The Red Shoes, Part 2

Shoedance (Red Shoes Dance Mix)

+ The Big Sky (Special Single Mix)

+ Running Up That Hill (12" Version)


The Red Shoes, Part 2 (UK) front

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The Red Shoes, Part 2 (UK) rear

Country: UK
Label/Number: EMI CDEM 316
Release date: April 12, 1994
Chronology: Kate's 9th UK CD single; a collection of 3 tracks that had never been released on CD before.
Shoedance (Red Shoes Dance Mix) Lyrics
What it's about: A girl puts on a pair of enchanted ballet slippers and can't stop dancing until she breaks the spell. It's inspired by a character in the Michael Powell-directed film of the same name.
Running time: 10:08 (which makes it Kate's second longest single so far...)
The Big Sky (Special Single Mix) 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: 4:39
Running Up That Hill (12" Version) Lyrics
What it's about: Gender differences, and how they hamper our ability to understand the opposite sex. The song suggests we should try to resolve the conflicts in our relationships by "swapping places" (looking at the situation from our partner's perspective).
Running time: 5:42
This CD includes the "Special Single Mix" of The Big Sky, even though it is not labled as such.  It 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 that are not readily audible on the Special Single Mix.  It was included on this disc because the single mix was otherwise unavailble on CD at the time.  More recently, Fish People included it on their Hounds Of Love reissues.  (Information courtesy of Blackbird Braille.)
First pressings were issued as stand-alone CD singles. Later pressings were issued along with The Red Shoes, Part 1, as part of a 2 CD set (shown here).
Shoedance is an extended mix of The Red Shoes, incorporating parts of Miranda Richardson's and Lindsay Kemp's dialogue from Kate's film, The Line, The Cross & The Curve -- all set to a driving dance beat. (For what it's worth, it's my least favorite Kate track...)
On the other hand, the 12" Version of Running Up That Hill provides a completely fresh spin on one of Kate's classic songs. Unlike Shoedance, this is everything a remix should be -- it's one of my all-time favorites!

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