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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - B Sides And Rarities

  by Anthony Strutt

published: 15 / 3 / 2005

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - B Sides And Rarities
Label: Mute Records
Format: CD x3


Three CD new retrospective from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which merges together 56 of their B sides and rarities

Wrapped up in a black box, the alternative best of Nick Cave, which even the man in black agrees is his best album, is a fine piece of work. Enclosed over three discs are 56 songs which include four new acoustic versions of his songs and which also represent a very good section of his B side work. As ever it is very hard work and very moody. Among the gems are covers of Cole Porter's 'What a Wonderful World' (which is a duet with the Pogues' Shane MacGowan)and a near perfect reading of Neil Young's 'Helpless'. Sadly, however, in contrast the Bad Seeds massacre Leonard Cohen's 'Tower of Song' which was recorded after a pub session. The second of the three CDs features several great recordings from the 'Murder Ballads' period. 'O'Malley's Bar' from that era is split over four tracks, and is vicious as they come, but is nevertheless pure genius. Unfortunately a lot of this work sounds very much the same after a while. It nevertheless remains a fine piece of work, which is far superior to his last album, 'Abattoir Blues', but one which is ultimately for the hardcore really.

Track Listing:-
1 Deanna (Acoustic Version)
2 The Mercy Seat (Acoustic Version)
3 City of Refuge (Acoustic Version)
4 The Moon Is in the Gutter
5 The Six Strings That Drew Blood
6 Rye Whiskey
7 Running Scared
8 Black Betty
9 Scum
10 The Girl At the Bottom of My Glass
11 The Train Song
12 Cocks 'n' Asses
13 Blue Bird
14 Helpless
15 God's Hotel (Live Radio Session for KCRW Santa Monica)
16 (I'll Love You) Till the End of the World
17 Cassiel's Song
18 Tower of Song
19 What Can I Give You?
20 What a Wonderful World
21 Rainy Night In Soho
22 Lucy (Version #2)
23 Jack the Ripper (Acoustic Version)
24 Sail Away
25 There's No Night Out in the Jail
26 That's What Jazz Is to Me
27 The Willow Garden
28 The Ballad of Robert Moore and Betty Coltrane
29 King Kong Kitchee Kitchee Ki-Mi-O
30 Knoxville Girl
31 Where the Wild Roses Grow (Original Guide Vocal Version)
32 O'Malley's Bar Pt. 1
33 O'Malley's Bar Pt. 2
34 O'Malley's Bar Pt. 3
35 Time Jesum Transeuntum Et Non Riverentum
36 O'Malley's Bar Reprise
37 Red Right Hand (Scream 3 Version)
38 Little Empty Boat
39 Right Now I'm A-Roaming
40 Come Into My Sleep
41 Black Hair (Band Version)
42 Babe, I Got You Bad
43 Sheep May Safely Graze
44 Opium Tea
45 Grief Came Riding
46 Bless His Ever Loving Heart
47 Good Good Day
48 Little Janey's Gone
49 I Feel So Good
50 Shoot Me Down + 6 Others

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