Columbia none US 2005 Sell This Version
none Kate Bush Aerial(2xCDr, Promo) EMI none Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
0946 3 50302 2 8 Kate Bush Aerial(2xCD, Album, Jew) EMI, Gala Records (5) 0946 3 50302 2 8 Russia 2005 Sell This Version


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October 16, 2018
Kate Bush réédite l'intégralité de son catalogue d'albums en novembre 2018 sur CD et vinyle.

Kate Bush reissues her entire album catalog in November 2018, on CD and vinyl.

Kate Bush legt im November 2018 ihren gesamten Albumkatalog neu auf, und zwar auf CD und Vinyl.


October 12, 2016
Je viens de voir ce double album à 600 euros sur amazon. tellement de vendeurs aujourd'hui peuvent etre assimilés à des voleurs...


December 5, 2014
My vinyl copy has no issues. Sounds great.


October 5, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
I've played this on my stereo and have not heard any problems at all (as described below). This is an album that definitely sounds better on vinyl too. It was $50 when it first came out and I would visit it at the record store until I finally bought it on sale. I am glad I have this and glad to hear it on vinyl. I think this is her best album. Her vocals here are much more mature and complimentary to the music. Some of her early work would actually get on my nerves after a while but not this album. Great album. Great Double Album to be exact. I am sure they will re-release this on vinyl again as it is a major turning point in her work. It will be revisited and celebrated for years to come.


September 1, 2014
Save your bread and buy the CD version for $8.00 with shipping. Gains=Good sound )way more detail than vinyl when volume adjusted via your volume control) no distortion, losses- Artwork is small and hard to read, may not have player for reproduction in the future, Are the losses really worth $200 + to you?


August 16, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
Whether you hear the distortion or not depends on your pickup/tonearm combination. When it came out I was listening with an Van den Hul DDT II on my Clearaudio Unify and had heavy distortion. Now I'm running a Lyra Delos and Aerial plays just fine.


May 2, 2014
Just picked this vinyl LP up at a car boot sale last weekend for two pounds, someone told me to check it here.
I'm shocked!


May 30, 2013

Could someone elaborate how this "unlistenable" distortion manifests itself? Apart from a slight loss of focus in the soundstage in Coral Room when listening very analytically, I really don't hear anything wrong... Maybe it's hit and miss...?


March 9, 2013
Unfortunately the 2nd album can have problems as well. The first side has some distortion in track C2, Prologue. From comments elsewhere I am aware that mine is not an isolated problem. Definitely time for a good repressing.


January 3, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
This currently costs a small fortune on vinyl. REALLLY needs a reissue! Everyone wants $200 for it (minimum it seems). Just be forewarned that the super-expensive sealed copy you are buying will most likely have some radical distortion on the first disc - "A Sea of Honey". No one will tell you about it because 1.) It's still sealed 2.) It was only played once and they can't remember OR 3.) They don't own a record player and can't tell you but still…sell an organ please and fork over the cash! Fun aside, this was a known issue when it came out and was never corrected as far as I know. My copy has severe mistracking on Side B of the first album.

The second album "A Sky of Honey" faired much better in regard to noise and distortion in most reviews I've read, and yes, it IS worth it for that alone. Now choose a kidney.