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B-Sides & Rarities Box set

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  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00022VLYK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Deanna (Acoustic Version)
  2. The Mercy Seat (Acoustic Version)
  3. City Of Refuge (Acoustic Version)
  4. The Moon Is In The Gutter - B-side of the In The Ghetto single
  5. The Six Strings That Drew Blood - the B-side of Tupelo
  6. Rye Whisky - first available as a flexidisc with Reflex magazine
  7. Running Scared - B-Side of The Singer
  8. Black Betty - B-side of The Singer 12 Inch single
  9. Scum - Flexidisc sold with a poster at Bad Seeds concerts
  10. The Girl At The Bottom Of My Glass - B-side of Deanna 12" single
  11. The Train Song - B-side of The Ship Song 7" single
  12. Cocks 'N' Asses - B-side of The Weeping Song 7" single
  13. Blue Bird - B-side of Straight To You 12" single
  14. Helpless - first issued on the Neil Young tribute LP, The Bridge
  15. God's Hotel - KCRW radio session released on Rare On Air Volume 1
  16. (I'll Love You) Till The End Of The World - B-side of Loverman 7”
  17. Cassiel's Song -soundtrack of Wim Wenders' Faraway, So Close!
  18. Tower Of Song - from I'm Your Fan, a Leonard Cohen tribute LP
  19. What Can I Give You? - Believed to have been a French promo only

Disc: 2

  1. What A Wonderful World – With Shane Macgowan. Single Release
  2. Rainy Night In Soho - B-Side Of What A Wonderful World
  3. Lucy (Version #2) – B-Side Of What A Wonderful World
  4. Jack The Ripper – Acoustic B-Side Of The 7" Of Straight To You, 1992
  5. Sail Away - B-Side Of Do You Love Me?, 1994
  6. There's No Night Out At The Jail - Previously Unreleased Cover
  7. That's What Jazz Is To Me -B-Side Of The Red Right Hand Ltd Ed Single
  8. The Willow Garden -B-Side Of Where The Wild Roses Grow Single
  9. The Ballad Of Robert Moore And Betty Coltrane (As Above)
  10. King Kong Kitchee Kitchee Ki-Mi-O - The B-Side Of The Henry Lee
  11. Knoxville Girl - Featured On The Henry Lee CD Single
  12. Where The Wild Roses Grow -Unreleased Duet With Blixa Bargeld
  13. O'Malley's Bar Pt.1
  14. O'Malley's Bar Pt.2
  15. O'Malley's Bar Pt. 3 Mark Radcliffe Radio One Session, 1996
  16. - Time Jesum Transeuntum Et Non Riverentum - From The TV Soundtrack CD Songs In The Key Of X
  17. O'Malley's Bar Reprise - Mark Radcliffe Radio One Session
  18. Red Right Hand (Scream 3 Version) - Previously Unreleased

Disc: 3

  1. Little Empty Boat - B-Side Of Into My Arms Single
  2. Right Now I'm A-Roaming - B-Side Of Into My Arms Single
  3. Come Into My Sleep - B-Side Of The (Are You) The One… Single
  4. Black Hair (Band Version) - B-Side Of The (Are You) The One… Single
  5. Babe, I've Got You Bad - B-Side Of The (Are You) The One… Single
  6. Sheep May Safely Graze - Previously Unreleased Outtake
  7. Opium Tea - Previously Unreleased Outtake
  8. Grief Came Riding - Extra Track From The LP No More Shall We Part
  9. Bless His Ever Loving Heart – (As Above)
  10. Good Good Day - B-Side Of As I Sat Sadly By Her Side Single
  11. Little Janey's Gone - B-Side Of As I Sat Sadly By Her Side Single
  12. I Feel So Good - From The Wim Wenders Film The Soul Of A Man
  13. Shoot Me Down - B-Side Of Bring It On Single
  14. Swing Low - B-Side Of Bring It On Single
  15. Little Ghost Song - B-Side Of He Wants You Single
  16. Everything Must Converge - B-Side Of He Wants You Single
  17. Nocturama - B-Side Of The 7" Inch Single Rock Of Gibraltar
  18. She's Leaving You - B Side Of Nature Boy
  19. Under This Moon - B Side Of Breathless Single.

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Spanning the full twenty-one years of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' illustrious career, this comprehensive three CD set, entitled B-Sides & Rarities, presents a thrilling and eclectic retrospective collection of material by the band, some of which has been deleted, featured on a disparate collection of soundtrack albums or has never been officially released before. From the menacing "The Six Strings That Drew Blood", through the distraught "The Girl At The Bottom Of My Glass", the fragile beauty of "Little Empty Boat", the outlaw romance of '(I'll Love You) Till The End Of The World', the plaintive "Bluebird" through to the murderous attack of "The Ballad Of Robert Moore & Betty Coltrane", long term Bad Seeds aficionados, recent converts or the merely curious will find much to appreciate and enjoy in this landmark 56-track compilation.


With three albums, comprising six discs of music, from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds in a little over two years, fans of the enduring, sombre songsters, may be left wondering if they really need more material. But B-Sides & Raritiesis a wonderful testament to the devastatingly romantic, ferocious and exquisitely emotive collective talent that has made Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds music so compelling throughout the 21 years since they rose from the ashes of The Birthday Party. Comprising 56 tracks over three CDs, B-Sides & Raritieswas coordinated by the band's founder member, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey, who has lovingly compiled some of the rarest and delightful material of the bands career.

