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Your Funeral My Trial [CASSETTE]

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (17 Jan 1995)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EKK0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 964,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Your Funeral, My Trial
2. Stranger Than Kindness
3. Jacks Shadow
4. Carny
5. She Fell Away
6. Hard on for Love
7. Sad Waters
8. Long Time Man
9. Scum

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A confusing yet rewarding album. 20 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The one thing that often lacked in some Cave’s earlier work was consistency, not in terms of song quality. Even the weakest track is delivered with more passion and style than most of his peers. Its rather the way the album gels together.
“Your Funeral My trial” sounds like sections from three different albums, combining Blues, ballads and glorious noise. Still this is a minor complaint about a fine collection of songs.
The album starts with the title track. Built around a piano and organ accompaniment, it sounds like a lullaby with teeth. Stranger to kindness follows, the only song recorded by the Bad seeds (cover versions excluded) were Cave has neither wrote the lyrics or music. This task is handled by Anita Lane and Blixa Bargeld respectively. It’s a somewhat half-hearted effort
Things pick up for Jacks Shadow, which has some great fractured guitar playing by Bargeld and backing vocals from the Bad Seeds. Its too melodic to be sinister

Then comes the album’s centrepiece a monster of a track “the Carny” an epic track even more cinematic than “red right hand.” Here Cave’s storytelling abilities come to the fore with the tale of a Carny who vanishes from a circus. It’s a jaw dropping song.

The spare atmospheric “She fell away” follows. Along with the Carny it’s the album’s highlight,
Showing how far Cave has come as a songwriter, now able to write disturbing numbers that
don’t spill into a chaotic wall of noise.
“Hard on for love” and “Long time man” would have fitted comfortably on First Born is dead.
Between the two tracks is “Sad waters” a tender love ballad without any death or violence.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NickCave&HisMusic 14 Jun 2009
By DizzeeC
Format:Audio CD
...excellent album from the early days recommended for all who are in touch with their darkside.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I notice a click 6 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Could be my copy, but there's a click / pop at 3.09 in the second track The Carny. And the extra track Scum could have been in the audio cd as well.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A THOUSAND MARYS LURED ME 23 May 2009
By K. H. Orton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Without a doubt this is one of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds's most original albums. True, it's far from Cave's most accessible, but it's certainly one of a kind. Lugubrious, drunken phantasmagoria at its finest. Fraught with danger & eerie intensity.

Cave's delivery is debauched to say the least. As if he's about to nod off on the edge of an abyss. At other times, howling at the bottom of an empty well. Throughout, the Bad Seeds create an atmosphere of slow burning tension that on more than one occasion lives up to threat and erupts with a vengeance. Overall it's a narcotic pull into the maelstrom.

As for this long overdue reissue series of Cave's 1st 4 albums, it's nice to finally hear Your Funeral in its originally intended sequence. (might add the initial vinyl was released as a double EP).

At the time, anything resembling a traditional ballad was a rare commodity on a Bad Seeds record. Kicking off an album with such a haunting, dreamlike song may have thrown some fans for a loop. "Sad Waters" is quite simply one of the finest ballads Cave has ever penned. As dreamlike as it is, there's never been anything quite like what follows.

All reverie suddenly turns to nightmare. "The Carney" is ramshackle dose of gothic rain & bad directions. Think Kurt Weill meets Todd Browning's "Freaks". As a writer, Cave is on top of his game with this tale of a broken down circus and the burial of a horse known as "Sorrow". It's the album's signature track and a Cave classic. They've never recorded anything like it.

For somber, after hours delirium, it's hard to top the title track & "Stranger Than Kindness". Two songs that would be at home in any David Lynch soundtrack. The album then hits the home stretch with 4 searing, unhinged numbers culminating in a hair-raising cover of Tim Rose's "Longtime Man".

As with all the others in this reissue series, there is a DVD of extras. The interviews with the key players shed some light on this slice of mayhem. However, there are a few interviews with self-important fans waxing poetic & gushing inanely, etc I could do without. But I venture you'll walk away with a helluva lot of respect for Bad Seed Mick Harvey. Despite being so low key, it's clear he's pretty much the man behind holding this album (not to mention the band) together.

As mentioned earlier, the initial CD reissue re-sequenced the album out of order. But it did include an essential B-side: "Scum". Cave's blistering attack on journalist Matt Snow is as vitriolic as it gets. And Snow's reaction to the song in the DVD interview is priceless.

