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Various Artists: Nick Cave: Heard Them Here First

Track List

>Fun House - The Stooges
>I Put a Spell on You - Nina Simone
>Muddy Waters - Johnny Cash
>Long Black Veil, The - Lefty Frizzell
>Jesus Met The Woman at the Well - Pilgrim Travelers
>Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart - Gene Pitney
>Hammer Song - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
>Hey Joe - The Leaves
>Long Time Man - Tim Rose
>Tower of Song - Leonard Cohen
>Bedazzled - Dudley Moore/Peter Cook
>Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus - Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg
>Death Is Not the End - Bob Dylan
>Knoxville Girl - The Louvin Brothers
>Big Hurt, The - Miss Toni Fisher
>Moritat - Harald Paulsen
>Disco 2000 - Pulp
>I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
>I Feel So Good - J.B. Lenoir & His African Hunch Rhythm
>There's No Night Out in the Jail - Chad Morgan
>John the Revelator - Blind Willie Johnson
>Burnin' Hell - John Lee Hooker

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Ian Johnston.

Nick Cave never treated his influences like a secret. He's covered his favorite songs on record and in concert, leaving an easily traceable trail that was partially reconstructed on Ace's 2015 collection Nick Cave: Heard Them Here First. Opening with the Stooges' "Fun House," a statement of purpose for both Iggy Pop and Cave's first band the Birthday Party, the 22-track collection winds up taking stylistic left turns that never seem like a surprise: on paper, it may appear jarring to segue from the Stooges into Nina Simone or Leonard Cohen into Peter Cook & Dudley Moore's timeless trifle "Bedazzled," but the serious and the ephemeral conjoin in Cave's original material, so these switches of pace seem natural. True, the selections are so idiosyncratic they require some knowledge of Nick Cave to make sense as a whole, but that's also the good thing about the compilation: it manages to conjure Cave's original voice through the work of other artists. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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