Four albums will be released December 16, 2014 with the remaining titles to follow in 2015. The campaign follows the recent acquisition of the Mute Records catalogue by BMG.
Each album has been re-mastered in a process overseen by former Bad Seed and founder member, the multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey. All album artwork reflects the original release from the cover to the printed inner sleeves.
BMG Director of Masters and Product Management Didier Dehauteur said, “The Bad Seeds catalogue is a precious piece of rock history. We are determined to deliver a set of reissues which genuinely pay tribute to a seminal band.”
The following titles will be released on December 16, 2014:
From Her To Eternity – Single LP
(Original Release Date June 18, 1984)
Recorded in London Studios The Garden and Trident, From Her To Eternity marked the debut of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds after the break-up of Nick Cave’s former band The Birthday Party. Features Blixa Bargeld, of Berlin’s Einstuerzende Neubauten, on guitar. Said Cave at the time, “I don’t really think he knows how to play in the conventional sense at all. He just makes these incredible sounds.”
The Firstborn is Dead – Single LP
(Original Release Date June 3, 1985)
Album number two was recorded in Berlin. Co-produced by Flood and the band, it was rich with references to the blues and bluesmen, the American South, and especially to Elvis Presley. Soundsdescribed the album as “the most evocative blues record for years.”
Kicking Against The Pricks – Single LP
(Original Release Date Aug 18, 1986)
The band’s third album was a collection of cover versions of songs ranging from “I’m Gonna Kill That Woman” (John Lee Hooker) to “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” (Jimmy Webb) to “Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart” (Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook). Said Cave, “They were all done for different reasons. Some songs were tributes…other songs we didn’t think the song was ever done particularly well in the first place. Some songs had just haunted my childhood, like ‘The Carnival Is Over’ (Tom Springfield), which I always loved.”
Your Funeral…My Trial – Double LP
(Original Release Date Nov 3, 1986)
First released as a double EP, Your Funeral…My Trial has a notable melancholy tone. Cave himself later said, “(This is) my favorite of the records we’ve done, is very special to me and a lot of amazing things happened, musically, in the studio. There are some songs on that record that as far as I’m concerned are just about perfect as we can get really – songs like ‘The Carny,’ ‘Your Funeral, My Trial,’ and ‘Stranger Than Kindness.’”
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Additionally, the titles below will be available in early 2015:
The Good Son
Let Love In
The Boatman’s Call
No More Shall We Part