Original Seeds: Songs that inspired Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Original Seeds: Songs that inspired Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Vol 2
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.
The 2004 liner notes by the producer, Kim Beissel, describe the link between each track of both volumes and works by Australian musician, Cave, generally with his group, the Bad Seeds throughout their related careers. 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.
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.". 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" (02/10/04); 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).