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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, October 11, 1994
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Nick Cave ~ From Her To Eternity

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After the Birthday Party ended in a manner similar to a train collision, frontman Nick Cave emerged from the wreckage and hooked up ex-bandmate Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld (on loan from the industrial group Einsturzende Neubauten), Barry Adamson (fresh from Magazine), and the lovely but corpse-pale Anita Lane. Thus the Bad Seeds were born, second only to Cave's former band in their ability to create a rumbling caterwaul. What makes the Bad Seeds stand apart, though, are the elements of delta blues that Cave dredges up from the darkest recesses of his black, black heart--blues unlike any you've ever heard before--and his Faulkner-meets-Lovecraft lyrical obsessions. "Well of Misery" shambles along drunkenly and eventually crumbles under its somnambulant pace. On the title track Cave exhorts, begs, and pleads like a whiskey priest begging for forgiveness after a bender while Bargeld's guitar shrieks and wails like a congregation of devils. Including two of Cave's more inspired covers--Leonard Cohen's "Avalanche" and Presley's "In the Ghetto"--From Her to Eternity captures Cave at the noisy intersection between the punk-rock entropy of the Birthday Party and his later incarnation as the gothic Elvis. Amazing, scary stuff. --Tod Nelson

1. Avalanche
2. Cabin Fever
3. Well Of Misery
4. From Her To Eternity
5. In The Ghetto
6. The Moon Is In The Gutter
7. Saint Huck
8. Wings Off Flies
9. A Box For Black Paul
10. From Her To Eternity (1987)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B000003Z6I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brett Bobley on September 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
A number of people have been discussing the cover track "In the Ghetto." Keep in mind that that track is a bonus track included for the CD re-release. The original album from 1984 just included seven songs: Avalanche, Cabin Fever!, Well Of Misery, From Her To Eternity, Saint Huck, Wings Of Flies, and A Box For Black Paul. Several years later, the CD came out and added three bonus tracks: "In the Ghetto" (a 1984 single), its b-side "The Moon is in the Gutter," and the 1987 version of "From her to Eternity" which is from the soundtrack to the movie "Wings of Desire."
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It depends on your point of view. If you like your Cave tuneful then this is not really for you, but if you liked 'The Birthday Party' then buy this. Personally I would differ from the other reviwers on this page because this is not my favourite Cave album. I think it is undisciplined in comparison to his later work (check out The Forstborn is Dead for progress in that direction). I don't think the band have quite discovered their direction,(Punk? Blues? Art Rock?) at this point. The cover of 'In the Ghetto' sits very unconfortably with the other stuff. This album sounds like the birth of The Bad Seeds in many ways. In my opinion the best songs are 'Well of Misery', which is a taster of the evil blues to come on later albums, the fantastic cover of Cohen's 'Avalanche', the poetic racket that is 'Saint Huck' and of course the undoubted masterpiece 'From Her to Eternity'.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. H. Orton VINE VOICE on May 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Less than a year after The Birthday Party broke up, their front-man hit the studio with a mass of lyrics. At the time there was no such thing as The Bad Seeds per se, just a talented group of enablers willing to see where chance & whim might take them.

What resulted is something that just can't be repeated. From Her To Eternity was just as difficult to classify back in 1984 as it is today.

At the time, kicking off an album with a Leonard Cohen song was hardly the height of fashion. Only a cover of a minor Elvis Presley hit like "In the Ghetto" could be more ludicrous.

On both fronts, Cave does not disappoint. But don't go thinking this is a covers album. Not by a long shot (see Kicking Against the Pricks for that).

While far from Cave's most accessible, Eternity is certainly one of a kind, an underground classic, up there with the likes of VU's Banana album or Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica. The kind of thing on which his formidable reputation was built.

Without a doubt, "Avalanche" is one of Leonard Cohen's darkest songs. If you can believe it, Cave paints it even blacker, coming off like some subterranean gargoyle, whose slumbers have been disturbed. A cranky delivery that snarls all red eyed, fangs barred. Not the warmest of welcomes, but a memorable start to one hell of journey into Night.

The demented sea chantey, "Cabin Fever" follows, Cave kicking off with a grunt like a dying mule. If ever there was a sound of someone gone stark raving mad, this is it. Along with the admirable but slightly redundant "Wings Off Flies" this is the closest things get to the Birthday Party.

Then we're dropped down the "Well Of Misery".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This CD is so good that I am going to give it 5 stars even though the cover of Elvis' In the Ghetto is weak. The problem is that the lyrics of this song sound pretty lame compared to Nick's fantastical poetry. I don't think he really believed in it himself. That being said, I love this CD. It still, of course, bears heavy traces of Birthday Party, but what is wrong with that. I ask you: Does ANYONE rock as hard as Nick Cave? Of course, if you are reading this, you are a fan who has come to add his or her positive review as homage to the Man. Fact: Birthday Party/Nick Cave and the Seeds make the late sixties Stones (circa Jumpin Jack Flash, Gimme Shelter, etc.) look like a bunch of wimps. Am I right or what?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Singer on February 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If the phrase "atonal funk/blues caterwalling" sparks your interest, this is the CD for you. The Bads Seeds are excellent players who understand how important silences are to raising an unholy din. Cave sings with complete disregard for sounding pretty but can't help being musical (he has a strong, clear voice with an impressive range.) The lyrics range from stunning ("Saint Huck" is flat-out brilliant) to evocative to sometimes just melodramatic.
The original songs are strong enough, in fact, that the two covers are the weakest parts of the CD. "In The Ghetto" sounds like it was done on a bet to gain pop-radio play, but it does give you a chance get up and go to the kitchen for another cup of coffee. "Avalanche," starting the set, is more of a problem - this isn't one of Cohen's best lyrics, and Cave and the band sound restricted by the simplistic melody.
Nearly five starts, though, for the rest of the set (even for the unnecessary repeat of the title song, which at least reminds me of one of my favorite films). I may never have another Nick Cave recording, but I'm glad to have this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on July 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
An unusually accomplished debut album that many to this day consider to be Cave's best. Kicking off with their commanding version of Leonard Cohen's Avalanche, the record steadily moves on from there to such classics as the aching Well of Misery, the monumental title track (still a staple at live shows), and the melancholy mini-epics Saint Huck and A Box For Black Paul. Much is made of the Cohen cover, but I find the cover of Presley's In The Ghetto to be one of the album's standout tracks. It and the aforementioned Black Paul show the piano-laden musical backing that would come to dominate Cave's later albums. In reality, there's not a bad song on here, and everything that we love about Cave-dark, gloomy lyrics, Bibilical and goth references, dramatic musical backing, his commanding vocal presence (he truly becomes the character he is portraying in each song)-is present here. In truth, the second, live version of the title track tacked onto the end of this album is unnecessary; it's shorter than an inferior to the original studio recording. But anything added to this album is just icing on the cake, anyway. A fine record.
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