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Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014)

In May, BMG Rights Management will issue Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014), a comprehensive overview of the band’s recorded work available in a number of different configurations.

The 30-year span of this set starts with music from their debut From Her To Eternity and takes the story up to 2013’s Push The Sky Away. This collection was apparently originally due for release in 2014, which explains why it’s not quite the complete story, since the band have of course issued their 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree, since then.


Deluxe edition boasts four discs and a 36-page hardcover book

There are a number of editions available, including the deluxe, which comprises three CDs of music and a DVD with two hours of rare and unseen footage – available to pre-order for a very reasonable £18. That same four-disc set is available as a super deluxe edition – the difference being that it’s packaged with a 256-page book has has a groovier cover design. In the UK this is about £20 more than the deluxe version.


Limited super deluxe edition has same audio/video as deluxe but includes 256-page book.

Interestingly, the two-CD edition doesn’t just repeat the 30 tracks on the first two discs of the deluxe, rather it contains 22 tracks sequenced completely differently. These same 22 songs are included on a 3LP vinyl edition of Lovely Creatures – which like the deluxe, is good value at just £19.99).


2CD Edition of Lovely Creatures

The album was compiled largely by Nick Cave and Mick Harvey and Cave had the following to say about it: “This release is designed to be a way into three decades of music making. That’s a lot of songs. The songs we have chosen are the ones that have stuck around, for whatever reason. Some songs are those that demand to be played live. Others are lesser songs that are personal favourites of ours. Others are just too big and have too much history to leave out.”

Lovely Creatures The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 1984 – 2014 will be released on 5 May 2017. Full track listings are below.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Lovely Creatures - 3CD+DVD super deluxe with 256-page book

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Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.99
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Lovely Creatures - 3LP Vinyl

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Amazon de 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.81
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 31.98
Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 24.99
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Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (deluxe)

Disc: 1
1. From Her to Eternity (2009 Remastered Version)
2. In The Ghetto (2009 Remastered Version)
3. Tupelo (2009 Remastered Version)
4. I’m Gonna Kill That Woman (2009 Remastered Version)
5. The Carny (2009 Remastered Version)
6. Sad Waters (2009 Remastered Version)
7. Stranger Than Kindness (2009 Remastered Version)
8. Scum (2009 Remastered Version)
9. The Mercy Seat (2010 Remastered Version)
10. Deanna (2010 Remastered Version)
11. Up Jumped the Devil (2010 Remastered Version)
12. The Weeping Song (2010 Remastered Version)
13. The Ship Song (2010 Remastered Version)
14. Papa Won’t You Leave, Henry (2010 Remastered Version)
15. Straight to You (2010 Remastered Version)

Disc: 2
1. Do You Love Me? (2011 Remastered Version)
2. Nobody’s Baby Now (2011 Remastered Version)
3. Loverman (2011 Remastered Version)
4. Red Right Hand (2011 Remastered Version)
5. Stagger Lee (2011 Remastered Version)
6. Where the Wild Roses Grow (2011 Remastered Version) – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & Kylie Minogue
7. Into My Arms (2011 Remastered Version)
8. People Ain’t No Good (2011 Remastered Version)
9. Brompton Oratory (2011 Remastered Version)
10. (Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For? (2011 Remastered Version)
11. Come Into My Sleep (2011 Remastered Version)
12. Love Letter (2011 Remastered Version)
13. God Is In The House (2011 Remastered Version)
14. He Wants You
15. Shoot Me Down

Disc: 3
1. Hiding All Away
2. There She Goes, My Beautiful World
3. Nature Boy
4. Breathless
5. Babe, You Turn Me On
6. O Children
7. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
8. Night of the Lotus Eaters
9. We Call Upon the Author
10. Jesus of the Moon
11. More News from Nowhere
12. We No Who U R
13. Jubilee Street
14. Higgs Boson Blues
15. Push The Sky Away

