The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

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The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Greatest hits album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Released May 11, 1998 (UK)
May 26, 1998 (US)
Recorded 1983-1997
Genre Post-punk
Length 75:38
Label Mute Records
Producer Nick Cave, Flood, David Briggs, Tony Cohen, Victor Van Vugt, The Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds chronology
The Boatman's Call
(1997)
The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
(1998)
No More Shall We Part
(2001)

The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is a compilation album by Australian alternative rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released on May 11, 1998.

In order to decide the track listing, Cave asked each of the Bad Seeds, past and present, to choose their favourite tracks from the ten albums—their lists would then be discussed until a final list was produced. In the end, only guitarist and founding Bad Seed Mick Harvey bothered, and it is his listing, unchanged, that makes up The Best Of.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (9/10) [2]
Robert Christgau (dud)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Deanna" – 3:36
  2. "Red Right Hand" – 4:48
  3. "Straight to You" – 4:35
  4. "Tupelo" – 5:12
  5. "Nobody's Baby Now" – 3:53
  6. "Stranger Than Kindness" – 4:42
  7. "Into My Arms" – 4:14
  8. "(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?" – 4:06
  9. "The Carny" – 8:01
  10. "Do You Love Me?" – 4:37
  11. "The Mercy Seat" – 5:08
  12. "Henry Lee" (featuring PJ Harvey) – 3:56
  13. "The Weeping Song" – 4:20
  14. "The Ship Song" – 4:42
  15. "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (featuring Kylie Minogue) – 3:57
  16. "From Her to Eternity" – 5:32

NOTE: Tracks 2, 4, 10, 11 and 14 are the edited single versions (but are not listed as edits in the liner notes).

Special edition[edit]

The album was also released as a special edition with a live bonus disc, titled "Live at the Royal Albert Hall", recorded on 19 and 20 May 1997. This bonus CD was subsequently released in 2008 as a regular disk, with four additional tracks and without "The Weeping Song".

  1. "Lime Tree Arbour" – 3:42
  2. "Stranger Than Kindness" – 5:02
  3. "Red Right Hand" – 5:18
  4. "I Let Love In" – 4:12
  5. "Brompton Oratory" – 3:47
  6. "Henry Lee" – 4:00
  7. "The Weeping Song" – 4:38
  8. "The Ship Song" – 4:12
  9. "Where the Wild Roses Grow" – 4:01

Musicians[edit]

  • Nick Cave – Vocals, Hammond, Organ, Oscillator, Piano, Harmonica, Backing Vocals, String Arrangement
  • Blixa Bargeld – Guitar, "Boss Bellini", Backing Vocals, Slide Guitar, "Father" Vocal (on "The Weeping Song")
  • Mick Harvey – Drums, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Shaker, Bell, Rhythm Guitar, Extra Piano, Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass Organ, Backing Vocals, Piano, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Loops, Vibraphone, Percussion, String Arrangement
  • Kid Congo Powers – Guitar
  • Martyn P. Casey – Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Thomas Wydler – Drums, Timpani, Fish, Backing Vocals, Percussion
  • Conway Savage – Piano, Backing Vocals
  • Barry Adamson – Drums, Hammond, Backing Vocals, Bass
  • Jim Sclavunos – Drums, Bells
  • Tex Perkins – Backing Vocals
  • Rowland S. Howard – Backing Vocals
  • Roland Wolf – Guitar
  • Gini Ball – Strings
  • Audrey Riley – Strings
  • Chris Tombling – Strings
  • PJ Harvey – Vocals
  • Kylie Minogue – Vocals
  • Jen Anderson – Strings
  • Sue Simpson – Strings
  • Kerran Coulter – Strings
  • Helen Mountford – Strings
  • Hugo Race – Guitar

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (1 June 1998). "Nick Cave – The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 9 September 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (2004). "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (Completely revised and updated 4th ed.). New York: Fireside. p. 151.