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The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds [CD]

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000026ZL7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deanna (1998 Digital Remaster)
2. Red Right Hand (1998 Digital Remaster)
3. Straight To You (1998 Digital Remaster)
4. Tupelo (1998 Digital Remaster)
5. Nobody's Baby Now (1998 Digital Remaster)
6. Stranger Than Kindness (1998 Digital Remaster)
7. Into My Arms (1998 Digital Remaster)
8. Are You The One That I've Been Waiting For (1998 Digital Remaster)
9. The Carny
10. Do You Love Me? (1998 Digital Remaster)
11. The Mercy Seat (1998 Digital Remaster)
12. Henry Lee (1998 Digital Remaster)
13. The Weeping Song (1998 Digital Remaster)
14. The Ship Song (1998 Digital Remaster)
15. Where The Wild Roses Grow (Live) (1998 Digital Remaster)
16. From Her To Eternity (1998 Digital Remaster)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

This culling of the "best" cuts from the Bad Seeds' songbook avoids the pratfalls of many best-of compilations. First off, the songs aren't arranged chronologically, but instead for effect, ravelling new with old, weepy ballads with adrenaline-pumped rockers. In addition, there aren't any rare live tracks, alternative takes, remixes, acoustic versions, or B-sides that clutter other compilations. What you get is pure Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in all their gloomy glory. Things get off with a bang with the rollicking "Deanna" and the carnivalesque "Red Right Hand" that display Nick Cave's literary and narrative talent. After the preacherman blues stomp of the excellent track "Tupelo", the disc slides into a series of ballads which highlight his baritone croon. "(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?" captures Cave in a, gasp, sentimental and lovely mood. The disc closes with "From Here to Eternity", and the band hits the steamroller tempo with apocalyptic might. The Best Of... is a wonderful introduction to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, but even weathered purists will enjoy the juxtaposed presentation of these songs. --Tod Nelson

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection 18 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
Whether or not this is the best introduction to Nick Cave I am not the best person to judge. But it’s a great collection of songs and one that has made me want to explore more of Cave’s work.
There is considerable variety to the tracks, not surprising given the album spans a long and ongoing career. Mix P. J. Harvey, Tindersticks, and Tom Waits, add a large element of biblical drama, and a touch of new wave, and you may end up with something close to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The songs on this compilation range from lyrical and haunting ballads, to dark and menacing narratives, to tracks with new wave and avant-garde features. Love, death, loss, murder and wrathful deities are the recurring themes. Cave has famously taken inspiration from the Old Testament, and like that great work of literature his songs and musicianship evoke an atmosphere that is, by turns, beautiful and troubling.
There are some outstanding tracks: the stunning, frenzied chant of ‘The Weeping Song’; the gorgeous ‘Straight to You’, ‘Nobody’s Baby Now’ and ‘The Ship Song’; the haunting duets with P. J. Harvey and Kylie Minogue; songs of foreboding like ‘Red Right Hand’, ‘Tupelo’ and ‘The Carny’; and the murderous defiance of ‘The Mercy Seat’.
Overall, this is a tremendous collection, and if you’re new to Nick Cave this seems to me to be a great place to start.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Genius 21 Feb 2003
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The perfect introduction to master of the macabre and his merry minstrels. By not programming the tracks chronologically we get a real sense of the scope of Cave's career and also a richer listening experience. From the black power of 'Deanna' and the wonderfully apocalyptic (& my all-time favourite) 'Red Right Hand', right through to the tender heartbreak of 'The Weeping Song'& 'The Ship Song'. Rarely has a songwriter and musician thrilled, chilled and moved with such mephistopholean aplomb.
A poet and troubador for our troubled times, and among the few artists to speak so truly from the heart.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a superb collection of songs 22 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent introduction to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Like the Amazon reviewer said, it doesn't have any B-sides or rare live tracks or similar crap that most companies place on other best of albums to make the hardcore fans buy it, even though they already own most of the tracks; this TRULY is the best of Nick Cave, without any BS. Most people know him as the guy who did a duet with Kylie Minogue in the 90s - and that was a great song indeed, but he has done so much more than just that: listen to the likes of The Mercy Seat, The Carny, The Weeping Song, Do You Love Me? ... and you will land on your knees!
There are a few tracks I regret not being on this album like "Papa Won't Leave You Henry" or "Sad Waters", but I guess you just had to make some cuts or else the album would need to be three hours long.
Check this album out, and if you dig it, don't walk, run to the shop and buy the other albums.
- a Nick Cave fan
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
1. Deanna 9/10 - Closest to a Birthday Party song, Nick sneers the bizarre lyrics on top of the fast rythms.