Disc: 4 (DVD)
1. Interview (Kippevel, Netherlands, 1988)
2. Night of the Lotus Eaters (Docks des Suds, Marseilles, France, 2008; Live)
3. Red Right Hand (Glastonbury Festival, UK, 1998; Live)
4. The Weeping Song (Glasgow TV Studios, UK 2001; Live)
5. Interview (New York, USA, 2013)
6. Higgs Bosun Blues (La Fabrique Studios, France, 2012)
7. Interview (Stranger in a Strange Land documentary, Berlin, Germany, 1987)
8. From Her to Eternity (Perkins Palace, Pasadena, USA, 1984; Live)
9. Love Letter (ABC Studios, Australia, 2001)
10. Interview (Bish’s Biz, Australia, 2013)
11. Do You Love Me? (Boxed Set, Glasgow STV Studios, UK, 2001; Live)
12. Interview (Boxed Set, Glasgow STV Studios, UK, 2001; Live)
13. Into My Arms (Inmusic Festival, Zagreb, Croatia, 2008; Live)
14. We Call Upon the Author (B1 Maximum Club, Moscow, Russia, 2009; Live)
15. Interview (Ein Abend In Wien , Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1991)
16. The Mercy Seat (Bizarre Festival, Germany, 1996; Live)
17. Interview (Columbus, Ohio, USA, 1984)
18. God Is in the House (Later With Jools Holland, London, UK, 2001)
19. Interview (Bish’s Biz, Australia, 2013)
20. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Globe Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008)
21. Brompton Oratory (MTV Live’n’Loud, 1997)
22. I’m Gonna Kill That Woman (Posthof, Linz, Austra, 1986)
23. Jubilee Street (The Fonda Theatre, LA, USA, 2013)
24. The Ship Song (Live At The Paradiso DVD, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1992)
25. Interview (Lollapolooza, USA, 1994)
26. Loverman (Bizarre Festival, Germany, 1996)
27. Interview (Australia, 1998)
28. In the Ghetto (Exit, Chicago, USA, 1984)
29. Hiding All Away (The Abattoir Blues Tour DVD, Brixton Academy, London, UK, 2004)
30. Interview (Australia, 1992)
31. Where the Wild Roses Grow (MTV Most Wanted, London, UK, 1995)
32. Deanna (St. Luke’s, London, UK, 1995)
33. O Children (Le Trianon, Paris, France, 2013; Live)
34. Interview (Festival Crazy Rock, Chile, 1996)
35. Stagger Lee (The White Room, London, UK, 1996; Live)
36. Interview (Austin City Limits, Texas, USA, 2014)
37. Interview (Australia, 1985)
38. Push the Sky Away (The Fonda Theatre, LA, USA, 2013; Live)
39. There She Goes My Beautiful World (The Abattoir Blues Tour DVD, Brixton Academy, London, UK, 2004)

Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (3LP Vinyl)

Side 1
1. Loverman (Single Version)
2. Tupelo (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
3. Deanna (2010 Remastered Version)
4. From Her to Eternity (2009 Remastered Version)

Side 2
1. The Weeping Song (2010 Remastered Version)
2. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Single Edit)
3. People Ain’t No Good (2011 Remastered Version)

Side 3
1. Higgs Boson Blues
2. Straight to You (2010 Remastered Version)
3. Where the Wild Roses Grow (2011 Remastered Version) – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & Kylie Minogue

Side 4
1. Into My Arms (2011 Remastered Version)
2. Love Letter (2011 Remastered Version)
3. Red Right Hand (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
4. The Mercy Seat (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]

Side 5
1. O Children
2. The Ship Song (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
3. Stranger Than Kindness (2009 Remastered Version)

Side 6
1. Jubilee Street (Video Edit Kevin Version)
2. Nature Boy (Edit)
3. We No Who U R
4. Stagger Lee (2011 Remastered Version)

Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (2CD)

Disc: 1
1. Loverman (Single Version)
2. Tupelo (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
3. Deanna (2010 Remastered Version)
4. From Her to Eternity (2009 Remastered Version)
5. The Weeping Song (2010 Remastered Version)
6. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Single Edit)
7. People Ain’t No Good (2011 Remastered Version)
8. Higgs Boson Blues
9. Straight to You (2010 Remastered Version)
10. Where the Wild Roses Grow (2011 Remastered Version) – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & Kylie Minogue

Disc: 2
1. Into My Arms (2011 Remastered Version)
2. Love Letter (2011 Remastered Version)
3. Red Right Hand (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
4. The Mercy Seat (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
5. O Children
6. The Ship Song (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
7. Stranger Than Kindness (2009 Remastered Version)
8. Jubilee Street (Video Edit Kevin Version)
9. Nature Boy (Edit)
10. We No Who U R
11. Stagger Lee (2011 Remastered Version)

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52 responses to Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014)

  1. Ollie Carlisle says:

    The Super Deluxe is on Amazon for a more reasonable £37.83 at the moment (i.e. an extra £20 for a nice book which seems reasonable in a post-Macca world!)

