The Big Sky (Special Single Mix)

b/w Not This Time

The Big Sky Picture Disc (UK) front


The Big Sky Picture Disc (UK) rear


Country: UK
Label/Number: EMI KBP4
Release date: Spring, 1986
Chronology: Kate's 18th UK single (the 4th and final from Hounds Of Love), with her 22nd non-LP track. This is the first of 4 (authorized) 7" picture discs.
Photos by John Carder Bush. (Here is the original uncropped front image.)
The Big Sky Lyrics
What it's about: Remembering some of the simple pleasures we used to enjoy as children, that we no longer find the time for -- like spending the afternoon looking at the sky, watching the clouds take on shapes.
Running time: 4:25 (Special Single Mix)
Not This Time Lyrics
What it's about: A woman declares her independence from her possessive/domineering/abusive (pick one) lover.
Running time: 3:41
The Special Single Mix of The Big Sky opens with (synth) strings in the background (that sound like cellos), and it fades out approximately :16 earlier than the original LP/CD mix.  The LP/CD version doesn't have the synths, but it has background vocals which are not readily audible on the Special Single Mix.  The single mix has replaced the original on the Fish People reissues and iTunes.  (Info courtesy of Blackbird Braille.)

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