March 22, 2005
Universal Music
Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Punk

Album Review

Nick Cave finally gives the dedicated fans what they've desired for years (and have probably amassed in various guises in shoddy bootlegs): an official career-spanning cataloging of the various Bad Seeds odds and ends on three CDs. There are 56 tracks compiled here. There are also some soundtrack offerings ranging from "I'll Love You to the End of the World," "Cassiel's Song," and "I Feel So Good" from various Wim Wenders films to a previously unreleased alternate version of "Red Right Hand," recorded for Scream 3. There are the Bad Seeds' contributions to tribute albums such as Cave's rendition of Neil Young's "Helpless" from the Bridge benefit, and "Tower of Song" from the Leonard Cohen tribute I'm Your Fan. There are familiar covers such as the Cave/Shane MacGowan "collaboration" on "Wonderful World" and the awesome version of Roy Orbison's "Running Scared" that appeared as one of the B-sides of "The Singer" (and yes, "Black Betty" is here, too). (But why is Cave's read of "In the Ghetto" absent?) Real rarities include versions of the traditional "Rye Whiskey" from a flexidisc in Reflex magazine and "Scum," which was only sold at concerts. There is an unreleased version of "Where the Wild Roses Grow" with former Bad Seed Blixa Bargeld on vocals, as well as studio outtakes of "Opium Tea" and "Sheep May Safely Graze." And this is just a smattering. One of the true treasures here is "There's No Night Out in the Jail," recorded for an Australian country music compilation that was never issued. And of course, virtually every B-side is here, including the take of "Nocturama" that was included on the limited-edition 7" single. For Cave fans who have been patiently and exhaustively compiling this stuff in all sorts of dodgy ways, this set is a righteous archivist's gift.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Deanna [Acoustic Version]
  2. The Mercy Seat [Acoustic Version]
  3. City of Refuge [Acoustic Version]
  4. The Moon Is in the Gutter
  5. The Six Strings That Drew Blood
  6. Rye Whiskey
  7. Running Scared
  8. Black Betty
  9. Scum
  10. The Girl at the Bottom of My Glass
  11. The Train Song
  12. Cocks 'n' Asses
  13. Blue Bird
  14. Helpless
  15. God's Hotel
  16. (I'll Love You) Till the End of the World
  17. Cassiel's Song
  18. Tower of Song
  19. What Can I Give You?
  20. What a Wonderful World
  21. Rainy Night in Soho
  22. Lucy [Version #2]
  23. Jack the Ripper [Acoustic Version]
  24. Sail Away
  25. There's No Night Out in the Jail
  26. That's What Jazz Is to Me
  27. The Willow Garden
  28. The Ballad of Robert Moore and Betty Coltrane
  29. King Kong Kitchee Kitchee Ki-Mi-O
  30. Knoxville Girl
  31. Where the Wild Roses Grow
  32. O'Malley's Bar, Pt. 1
  33. O'Malley's Bar, Pt. 2
  34. O'Malley's Bar, Pt. 3
  35. Time Jesum Transeuntum et Non Riverentum
  36. O'Malley's Bar Reprise
  37. Red Right Hand [Scream 3 Version][#]
  38. Little Empty Boat
  39. Right Now I'm A-Roaming
  40. Come into My Sleep
  41. Black Hair [Band Version]
  42. Babe, I Got You Bad
  43. Sheep May Safely Graze
  44. Opium Tea
  45. Grief Came Riding
  46. Bless His Ever Loving Heart
  47. Good Good Day
  48. Little Janey's Gone
  49. I Feel So Good
  50. Shoot Me Down
  51. Swing Low
  52. Little Ghost Song
  53. Everything Must Converge
  54. Nocturama
  55. She's Leaving You
  56. Under This Moon