Wuthering Heights

b/w Kite

Wuthering Heights (US) front


Wuthering Heights (US) rear


Country: USA
Label/Number: EMI America 8003
Release date: July, 1978
Chronology: Kate's 1st US single; it's from The Kick Inside.
Cover photo by Gered Mankowitz
Highest chart position: It didn't! Wuthering Heights was a worldwide hit -- everywhere but the US!
Wuthering Heights Lyrics
What it's about: Kate's nod to Emily Bronte's classic romance novel. (More specifically, the ending, where Cathy comes back as a spirit to claim Heathcliff's soul.)
Running time: 3:35 (single edit)
Kite Lyrics
What it's about: Feeling rooted to the ground, a girl takes to the sky as a kite (but I've always thought it was a thinly veiled drug use metaphor).
Running time: 3:00
The sleeve is one of Gered Mankowitz's "box" photos shot for EMI America in March, 1978. This particular shot is exclusive to the US release of Wuthering Heights (except for a reverse image of it, which appears on the Polish Tonpress sleeve). (Here are a few more from the same session.)
This, and the FIRST UK pressing, are the only single edits of Wuthering Heights ever released. The minute-long instrumental part at the end has been eliminated, probably because the full length version wasn't deemed "radio friendly" enough.
Two slightly different versions of the sleeve exist.  One with a curved thumb notch -- and one with a straight cut across the top.  Both are shown here.
Promo copies were also distributed in stock sleeves with mono/stereo versions of the US only single edit (EMI America P-8003).

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