From the opening bars of the first track, an acoustic version of "Deanna", to the closing notes of the recent B-side "Under This Moon", this mammoth rarities retrospective is packed with songs that chart the development of the band's sound. Alongside alternative versions of NCATBS gems such as "Red Right Hand", "Jack The Ripper", "Where The Wild Roses Go" (with Blixa replacing a certain Miss Minogue) and a stunning stripped-down acoustic version of "The Mercy Seat" come some great covers including a stark version of Leadbelly's "Black Betty" a charming rendition of Neil Young's "Helpless", an irreverent take on Leonard Cohen's "Tower Of Love" and a heartbreakingly forlorn duet with Shane MacGowan on Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World".

Elsewhere rough cuts from raucous radio sessions like "God's Hotel" are interlaced with more considered soundtrack commissions such as "(I'll Love You) Till The End of The World" and "Cassiel's Song". The promotional material boldly leads with the Cave quote: "This is my favourite Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Album." Few will disagree. --Christopher Barrett

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Long-term Cave-associate Mick Harvey is behind this long-anticipated three-disc compilation of the Bad Seeds less documented moments - taking in b-sides, out-takes, the odd lost-single, cover-versions & alternate-takes of songs that are familiar. These discs are packed- which more than compensates from the minimal artwork (no booklet, pics or anything beyond the source of each track). Far too many tracks to go into, but I'll offer up some personal highlights of this compilation...
Volume I opens a few years into The Bad Seeds, with acoustic-versions of 'Tender Prey' tracks which featured in Uli Edel's documentary 'The Road to God Knows Where' (& were given away in a limited edition single with 'The Good Son')'The Mercy Seat' is always great, but the version of 'Deanna' - put into a medley with gospel-standard 'Oh Happy Day' - really stands out here. A few of the early-b-sides are a bit formless (but kind of interesting...)- 'The Moon is in the Gutter' belongs to that strange-period where Cave played in a loose-outfit with Marc Almond and J.G. Thirwell (The Immaculate Consumptives); while 'The Six Strings That Drew Blood' is a re-worked version of a Birthday Party-out-take from 'The Mutiny Sessions.' There are further BP-connections with the appearance of their late, mythic bassist Tracy Pew on covers of 'Running Scared' & 'Rye Whiskey.' Things get stronger as the disc progresses- the excellent 'Train Song', a faithful rendition of CSN&Y's 'Helpless', 'God's Hotel' (which I never knew before this) & the amusing cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Tower of Song' - which is edited down from a drunken-generic exercise by The Bad Seeds!
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Nick Cave fans have been served well with releases recently and this set continues the trend. Coming in a slim box it houses three CDs worth of treasures. It is not complete but it is fairly encompassing. It includes B sides right up to the recent album. There are too many treasures to list them all. There is excellent B sides like Sail Away and The Train Song, rarities like the acoustic version of Jack the Ripper, God's Hotel and Rye Whiskey and unreleased gems such as There's No Night Out in the Jail and the Scream 3 version of Red Right Hand. The sound quality is excellent throughout. For Cave fans this is basically an essential purchase. For others this makes a good and cheap introduction to Nick Cave and would serve as an ideal companion to the best of compilation.
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It's some kind of alternative "Best of..." by Nick cave and Bad Seeds. Three disc in simple white paper packaging, and all in simple shiny black box, but music (in chronological order of publishing)is fantastic. From sticky acoustic tracks like "Deanna" or "Mercy Seat" to last songs on compilation (b-sides of last singles)it's heaven for all Nick Cave fans. This three-discs compilation contains so many little jewels, so many fine songs...i'd like to say again - "Best of Nick Cave,from the other side"
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Usually, when a record label released a boxed set, I expect -when it comes to an artist I revere- to spend a large amount of money for those few songs that were unreleased or belonging to EPs I did not buy. In general, I am resigned to the fact that the rarities and occasional collaborations will be few and varying in quality, And I if buy these collections is due to my heart being hostage to my passion for having the complete works of someone I respect.
This could not be farther from the truth, when it comes to this collection. The material selected throughout this 3CD set -by the band's Mick Harvey, by the way- finds Cave and his esteemed Bad Seeds show a wealth of great songs. The quality of what's goes from very good and interesting to superb. Actually, some of these songs are inexplicable exclusions from his albums, given their depth and beauty.
On Disc 1, you get a thorough sample of Cave's fiercer output, when a certain "literate Punk" spirit reigned over the Bad Seeds' material. Selections like "The Moon Is In The Gutter," "Rye Whiskey" -which sways like you might, if you ever drank the stuff- or "The Girl At The Bottom Of My Glass, are great examples of such period.
In addition, there are some rare beauties like the stunning acoustic version of "The Mercy Seat," the tender melody of "The Train Song," the somber "Blue Bird." Also noteworthy are his version of Neil Young's "Helpless" and "Cassiel's Song" from the movie "Faraway, So Close."
Disc 2, in my opinion, is dominated by the mood, if not the songs, from Cave's "Murder Ballads" period, in which the acoustic rendition of "Jack The Ripper," the raucous multi-part "O'Malley's Bar," and "The Willow Garden" and the gorgeous "Where The Wild Roses Grow" with the original guide vocals by Herr Bargeld.
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