Saturday, January 07, 2006

2005 Out Through the In Door : Nick Cave Superstar #1

3 cd's of top-quality Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds works are B Sides and Rarities, the best collection any Cave fan could ever dream of, choosing from a variety of bootlegs and un-official albums. Yes, there was a wise editing job here, and the result is an impressive anthology that only compliments the wonderful musicianship of Cave and the guys.

It's not your usual "hit" collection, but a varied and colorful assortment of some unforgettable yet less-known songs. We get a mixture of cheeky Rock, royal acoustics, visionary Blues, earthly Folk and avant-garde Post-Punk, right aside those deep, tender and dark vocals of Nick Cave.

This collection is very much complete since it covers early official works from his first albums with the Bad Seeds, which came out in the mid-80's (such as the unripe The Moon in in the Gutter and The Six Strings That Drew Blood), superior covers (Leadbelly's Black Betty, for instance, one of the BEST covers by Cave and in general), glowing acoustic versions (most prominent are the classic, severe The Mercy Seat and bluesy City of Refuge), and a handful of excellent B-sides and other songs from various soundtracks and compilations (two hilights would be The Train Song and Blue Bird). All of these mouth-watering songs, plus a few from the "must" category (Where the Wild Roses Grow with Blixa Bergald taking Kilye's place, Nocturama) make one amazing assortment to any Cave collection, adding to the good-yet-predicted collection from '98, containing the more balanced choices of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds works.

If you tend to find the currnet Nick Cave a little bit anemic (despite his very good effort from last year, Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus), you better run, you better run, you better run to the city of refuge - and get yourself this powerful anthology right away. Not only this is a true monument of his previous creation with the Bad Seeds, but also a reminder of the fertile and talented musician that he was, still is and will always be.

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