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John Peel Sessions CD

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  • Audio CD (28 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Strange Fruit
  • ASIN: B00005IA7M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Catalogue number SFRSCD098 on the Strange Fruit label with the following tracks: 1> Cry [2:57], 2> Yard [4:28], 3> Figure Of Fun [2:19], 4> King Ink [4:09], 5> Release The Bats [2:34], 6> Roland Around In That Stuff [3:29], 7> (Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn [2:35], 8> Loose [3:36], 9> Big Jesus Trash Can [3:04], 10> She's Hit [5:41], 11> Bully Bones [2:45], 12> Six Inch Gold Blade [3:38], 13> Pleasure Avalanche [4:13], 14> Deep In The Woods [4:40], 15> Sonny's Burning [2:58], 16> Marry Me (Lie! Lie!) [3:52].

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It's often been bemoaned that The Birthday Party, Nick Cave's post Punk outfit, never managed to capture on record the confrontational frenzy of their live performances. So these four sessions, recorded between September 1980 and November 1982, with the band under severe time-pressure on each occasion, arguably form the most accurate portrayal of them ever released. The 16 tracks include most of their finest--"She's Hit", "Big Jesus Trash Can", "King Ink"--all with that simple, portentous bass and Rowland Howard's vicious stabs of reverberating guitar. The juddering rockabilly of "Release The Bats" which, much to Cave's disgust, became an anthem for goths worldwide, is also featured, along with the seldom-heard Marry Me (Lie! Lie!) and a churning cover of The Stooges' Loose. As the tracks (and the years) pass, you can see Cave's progression towards sombre murder-balladeering (in particular with "Deep In The Woods"). And--perhaps more importantly as it's so seldom mentioned--there is undeniable evidence that he was a tremendously funny man from the off. "Even my dog kicks me!" he howls during "Figure Of Fun". A must-have for all lovers of punk, as well as aficionados of bleak humour. --Dominic Wills

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....he was in The Birthday Party. This collection contains all four radio sessions that the band recorded for the John Peel show between September 1980 and November 1982 (when the heroin took its toll and the band finally called it a day). In general, the sound is more raw than the officially released versions, which is what you come to expect from these Strange Fruit-released Peel Session gems from the archives. Session 1 features four songs from Prayers On Fire (the first album). Session 2 features the goth-friendly single "Release The Bats" and three otherwise unreleased tunes (including a cover of "Loose" by The Stooges). Session 3 has three tracks from the Junkyard era (second album) and the unreleased "Bully Bones" while session 4 is from the latter stages of the band's life - two tracks from the Bad Seed EP, one from the (re-issued) Mutiny EP and the rarest of all tracks "Marry Me (lie! lie!)" Nick Cave sounds utterly possessed on everything The Birthday Party ever released. This is no exception, in fact it is a prime example. One for the fans? Definitely. One for those new to the Birthday Party? Why not. It has some of their best songs ("King Ink", "Big Jesus Trash Can", "Deep In The Woods") knocked up in fine form and is just as good an intro as the "Hits" selection released on 4AD. It's good to have action on the basement stairs again
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Ok. So you may not have heard of this 80's post-punk band from Australia, but i promise you you won't be disapointed if you get this album. The music is raw and heavy with nick cave's vocals rising above everything, amazing as with anything else he has done. If you're a fan of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds or Nick Cave's solo stuff this is an album that you MUST have in your collection. If you've never heard of Nick Cave before (where have you been?) you'll love this album if you're into haunting vocals and the kind of post punk that most bands wish they could be.
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This stretches across the early daze, of a group of lads derived from the post Boys Next Door, stretching to a final stumbling collapse. Eventually they dispersed to encircled 1980's Berlin and soaked up the internal paranoia.

In between, the album ranges from an aftershock Pop Group splinter in the thumb, growing into a full thorn in the flesh, of the poison arrow. A cacophony of noise is all held together by bass and drums carving out a deep groove near the main Nick Cave artery. All of this keeps it solid, whilst the guitar and vocals are wheeled in for a Section 3 of the Mental Health Act enactment. Both summon inner voices whilst waiting in the wings, as sedation sits in a white coat. The album consists of the sounds of a house collapsing through the floors, as foundations eventually buckle an the roof drops in.

Waves of burning angst flow towards the southern muddy waters. The blues, derived from the bitter black appearance occurs as a soul healer. Johnny Lee Hooker calls into the only liquor store that serves a "coloured" in 1952 Tupelo, asking for one whisky, one bourbon, one beer. Toppling over the tappings of Blind Lemon Jefferson who's jigging to the slide of Robert Johnson, who is on bended knee in summoning the deville to enter his head. Clasping nature to his bosom, immersed "Deep in the Woods," then crying himself to sleep with rage in "Sonny's Burning" Nick roars his bile.

