Kate BushHounds Of Love

Label:EMI – KAB1, EMI – EJ 24 0384 1, EMI – EJ2403841
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Townhouse Mastering
Genre:Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style:Art Rock, Experimental, Pop Rock


Hounds Of Love
A1Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
BalalaikaPaddy Bush
BassDel Palmer
DrumsStuart Elliott
A2Hounds Of Love3:01
A3The Big Sky
Didgeridoo [Dijeridu]Paddy Bush
DrumsCharlie Morgan
Handclaps [Handclapping]Charlie*, Del*
PercussionMorris Pert
A4Mother Stands For Comfort
DrumsStuart Elliott
Arranged By [Arranged For Strings By]Dave Lawson
StringsThe Medicci Sextet
The Ninth Wave
B1And Dream Of Sheep
BouzoukiDonal Lunny
Whistle [Whistles]John Sheahan
B2Under Ice
Harmony Vocals [Harmonic Vocals]Paddy Bush
B3Waking The Witch
DrumsCharlie Morgan
Sequenced By [Synthesiser Sequences]Kevin McAlea
Synthesizer [Fairlight Bass]Del Palmer
B4Watching You Without Me
Double BassDanny Thompson
DrumsStuart Elliott
B5Jig Of Life
Bouzouki, BodhránDonal Lunny
Didgeridoo [Dijeridu]Paddy Bush
Fiddle [Fiddles], Whistle [Whistles]John Sheahan
Narrator [Narration By]John Carder Bush
Uilleann PipesLiam O'Flynn
VocalsJohn Carder Bush
B6Hello Earth
Arranged By [Arranged For Voices By]Michael Berkeley
BouzoukiDonal Lunny
Directed By [Choir Directed By]Richard Hickox
DrumsStuart Elliott
GuitarBrian Bath
Uilleann PipesLiam O'Flynn
B7The Morning Fog
BassDel Palmer
SynthesizerKevin McAlea
Violin [Violins], Fujara [Fujare]Paddy Bush

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Side B "The Ninth Wave" is a concept piece with all tracks segued into each other to appear as 'continuous audio'. Total duration of this track is 26:10.

Printed inner sleeve of lyrics, credits and photographs.
Some copies included an inner merchandise leaflet.
Matrix runout strings stamped. 'TOWNHOUSE' mastering signature etched.

Catalogue numbers:
KAB1 and EJ 24 0384 1 can be found on the rear sleeve and spine.
EJ2403841 can be found on the inner sleeve and labels.
RB 8509 JU can be found on the rear sleeve (bottom right)

Engineer at Windmill Lane : Bill Somerville-Large.
John Williams appears courtesy of CBS Records.
Youth appears with kind permission of WEA Records.
Helicopter on "Waking The Witch" by kind permission of Pink Floyd "The Wall".
"Jig Of Life": original music discovered by Paddy Bush.
"Hello Earth" contains elements of 'Tsintskaro', a Georgian folk song.

℗ 1985 Original Sound Recordings made by Noverica Ltd.
© 1985 Noverica Ltd.
© Kate Bush Music Ltd. EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Manufactured in the UK by EMI Records Limited.

[Inner sleeve]
© Kate Bush Music Ltd. EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Lyrics used by Permission.

[Rear sleeve]:
℗ 1985 Original Sound Recordings made by Noverica Ltd.
© 1985 Noverica Ltd.

Durations do not appear on this release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 099924 038416
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5099924038416
  • Other (Sleeve, printer's code, variants 1, 2): RS 8509 JU
  • Other (Sleeve, printer's code, variant 3 to 8, 10, 11, 13): RB 8509 JU
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): EJ2403841 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): EJ2403841 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 1): EJ 2403841 A-4U-1-1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 1): EJ 2403841 B-5U-1-1-1 TOWNHOUSE CU
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 2): EJ 2403841 A-1-1-1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 2): EJ 2403841 B-6U-1-3 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 3): EJ 2403841 A-1-1-1-21 TOWNHOUSE D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 3): EJ 2403841 B-5U-1-1-1 ED TOWNHOUSE CU
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 4): EJ 2403841 A-1-1-1 D TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 4): EJ 2403841 B-6U-1-2 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 5): EJ 2403841 A-4U-1-1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 5): EJ 2403841 B-7-1-4- TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 6): EJ 2403841 A-4U-1-4- TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 6): EJ 2403841 B-6U-1-3- TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 7): EJ 2403841 A-4U-1-2 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 7): EJ 2403841 B-6U-1-1-2 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 8): EJ 2403841 A-4U-1-2 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 8): EJ 2403841 B-6U-1-3- TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 9): EJ 2403841 A-1-1-1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 9): EJ 2403841 B-6U-1-9 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 10): EJ 2403841 A-4U-1-1-35 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 10): EJ 2403841 B-7-1-5-9 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 11): EJ 2403841 A-4U-1-1⥛ TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 11): EJ 2403841 B-6U-1-9⥛ : : TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 12): EJ 2403841 A-4U-1-1⥛19 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 12): EJ 2403841 B-6U-1-7⥛ : TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 13): EJ 2403841 A-1-1-1 TOWNHOUSE D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 13): EJ 2403841 B-6U-1-4⥛1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 14): EJ 2403841 A-4U-1-2⥛12 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 14): EJ 2403841 B-6U-1-9⥛ : TOWNHOUSE

