Kicking Against The Pricks [CD/DVD Combo] Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nick Cave is brilliant and wonderful. He tops my list of next husbands. I can't live without this album.Published 6 months ago by Mother Rabies
Love the way they create a creepy cover version for every song they record on this album.Published 6 months ago by bryan
I already own this on Cd and the Original LP release. Who can resist 180 Gram ... I am purchasing all the reissues of this artist.Published 17 months ago by Mick
when I read other reviews of this I thought they were misguided but no. it's all true. this is a wonderful collection of tunes and I love the title of the cd. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Daniel
Nick Cave's album of covers is named kicking against the pricks.
that title is lifted from the holy bible. Read more
This, I feel, is actually one of his strongest works. Although it is all covers, Cave truly possesses them as they possess him. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by Kurk Schoner
I am passionate about great covers and this album delivers twelve, plus two extras on the bonus DVD. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by idratherbe
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' second album is outstanding. It still has some of the grittiness of "From Her to Eternity" but shows the band moving in a more refined direction.Published on February 14, 2010 by J. Bowers