Also held here with guns to their heads, are two unreleased tracks, mingling with alternate low fi hi fi takes, nearer to the raw meat of the band alive. The price, has gone back through the roof, but hey it's worth more than the fey wimp aesthetes that became the staple pickings of middle brow journos during the 81-83 musical period. This holds a mirror to the pastiche.

Held in the vaults of the BBC, when it was worth licence fee alone to listen to late night radio and be transported to other sonic worlds, this can be yours for your sanity.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a59c804) out of 5 stars Incredibly danceable punk-jazz. 20 May 2003
By Flawless Sean Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Only have heard "HO HO HO" on the local college station, I was relatively unsure of what to expect on this album. I had already owned an album by Nick Cave, LET LOVE IN. This is an incredible collection songs. Every instrument has it's moments to shine, mainly guitar and drums, but each instrument has exceptional work. Nick Cave shows his great experimental song writing skills and his unique voice. Without a doubt, the best thing this band had going for it was it's blend and timing. To the casual listener, this would sound like randomly placed noise, but to musicians it is pure genious. Stand-out tracks are "Deep in the woods," "Big Jesus Trashcan," "(Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn," and my favourite track, "Figure of Fun." So if you have an appreciation for GOOD punk like early Bauhaus and Joy Division, or love experimental/ avante garde jazz, give any Birthday Party release a spin.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a59c858) out of 5 stars Worth buying for one song 24 April 2003
By J. Sneaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Bully Bones" is my favorite BP song of all time, and unless I'm greatly mistaken, it's not available on any of their other studio releases. The way this band combines aggressively pounding rhythms, jarring guitar noises, and inescapably catchy basslines/melodies is best represented here, as far as I'm concerned. And Nick actually doesn't scream! He sings like one of those Jazz guys from the 40's, except really bitter and drunk. The band rides along on a monstrous surf/secret agent man rock riff, the lyrics deal with the consequences of hedonistic decadence in the most cruel and unforgiving manner possible, and the whole thing smashes to it's close in under 3 minutes, without even hinting at a chorus or a chance to catch your breath.
The other songs follow in a similar vein, just not as perfect. The swinging tempos and cacophonous instrument eruptions in songs like "Big Jesus Trash Can," "(Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn," and "Figure Of Fun" kick up a huge, filthy, dark, ungodly racket that pleases your brain with it's creativity just as much as they beat your eardrums into a messy, unrecognizable pulp. Cave is the only guy who could've ever sang lead for this music, roaring like a deranged serial killer whose victim has just made a narrow escape, bloodstains all over his shirt and face. And if all that's not great enough, the BBC production gives the songs a very raw, live feel while simultaneously keeping the overall sound crisp and mean.
If you're a fan, you should already own this. If not, give it a chance. It might sound like the band's just thrashing about like they've never touched instruments in their lives at first, but the closer you listen, the more their style makes sense. They do know what they're doing. It's just that "what they're doing" is a completely different approach from any band before, from, or after it's time. Anyone that considers themselves a fan of innovative post-punk needs this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a59cc90) out of 5 stars Another Fun Party 5 Oct. 2001
By Monster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's simply another album of collected songs from the greatest band in the 80's or any time before it, The Birthday Party. And so, simply put, it's an album of fantastic quality and electrifying fun from Nick Cave and his group of rebel musicians that will get your blood bumping and jumping if you are a fan of old, rough and original rock from the creators of such masterpieces as Dead Joe, The Six Strings that Drew Blood, and Sonny's Buring. This album is the greatest collection of The Birthday Party's songs yet to be released.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a59e078) out of 5 stars yet another 5-star Nick Cave recording 10 Dec. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The more that I listen to Nick Cave, the more I strain my imagination as to any other musician who can touch him. No one else rocks so hard. I ran across this CD in a used bin today and have listened to it three times already. "Blistering" is the word for this one. One observation: I swear I hear influences of the Captain's Trout Mask Replica....which is by no means a bad thing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a59cdec) out of 5 stars About time this came out... 29 Jan. 2002
By Brian Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first release I heard by the Birthday Party was actually their Peel EP (the old ones with the grey cover) that I picked up while in high school years ago. I really dug it -- at the time, it was possibly the most horrifying thing I'd ever heard -- and I really enjoyed tracks like "Sometimes Pleasure Heads Must Burn," probably my favorite BP song. Anyway, this Peel session brings the EP back, along with a lot of other material. Generally, Peel sessions don't disappoint, and neither does this. Play it loud for someone you love.
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