King Of The Mountain

King Of The Mountain (UK) promo front

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King Of The Mountain (UK) promo rear

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King Of The Mountain (Uk) promo disc

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Country: UK
Label/Number: EMI CDEMDJ 674
Release date: Early October, 2005
Chronology: A one-track, promo-only, picture disc EU release of the lead single from Aerial, housed in a single pocket cardboard sleeve.
Cover drawing by Bertie (Kate's son)
King Of The Mountain Lyrics
What it's about: A lament about the loneliness and the loss of innocence and anonymity one suffers when they become famous.  (But after seeing the video, it could just be "a song about Elvis"...)
Running time: 4:45
King Of The Mountain marked Kate's return from a 9 year, 4 month drought.  It was her first new material since Mná na hÉireann in May, 1996.
It was an even longer drought for US fans.  Her last release on this side of the Atlantic was The Man I Love (11 years, 2 months earlier).
Issued a little less than a month in advance of the commercial version, release-starved fans around the globe immediately began to grab them off eBay for exorbitant prices.
This is credited as a UK release on this page, but it's an EU pressing and was apparently issued simultaneously all over Europe.  US fans were treated to a similar release at a private listening party in New York, packaged in a slim jewel case.
Slight color variations exist on this promo.  In addition to the one shown here, there is also one with a more "greenish" tone (with a different matrix number). 

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