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13/09/05 :: Daily Mail Article
EVER since the hit single Wuthering Heights launched her career, Kate Bush has been obsessed by the Emily Bronte novel which inspired it.
At one time she even registered her name on the electoral roll as Catherine Earnshaw, Bronte's tormented heroine.
And now she has spent £2.5million on a Wuthering Heights of her own.
Although the house is in Devon, rather than the West Yorkshire moors of the book, its setting is equally windswept and romantic.
And it will provide the seclusion which 47-year-old Miss Bush has craved ever since she found fame.
Her main residence is a mansion behind iron gates and high walls on an island in the Thames near Reading, where she lives with guitarist Danny Mcintosh, 49, and their seven-year-old son Bertie. Now the family have an equally secluded second home near Kingsbridge in South Devon.
Set in 17 acres, the house, built in the 1920s, has access to a private pebble beach with boat house. The estate also includes two small islands.
Miss Bush was so keen to own it that she paid £lmillion over the price asked by its previous owners, a couple from London. Parish councillor Julian Brazil said: 'We are pleased that she has chosen this part of the country. It is beautiful and very scenic.
'But we all intend to respect her privacy. No one is going to get too over-excited by this.' The locals are used to having stars in their midst. Former England rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward has a holiday home in nearby Salcombe, former BBC royal watcher Jennie Bond is a few miles away at East Prawie and Blur's Damon Albarn owns a place at Beesands. Miss Bush burst on to the pop scene as a 19-year-old in 1978 when Wuthering Heights spent four weeks at Number One. But the ensuing whirlwind of TV appearances, promotional interviews and a gruelling tour took its toll and she withdrew from the spotlight.
In the ten years since her last album she has spent her time bringing up her child and sculpting. Despite her self-imposed isolation, she retains an army of fans and her new double album, Aerial , is expected to top the charts when it hits the shops on November 7. The release will be preceded by a single, King of the Mountain, out on October 24.
Friends say she is filled with dread by the prospect of a return to the limelight, but she knows she will have to show her face to the loyal fans who have given her a £25million fortune. In a rare interview she recently explained her obsession with privacy. 'The reclusive thing is because I don't go clubbing and I don't do a lot of publicity,' she said. 'I'm a quiet, private person who has managed to hang around for a few years.
'Ridiculous, really. I didn't think it would be like this.' Not surprisingly, her son has never been photographed in public. She said: 'I am just trying to be a good, protective mother. I want to give him as normal a childhood as possible while preserving his privacy.'
Miss Bush, a doctor's daughter, believes her hatred of public scrutiny stems from her troubled childhood in Welling, Kent, when she was bullied for being skinny.
A loner, she spent hours playing an old organ and writing songs from the age of ten. She was signed by EMI at 16 when a family friend in the record business arranged for a demo tape to be made.
She managed to overcome her shyness to perform in public and became an enduring pop icon.
But she says her fear of 'being laughed at' has followed her all her life. 'My father has told me I used to dance to music on the telly.
'I was completely unself-conscious and I wasn't aware of people looking at me.
'One day some people came into the room, saw me and laughed - and from that moment on I stopped doing it.
'I think I've been trying to get back there ever since.'
Kate Bush :: Rare Record Price Guide
You can expect the prices for the items listed below if you are selling privately. If you sell to a dealer or shop expect less than half of the prices listed below.
All prices are on the basis that the item is in mint condition.
All items UK releases unless stated.
List also includes CDs, & 12"s.
Prices are in UK sterling and US dollars.
The price guide below gives you an estimate of the price an item has achieved. It should be used as a staring point; doing your own leg work on specific items is unavoidable.
The price guide is just a starting point and I will add to it when I get time. No scans yet. But it will really only grow with your help. If you have anything of Bush's, be it a magazine, CD, vinyl, whatever, from any part of the world and would like it included here then please e-mail me here. If you have an idea of its value then it would be great if you could include that as well. If you have a picture/scan of the item then please include that and I will also put that up.
