When “Alone At My Piano" came out in 1988 it was received by Kate fans as the work “we should have always had”.
It was the best digital version of these precious beauties at that time.
We know that these piano demos are from 1976, meaning the fifth recording She did at her home, alone with her piano and a tape recorder.
The first time fans could listen to them was in 1982 when local DJ John Dixon presented 22 piano demo songs on his KSTM radio station in Phoenix.
He seems he acquired the tapes when he worked for EMI at the time of Kate's signing.
There’re a number of unofficials around and through the years most of the clicks & pops have been removed from the tracks.
There is also a reissue of the CD “Alone At My Piano” itself from 2015, with a different back cover and more titles.
BUT on this first issue of “Alone At My Piano”, we find an almost completely and uninterrupted recording of all these beauties with in between-song pauses & noises intact, as our young Cathy recorded them on those old tapes.
It’s incredible material and amazingly enough the audio quality is not bad.
Still, for an excellent audio quality of the demos i always refer you to “The Phoenix Recordings”, another unofficial CD (this one from 2012) which has become sort of my personal “very first Kate album”, previous to “The Kick Inside”. We have deduced, mostly from Gilmour/Kate interviews through the years, these gems are from the FIFTH recording of the demos.
So this is the proof of how very young Kate was when she wrote almost all the songs She/EMI put on "The Kick Inside" and "Lionheart", respectively her first and her second album.
Even if our Kate should decide one day to release them officially (which I seriously doubt will ever happen), this is still excruciating unofficial material at the dawn of Her Genius.
Unpolished testament of what was to come.
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