Original Seeds

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Original Seeds: Songs that inspired Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Compilation album by Various Artists
Released 22 June 1998 (1998-06-22)
Length 59:00
Label Rubber, BMG
Producer Kim Beissel
Various Artists chronology
Original Seeds: Songs that inspired Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
(1998)
Original Seeds: Songs that inspired Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Vol 2
(2004)Original Seeds: Songs that inspired Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Vol 22004

Original Seeds: Songs that inspired Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is a compilation album by Various Artists, which was initially released in June 1998. It was re-titled as Original Seeds Vol 1: Songs that inspired Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds when the follow-up Original Seeds Vol 2: Songs that inspired Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds appeared in 2004. Both appeared on the Rubber Records label in Australia and the United Kingdom.[1][2][3]

The liner notes by the producer, Kim Beissel, describe the link between each track and works by Australian musician, Cave, generally with his group, the Bad Seeds throughout their related careers.[4][5] Most tracks were directly covered by Cave, while some were adapted, or borrowed from, to form new songs. In January 2009 Beissel appeared as a DJ at the Cave-curated festival, All Tomorrow's Parties at Mount Buller, Australia.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
The Age4/4 stars[7]

Both volumes received positive critical reactions. Of Volume 1, in September 1998 Tracey Grimson of Australian Rolling Stone gave the album four stars, writing "Altogether stunning...a journey through music's flirtation with death, love and the rest.". Patrick Donovan of The Age gave the album four stars and declared it "Album of the week" (24/07/1998), stating "the presentation is faultless". Of Volume 2, Noel Mengel of The Courier Mail wrote "An album of startling contrasts...plays like a dream radio station" (09/10/2004); Michael Dwyer of The Age called it "An inspired work of cultural archaeology" (02/10/2004); Stephen Fitzpatrick of The Weekend Australian called it "The perfect journey through pop's wilderness" (23/10/2004); Malena Rydell of Dagens Nyheter (Daily News, Sweden) wrote "A bunch of truly fantastic tracks" (01/12/2004).

Track listing[edit]

Original Seeds: Songs that inspired Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
No.TitleWriter(s)ArtistLength
1."Long Time Man"Tim RoseTim Rose5:04
2."Cat Man"Gene Vincent, ‘Sheriff Tex’ (William) DavisGene Vincent & the Blue Caps2:17
3."Avalanche"Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen5:00
4."Katie Cruel"traditionalKaren Dalton2:20
5."Hammer Song"Alex HarveyThe Sensational Alex Harvey Band4:05
6."Weeping Annaleah"Mickey Newbury, Dan FolgerTom Jones3:24
7."Sad Dark Eyes"Gerry Humphrys, Rob Lovett, Ian Clyne, Gavin AndersonThe Loved Ones2:14
8."The Big Hurt"Wayne ShanklinScott Walker2:23
9."Tupelo Blues"John Lee HookerJohn Lee Hooker3:23
10."The Long Black Veil"Danny Dill, Marijohn WilkinLefty Frizzell3:09
11."The Folk Singer"Johnny Cash, Charlie DanielsJohnny Cash2:58
12."Another Man Done Gone"traditionalOdetta2:09
13."I'm Gonna Run to the City of Refuge"traditionalBlind Willie Johnson3:23
14."Oh Happy Day"traditionalEdwin Hawkins Singers5:08
15."Je t'aime... moi non plus"Serge GainsbourgSerge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin4:22
16."By the Time I Get to Phoenix"Jimmy WebbIsaac Hayes18:40

Volume two[edit]

  1. Harry Belafonte – "Did You Hear About Jerry?"
  2. Tom Waits – "Way Down in the Hole" (Waits)
  3. Fred Neil – "A Little Bit of Rain" (Neil)
  4. Gang of Four – "Love Like Anthrax" (Allen, Burnham, Gill, King)
  5. Bob Dylan – "Sara" (Dylan)
  6. Tim Rose – "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts)
  7. The First Edition – "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" (Mickey Newbury)
  8. Elvis Presley – "In the Ghetto" (Mac Davis)
  9. Nina Simone – "Plain Gold Ring" (George Stone)
  10. The Stooges – "Loose"
  11. Lead Belly – "Looky Looky Yonder"/"Black Betty"/"Yellow Women's Door Bells" (Trad. Arr. Ledbetter)
  12. Hoyt Axton – "Double Dare" (Axton)
  13. Lou Reed – "Perfect Day" (Reed)
  14. Alice Cooper – "Street Fight" (Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Smith)

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Original Seeds Vol. 2: Songs that inspired Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Kim Beissel, CD liner notes, Rubber Records Australia, 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Original Seeds: Songs that Inspired Nick Cave – Various Artists". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Original Seeds, Vol. 2". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  3. ^ Original seeds songs that inspired Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Rubber Records. National Library of Australia, 1998, retrieved 4 September 2014 
  4. ^ "Original Seeds Vol. 2: Songs that inspired Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds". Fasterlouder.com.au. 2004-12-07. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. ^ Phil Turnbull. "Sydney Post-Punk Memoirs". N o N i g h t S w e a t s. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  6. ^ Grimson, Tracey, Australian Rolling Stone, Album reviews, September 1998
  7. ^ Donovan, Patrick, The Age, EG CD reviews, 24 July 1998