Kate Bush’s Award-Winning Before The Dawn is Getting the Live Album Treatment

Though many have been skeptical as to whether this news would ever make an appearance or not, fans of kate bush can collectively exhale a huge sigh of relief at the news of before the dawn finally being set for release.

Recorded directly from her 22-date Hammersmith Apollo residency, Before The Dawn comprises of three individual acts spread over three discs (four if you can fork out on the vinyl edition), billed as The KT Fellowship rather than a Bush solo record. The release marks the two year anniversary (give or take a few days) of the live run.

Act One consists of her opening, 7-track greatest-hits (as such) run-through whilst Act Two and Act Three are Bush’s Ninth Wave and A Sky Of Honey conceptual pieces. The encore of 2011’s 50 Words For Snow closer Among Angels and Cloudbusting are featured with Act Three.

Strangely, 1989 track Never Be Mine has been sandwiched into the track listing, thought to be recorded during rehearsals given it never made an appearance in the live shows.

A handful of spoken word and poetry extracts taking from the live show have also been billed as individual tracks, dragging the total up to a sizable 29 tracks. Tawny Moon, performed live by Bush’s son Bertie, is also featured.

Check your funds now though, given the vinyl boxset will set you back £74.99, the CD only £20. Before The Dawn is out 25th November. The marathon of a track list can be found below.

Sadly, no word of a DVD/Blu-ray release yet with official video footage from the shows still under wraps. Check out the fan footage below for why we’d totally urge the film release in the near future:


Before The Dawn track listing:

Lily (04:48)
Hounds Of Love (03:33)
Joanni (06:07)
Top Of The City (05:24)
Never Be Mine (05:55)
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (05:40)
King Of The Mountain (08:05)
Astronomer’s Call (02:44)
And Dream Of Sheep (03:37)
Under Ice (03:04)
Waking The Witch (06:38)
Watching Them Without Her (01:57)
Watching You Without Me (04:23)
Little Light (02:08)
Jig Of Life (04:11)
Hello Earth (07:55)
The Morning Fog (05:23)
Prelude (01:55)
Prologue (10:10)
An Architect’s Dream (05:22)
The Painter’s Link (01:39)
Sunset (08:00)
Aerial Tal (01:30)
Somewhere In Between (06:59)
Tawny Moon (06:08)
Nocturn (08:51)
Aerial (09:43)
Among Angels (05:48)
Cloudbusting (07:16)


Words by Bill Baker