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Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 26, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000062WD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deanna
2. Red Right Hand
3. Straight To You
4. Tupelo
5. Nobody's Baby Now
6. Stranger Than Kindness
7. Into My Arms
8. (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?
9. The Carny
10. Do You Love Me?
11. The Mercy Seat
12. Henry Lee
13. The Weeping Song
14. The Ship Song
15. Where The Wild Roses Grow
16. From Here To Eternity

Editorial Reviews

This culling of the "best" cuts from the Bad Seeds' songbook avoids the pratfalls of many best-of compilations. First off, the songs aren't arranged chronologically, but instead for effect, raveling new with old, weepy ballads with adrenaline-pumped rockers. In addition, there aren't any rare live tracks, alternative takes, remixes, acoustic versions, or B-sides that clutter other compilations. What you get is pure Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in all their gloomy glory. Things get off with a bang with the rollicking "Deanna" and the carnivalesque "Red Right Hand" that display Nick Cave's literary and narrative talent. After the wacked preacherman blues stomp of the excellent track "Tupelo," the disc slides into a series of ballads that highlight his baritone croon. "(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?" captures Cave in a, gasp, sentimental and lovely mood. The disc closes out with "From Here to Eternity," and the band hits the steamroller tempo with apocalyptic might. The Best Of... is a wonderful introduction to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, but even weathered purists will enjoy the juxtaposed presentation of these songs. --Tod Nelson

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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good a compilation as we're gonna get August 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Although Nick Cave is a definite album artist, and also not someone with numerous hits, an album like this is needed because he has a large catalog and all of his albums are good. Certainly one could complain that a song is missing here or there, but, all things considered, this is really a fine compilation. It isn't arranged chronologically, but this actually makes for a more cohesive listen, as they are arranged for effect, and the album's general sequencing of ballad/rave-up/ballad/rave-up is very effective indeed. Would you really want the album to start with From Her To Eternity, and close with (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For? I think the songs are chosen well, and most of the major ones are represented. Let's take it album by album:
From Her To Eternity - This album was a masterpiece, but the title track is the only song that belongs on a compilation like this. Kudos.
The Firstborn Is Dead - Tupelo is the necessary track, and one of Cave's all-time classics. It's here in an edited form, but that was necessary to fit it on the album. Kudos.
Kicking Against The Pricks - Although this album is uniformly excellent, it was an all covers affair, and the songs are not Cave's. It was skipped over for this collection. No bones.
Your Funeral, My Trial - Here we get my first quibbles with the track selection. Where the hell is Sad Waters? Many people consider this to be Cave's best song ever. It should have been included. The Carny... yes, of course; a great and necessary track. Stranger Than Kindness, now, I have always found this to be one of Cave's most overrated tracks, but it's a mainstay in his live set to this day, and appears on this album. It's good, yes, but nothing special. Maybe it's the fact that Cave didn't write it.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Drunken Preacher February 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's late. You take a shot of whisky. You find yourself looking around the bar, bits and pieces of memories past float though your mind.
You see her face. You smell her hair. Part of you wants to cry out for her love, but that last shot is now whispering to you, telling you to forget her. Maybe you don't have a choice.
Nick Cave is the preacher who not only speaks TO us, but who speaks FOR us, as well - for the late night romantics. "Straight to You", "Nobody's Baby Now", "Into My Arms" and "The Ship Song" all reach in and touch something deep inside.
"Where the Wild Roses Grow" is one of the most haunting and UNUSUAL love songs I've ever heard - a murderous love story. "The Weeping song" is an epic tale.
I've always been surprised that not many people have heard of Nick Cave. That's a shame...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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After all these years, this remains my only Nick Cave cd but I still play it frequently whenever I need to cry, brood, or otherwise get freaked out...
Nick Cave is an acquired taste, often it's too much for me to handle, but it's darn good...many of Nick's songs seem to be possessed with a sickness, very gothic tunes for murders, cynical strangers, lonely souls, and shadowy devils seem to be his standard...
That said, on with the basic layout...
You get Nick's most known songs...the spooky, haunting horrofests that travel into the most morbid regions of your psyche..."Red Right Hand" is by far the most accessible of these as well as the most accessible song period out of his whole catalog, and no is a brilliant mixture of 60s-style organs and arrangements and his smoky croon, telling the methods and plans of Mr. Lucipher seems to act as an omen more than a celebration. "Tupelo" is pure insanity reflecting apocalyptic imagery while staying away from Biblical judgement seeming to commend the fact that evil will prevail with his saying that the bird will carry "the burden of Tupelo", the music genuinely unique, a feirce rumble and growling demon vocal that only they could pull off. "Stranger Than Kindness" is a wandering trudge thru the remnants of a world that has ceased to exist, reflected in both the sparce country-style rock and the ghostly lyrics. "The Carny" is another unforgettable classic, it [pulls] you into its twisted Flannery O' Connor-esque cavalcade of cicrcus freaks with its dueling vocals and enchroaching 'carnival passing thru the nine gates of hell' music, it gives you a sense of supernatural karma and peril as the dead carny comes back from the grave to get revenge on the ones that abandoned him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start For Beginning Cave Fans September 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I first became familliar with Nick Cave through an article in Entertainment Weekly. I found him to be a very interesting person and I seriously considered getting into his music, but I didn't buy one of his album until about a week ago.

