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Good Son [Original recording reissued]

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 13, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B000003Z48
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,018 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Foi Na Cruz
2. The Good Son
3. Sorrow's Child
4. The Weeping Song
5. The Ship Song
6. The Hammer Song
7. Lament
8. The Witness Song
9. Lucy

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOUTH WEST OF EDEN April 27, 2010
Format:Audio CD
As the previous review accurately cites, there's misrepresentation on the part of Amazon in terms of the packaging. There are only 2 discs. Not 3. Disc 1 is the original re-mastered album. Disc II is a DVD documentary about the making of, which ranges to some insightful comments from all the key players (except Cave) to some occasionally inane fan babble. Also included on disc II are the bonus tracks, which are a bit of pain to download into your iTunes.

That said, allow me to focus on the album itself for the curious consumer.

As with all the other re-masters in the on going Bad Seed re-issue campaign, the sound is spectacularly better than the original cd incarnation. Reason enough to buy it again. For instance, after all these years, I can finally hear the haunting guitar coda at the end of "Lucy". Something the previous issue only hinted at.

In terms of the Bad Seeds catalogue, The Good Son is a milestone. The chaotic phantasmagoria & experimentation that characterized the Bad Seeds up till now, give way to still waters running deep. Any traces of Cave's furious Birthday Party past, are quietly laid to rest.

The first sign this is going to be anything but a typical Bad Seeds album is the fact that it mournfully kicks off in Portuguese. No surprise since Cave uprooted himself from Berlin & London & relocated to Brazil. That said, Foi Na Cruz sounds more like something Elvis might croon at the end of some sort of weird,Brazilian answer to a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. Call it a South American Western sound, one that characterizes much of this album.

The title track starts with a refrain borrowed from Johnny Cash's Another Man Done Gone and nods in the direction of Steinbeck's East of Eden, turning the Prodigal Son story on end.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Seeds Take New Direction June 5, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Whenever an artist embarks on a big remastering project, you have to wonder whether there is going to be real improvement in sound quality or whether the artist has run out of ideas for the moment and needs something to keep them in the public eye. In the case of The Good Son, the sound quality is spectacularly better but the way the DVD is set up makes it a hassle for the listener to enjoy without having to come back and fiddle with the remote time and again.
As many old-time Nick Cave fans know, The Good Son finds Cave taking a sharp turn away from the harsh cacophony and dissonance that marked his early years toward a more nuanced sound that allowed both Cave and his band to show the world that they were capable of breaking loose from the musical straitjacket both fans and critics had locked them in. My favorites, which I find sound best in the Surround Sound mode featured on the DVD, are the following: the quasi-religious Foi Na Cruz; the catchy Weeping Song; the relentless Hammer Song, and the fine metaphorical Ship Song. As for the extras, I like the opportunity to hear the music in different modes but find the band and fan babble of Do You Love Me Like I Love You (part 6) semi-interesting exactly once. The three extra tracks, accessible on the DVD are just OK and the two videos are available elsewhere.
Like the other reviewers to date, I find the product info misleading. In one place it plainly states the set comes with two discs only, but then the track listing shows there are three. This is not the first CD for which product info is wrong and I think amazon ought to police what is posted more closely. That being said, this set is one to have if you like the original album and are interested in hearing how much better it can sound.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Cave's overlooked masterpiece. July 29, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
"The Good Son" is a haunting collection of vintage Nick Cave songs that tell of loss, sorrow, death and despair. Those subjects may be standard Cave fare, but the amazing string arrangements featured on almost every tune add an epic sweep to the album, imbuing it with a grandeur found in the work of Jacques Brel and his protoge, Scott Walker. While Cave sings of pain and tears, the music moves you there with him--and you're better off for having gone along for the ride.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Son April 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Mick Harvey has done an outstanding job with this whole set of remasters. The fidelity on these recordings is amazing, and you can really hear all the instrument voicings in a way they you couldn't on the originals. A+
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4.0 out of 5 stars Order of chaos October 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Coming hot on the heels of Nick Cave's raging, tortured masterpiece Tender Prey, The Good Son is a lot more tender and less musically chaotic by comparison, but is nearly as brilliant in its own way. The soft, rolling Foi Na Cruz sets the pace for the album well, perhaps coming as a surprise for some, but who could deny its serene beauty? The title track is much more of a "classic" Bad Seeds song by contrast, a lyrical re-telling of the Bible's prodigal son story, with fierce music and vocals to match the lyrics. None of these songs are weak, and the album's beautiful yet daring balladry approach perhaps reaches its climax with the closing song, the soaring Lucy (complete with an incredible reprise courtesy of Ronald Wolf.) However, the album's two best songs are undoubtedly The Weeping Song (memorable musical backing, coupled with a classic vocal trade-off), and what surely is one of Cave's greatest songs ever, The Ship Song, which is surely one of the most achingly beautiful and compelling love songs that I have ever heard. While not as menacing and overly forebearing as his earlier works, The Good Son is yet another high point in Nick Cave's catalog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I had this on " LP & Cassette", yes, you read that right and it was lost due to time and I couldn't take not hearing one of my all time favorite albums by this band anymore... Read more
Published 14 months ago by RevMrsBlack
5.0 out of 5 stars Very emotional
One of his best . The weeping song is a classic. I love Blixa's vocals in that one and the hammer song is stuffed full of emotion.
Published 19 months ago by Mother Rabies
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
Henry's dream and the good son are my two favourite n.c. and the bad seeds discs. the good son is a more reflective album than those prior in many regards, less growling in your... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Remastered version... Poor Execution as a Whole... And NOT...
First off, I will say that the remastered version of The Good Son is awesome. And, the 5.1 Dolby Remastered version is awesome as well.

BUT, there are issues here. Read more
Published on April 21, 2010 by Wildness
5.0 out of 5 stars the coming of age album
whilst i write this review with the benefit of having observed how nick caves's music has developed since the release of this,the "good son" album,is it with a feeling of... Read more
Published on February 23, 2009 by Nico Jagga
5.0 out of 5 stars High point in Nick Cave career
An often overlooked album by fans of Cave's more recent work, this album is pretty much a blueprint for many Nick Cave albums to follow. Read more
Published on November 11, 2008 by Cameron
4.0 out of 5 stars O Lord the songs come down...
"The Good son" opens with a song ("Foi na cruz") that's so easily forgettable that you can't quite believe that it's Nick Cave here. Read more
Published on July 3, 2006 by yorgos dalman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Cave's best
If you like "No More Shall We Part" then this is for you - its in that approximate mode of Cave+Bad Seeds music. Read more
Published on March 19, 2006 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars would give it 5 stars but it his not his best
I love Nick Cave's music, whether with the Bad Seeds or Birthday Party. Tne more I listen to him, the more I am convinced that he is one of the MAJOR figures in the history of... Read more
Published on December 23, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fine Effort
I haven't heard Nick Cave's earliest albums yet, so I can't comment on how The Good Son stacks up against those, but I can say that it compares well with his subsequent... Read more
Published on April 27, 2002 by Kurt Harding
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