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The Firstborn Is Dead CD+DVD

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  • Audio CD (26 Jan. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B001QW79DM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tupelo (2009 Digital Remaster)
  2. Say Goodbye To The Little Girl Tree (2009 Digital Remaster)
  3. Train Long Suffering (2009 Digital Remaster)
  4. Black Crow King (2009 Digital Remaster)
  5. Knockin' On Joe (2009 Digital Remaster)
  6. Wanted Man (2009 Digital Remaster)
  7. Blind Lemon Jefferson (2009 Digital Remaster)

Disc: 2

  1. Do You Love Me Like I Love You (Part 2: The Firstborn Is Dead)
  2. Say Goodbye To The Little Girl Tree (2009 Digital Remaster)
  3. Train Long Suffering (2009 Digital Remaster)
  4. Black Crow King (2009 Digital Remaster)
  5. Knockin' On Joe (2009 Digital Remaster)
  6. Wanted Man (2009 Digital Remaster)
  7. Blind Lemon Jefferson (2009 Digital Remaster)
  8. The Six Strings That Drew Blood (2009 Digital Remaster)
  9. Tupelo
  10. Say Goodbye To The Little Girl Tree
  11. Train Long Suffering
  12. Black Crow King
  13. Knockin' On Joe
  14. Wanted Man
  15. Blind Lemon Jefferson
  16. The Six Strings That Drew Blood

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Remastered CD/DVD, Album in 5.1 surround sound, short film, b-sides, extended sleeve notes. Sophomore album from 1985 includes "Tupelo" and "Knockin' On Joe".

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The second album from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, which focused the band's attention on the US, gothic storytelling, and the blues. Features the songs "Tupelo", "Black Crow King" and "Blind Lemon Jefferson".

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5.0 out of 5 stars TILL THE KING IS BORN 25 May 2009
By K. H. Orton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Back in the day, NME Journalist, Mat Snow notoriously spilled the beans on this album.

Apparently Snow was privy to an advanced tape owing to his past championing of the Birthday Party & the Bad Seeds' debut, "From Her To Eternity".

Snow apparently was so beside himself to write an "advance" review. Only problem was it was a bad review. The key word being, "Disappointed".

Not the best idea considering Cave was a former roommate. Snow was later rewarded by having a special song dedicated to his honor, "Scum". (see Your Funeral...My Trial).

I mention this only because Snow's opinion pretty much has cast a pall on how this album has been perceived over the years. To this day, many fans & critics consider it to be The Bad Seeds' least appealing record.

Personally, this was my introduction & it packed a punch. The sonic equivalent of a pair of brass knuckles coming at you in slow motion. Without a doubt, it left a lasting impression. And you're talking to a reluctant convert here. I pretty much wrote Cave off as a 2nd rate Punk imitation of Jim Morrison with delusions of grandeur. But with this I did a 180º & the conversion was complete.

Being a big Elvis Presley fan since childhood I couldn't help but recognize the satire & homage going on here.

The signature track here is "Tupelo". Cave & company perfectly capture the restless paranoia preceding a hard rain about to fall. A lot of ink has been shed on it being about the birth of Elvis. And it is. Presley was a twin whose brother was stillborn. Thus the album title. But perhaps it's not an ode, so much as a satire on the unfound importance some place on their Rock idols.

The point is, this stuff isn't meant to be taken literally. Perhaps alliteration is the more operative word. These aren't songs of personal confession so much as character driven narratives.

Without a doubt, "Girl Tree" is a disturbing piece. Its protagonist wanting to "bind your maiden mainstem just to keep you as a child"... But instead of the typical murder ballad, our hero hangs himself rather than defile. A dark, but moral tale to be sure.

"Long Train Suffering" tips its hat to Presley's "Mystery Train" ripping the iron off the rails while "Black Crow King" is a cautionary tale on the perils of believing one's own press. Its chain-gang refrains & gavel percussion echoing a never ending sentence.

As for "Knocking On Joe", there's never been a prison song that's captured the monotony & ennui of an incarcerated life more. Our hero would rather take a hammer to his hands rather than spend another day at hard labor atoning for his sins.

One wonders why Dylan gave permission for Cave to cover let alone re-write "Wanted Man" but perhaps he recognized the irony expressed. A vengeful reply to all those wanting a piece of you.

"Blind Lemon Jefferson", closes the album, & perhaps the Bad Seeds stumbled on a whole new genre here, "Ambient Blues".

In terms of "Americana" this album was way ahead of it's time. And a thousand shades darker & more over the top than the usual fare. No one was doing anything like this at the time. Completely out of step & out of time. Sparse & slow in tempo, First Born is an unforgettable fistful of Southern Gothic dementia.

Can you tell I love this album?

Challenge yourself with it & you're sure to be rewarded. A dark, funny & brave record.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unjustified Reputation As Less Accessible 29 May 2013
By brotagonist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am glad to have gotten this album. It is considered to be less accessible than the subsequent albums, but this is unjustified. Some outstanding tracks are Tupelo, Little Girl Tree, Black Crow King, Knockin' on Joe, Wanted Man, especially, and Blind Lemon Jefferson. This music is bluesy, but not in a boring way. Just listen to Blind Lemon Jefferson! Like all of Cave's early music, this album's appeal deepens with time. This is essential Cave.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good dark album 10 Oct. 2012
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This is a very sparse, tortured album. It has a lot of good stuff for people who like early bad seeds stuff. It has an off the wall feel about it, some nice call and respomse bluesy/gospel sections/songs and won't disappoint those who, like i say, like early bad seeds stuff
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 28 Jun. 2015
By zone implant - Published on Amazon.com
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good music
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Firstborn is dead 14 Feb. 2010
By J. Bowers - Published on Amazon.com
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This cd is incredible. It was Barry Adamson's third and last album with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the group definitely hit a groove. Songs like "Knocking on Joe" are so powerful that I want to hear them over and over. While this band never attained mainstream popularity I think that in time they will be recognized as one of the most important bands from the 80's.
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