"The Best Of The Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds" is a 16 track collection of some of the most amazing songs I've ever heard. Cave's lyrics more often than not approach the same level of complexity and brilliance as those of Dylan and Lennon. Songs like "Red Right Hand", "Tupelo", the achingly beautiful "Into Your Arms" and many other songs here are some of the most vivid musical experiences one can ever have. Other standouts include the wild "From Her To Eternity", the eerie "Stranger Than Kindness" and the heartwrenching "Nobody's Baby Now".

The liner notes makes for a good read and the sound quality is great. Definitely a must for fans of good music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Am A Nick Cave Fan Now
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have been around for a long time but they have always traveled just below my radar. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Chad Radford
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the 2 stars - This is a monster of a CD. I dare say brilliant!
I agree with another reviewer that Nick Cave may be an acquired taste - but oh what treasure awaits the person who "gets" this artist! This CD is jammed pack with favorite songs. Read more
Published on October 4, 2009 by M. Denise
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Seeds
THis music takes a very specific flavor. Takes many listens to get used to. Not like anything else.
Published on January 28, 2009 by Brandon J. Haraughty
2.0 out of 5 stars Into My Arms
I bought this entire album for the song 'Into My Arms. It remains the one song from Nick Cave with which I connect. The rest of his music clangs in my head and makes me tired. Read more
Published on September 27, 2008 by Leslie Boor
3.0 out of 5 stars best of cds are deadends for me
I'm always very reluctant to introduce myself to artists through best of cds. It's a survey and I know that if I'm buying a survey that's probably because I'm not interested... Read more
Published on February 19, 2007 by Helm
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the best of Nick Cave, but coming close...
I never understood Nick Cave's fixation with his uproaring, cheerful sounding song "Deanna", but it is the opening track on an album which is called "The best of Nick Cave" so... Read more
Published on July 2, 2006 by yorgos dalman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Compiliation....
This is an outstanding compilation of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, however, you could probably piece together another 20 songs or so of Bad Seeds material and create a compilation... Read more
Published on August 24, 2005 by Schmaddio
5.0 out of 5 stars Brooding rock music features outstanding Kylie duet
Nick has clearly led a troubled life as his music is always of the brooding, melancholy kind. The obvious comparisons are with Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, but some of Johnny... Read more
Published on May 3, 2005 by Peter Durward Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking essentials...
Overall, this compilation is pretty weak...but a good way to get "introduced" to one of the greatest musicians of all time. Read more
Published on April 28, 2005 by WeezyBoPeep
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Cave is God...or maybe Satan.
Nick's got something like 983,069,796,900 albums and that's not even counting his (amazing) early work with The Birthday Party and even before that, The Boys Next Door. Read more
Published on February 18, 2005 by Chester
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