  2. Chris Squires says:

    Ordered the triple LP which is remarkable at £20.

    Can’t find the Super Deluxe on Amazon, got halfway through the order on Pledge but with a postage inclusive total of £63.54 I declined at the last second. That’s over £45 extra for the book over the deluxe.

    But if Ollie can provide a link to the same thing for £38 that would be an instant sale…..

    Not being into Nick Cave in any way previously it was the stunning use of “Into My Arms” in the film “About Time” that made me explore further and he is unbelievably good and rather like Leonard Cohen tarred with the lazy journalistic brush of depressive, but it is, to me, beautiful poetry.
    His soundtrack work with Warren Ellis is just as good if not better in parts.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Post now updated with relevant links!

      • Chris Squires says:

        Got it, ordered.

        Let’s face it a Triple Vinyl version and a 3 CD + DVD + Book deluxe for £57… how is it possible for anyone to make a profit on any of that? It is a real steal. £80 quid less than Flowers in the Dirt with the Triple Vinyl thrown in!

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          Certainly makes you wonder how the Flowers in the Dirt set can struggle to be profitable at £135!!

        • Keith says:

          I was thinking exactly teh same a bargain box set compared to McCartneys highly compromised single album re-issue which is 4 times the price .

          • David M says:

            This is more akin to Pure McCartney though which was a similar price (for 3CD version)

          • David M says:

            4 CDs (Pure McCartney)

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            Good point, although Pure McCartney didn’t have a 2-hour DVD of TV appearances etc. Would have been much more interesting if it had…

    • adrian says:

      I notice the triple LP is £28 on the Nick Cave Pledge Music page. Might be worth grabbing that £20 price while it’s available – hard to believe it’s not an error!

  3. Klaus says:

    Coincidentally i came across that on PledgeMusic yesterday but the current SDE prices especially on AmazonUK sound more reasonable to me. Thanks for posting.
    Oh, and btw: Good to see a compilation like that in a chronological track order (except for the DVD :-( )

  4. richie says:

    Seconded Mr Squires, Nick Cave shows how it`s done along with several others; Bill Nelson. Fleetwood Mac, The Stones `From The Vault` series, err The Beatles 1 CD/BluRay…I can go on.

    ARE YOU READING THIS MACCA?

  5. Andrew M says:

    Excellent prices. I’m not a fan but my partner is so ordered the vinyl and deluxe edition (she wouldn’t ever open the book) as a surprise. As she doesn’t even read sites like this or keep up with new releases I wont even tell her its coming out :D

  6. Garry says:

    The Super Deluxe edition looks like a steal at that price with shipping to Oz is only 35.11 on Amazon UK, it’s a no brainer.
    Can’t wait for this set, great track selection and the DVD looks great

  7. Boaz Halachmi says:

    When the Pledge page came up, the SDE price was 35UKP. While I was clicking, the price jumped to the current 55UKP. I guess the first was a mistake and they fixed it quickly. I recommend getting the Amazon price fast, as they may get it right later.

  8. John Hirst says:

    Cracking price for the deluxe set. Struggling to restrain myself from getting the vinyl as well, but I’m trying not to double up at the moment.

  9. Boaz Halachmi says:

    Just to compare… On the official store the price is also 55UKP or 67EURO. Get the Amazon UK price…

  10. Nico says:

    Do you know if the 4 discs version includes the “Single Version” of Loverman, Do you love me etc.?

  11. Alessandro says:

    No “Henry Lee”?

  12. patrick says:

    Thanks Paul,
    Ordered the triple LP. Previous Nick Cave LPs had free CDs included so fingers crossed he continues his generosity with this release.

  13. Gilles says:

    What about Amazon.fr ?

  14. Paul English says:

    @ Nico – hopefully single versions will be included wherever applicable.
    This sort of set is ideal for them.

