I had always cared for Mutiny far more than Junkyard, each song was darker, meaner and more psychopathic than the next. The whole bloodied mess ends with Deep in the Woods which has got to be one of Cave's darker moments. Throw in the Birthday Party's final EP - Mutiny and the transition to the (slightly) more refined and knowing Bad Seeds is achieved.
Both EPs are jagged and confrontational - just look at the sleeve art and you'll get the picture. Masterpieces both that demand to be loved unconditionally like incarcerated kin.
I'd purchased this album on vinyl when it was released in the early 80's but not heard the tracks since the record player bit the dust over 15 years ago so I'd forgotten just how good this sounds[ and I'm amazed I still know all the words !]. I used to travel to gigs and festivals and abroad to see the band live through the 80's .90's and early 2000's and I'm still buying the new stuff but this album takes me right back to my youth so has an added frisson . I was subjected to a lot of derision from certain people for liking the music of The Birthday Party,The Cavemen and The Bad Seeds especially as the music press of the early 80's could not stand Nick Cave's work; how things have changed ! The album has been re-mastered so has a very clear/clean sound compared with the questionable quality of my battered vinyl version but if you're alone just turn it right up and enjoy .
This combined release of The Birthday Party's final two EPs from 1982 and 1983 captures the band in transition. With Blixa Bargeld of Einsturzende Neubauten guesting on guitar and songs like Jennifer's Veil and Six Strings That Drew Blood, there is an anticipation of the sound and flavour of Nick Cave's subsequent solo project, The Bad Seeds. On the other hand, ferocious opener Sonny's Burning and Pleasure Avalanche are classically insane Birthday Party material. With the majority of songs being co-written with Mick Harvey, Cave cements the partnership that has persisted to this day in The Bad Seeds. Whilst perhaps not quite as essential as the Prayers on Fire and Junk Yard albums, Mutiny/The Bad Seed is definitely a worthy purchase for Nick Cave fans.
Truly great art/punk album, their darkest and best work. Some of the humour of the earlier recordings is missing, although no album whose first song starts with the line: "HANDS UP! who wants to die". could be called humourless. it would be worth five stars except for some weaker songs like six strings that drew blood and pleasure avalanche but both these were not on the orginal LPs so it's not the birthday partys fault. A great album violent, rocking and tottaly amoral just the way i like em!