2. Red Right Hand 10/10 Classic, slow, ominous tale of deals with Satan.

3. Straight To You 10/10 Only the greatest love song written by Cave (possibly ever!)

4. Tupelo 9/10 Apocalyptic, rumbling hungry like the beast.

5. Nobody's Baby Now 7/10 Over-reliance on religious lyrics but good nonetheless.

6. Stranger Than Kindness 8/10 Ethereal thrasher later inverted for Murder Ballads.

7. Into My Arms 10/10 Slow, simple, but deeply emotional and beautiful.

8. Are You The One I've Been Waiting For 9/10 Haunting, melodic heartfelt love song

9. Carny 10/10 One of the creepiest songs ever, do not listen to in the dark.

10. Do You Love Me 8/10 Aggressive, brutal love song.

11. Mercy Seat 11/10 One of the greatest songs ever, undescribable.

12. Henry Lee 8/10 Dark and affecting tale of murder with PJ Harvey.

13. Weeping Song 8/10 Mellow, ethereal and operatic.

14. Ship Song 9/10 Also mellow etheral and operatic, but more.

15. Where The Wild Roses Grow 10/10 Very dark, but very beautiful fable of murderous desire with Kylie Minogue.

16. From Here To Eternity 8/10 Burning away the last remnants of the demonic power of the Birthday Party.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Superb 6 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Listening to this CD you become aware that Nick Cave is a very strange man indeed. For over 16 tracks (not in chronological order and structured to work brilliantly as an album rather than a 'hits' collection, Cave manages to include the crazed yet coherent ramblings of a serial killer (the brilliant and compelling "Mercy Seat"), the manic ramblings of a Southern Preacher ("Tupelo") and three of the most beautiful love songs ever created ("The Ship Song", "Are You The One I've Been Waiting For?" and "Straight To You"). If you are unfamiliar with Cave, it is worth pointing out that his love songs don't exactly retread old cliches. For example, "Straight To You" speaks of love in terms of an apocalypse.
This might sound odd but, while many acts evoke the sweet hearts & flowers of teen dream love, nobody is quite like Cave in reflecting the chaos, pain, despair and all-encompassing beauty that love can bring.
If you want an introduction into the work of someone I'd call a true cult genius (and I hate to use that word) then buy this CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Nick Cave
Excellent CD so many really good tracks. Delivered very quickly and worth every penny I would recommend to any one who enjoys Nick Caves music.
Published 17 days ago by Christine Bebbington
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Cave is great
Nick Cave is great

This has some great moody music on it, Nick at his best you will not be disappointed.
Published 19 days ago by crocko64
3.0 out of 5 stars best of nick cave
bought on a whim because heard songs on peeky blinders ( and hellboy). bit darkf for me but some of the songs are ok, surprised when kylie was on one of them - the wild rose -... Read more
Published 3 months ago by chezza
1.0 out of 5 stars ONE TRACK CD
ONLY ONE TRACK WAS ANY GOOD THE TRACK THAT WAS ON THE BBC 2 SERIES PEAKY BLINDERS THE REST RUBBISH
Published 3 months ago by christine tanner
1.0 out of 5 stars Best of Nick Cave
This cd is well culled '' cut '' on quite a few tracks. Red Right Hand runs for 4. 45 mins instead of the 6.11 mins. Read more
Published 3 months ago by marcus longhair
4.0 out of 5 stars CD
It is a Christmas pressie so not listened to it but I am sure my boyfriend will enjoy it.....It was a good price and service was ok
Published 4 months ago by Joanne Mccann
3.0 out of 5 stars peaky blinders soundtrack
after hearing this soundtrack on the tv series peaky blinders i decided that i must have this c/d for this track alone. Read more
Published 4 months ago by tiera
3.0 out of 5 stars Nick Cave
This CD is quite good if you like his style of music. I first heard him during the TV series The Peaky Blinders.
Published 5 months ago by grannykeats
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
I bought this Nick Cave CD for a present. It did take a while to arrive but I was in no rush for it. The CD was well packaged and exactly as described.
Published 5 months ago by MissP
4.0 out of 5 stars good mood music
MY FIRST TASTE OF NICK CAVE INSPIRED BY TV"S "PEAKY BLINDERS"-IF YOU LIKE TOM WAITS YOU WILL LIKE NICK CAVE!!
Published 5 months ago by TED
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