Nick Cave's 'Lovely Creatures' Comp Features Unseen Footage, Essays

"The songs we have chosen are the ones that have stuck around, for whatever reason," singer writes of career-spanning greatest hits collection

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will reflect on their 30-year tenure together with 'Lovely Creatures – The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984-2014.'

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will reflect on their 30-year tenure together with Lovely Creatures – The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984-2014.

"There are some people out there who just don’t know where to start with The Bad Seeds. Others know the catalogue better than I do," Cave wrote of the collection, which arrives May 5th. Preorder Lovely Creatures at Cave's website.

"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. And there are those that didn’t make it, poor things. They are the ones you must discover by yourselves."

The collection will come in a variety of formats, like standard 2CD with 21 tracks, a triple vinyl LP and a deluxe 3CD/1DVD package armed with 45 songs and a two-hour DVD filled with "rare and unseen footage."

The most noteworthy is the Super Deluxe Limited Edition, which comes with "a 256 page hardcover book containing original essays, candid and personal photos taken by the band, family and friends, and reproductions of band memorabilia," along with the 3CDs and 1DVD.

In addition to the trailer for Lovely Creatures, Cave also penned an afterword about the greatest hits package. "Lovely Creatures was initially scheduled for release in the autumn of 2015. Thirty years or so had passed since the band had formed and much had happened during that time – the band morphing into as many versions of itself as there were albums to reflect this. It felt, to me, a good time to pay tribute to this unique creation," he wrote.

However, the singer and the Bad Seeds reentered the studio following the death of Cave's son Arthur, resulting in 2016's Skeleton Tree and the heartbreaking making-of documentary One More Time With Feeling.

"Whatever Skeleton Tree became, it was a wholly necessary addition to the band’s story," Cave continued. "Lovely Creatures lost, for a time, its place in the narrative. Now, it seems the time is right to recognise and celebrate the Bad Seeds and their many achievements. So here, at last, it is: Lovely Creatures."

Lovely Creatures 3CD/DVD Track List

CD1: 1984 -1993

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

CD2: 1994 – 2003

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

CD3: 2004 – 2013

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"

DVD:

1. Interview, 1988
2. "Night Of The Lotus Eaters," 2008
3. "Red Right Hand," 1998
4. "The Weeping Song," 2001
5. Interview, 2013
6. "Higgs Boson Blues," 2012
7. Interview, 1987
8. "From Her To Eternity," 1984
9. "Love Letter," 2001
10. Interview, 2013
11. "Do You Love Me?," 2001
12. Interview, 2001
13. "Into My Arms," 2008
14. "We Call Upon The Author," 2009
15. Interview, 1991
16. "The Mercy Seat," 1996
17. Interview, 1984
18. "God Is In The House," 2001
19. Interview, 2013
20. "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!," 2008
21. "Brompton Oratory," 1997
22. "I’m Gonna Kill That Woman," 1986
23. "Jubilee Street," 2013
24. "The Ship Song," 1992
25. Interview, 1994
26. "Loverman," 1996
27. Interview, 1988
28. "In The Ghetto," 1984
29. "Hiding All Away," 2004
30. Interview, 1992
31. "Where The Wild Roses Grow," 1995
32. "Deanna," 2008
33. "O Children," 2013
34. Interview, 1996
35. "Stagger Lee," 1996
36. Interview, 2014
37. Interview, 1985
38. "Push The Sky Away," 2013
39. "There She Goes, My Beautiful World," 2004