Murder Ballads [Bonus DVD] [Remastered] [Collector's Edition]

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In some ways, Murder Ballads is the record Nick Cave was waiting to make his entire career. Death and violence have always haunted his music, even when he wasn't explicitly singing about the subject. On Murder Ballads, he sings about nothing but death in the most gruesome, shocking fashion. Divided between originals and covers, the record is awash in both morbid humor and sobering horror, as the Bad Seeds provide an appropriate backdrop for the carnage, alternating between blues, country, and lounge jazz. Opening the affair is "Song for Joy," a tale from a father who has witnessed his family's death at the hands of a serial killer. It is the most disturbing number on the record, lacking any of the gallows humor that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
In some ways, Murder Ballads is the record Nick Cave was waiting to make his entire career. Death and violence have always haunted his music, even when he wasn't explicitly singing about the subject. On Murder Ballads, he sings about nothing but death in the most gruesome, shocking fashion. Divided between originals and covers, the record is awash in both morbid humor and sobering horror, as the Bad Seeds provide an appropriate backdrop for the carnage, alternating between blues, country, and lounge jazz. Opening the affair is "Song for Joy," a tale from a father who has witnessed his family's death at the hands of a serial killer. It is the most disturbing number on the record, lacking any of the gallows humor that balances out the other songs. Cave's duets with Kylie Minogue ("Where the Wild Roses Grow") and PJ Harvey ("Henry Lee") are intriguing, but the true tours de force on the album are "Stagger Lee" and "O'Malley's Bar." Working from an obscure, vulgar variation on "Stagger Lee," Cave increases the sordidness of the song, making Stagger an utterly irredeemable character. The original "O'Malley's Bar" is even stronger, as he spins a bizarrely funny epic of one man's slaughter of an entire barroom of patrons. During the track, the bandmembers are at the height of their collective powers and the performance ranks among their best on record. [The 2011 remastered edition contains a bonus DVD featuring the album in both 5.1 and stereo mixes, four bonus tracks including "The Ballad of Robert Moore and Betty Coltrane" and "Knoxville Girl," the 40-minute ninth part of Iain Forsyth's and Jane Pollard's documentary Do You Love Me Like I Love You that runs throughout the entire reissue series, and the videos for "Stagger Lee," "Where the Wild Roses Grow," and "Henry Lee." This set makes for a definitive portrait of one of the Bad Seeds' most enduring recordings -- and some would argue its signature one.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Thom Jurek
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • Label: Mute
  • EAN: 5099909572423
  • Catalog Number: 95724
  • Sales rank: 20,109

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Song of Joy (6:46)
  2. 2 Stagger Lee (5:15)
  3. 3 Henry Lee (3:58)
  4. 4 Lovely Creature (4:13)
  5. 5 Where the Wild Roses Grow (3:57)
  6. 6 The Curse of Millhaven (6:55)
  7. 7 The Kindness of Strangers (4:39)
  8. 8 Crow Jane (4:14)
  9. 9 O'Malley's Bar (14:28)
  10. 10 Death is Not the End (4:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Song of Joy
  2. 2 Stagger Lee
  3. 3 Henry Lee
  4. 4 Lovely Creature
  5. 5 Where the Wild Roses Grow
  6. 6 The Curse of Millhaven
  7. 7 The Kindness of Strangers
  8. 8 Crow Jane
  9. 9 O'Malley's Bar
  10. 10 Death is Not the End
  11. 11 The Ballad of Robert Moore and Betty Coltrane
  12. 12 The Willow Garden
  13. 13 King Kong Kitchee Kitchee Ki-Mi-O
  14. 14 Knoxville Girl
  15. 15 Do You Love Me Like I Love You (Part 9: Murder Ballads)
  16. 16 Stagger Lee
  17. 17 Where the Wild Roses Grow
  18. 18 Henry Lee
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Primary Artist
Nick Cave Indexed Contributor, Organ, Piano, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Hammond B3
Kylie Minogue Vocals
Dave Graney Choir, Chorus
Anita Lane Vocals
PJ Harvey Vocals
Blixa Bargeld Guitar, Vocals, screams
Warren Ellis Violin, Accordion, Choir, Chorus
Mick Harvey Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Cymbals, Drums, Background Vocals, Space Belt, Wind Organ, Hammond B3
James Johnston Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Shane MacGowan Vocals
Moron Tabernacle Choir Choir, Chorus
Helen Mountfort Cello
Conway Savage Organ, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Thomas Wydler Percussion, Drums, Maracas, Tambourine, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tony Cohen Percussion
Katharine Blake Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Liz Corcoran Vocals
Kerran Coulter Viola
Mariella del Conte Vocals
Brian Hooper Bass, Choir, Chorus
Spencer P. Jones Choir, Chorus
Clare Moore Choir, Chorus
Astrid Munday Percussion, Choir, Chorus
Hugo Race Guitar
Sue Simpson Violin
Jen Anderson Violin
Terry Edwards Horn, Brass
Martyn P. Casey Bass, Choir, Chorus
James Sclavunos Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Bells
Rowland S. Howard Choir, Chorus
Ian Johnston Choir, Chorus
Geraldine Johnston Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Nick Cave Arranger, Composer, Sound Effects, Lyricist, String Arrangements
Blixa Bargeld Composer
Warren Ellis Arranger
Mick Harvey Composer, Executive Producer, String Arrangements
Conway Savage Composer
Victor Van Vugt Producer
Thomas Wydler Composer
Simon Heyworth Mastering, Remastering
Tony Cohen Producer
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Producer
Ray Staff Mastering
Traditional Composer
Johannes Beck Art Direction
Kevin Van Bergen Master Tape Restoration
Shaun Connon Executive Producer
Rachel Willis Executive Producer
Amy Hanson Liner Notes
Jane Pollard Composer
Iain Forsyth Composer
Martyn P. Casey Composer
David Rowntree Executive Producer
James Sclavunos Composer
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