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Hounds Of Love (LP, Album, Stereo)EMI, EMI, EMI, EMI062-24 0 3841, 1C 062-24 0384 1, 1C 062 24 0384 1, 2403841Europe1985
Hounds Of Love (CD, Album)EMI, EMICDP 7 46164 2, CDP7461642Europe1985
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Hounds Of Love (LP, Album, Stereo, Jacksonville Pressing)EMI AmericaST-17171US1985
Hounds Of Love (LP, Album)EMI, EMI, EMI, EMI1C 062-24 0384 1, 062 24 0 3841, 062 24 03841, 24 03841Europe1985
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Hounds Of Love (LP, Album)EMIEMC.240384Australia & New Zealand1985



  • frankzappata's avatar
    Edited 2 days ago
    The runout on my copy is not listed, on Side A it says "EJ 2403841 A-4U-1-3⥛TOWNHOUSE”, on Side B it says "EJ 2403841 B-7-1-1⥛" no TOWHNHOUSE etching on Side B, do I have a legit copy or bootleg?
    • mega_2122's avatar
      FINALLY someone listed an original of this for a good price. My runout matches this one and sounds great. Heavily look forward to listening to more from this artist. Album cover on here got me to listen to it haha
      • tobymessy's avatar
        Edited one year ago
        I remember being on a family holiday in the mid 80s and my older brother was listening to this incessantly over his Walkman headphones - that distinctive sound rattling out of the side … Put be off for a good while tbh 😆

        Interestingly Running up that Hill was originally titled - deal with god but Kate bush was forced to change it for fear of alienating god fearing market - a choice she still regrets
        • Murray5465's avatar
          Holy crap I can't get over how big of a run on this vinyl there's been from stranger things. 50+ in a week when itd sell 1 a month before that. I've been a US lover of kate bush for years as a hippie dude(listening to David Gilmour lead to me wuthering heights, still one of my favorite songs of all time, that guitar outro! I have the Japanese on stage and kick inside framed looking at me right now.) I couldn't get a single person to like her. People thought she was weird and dated. When I said listen to running up that hill they said placebo was so much better. When id play wuthering heights people joked about her shrill singing. Even my 70-80s rock loving parents thought i was crazy for liking her. Now her song shows up in one show and everyone's suddenly her biggest fan. She was just snubbed from the rock and roll hall of fame and no one cared. At all. Now she's everyone's favorite artist. It's so wild what one show can do.

          I'm not saying this negatively, I'm so incredibly happy she's getting the recognition she deserves but I fear most of it is a fad and way more about stranger things than kate bush. I really hope im wrong. Either way I'm happy cuz that means they'll make more releases of her stuff. And my vast collection is now worth double the price lol. Too bad this coulda happened a year ago so she could have gotten in the hall of fame. It's just a bit cringe that now people think everyone who likes her likes her because of stranger things(now I know what the hipsters feel like liking people before they were popular) but if even 1/10 of these people become actual fans I'm happy. She's getting the recognition she's deserved all these years.

          I just fear most won't like her other stuff due to its artistic avant garde nature, it's the opposite of mainstream which is what stranger things is. I hope people genuinely get into her and listen to the kick inside, the dreaming, never for ever, etc and not just hounds of love purely because it's now stranger things merchandise. It's her most accessible pop album but the dreaming is her best art and wuthering heights is one of the best songs of all time. I want to see those ones sell like crazy so that means people genuinely like her and not just the show. I want people to like her cuz she's their favorite artist, not because she's max's.

          With that said yay kate bush! I'm so happy she's finally gotten recognition in the US! She better ne inducted next year and I'm just so happy she's still with us to see this.
          • KintaroSol's avatar
            Edited 2 years ago
            Hello, dear Stranger Things nerds, let's listen to this masterpiece and iconic album, you won't regret it.
            • southpawgrammar's avatar
              Edited 2 years ago
              Disjunctive, idiosyncratic and so very, very inventive, Kate Bush's 1985 magnum opus, "Hounds of Love", was the intentionally streamlined yet defiant response to complaints regarding her efficiency in the studio and detractors of the lyrical and structural esotericism inherent in her work. Greatly emboldened by the advances of the digital age, the ever-experimental Bush went one further, building a home studio and developing her latest new material to her satisfaction, subsequently dividing the end product into two distinctive sections. Even under contemporaneous scrutiny, both parts, replete with layered electronic instrumentation, sound effects, and expressive yet refined vocal acrobatics, successfully cohere, and, if persevered with, the full measure still holds up and works incredibly well despite its ambitious structure.

