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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds Nocturama 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl + Download Mute Records Optimal 2014 EU

Artist: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Title: Nocturama
Catalog Number: LPSEEDS12
Label: Mute Records
Reissued by: Mute Records
Barcode: 5414939711213
Original release year: 2003
Reissue year: 2014
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Extras: Download Code
Total Item Weight: 499gr
Pressing country: Germany
For Market Release in: EU
Added to catalog on: May 31, 2015
Note: Never eligible for any further discounts
Vinyl Gourmet Club: No


Unit Price: 28,53 €

Reference: MT33SE12JK

Availability: In Stock & Ready to Ship

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Fourteen classic Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds albums have been made available for the first time on heavyweight 180g vinyl. Each album has been re-mastered (overseen by Mick Harvey, former Bad Seed and founder member), and all album cover artwork reflects the original release. These reissues have excellent quality concerning mastering and pressing, not to be missed.

The dramatic procession of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds entered a new phase in 2003. The supremely crafted albums which came out towards the close of the century, Murder Ballads and The Boatman's Call, affirmed what many have known since the band formed out of the ashes of Australian legends The Birthday Party in 1983: as an expressive force The Bad Seeds are entirely in a class of their own, and Cave is one of the few truly great, genuinely maverick songwriters and performers of the present day. The twelfth Bad Seeds album Nocturama displays a renewed strength of purpose within the band, and is marked by an immediacy of recording technique and thematic diversity. The sessions took place in early 2002 when the band decided to use free time on an Australian tour to try out new compositions. They ended up learning and recording the album in a week.


"The idea was to take some of the preciousness about the making of the record away, and possibly create records more like they did in the old days which was a faster turn around," says Cave. "The way I wrote this record was to get the musical idea down, and a set of lyrics, and then put it to one side and start a new one. I didn't reflect on the songs again, or play them again. Once they were written, that was it. Whereas with the record before - No More Shall We Part - I'd arranged the whole thing before I went in, which perhaps inhibits the band a little. If something's already complete and all they have to do is play the parts, it doesn't give them much breathing space, and with this record they had a lot more room to play."


An objective point of view was brought to bear on proceedings in the form of Nick Launay. The LA-based British producer had worked with Cave many years before when he produced The Birthday Party's 1981 single "Release The Bats," and at the behest of Mick Harvey Launay agreed to record the sessions. The band's sheer pleasure in playing together built on the intention to loosen up the process saw Nocturama emerge with a rawness in both the driven and the gentle songs.


While admitting to the influence of a handful of poets - Auden, Thomas Hardy amongst them - and song writers - Dylan and Van Morrison - Cave is still clearly inventing his own traditions on Nocturama. The mood swings are impressive, spanning emotional surrender to venomous black humour. He engages with a wide range of themes. There is a tender sunset song of hope; an elegant piano song of longing; a yawing, dark violin waltz; a swaggering pledge of love; a raucous abominable tale; a sorrowful evocation of loss; a nostalgic meditation; a fragrant love epiphany; and one final, lustful demonic epic.


Nocturama might just well be the complete Cave and The Bad Seeds panorama. Some of the loveliest, most compelling songs are the gentle ones like the opening "Wonderful Life" or the simple rendering of nostalgia with "There Is A Town." "Bring it On" sees the band hitting a bold, superfly noir groove. The song benefits from an outstanding duetted vocal from Chris Bailey, formerly the singer with Brisbane's glorious pre-punk nihilists The Saints. "Dead Man in My Bed" follows immediately from "Bring it On" and further raises noise levels as Cave takes the perspective of a woman afflicted with a useless partner.


The album's most spectacular song is saved until the end when the Bad Seeds unleash the flaming jam "Babe, I'm On Fire" demonstrating their mastery of demonic relentlessness. At fifteen minutes it's an epic with 43 verses (or more, as many didn't make the recorded version) in which a bizarre cast of high and low characters testify to the burning lust of the singer. The song was played just once prior to recording. "It was just an idea that steamrolled," says Cave. "It's the kind of song you write when you're not writing a song."


"It's what the Velvet Underground would've sounded like if they'd been psychopaths with a heart." - NME

Track Listing:


01. Wonderful Life
02. He Wants You
03. Right Out Of Your Hand
04. Bring It On
05. Dead Man In My Bed
06. Still In Love
07. There Is A Town
08. Rock Of Gibraltar
09. She Passed By My Window
10. Babe, I'm On Fire

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