  15. Miguel Rocha says:

    Order placed! Cracking price when ordering from Canada…after VAT removed, total cost with shipping is lower than the listed price. i own most of the music but it’s worth it fir the book alone. Should be delivered shortly before I see him live in Toronto at the end of May! Feeling like a spoilt child on Christmas Eve!!!

  16. Miguel Rocha says:

    A little disappointed that there’s no Your Funeral…My Trial, but we’ll all have a missing favourite.

  17. Ben Williams says:

    3cd/Dvd version ordered. Great looking set, love Nick Cave. Even if this set was £30, it would still trump Flowers in the Dirt for content and value!

  18. Robert says:

    Such a great deal. This is how you release a compilation !
    At that price they are still making money so it makes you curious
    as to the ridiculous prices set by Oasis and Paul McCartney, oh and that
    enormous Pink Floyd box set as well.

  19. Ollie Carlisle says:

    Nico raises a good question – it looks like only the 2cd or vinyl versions contain single edits. Is that correct?

  20. Daniel says:

    Wow! The Dlx Ed was 15p after VAT was removed and back to 18p with shipping to US!! That’s almost half the Amazon US price!! Ordered…THANKS!!!!!

  21. probablyrustin says:

    Talk about great value. I’m not a huge fan either, but this is how to put together a retrospective set. Sure, some missing well-known tracks here and there, but it’s clearly well-thought-out and comprehensive, and the editions actually offer up something for everyone. I’ve always thought the “we barely make a profit” arguments for some artists were just BS, especially when you have much less mainstream artists releasing sets like these for enormously better value. There’s just no excuse other than “the artist expects a larger payment than is otherwise reasonable.”

  22. The fact I’m not finding this irresistible tells me I’m not as big a Bad Seeds fan as I think I am. Seems I need a few newly uncovered rarities or something to sweeten the deal.

  23. Alan Blevin says:

    Like everyone has said if there’s money to be made at these prices how badly are we being ripped off by most box sets?
    Instant order.

  24. Eric says:

    This is the Nick Cave release I’ve been waiting for, as I’ve never got into all the albums for some reason and there’s only ever been the 1997 compilation, which was one disc and not really satisfying enough. Torn between the 3VD/DVD edition and the 2CD format with the single edits.

  25. Simon F says:

    First really essential release of the year. Been waiting for a decent in-depth Cave compilation for some years and it’s now arrived. An excellent collection. All the classics appear to be there, and I echo all the other contributors in saying what an incredible price. Have ordered the deluxe version for £19.99 at HMV with no extra postage. There is extra postage at Amazon as it’s under £20.00 which could range between £1.99 to £2.99 depending on weight. Just thought I should mention it.

  26. Eric says:

    Paul, that’s a double negative….tsk!! Haha, I’ll probably hold out until they’re in the shops or until the track timings are published. Would much rather get the 3CD if possible.

  27. Boaz Halachmi says:

    … Oh, and if anyone wants a signed print by Nick Cave (he doesn’t sign a lot, so good opportunity), check this book project on PledgeMusic. It’s also for a good cause. This has nothing to do with this collection.

    http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/waysandmeans

  28. Matthew P says:

    Pre-ordered the super deluxe version, contents of the DVD alone look great and I´m sure the book will not disappoint. Nice that they included Come Into My Sleep among the hits, good choice!

  29. Wuzza Wuzza says:

    I think it’s just the numbers game. Although obvious Macca is hugely famous, the Flowers sde is a pretty niche item whereas this will shift loads more units. I’d say there were more Nick Cave completists, fans and then all those Cave- curious listeners who want to dip a toe in the water with an affordable Best Of than there are people who want outtakes from Flowers in the Dirt

  30. Rare Glam says:

    The super deluxe set is now showing as £64.48 on Amazon UK (10th March)! Glad I ordered mine for £37.80 yesterday.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Yes, noticed that too.

      • Chris Squires says:

        If anybody here is a fan of Porridge you will be familiar with the concept of “Little Victories” And this is exactly what made my week. A little Victory.

        Because of what you do Paul, I got something I really wanted and the full set of Vinyl, SDE & DE cost me £33.56 less because I managed to get in a couple of days before the prices went up.

        That’s an awful lot of product delivered to my door for £75.91 instead of £109.47

        Thank You!

  31. Laurent says:

    Any idea if the content of the book of the Deluxe edition will be included in the book of the SDE? Or exclusive content for each?

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