In the end, any complaints are trivial compared to the music & the vastly improved sound quality. Over all it's a generous gift to long time fans. Since I just about wore out my original copy, you guessed it---I don't mind shelling out for it again. Now there's the rest of the series to contend with...
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cave Doesn't Cease To Impress 24 Jun 2001
By Bill R. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Not Nick Cave's best overall album, but certainly a very good one indeed. The title track puts things in the right context, followed quickly by Stranger Than Kindness (a very rare non-cover cut that Cave didn't co-write.) Next up is The Carny, still one of Cave's most endearing songs. The pseudo-carnival music backing is the perfect backdrop for Cave's psychotic carnival-horror lyrics, that remind me a bit of books like Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. Hard On For Love is... not a ballad, but, more accurately, a perverse confession of lust, made likable by Cave's over-the-top vocal performance. The highlight of the album however, most would argue, is Sad Waters. Perhaps Cave's first truly strong ballad, this is still considered one of his best songs to this day. A very strong cover of Tim Rose's Long Time Man is handled deftly by Cave and The Seeds, and it's lyrics of spousal murder coupled with their totally commanding performance will leave you finding it hard to believe that they didn't write the piece in the first place. For all intents and purposes, this is the last song on the album. Following it is Scum, a semi-hilarous non-song that will appeal to those who appreciate Cave's sense of humor. This set is, in many ways, the step between Cave's first handful of albums and what many consider to be his masterpiece, Tender Prey. Thus, it is an excellent album, and must be purchased for this reason.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what we love Nick Cave for 30 Jan 2004
By M. Packham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There's so many good moments on this album, like the slow entrance of the snare drum on 'Long Time Man' and the lapse into chorus on 'Your Funeral... My Trial'. It's a dark, brooding piece of gothic poetry full of sex, violence, humour and most of all, love. It's no wonder Nick Cave inspires such admiration and loyalty in his fans - he's supremely talented and possibly the coolest person on the face of the earth.
This is one of his best releases, along with 'Let Love In'. Pick it up - it's a hard listen but it drills itself into your skull after a few listens.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Piece of Work 22 Sep 2010
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Of all the albums issued by Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds over the years, Your Funeral My Trial stands as the most inscrutable and least accessible of all. I have always been a little ambivalent about it and until I bought this reissue, I probably hadn't listened to it in at least five years.
Like the other Bad Seeds albums that have been reissued to date as part of Cave's ongoing remastering project, the beauty of the album is the way the remaster has brought it to life. On this edition, my favorite way to listen is via surround sound. You hear absolutely everything and it leaves you wondering if the earlier edition you already own and this one are supposed to be the same recordings!
In my view, the best cut by far is The Carny. That is truly a chilling piece of work. I also really enjoy the eerie Stranger Than Kindness and Jack's Shadow, a song which to me presages Henry's Dream. In addition, I find the bonus track Scum to be most amusing.
Despite those highlights, Your Funeral My Trial is not and will never be a favorite. The quality of the remaster ensures that I will return to it on occasion, but there are other Cave CDs I like much better. As with others in this series, the CD is augmented by a DVD that contains the same music all over again. But you can listen to it in three different formats. There is also the previously mentioned bonus cut and a commentary segment that relates to this record. I have found the commentaries and remarks most unappealing and not really all that informative. Additionally, there are some downloads on the DVD but I have yet to check those out.
The discs are housed in an attractive six-panel gatefold and are accompanied by a booklet that contains album info, the lyrics, and a story by Amy Hanson about the album and where the band was musically and psychologically at the time of its issue. Despite the three-star rating, I recommend this and others in the remaster series as essential additions to the music collection of any serious fan of Nick Cave.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult listen worth the effort 8 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like some of the other reviewers on this page, this is not my favourite Cave album. On the first listen I didn't like it much, but since then I've found I keep on returning to it. It really does get under my skin. Its all very very dark, and the opening songs, 'Your Funeral...' and 'Stranger than Kindness' are brilliant, but horrible and twisted tales. 'Jack's Shadow' and 'Hard on for Love' are upbeat, but violent numbers. Then there's 'The Carny', the almost spoken word tale of a dead horse accompanied by fairground music from Hell! This album also contains what I think is Cave's first truly beautiful love song, 'Sad Waters'. The final "song" 'Scum' is a suitable ending to a dark angry album. This might also be Cave's most misogynist album. There seems to be a virgin and whore dynamic at work in Nick's attitude to women. It doesn't detract from the quality of the music, but its a word of warning to those of a feminist perssuasion. Definitely chilling, one I listen to when I'm in a unfriendly mood.
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