Personnel: Kate Bush (vocals, piano, keyboards); Trio Bulgarka (vocals); Del Palmer (guitar, percussion, bass); Alan Murphy, David Gilmour (guitar); Donal Lunny (bouzouki); Paddy Bush (mandolin, tupan, valiha, whips); John Sheahan (fiddle); Nigel Kennedy (violin, viola); Jonathan Williams (cello); Alan Stivell (Celtic harp); Davey Spillane (Uillean pipes, whistles); John Giblin, Mick Karn, Eberhard Weber (bass); Stuart Elliot, Charlie Morgan (drums); Balavescu String Quartet.
Engineers: Del Palmer, Kevin Killen, Andrew Boland.
Recorded at Windmill Lane Studio, Dublin, Ireland; The Angel Studio and Abbey Road, London, England.
THE SENSUAL WORLD will appeal to those who like their pop seasoned with some world music. During the '80s, some of Kate Bush's most successful collaborations were those with Peter Gabriel ("Games Without Frontiers," "Don't Give Up"), and Gabriel's habit of appropriating world music must have certainly rubbed off. THE SENSUAL WORLD combines the best of Kate Bush's jazzier elements with contributions by some of the most accomplished musicians in the world. Featured artists include violinist Nigel Kennedy, Davey Spillane, Trio Bulgarka, Eberhard Weber, and her brother, multi-instrumentalist Paddy Bush.
THE SENSUAL WORLD covers familiar Kate Bush territory--love, growing up, and the mystery of life. Kate produced THE SENSUAL WORLD with orchestra arrangements by Michael Kamen. Standout tracks include the title track, which was adapted from Joyce's ULYSSES, as well as "Love and Anger" and "Walk Straight Down the Middle." An added treat is "This Woman's Work," a song featured in John Hughes' movie SHE'S HAVING A BABY. A commercially ignored CD from an unusually talented performer.