The second instalment in Strongroom’s ‘Behind the Tracks’ series of album playback and analysis sessions will take place this month, turning its attention towards Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love.
The Behind the Tracks series made its debut in June with a Tony Platt-hosted look at the inside story of 1980 AC/DC album Back in Black (see Hell’s Bells! Strongroom to host AC/DC playback session).
Recorded and mixed in Bush’s own studio in her back garden, Hounds of Love took a whole year to mix and overdub but entered the UK album chart at №1.
Haydn Bendall, a resident at the Shoreditch studio, was one of the engineers on 1985′ Hounds of Love, which widely regarded as Bush’s best work and regularly voted as one of the greatest albums of all time. (The 48th, according to the NME.)
As with the AC/DC session, the event, on 20 September from 2–5pm, will be co-hosted by rock writer, biographer and broadcaster Mick Wall, who knew and interviewed Bush during the long gestation of the album.
Wall and Bendall will relive the making of Hounds of Love, discussing both the technical obstacles and the pressures facing Bush following the poor performance of her preceding album, The Dreaming. Playback will be on a Rega RP8 turntable and Quested LT10 speakers.
Following the Q&A session will be an “intimate performance” by tribute act Cloudbusting.
Tickets are available now for £30, which includes entry to the album talk, playback and performance by Cloudbusting. Tickets are available from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/strongroom-behind-the-tracks-hounds-of-love-by-kate-bush-tickets-17512395045.
“I remember thinking at the time that I hoped Kate would be recognised as creating something very special,” Bendall tells PSNEurope. “Her work, vision and creativity still amaze me.
“What on earth was I doing there?”