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Kate Bush's Elton John Homage

Written by Chief Editor.

Following a comprehensive reissue series of her discography last year, Kate Bush is releasing The Other Sides, a 4-disc collection.

The set, out next month, will include rare songs, B-sides, covers, and 12″ mixes. Among the offerings are a couple of holiday numbers from Kate's 1979 Christmas special; a version of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing; and two Elton John selections, Candle In The Wind and Rocket Man.

The singer has also officially released the video for her 1991 cover of the latter, which can be viewed on her Web site, where she wrote the following:

 I remember buying this when it came out as a single by Elton John. I couldn’t stop playing it - I loved it so much. Most artists in the mid seventies played guitar but Elton played piano and I dreamed of being able to play like him.

Years later in 1989, Elton and Bernie Taupin were putting together an album called 'Two Rooms,' which was a collection of cover versions of their songs, each featuring a different singer. To my delight they asked me to be involved and I chose 'Rocket Man.' They gave me complete creative control and although it was a bit daunting to be let loose on one of my favourite tracks ever, it was really exciting. I wanted to make it different from the original and thought it could be fun to turn it into a reggae version. It meant a great deal to me that they chose it to be the first single release from the album.

That meant I also had the chance to direct the video which I loved doing - making it a performance video, shot on black and white film, featuring all the musicians and... the Moon! 

Alan Murphy played guitars on the track. He was a truly special musician and a very dear friend. Tragically, he died just before we made the video so he wasn’t able to be there with us but you’ll see his guitar was placed on an empty chair to show he was there in spirit. 

 This is the first time this video has officially been released since its original TV broadcast.