Best of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Best of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

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Entrancing and well programmed, this retrospective uses tone rather than chronology to chart its twisted progression. Cave, even his days with The Birthday Party, specialized in dark macabre themes, and this recording which traces his work from the Bad Seeds' 1984 debut From Her to Eternity,<See more details below

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Entrancing and well programmed, this retrospective uses tone rather than chronology to chart its twisted progression. Cave, even his days with The Birthday Party, specialized in dark macabre themes, and this recording which traces his work from the Bad Seeds' 1984 debut From Her to Eternity, to his classic Murder Ballads and recent Boatman's Call. Highlights include "Henry Lee," which features PJ Harvey singing the role of a woman who stabs to death the man who rejected her. Cave himself is the killer on "Where Wild Roses Grow," which features Kylie Minogue singing sweetly as the young victim. Through much of the recording, the music is artfully gloomy but restrained, then on the final track, "From Her to Eternity," noisy guitars and industrial noise set the tone and the angst boils over and Cave sings "I can hear the most melancholy sound I've ever heard." It's a fine point to continue further investigation into the Bad Seeds catalogue, or to delve into The Birthday Party.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nick Cave is unquestionably an album artist. Each of his records has a specific mood and theme, standing as an individual work. That said, his albums have also been notoriously uneven. Sometimes, as on From Her to Eternity or The Boatman's Call, he has delivered near-masterpieces, while on other albums, only a handful of songs have hit the mark accurately, which is why The Best of Nick Cave is a welcome addition to his catalog. Granted, the title is a bit odd (it's better than Greatest Hits, however), but the compilation itself is as good as it could possibly be. All the major songs -- "Red Right Hand," "Straight to You," "Nobody's Baby Now," "Into My Arms," "Do You Love Me?," "Henry Lee," "Where the Wild Roses Grow," "From Her to Eternity" -- are on this 16-track collection, along with several strong album cuts. Some hardcore fans will find a couple of favorites missing, and the disc should have been sequenced in chronological order, but The Best of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds is nevertheless a terrific single-disc overview of his rewarding, occasionally inaccessible work with the Bad Seeds; it's ideal for both the curious and the casual fan.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2003
Label:
Emi International
UPC:
5016025682072
catalogNumber:
2568207

Tracks

  1. Deanna  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  2. Red Right Hand  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  3. Straight to You  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  4. Tupelo  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  5. Nobody's Baby Now  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  6. Stranger Than Kindness  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  7. Into My Arms  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  8. (Are You) the One That I've Been Waiting For?  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  9. The Carny  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  10. Do You Love Me?  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  11. The Mercy Seat  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  12. Henry Lee  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  13. The Weeping Song  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  14. The Ship Song  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  15. Where the Wild Roses Grow  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  16. From Her to Eternity  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Nick Cave   Indexed Contributor,Multi Instruments
Barry Adamson   Drums,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Kylie Minogue   Vocals
PJ Harvey   Vocals
Gini Ball   Strings
Blixa Bargeld   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Martyn Casey   Bass
Mick Harvey   Multi Instruments
Audrey Riley   Strings
Conway Savage   Piano
Thomas Wydler   Drums,Timbales
Kerran Coulter   Strings
Hugo Race   Guitar
Sue Simpson   Strings
Roland Wolf   Guitar
Jen Anderson   Strings
Helen Mountford   Strings
Tex Perkins   Background Vocals
Christopher Tombling   Strings
James Sclavunos   Drums
Rowland S. Howard   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Barry Adamson   Contributor
Nick Cave   Producer,Contributor,String Arrangements
David Briggs   Producer
Anita Lane   Contributor
Blixa Bargeld   Contributor
Martyn Casey   Contributor
Paul Corkett   Engineer
Warren Ellis   Contributor
Flood   Producer,Engineer
Mick Harvey   Producer,Contributor,String Arrangements
Kid Congo Powers   Contributor
Conway Savage   Contributor
Victor Van Vugt   Producer,Engineer
Thomas Wydler   Contributor
Tony Cohen   Producer,Engineer
Edward Clayton-Jones   Contributor
Hugo Race   Contributor
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Producer
Roland Wolf   Contributor
Don Bartley   Mastering
David Macquarie   Mastering
James Sclavunos   Contributor

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