This Woman’s Work Anthology 1978-1990 is a compilation box set, released on 22 October 1990. It comprises the six albums released by Kate Bush until then, with two additional albums of B-sides, rarities and remixes. The two rarities discs were never released officially as album separately from the box set, although certain shops were selling discs individually.

Track listing

The box set consists of the following albums:-

  1. The Kick Inside
  2. Lionheart
  3. Never For Ever
  4. The Dreaming
  5. Hounds Of Love
  6. The Sensual World
  7. This Woman’s Work Volume 1
  8. This Woman’s Work Volume 2


This Woman’s Work: Anthology 1978-1990 was released as a CD box set (8 discs), a vinyl box set (9 discs) and a cassette box set (8 tapes).

Critical reception

Reviews of the box set werd very positive.

Collected together, these six albums flow effortlessly and mark a career that has achieve so much in terms of creativity and originality and will continue to do so.

Nick Robinson, Music Week, 27 October 1990

Kate Bush has puzzled at least as many people as she has delighted. [She] has constructed an entire career out of songs and stunts that many performers would shy away from, and many rational people would consider, well, crackers….

Rob Beattie, Q, December 1990

Several things distinguish her from her male counterparts: her vast reservoir of talent for one, and the strangeness and magic of her best work. Her careers can be vaguely deliniated as ‘before and after science’. The early albums are fresh, pianistic, and knowingly naive but as time goes by she embraces the Fairlight and the music becomes denser, more opaque… If you don’t know Kate Bush, immerse yourself in this terrific set.

Stuart Maconie, NME, 10 November 1990