Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, 1984-2014 [Double CD]

Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, 1984-2014 [Double CD]

by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds


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Nick Cave is a singular figure in contemporary rock music; he first emerged as punk rock was making its presence known in Australia, but though he's never surrendered his status as a provocateur and a musical outlaw, he quickly abandoned the simplicity of punk for something grander and more literate, though no less punishing in its outlook. Cave also had an approach to collaboration that made his backing band, the Bad Seeds, an integral part of his creative vision, even as their membership changed and their sound evolved over the space of three decades of fury and eloquence. In Kirk Lake's liner notes to Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, 1984-2014, he celebrates the band as much as their charismatic leader and songwriter, and the 45 songs collected on this three-disc set make the case that while Cave may be the frontman -- and a profoundly charismatic one with a powerful voice that can communicate from a whisper to a scream -- his musicians bring a color, shape, and texture to his songs that focus and amplify his gifts as a singer and lyricist. While 1998's The Best of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds is a fine one-disc overview of Cave's body of work, this is by any standard a superior collection. The depth and detail of Cave's songs lend themselves to a larger anthology, and this was compiled from an additional 16 years' worth of music, much of it excellent, including tracks from 2004's Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus and 2014's Push the Sky Away. And the package also comes with a bonus DVD featuring television appearances, live performances, and interviews that document Cave & the Bad Seeds' forceful brilliance on-stage. Lovely Creatures is a superior introduction to Cave's post-Birthday Party work, and while the lack of unreleased material might make it superfluous for serious fans, this remains a splendid summation of the work of a major artist who continues to create deeply personal, profoundly moving music. [A two-CD edition was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2017
Label: Mute U.S.
UPC: 0075597941456
catalogNumber: 94145
Rank: 30581

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Primary Artist
Barry Adamson   Group Member
Anita Lane   Group Member
Blixa Bargeld   Group Member
Martyn Casey   Group Member
Warren Ellis   Group Member
Mick Harvey   Group Member
Nick Launay   Overdubs
Kid Congo Powers   Group Member
Conway Savage   Group Member
Thomas Wydler   Group Member
Hugo Race   Group Member
Roland Wolf   Group Member
Pablo Clements   Toy Drums
George Vjestica   Group Member
James Griffith   Toy Drums
David McCluney   Overdubs
James Sclavunos   Group Member
James Johnston   Group Member

Technical Credits

Barry Adamson   Composer
Nick Cave   Composer,Producer
David Briggs   Producer
Anita Lane   Composer
Blixa Bargeld   Composer
Beate Bartel   Photo Booklet
Martyn Casey   Composer
Paul Corkett   Engineer
Warren Ellis   Composer
Flood   Producer,Engineer
Mick Harvey   Composer,Producer
Nick Launay   Producer,Engineer
Conway Savage   Composer
Victor Van Vugt   Producer,Engineer,Demo Engineer
Thomas Wydler   Composer
Katy Beale   Photo Booklet
Jessamy Calkin   Photo Booklet
Tony Cohen   Producer,Engineer
Chuck Johnson   Engineer
Hugo Race   Composer
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Arranger,Producer
Bleddyn Butcher   Photo Booklet
Chris Cuffaro   Photo Booklet
Anton Corbijn   Photo Booklet
Polly Borland   Photo Booklet
Kevin Paul   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Dave McCluney   Demo Engineer
Ross Waterman   Photo Booklet
George Vjestica   Photo Booklet
James Sclavunos   Composer,Photo Booklet
Rene Rodriquez   Photo Booklet

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