Tender Prey [CD and DVD] [Remastered]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
With guitarist/keyboardist Roland Wolf and Cramps/Gun Club veteran Kid Congo Powers on guitar added to the ranks, along with guest appearances from old member Hugo Race, the Seeds reached 1988 with their strongest album yet, the insanely powerful, gripping Tender Prey. Rather than simply redoing what they'd already done, Nick Cave and company took their striking musical fusions to deeper and higher levels all around, with fantastic consequences. The album boldly starts out with an undisputed Cave masterpiece -- "The Mercy Seat," a chilling self-portrait of a prisoner about to be executed that compares the electric chair with the throne of God. Queasy strings from a Gini ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
With guitarist/keyboardist Roland Wolf and Cramps/Gun Club veteran Kid Congo Powers on guitar added to the ranks, along with guest appearances from old member Hugo Race, the Seeds reached 1988 with their strongest album yet, the insanely powerful, gripping Tender Prey. Rather than simply redoing what they'd already done, Nick Cave and company took their striking musical fusions to deeper and higher levels all around, with fantastic consequences. The album boldly starts out with an undisputed Cave masterpiece -- "The Mercy Seat," a chilling self-portrait of a prisoner about to be executed that compares the electric chair with the throne of God. Queasy strings from a Gini Ball-led trio and Mick Harvey's spectral piano snake through a rising roar of electric sound -- a common musical approach from many earlier Seeds songs, but never so gut-wrenching as here. Cave's own performance is the perfect icing on the cake, commanding and powerful, excellently capturing the blend of crazed fear and righteousness in the lyrics. Matching that high point turns out to be impossible for anything else on Tender Prey, but more than enough highlights take a bow that demonstrates the album's general quality. "Deanna" is another great blast from the Seeds, a garage rock-style rave-up that lyrically is everything Natural Born Killers tried to be, but failed at -- killing sprees, Cadillacs, and carrying out the work of the Lord, however atypically. The echoing, gentle-yet-rough sonics on the Blind Willie Johnson-inspired "City of Refuge" and the gentler drama of "Sugar Sugar Sugar" also do well in keeping the energy level up. On the quieter side, Cave indulges his penchant for gloomy piano-led ballads throughout, and quite well at that, with such songs as "Watching Alice," "Mercy," and the end-of-the-evening singalong "New Morning." "Sunday's Slave" has a beautifully brooding feeling to it thanks to the combination of acoustic guitar and piano, making it a bit of a cousin of Scott Walker's "Seventh Seal."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Mute
  • UPC: 724596944028
  • Catalog Number: 69440
  • Sales rank: 40,666

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Mercy Seat (7:18)
  2. 2 Up Jumped the Devil (5:16)
  3. 3 Deanna (3:45)
  4. 4 Watching Alice (4:01)
  5. 5 Mercy (6:22)
  6. 6 City of Refuge (4:48)
  7. 7 Slowly Goes the Night (5:23)
  8. 8 Sunday's Slave (3:40)
  9. 9 Sugar Sugar Sugar (5:01)
  10. 10 New Morning (3:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Mercy Seat
  2. 2 Up Jumped the Devil
  3. 3 Deanna
  4. 4 Watching Alice
  5. 5 Mercy
  6. 6 City of Refuge
  7. 7 Slowly Goes the Night
  8. 8 Sunday's Slave
  9. 9 Sugar Sugar Sugar
  10. 10 New Morning
  11. 11 The Mercy Seat
  12. 12 Girl at the Bottom of My Glass
  13. 13 The Mercy Seat
  14. 14 City of Refuge
  15. 15 Deanna
  16. 16 Do You Love Me Like I Love You (Part 5: Tender Prey)
  17. 17 The Mercy Seat
  18. 18 Deanna
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Nick Cave Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Hammond Organ, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vibes
Gini Ball Strings
Blixa Bargeld Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Slide Guitar
Mick Harvey Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals, Xylophone, Loops
Kid Congo Powers Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Audrey Riley Strings
Thomas Wydler Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Tony Cohen Background Vocals
Hugo Race Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Roland Wolf Organ, Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Ian Davis Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Christopher Tombling Strings
Technical Credits
Nick Cave Composer
Blixa Bargeld Composer
Mick Harvey Composer, Executive Producer
Kid Congo Powers Composer
Thomas Wydler Composer
Simon Heyworth Mastering, Remastering
Tony Cohen Producer, Engineer
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Producer
Roland Wolf Composer
Slim Smith Layout
Anne Carruthers Archives Director
Kevin Van Bergen Master Tape Restoration
Shaun Connon Executive Producer
Peach Kazen Archives Director
Rachel Willis Executive Producer
Chris Thompson Engineer
Amy Hanson Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Jane Pollard Composer
Iain Forsyth Composer
David Rowntree Executive Producer
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