Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 14 CD Reissue Program

I am currently hard at work with the band, preparing exclusive liner notes to the complete Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds catalog reissues.  The first four albums are out now and there are ten still to come. Each album is released as deluxe digipak; featuring the original album, a brand new 5.1 stereo surround mix of the album, documentary film, original artwork and, for the first time, liner notes. Available at all fine brick & mortar and internet retailers. Check out the Mute site, too, for more information.

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“I had lyrics. [But] no-one knew what the songs were, when we went in there.”
– Nick Cave, September 2008.

To put it simply, the ship had sailed. The shredded edges of its tattered flags could barely be seen through the fog, as they dropped low below the horizon. The Birthday Party were dead. Gone.

Nick Cave, however, was not—not by a long shot and, to the public, to his fans, it appeared a nearly seamless transition when he burst back into view a little under one year later, with a new album, a new line-up and an entirely new way of letting the visual images flow from the inner ether of his mind, through a pen scratching, scratching on paper and out into an expectant new world….

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“It is an absolutely perverted blues album…but there’s barely anything that’s actually a traditionally blues form on the album.” – Mick Harvey September 2008

September. 2008. Melbourne
It’s an odd thing isn’t it, to revisit a past that is so past, events that happened so long ago. It’s even stranger to combine into context a time that was so perfect in its place, with the wisdom that comes from over two decades of living, couched in the hindsight of that wisdom. How bizarre it is to look back in that fashion, to see a mirror of your younger self, and hear music that is so very much of its era, but at the same time, so fluidly timeless that it is evocative today, and tomorrow as well….

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“It’s a really important record for me as a singer, because I discovered by accident that I had a kind of relatively pleasing voice if I sang in a particular way. If I relaxed and sang quietly, there was a tone to my voice which was unlike what I had done in the past… that now there were certain songs that I could handle as a singer. I had absolutely no idea I could do that sort of stuff.” – Nick Cave, October 2008

It was an audacious move in 1985. Brilliant, even. But that’s just the surface, the gleaning that comes from the outside, the looking in to ask why. The reality of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ third album, Kicking Against The Pricks, couldn’t have been more different to its predecessors, nor the choice of songs more startling. Yet still they were perfectly positioned to hove into the musicians’ instinctive understanding of what music really meant to them, these pinpricked examples of songs that made an impact….

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“It’s a really important record for me as a singer, because I discovered by accident that I had a kind of relatively pleasing voice if I sang in a particular way. If I relaxed and sang quietly, there was a tone to my voice which was unlike what I had done in the past… that now there were certain songs that I could handle as a singer. I had absolutely no idea I could do that sort of stuff.” – Nick Cave, October 2008

It was an audacious move in 1985. Brilliant, even. But that’s just the surface, the gleaning that comes from the outside, the looking in to ask why. The reality of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ third album, Kicking Against The Pricks, couldn’t have been more different to its predecessors, nor the choice of songs more startling. Yet still they were perfectly positioned to hove into the musicians’ instinctive understanding of what music really meant to them, these pinpricked examples of songs that made an impact….

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