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The First Born Is Dead Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered

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Audio CD, Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered, May 19, 2009
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Deluxe digitally remastered and expanded two disc (CD/DVD) edition of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' 1985 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. The Firstborn Is Dead introduced a more dominant Blues feel to the Bad Seeds sound, signaling a new direction that the band was headed in. Available in crystal clear digitally remastered sound - so you can listen to them how Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds intended. Mute. 2009

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tupelo
  2. Say Goodbye to the Little Girl Tree
  3. Train Long-Suffering
  4. Black Crow King
  5. Knockin' on Joe
  6. Wanted Man
  7. Blind Lemon Jefferson

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 2009)
  • collectors_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mute INg
  • ASIN: B001TIQTF2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By K. H. Orton VINE VOICE on May 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Back in the day, NME Journalist, Mat Snow notoriously spilled the beans on this album.

Apparently Snow was privy to an advanced tape owing to his past championing of the Birthday Party & the Bad Seeds' debut, "From Her To Eternity".

Snow apparently was so beside himself to write an "advance" review. Only problem was it was a bad review. The key word being, "Disappointed".

Not the best idea considering Cave was a former roommate. Snow was later rewarded by having a special song dedicated to his honor, "Scum". (see Your Funeral...My Trial).

I mention this only because Snow's opinion pretty much has cast a pall on how this album has been perceived over the years. To this day, many fans & critics consider it to be The Bad Seeds' least appealing record.

Personally, this was my introduction & it packed a punch. The sonic equivalent of a pair of brass knuckles coming at you in slow motion. Without a doubt, it left a lasting impression. And you're talking to a reluctant convert here. I pretty much wrote Cave off as a 2nd rate Punk imitation of Jim Morrison with delusions of grandeur. But with this I did a 180º & the conversion was complete.

Being a big Elvis Presley fan since childhood I couldn't help but recognize the satire & homage going on here.

The signature track here is "Tupelo". Cave & company perfectly capture the restless paranoia preceding a hard rain about to fall. A lot of ink has been shed on it being about the birth of Elvis. And it is. Presley was a twin whose brother was stillborn. Thus the album title. But perhaps it's not an ode, so much as a satire on the unfound importance some place on their Rock idols.

The point is, this stuff isn't meant to be taken literally.
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I am glad to have gotten this album. It is considered to be less accessible than the subsequent albums, but this is unjustified. Some outstanding tracks are Tupelo, Little Girl Tree, Black Crow King, Knockin' on Joe, Wanted Man, especially, and Blind Lemon Jefferson. This music is bluesy, but not in a boring way. Just listen to Blind Lemon Jefferson! Like all of Cave's early music, this album's appeal deepens with time. This is essential Cave.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ... on October 9, 2012
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This is a very sparse, tortured album. It has a lot of good stuff for people who like early bad seeds stuff. It has an off the wall feel about it, some nice call and respomse bluesy/gospel sections/songs and won't disappoint those who, like i say, like early bad seeds stuff
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