Murder Ballads [Bonus DVD] [Remastered] [Collector's Edition]

Murder Ballads [Bonus DVD] [Remastered] [Collector's Edition]

by Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsNick Cave & the Bad Seeds


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In some ways, Murder Ballads is the record Nick Cave was waiting to make his entire career. Death and violence have always haunted his music, even when he wasn't explicitly singing about the subject. On Murder Ballads, he sings about nothing but death in the most gruesome, shocking fashion. Divided between originals and covers, the record is awash in both morbid humor and sobering horror, as the Bad Seeds provide an appropriate backdrop for the carnage, alternating between blues, country, and lounge jazz. Opening the affair is "Song for Joy," a tale from a father who has witnessed his family's death at the hands of a serial killer. It is the most disturbing number on the record, lacking any of the gallows humor that balances out the other songs. Cave's duets with Kylie Minogue ("Where the Wild Roses Grow") and PJ Harvey ("Henry Lee") are intriguing, but the true tours de force on the album are "Stagger Lee" and "O'Malley's Bar." Working from an obscure, vulgar variation on "Stagger Lee," Cave increases the sordidness of the song, making Stagger an utterly irredeemable character. The original "O'Malley's Bar" is even stronger, as he spins a bizarrely funny epic of one man's slaughter of an entire barroom of patrons. During the track, the bandmembers are at the height of their collective powers and the performance ranks among their best on record. [The 2011 remastered edition contains a bonus DVD featuring the album in both 5.1 and stereo mixes, four bonus tracks including "The Ballad of Robert Moore and Betty Coltrane" and "Knoxville Girl," the 40-minute ninth part of Iain Forsyth's and Jane Pollard's documentary Do You Love Me Like I Love You that runs throughout the entire reissue series, and the videos for "Stagger Lee," "Where the Wild Roses Grow," and "Henry Lee." This set makes for a definitive portrait of one of the Bad Seeds' most enduring recordings -- and some would argue its signature one.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Thom Jurek

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2011
Label: Imports
UPC: 5099909572423
catalogNumber: 95724
Rank: 8921


Disc 1

  1. Song of Joy
  2. Stagger Lee
  3. Henry Lee
  4. Lovely Creature
  5. Where the Wild Roses Grow
  6. The Curse of Millhaven
  7. The Kindness of Strangers
  8. Crow Jane
  9. O'Malley's Bar
  10. Death is Not the End

Disc 2

  1. Song of Joy
  2. Stagger Lee
  3. Henry Lee
  4. Lovely Creature
  5. Where the Wild Roses Grow
  6. The Curse of Millhaven
  7. The Kindness of Strangers
  8. Crow Jane
  9. O'Malley's Bar
  10. Death is Not the End
  11. The Ballad of Robert Moore and Betty Coltrane
  12. The Willow Garden
  13. King Kong Kitchee Kitchee Ki-Mi-O
  14. Knoxville Girl
  15. Do You Love Me Like I Love You (Part 9: Murder Ballads)
  16. Stagger Lee
  17. Where the Wild Roses Grow
  18. Henry Lee

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Primary Artist
Nick Cave   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hammond B3
Kylie Minogue   Vocals
Dave Graney   Choir, Chorus
Anita Lane   Vocals
PJ Harvey   Vocals
Blixa Bargeld   Guitar,Vocals,screams
Warren Ellis   Violin,Accordion,Choir, Chorus
Mick Harvey   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Background Vocals,Space Belt,Wind Organ,Hammond B3
Shane MacGowan   Vocals
Moron Tabernacle Choir   Choir, Chorus
Helen Mountfort   Cello
Conway Savage   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Thomas Wydler   Percussion,Drums,Maracas,Tambourine,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tony Cohen   Percussion
Liz Corcoran   Vocals
Kerran Coulter   Viola
Mariella del Conte   Vocals
Brian Hooper   Bass,Choir, Chorus
Spencer P. Jones   Choir, Chorus
Clare Moore   Choir, Chorus
Astrid Munday   Percussion,Choir, Chorus
Hugo Race   Guitar
Sue Simpson   Violin
Jen Anderson   Violin
Katherine Blake   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Terry Edwards   Horn,Brass
Martyn P. Casey   Bass,Choir, Chorus
James Sclavunos   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Bells
Rowland S. Howard   Choir, Chorus
Ian Johnston   Choir, Chorus
Geraldine Johnston   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
James Johnston   Guitar,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Nick Cave   Arranger,Composer,Sound Effects,Lyricist,String Arrangements
Blixa Bargeld   Composer
Warren Ellis   Arranger
Mick Harvey   Composer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Conway Savage   Composer
Victor Van Vugt   Producer
Thomas Wydler   Composer
Tony Cohen   Producer
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Johannes Beck   Art Direction
Kevin Van Bergen   Master Tape Restoration
Shaun Connon   Executive Producer
Rachel Willis   Executive Producer
Amy Hanson   Liner Notes
Jane Pollard   Composer
Iain Forsyth   Composer
Martyn P. Casey   Composer
David Rowntree   Executive Producer
James Sclavunos   Composer

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