EMI EMI 2729 - Wuthering Heights/Kite (p/s)...£40
EMI EMI 2806 - The Man With The Child In His Eyes/Moving (p/s)...£20
EMI EMI 2887 - Hammer Horror/Coffee Homeground (p/s)...£10
EMI EMI 2911 - Wow/Fullhouse (p/s)...£10
EMI MIEP 2991 - KATE BUSH ON STAGE (EP, gatefold sleeve)...£15
EMI PSR 442/3 - KATE BUSH ON STAGE (EP, double pack, gatefold sleeve, promo only)...£70
Sound For Industry SF1 562 - Selected Highlights from "Never Forever" (flexidisc, black vinyl)...£15
Sound For Industry SF1 562 - Selected Highlights from "Never Forever" (square flexidisc, black vinyl)...£15
EMI EMI 5201 - Sat In Your Lap/Lord Of The Reedy River (p/s)...£6
EMI EMI 5350 - There Goes A Tenner/Ne T'Enfuis Pas (thick card, p/s)...£10
EMI KBS 1 - THE SINGLE FILE (13 x 7" box set with lyric booklet)...£150
EMI KB 1 - Running Up That Hill/Under The Ivy (gatefold p/s)...£5
EMI 12 KB 2 - Cloudbusting (Organon Mix)/Burning Bridges/My Lagan Love (12", p/s)...£7
EMI KBP 4 - The Big Sky (Single Mix)/Not This Time (picture disc)...£15
EMI CDEM 102 - The Sensual World/(Instrumental)/Walk Straight Down The Middle (CD)...£10
EMI EMPD 119 - This Woman's Work/Be Kind To My Mistakes (picture disc, with insert, PVC sl.)...£5
EMI 12EMP 119 - This Woman's Work/Be Kind To My Mistakes/I'm Still Waiting (12", poster p/s)...£8
EMI CDEM 119 - This Woman's Work/Be Kind To My Mistakes/I'm Still Waiting (CD)...£10
EMI CDEM 134 - Love And Anger/Ken/The Confrontation/One Last Look Around The House (CD)...£10
Rocket TRICD 2 - Rocket Man/Candle In The Wind/Rocket Man (Instrumental) (CD, digipack)...£10
EMI GIRL 1 - Rubberband Girl (CD, 1-track "lyrical teaser", promo only)...£15
EMI EM 280 - Eat The Music/Big Stripey Lie (p/s, picture labels, release cancelled, 17 copies only)...£1,500
EMI 12 EMPD 280 - Eat The Music/Eat The Music (Madagascan Remix)/Big Stripey Lie (12", picture disc, unissued)
EMI CDEM 280 - Eat The Music (Madagascan Remix)/Big Stripey Lie (CD, unissued)
EMI MUSIC 1 - Eat The Music (CD, 1-track promo for unissued singe, no inlay, withdrawn)...£150
EMI CDEM 297 - Moments Of Pleasure/December Will Be Magic Again/Experiment IV (CD, box set with 4 prints)...£8
EMI EMPD 355 - And So Is Love/Rubberband Girl (USA Mix) (picture disc, PVC sleeve with 60" x 40" poster, unnumbered or 5,000 numbered)...£25/8
EMI EM CP 3223 - THE KICK INSIDE (LP, picture disc, stickered sleeve)...£50
EMI EM CP 3223 - THE KICK INSIDE (LP, picture disc, stickered sleeve, second pressing with "manufactured in the U.K. by EMI Records Ltd" wording)...£40
EMI EM CP 3223 - THE KICK INSIDE (LP, picture disc, mispress with same picture both sides)...£150
EMI KBBX 1 - THIS WOMAN'S WORK (9-LP, box set)...£100
EMI CKBBX 1 - THIS WOMAN'S WORK (cassette, box set)...£40
EMI CDKBBX 1 - THIS WOMAN'S WORK (CD, box set)...£100
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