- 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)
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B-Sides & Rarities Box set
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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 BarrettSee all Product Description
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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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B-sides and rarities collections aren't always necessarily worth having. In some cases though, they can turn out to be stunning; Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series, or Oasis' The... Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2007 by Gizzark Henry