              A consciously divergent, musically sensitive and balanced effort, "Hounds of Love" works its magic from the outset, with Fairlight-processed art-pop classics galore and memorable lyrical content vacillating between the literate and allegorical, emotive and dramatic to the introspective and verisimilar, illustrating Bush's personal and creative maturity and development before segueing seamlessly into "The Ninth Wave", an offbeat, hypnotic, highly ornate and atmospheric prog-like suite that will undoubtedly rouse, challenge and reward the listener. To those unfamiliar with Bush's unfocused '70s long-players, this unconventional approach and foray into dense, arty territory may be too daunting, but in order to fully appreciate its nuances and textures, one must experience the album in its totality, including its seemingly impenetrable moments. It is in these moments that Bush's essential qualities, not to mention her genius, are truly unfettered, unveiled and realized, which goes some way to explaining the album's enduring popularity.

              Bush's star had inexplicably risen during a time when folky singer-songwriters were common but teenage girl piano prodigies were not. This was an artist whose musical and studio prowess, eccentric conceptions, artful persona and modern dance skills became increasingly honed and interdependent with each album, and by the 1980s, she had achieved considerable ascendency and chart success in the UK. In 1985, when MTV was reaching the peak of its viewership and veteran British acts were suddenly experiencing more pressure to adapt and take new directions, she finally broke the notoriously imperious American market. "Hounds of Love" arrived at a wonderfully opportune moment, and it was an easy sell: MTV were becoming inclusive of other genres and artists, and record labels more willing to spend vast sums on videos due to their established promotional advantages. Fortunately, Bush was afforded creative control over her immensely more abstract than necessary promo clips, which invariably accorded with, added new meaning to and translated her lyrics, inevitably showcasing her symbolised sensuality and sense of wonder in an overtly stylish and romantic manner. As a result of this promotional push and greater sophistication, Bush gained more exposure and expanded her audience.

              "Hounds of Love" set the tone for Bush's extraordinary career, demarcating her as a true visionary. And though it may be her watershed moment, the album, its classic singles and accompanying videos are part of a conceptual cycle that would continue with her later, more underrated records, presenting further autobiographical subject matter, romantic imagery and studio wizardry.

              RATING: 4.5/5
              • Big_Tabs's avatar
                Can anyone tell me which matrix is the U.K. first press? It does not appear to be A1 / B1. Any advice welcome. Cheers!
                • 36healey's avatar
                  Hello my copy seems to have a press release large gatefold sleeve with a picture of the front cover of hounds of love with the text The Album hounds of love with a purple ribbon and a double sided purple A4 sheets. Can,t find any info about this please help. Thanks
                  • kid90210's avatar
                    I own an Israeli copy ?
                    anyone know's how much it worth ?
                    • riordanpett's avatar
                      This album deserves it's place as one of the greatest of all time!

                      Everything is great! The lyrics, the instrumentation, the experimentation of sound, the vocals, the order of track listing, the range of genres, the concept, the mixing, the songs THEMSELVES, and even the mastering!
                      Quite possibly her best, her peak!
                      This by far beats out any Madonna or Lady Gaga album (I'm a fan of Madonna's music, not her, but I am a 17-year-old dedicated Little Monster of Queen Gaga!) Or just about any female album!
                      Please note, I'm merely using Madonna as an example because she's the bestselling female artist of all time (for now); and Lady Gaga because she is the one to challenge that in recent years, and has accomplished so much! I know that some Bush fans will argue Kate isn't pop, and is more alternative/art-rock/avant-garde and whatnot. I agree with that slightly, but this is comparison only.

                      'Running Up That Hill' is obviously the highlight, and I'm not basing this solely on the fact it's her most well-known single! (I wouldn't say 'Wuthering Heights' is because Running always charts, more radio-friendly, and so on!)
                      Other highlights are just about everything. 'Under Ice' is a an eerie short song, and sounds amazing! 'Cloudbusting' and the title track come after as best highlights, especially if you're talking about popularity, pop relevance & commercial performance, but also SONG QUALITY, then these are highlights nonetheless...
                      'Waking the Witch' is bloody amazing, I love the beginning dialogues, and the last minute and a half! This song is the core song of what her tour is based on!

                      This album was the album that opened my eyes to how influential, creative & diverse music used to be!
                      I now listen to the likes of Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie (Lady Gaga inspired this choice mostly), and so on, due to this album!
                      I am a Lady Gaga fan, and our music tastes are very varied compare to some fanbases! I see Kate Bush in Lady Gaga a lot (not the other way round, obviously)...the theatrics, how certain songs are sung! Similar women, except one excels, and I'm not afraid to admit that as a Lady Gaga fan!!
                      On a whim note, I found it surprising that the 'Running Up That Hill' music video never won any prestigious music video award!! The choreography is...well, better than Janet Jackson's, that's for sure! And that's only one amazing aspects of the video!

                      A MUST BUY!


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