Thursday, 9 June 2016
First viewed : 28 December 1979
I must admit I wasn't completely into Kate's music at the time this was first shown - it would take the divine trinity of singles from Never For Ever to open the door - and only caught the tail end of it waiting for a highlights show from the first series of Not The Nine O Clock News .
This Christmas special featured Kate performing songs from her first two albums plus other yet-to-be-released songs, some of which appeared on her third album Never For Ever nine months later. She also had Peter Gabriel as a special guest performing a solo piano version of Here Comes The Flood and a duet with Kate on Roy Harper's Another Day which I don't think has been released in any other format.
Kate performs three of the tracks live at the piano but on the ones where she's dancing she's clearly lip-synching as she's not miked up. She largely avoids the hits apart from Man With The Child In His Eyes , picking songs for which she'd developed interesting new routines. Given her decision not to tour for the next 35 years, this is the only place to see Kate perform some of these songs.
Oh and she looks pretty fetching too !