B Sides & Rarities

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
B Sides & Rarities

[ Mute / Liberation / 3 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 5 October 2012

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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).

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.
All Music Guide.


Volume 1:
Deanna 2:53
The Mercy Seat 3:46
City of Refuge 2:44
The Moon Is in the Gutter 2:35
The Six Strings That Drew Blood 4:47
Rye Whiskey 3:29
Running Scared 2:07
Black Betty 2:33
Scum 2:54
The Girl at the Bottom of My Glass 4:50
The Train Song 3:28
Cocks 'n' Asses 5:43
Blue Bird 2:47
Helpless 3:51
God's Hotel 3:08
(I'll Love You) Till the End of the World 3:59
Cassiel's Song 3:37
Tower of Song 5:39
What Can I Give You? 6:11

Volume 2:
What a Wonderful World 3:03
Rainy Night in Soho 3:57
Lucy 2:23
Jack the Ripper 4:45
Sail Away 4:12
There's No Night Out in the Jail 3:43
That's What Jazz Is to Me 5:04
The Willow Garden 3:59
The Ballad of Robert Moore and Betty Coltrane 3:34
King Kong Kitchee Kitchee Ki-Mi-O 3:09
Knoxville Girl 3:36
Where the Wild Roses Grow 3:46
O'Malley's Bar, Pt. 1 5:16
O'Malley's Bar, Pt. 2 6:38
O'Malley's Bar, Pt. 3 4:57
Time Jesum Transeuntum et Non Riverentum 6:22
O'Malley's Bar Reprise 1:03
Red Right Hand 6:01

Volume 3:
Little Empty Boat 4:26
Right Now I'm A-Roaming 4:21
Come into My Sleep 3:48
Black Hair 4:14
Babe, I Got You Bad 3:50
Sheep May Safely Graze 4:14
Opium Tea 3:49
Grief Came Riding 5:05
Bless His Ever Loving Heart 4:02
Good Good Day 4:04
Little Janey's Gone 2:58
I Feel So Good 1:46
Shoot Me Down 3:33
Swing Low 5:40
Little Ghost Song 3:45
Everything Must Converge 3:18
Nocturama 4:00
She's Leaving You 4:00
Under This Moon 4:04