As a long time fan of Nick Cave, I can say I bought this CD with a bit of trepidation. I'd heard many on the tunes elsewhere - bootlegs mostly. I bought it anyway, and suprise, what I hadn't heard has been wonderful! A wide range of his musical & personal growth is covered here - about 55 cuts in all, from the earliest days onward. Many are brilliant, (while humourous, or raucous, or tender, or ribald or sad; of course there are some sad songs here) and the less brilliant ones are interesting, if only as a representation of the Caver's eclectic sensibilities.
Who cut them, or how they got cut from the LPs is a mystery, and damn hard job!
Buy this CD.