The 12 Discs of Christmas 2010 #12



Kate Bush - December Will Be Magic Again (EMI 5121; 1980)

There's nothing particularly rare or odd about this Kate Bush single from 30 years ago, it's certainly been on its fair share of Christmas compilation CDs. But it's always been a favourite of mine due to the combination of mystery and excitement that pours forth from Bush's multi-octave voice, extolling the wonders of Bing Crosby and Oscar Wilde. She eventually transforms herself into a snowflake, and her vocals blanket our ears in drifts of sound. For a one-off Christmas tune, it remains a marvel of performance and production.

As an added bonus, here's a rare clip of Bush performing December Will Be Magic Again on a 1979 TV special, with a live vocal over a different mix of the song. Enjoy!

6 comments:

Max Allan Collins said...

Thanks for this lovely Christmas present.

No one quite like Kate Bush -- sexy, haunting, timeless, arty, graceful, child-like, knowing, unknowable....

Michel said...

Thanks for yet another fine series!

swac said...

Thanks Max! I've got everything she's done...I thought The Red Shoes was a bit of a misfire, but her last album Aerial was close to being a masterpiece. It was worth the wait!

Wayne Kasper said...

My two cents/pence on Kate (on our 70s blog - 80s/90s coming soon):

http://andwhatwillbeleftofthem.blogspot.com/2010/12/running-up-that-hill-with-no-problems.html

Nick said...

Thanks for some great Christmas tracks! Have you posted the entire SWACMAS 2010 yet? Would love to check out the rest of your picks.

swac said...

Hi Nick,

I didn't post Merry Swacmas 2010, but I'm willing to provide a link to a download for anyone who wants it. Just send me an email and I'll send the link your way.

Thanks for your interest!

*s*