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Kicking Against the Pricks [Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered]

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 19, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 1986
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mute
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Muddy Water
2. I'm Gonna Kill That Woman
3. Sleeping Annaleah
4. Long Black Veil
5. Hey Joe
6. The Singer A.K.A. the Folksinger
7. All Tomorrow's Parties
8. By the Time I Get to Phoenix
9. The Hammer Song
10. Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart
11. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well
12. The Carnival Is Over

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Deluxe digitally remastered and expanded two disc (CD/DVD) edition of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' 1986 album including a bonus DVD. Contains the remastered stereo album, a new 5.1 surround mix, a specially commissioned short film plus b-sides from the singles and exclusive sleeve notes. Kicking Against The Pricks was an all-covers album, recorded long before releasing a 'covers album' became the hip thing to do. Available in crystal clear digitally remastered sound - so you can listen to them how Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds intended. Mute. 2009

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HAM RADIO A.M. OLDIES---BAD SEED STYLE June 1, 2009
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Lord knows what prompted them to cut this, but in the 1986 Post Punk/Alternative/Underground scene, a covers record was unheard of. Furthermore, to feature songs made famous by the likes of Johnny Cash, Gene Pitney &Tom Jones was perversely unfashionable to say the least.

Looked at this way, Kicking Against the Pricks is a big middle finger to fans & especially critics alike. But it was also a genuine ode to the music Cave & The Bad Seeds sincerely loved, which is precisely how they pull this stunt off.

In terms of ballads like "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" & the pure Pop embrace of "Something's Got A Hold Of My Heart", a startling side to Cave is revealed for the 1st time: Nick The Crooner. He genuinely gives his all to "Sleeping Annaleah", while the Bad Seeds provide suitably demented backing.

More than any other recording artist, Johnny Cash has the honor of being paid tribute to the most. This album boasts not 1 but 3 songs cut by the Man In Black. But you have to remember that Cash's resurgence of popularity was more a few years away. At the time, he was far from hip.

The brooding opener, "Muddy Water" is from Cash's 1979 Silver album, an obscure choice that fortunately did not escape Cave's notice. The same goes for Cave's menacing interpretation of the Cash rarity, "The Folksinger". As for "Long Black Veil", while the version here can't hope to compete with The Man In Black's, in terms of mood & atmosphere, it's certainly commendable. If some journalist wanted to coin a genre for these 3 I'd suggest, "Gothic Country".

The Bad Seeds' previous, First Born Is Dead was steeped in John Lee Hooker's influence & Cave launches into "I'm Gonna Kill That Woman" with merciless abandon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound, Few Extras May 24, 2010
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One thing I always ask myself before buying a beefed-up version of an album I already own is whether or not there is enough value in the new package to warrant opening the wallet. In the case of Kicking Against the Pricks, the product description made it seem like there was and some of the amazon partner offers were attractive so I took the plunge.
As it turns out, there is little extra offered. The songs are the same as on the one I already own but on the remastered version, two of them are subtracted from the CD and offered on the DVD as "bonus tracks". The main benefit to getting this one is the variety of formats in which it can be listened which is useful only if you have a decent stereo system. I do and the sound is a vast improvement over the original. Other extras are one video and the ongoing project of having band members and fans natter on about Nick and his band at the point in his career the featured recording was made. That is interesting exactly once.
As for the body of work, Kicking Against the Pricks is an album which set Cave apart from his contemporaries and gave the musical world notice that his talent is far deeper than most suspected. This is an eclectic album of covers, and Nick covers his picks with panache. He covers the work of a wide array of artists, some of whom were the antithesis of cool. That surely surprised his fans and perhaps caused some of them to view those made newly cool in a new way. Johnny Cash, Gene Pitney, and Jimmy Webb all gained new admirers as a result of Cave's record. Here's what I like best: Muddy Water, Sleeping Annaleah, By The Time I Get to Phoenix, Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart, The Carnival is Over, and what is now a bonus cut, Running Scared.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kicking against the pricks rocks June 26, 2009
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I expected little from this album since it was a cover album and bought it to add to a collection of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Was I ever surprised! It was, in a word, stunning, especially Muddy Water and Sleeping Annaleah. And it is just my opinion of course, but I think that it should be against the law for anyone but Nick to sing By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Glenn who?? There is not a mislick on this album.
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