Why Should I Love You?

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Why Should I Love You?


from the album The Red Shoes
Song details
Performer: Kate Bush
First Released: 5 October 1993 - The Red Shoes album
Album(s): The Red Shoes
Writer(s): Kate Bush
Producer(s): Kate Bush
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Why Should I Love You? is the eleventh track on Kate Bush’s seventh album The Red Shoes. The track was written and produced by Kate Bush, but Prince appears on guitar, keyboards, bass guitar and background vocals.

Prince first met Kate Bush in 1990 while on the Nude Tour, although he had been a fan of her work since the 1985 album Hounds Of Love. They discussed working together, and in 1991, Bush asked Prince to contribute background vocals to Why Should I Love You? She sent him the track, which she had recorded at Abbey Road Studios (Studio Number One), London, England, and Prince added vocals, but also added many instrumental parts to the song, at Larrabee Sound Studios in North Hollywood, California in late March / early April 1991. When Kate Bush and her engineer, Del Palmer, listened to Prince’s returned track, they weren’t sure what to do with it. They worked on it on and off for two years to try to "turn it back into a Kate Bush song".

The track also features background vocals by British comedian Lenny Henry, a good friend of Kate Bush’s and a huge Prince fan who often impersonates Prince live and plays Prince’s music over the PA system prior to live shows. Lenny Henry and Prince did not meet during the recording of this track, however.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1991 Abbey Road Studios (Studio Number One),
London, England
Tracking by Kate Bush (no Prince input)
Late March - Early April 1991 Larrabee Sound Studios,
North Hollywood, CA, USA (assumed)
Additional recording and overdubs by Prince
1991 - mid-1993 Abbey Road Studios (Studio Number One),
London, England
Additional recording by Kate Bush (no Prince input)
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Why Should I Love You? 5:03 The Red Shoes Studio
Why Should I Love You? (2018 Remaster) 5:03 The Red Shoes (2018 Remaster) Studio Remastered in 2018


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Why Should I Love You? Studio Kate Bush’s original 1991 recording (no Prince input)
Why Should I Love You? Studio 1991 recording after Prince overdubs and additional recording (see trivia)
Why Should I Love You? Studio Alternate version with different vocal take and backing music (likely same as above - see trivia)
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • In 2022, engineer Sylvia Massy released an alternate version of Why Should I Love You? (called 'Ghost' - it may be the version Prince worked on and sent to Kate Bush but it has not been verified) on her website, but it is not considered an official release since it does not appear to have been made with the approval of Bush or The Prince Estate.

References
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