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  • Audio CD (Jan. 12 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B000003Z6F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Muddy Water
2. I'm Gonna Kill That Woman
3. Sleeping Annaleah
4. Long Black Veil
5. Hey Joe
6. The Singer
7. Black Betty
8. Running Scared
9. All Tomorrows Parties
10. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
11. The Hammer Song
12. Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart
13. Jesus Met The Woman At The Well
14. The Carnival Is Over

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Collectors Edition, strictly limited edition. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Mute announce the first four albums in a series that will see the band's entire album catalogue digitally remastered and remixed for the first time since their original release. All 14 albums will be available as remastered CD and as a deluxe Collectors Edition which will feature the remastered album plus a DVD with the entire album in 5.1 surround sound, a specially commissioned short film made by acclaimed UK artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard plus the b-sides from the singles and exclusive sleeve notes. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Hawkins on March 11 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
'Kicking Against The Pricks' is a strange collection of covers that range from blues, ballads, country, and vintage pop standards. Yet theses 12 songs clearly illustrate Nick Cave's obsession, personality and future direction. What makes this CD special is how Cave and the Bad Seeds can make all these songs their own. Reinterpretation takes more then sheer talent, it takes vision, guts and know-with-all. Awesome.
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By brotagonist TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 16 2012
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I am passionate about great covers and this album delivers twelve, plus two extras on the bonus DVD. Tracks that stand out are the ones already familiar to me: Muddy Water, Long Black Veil, Hey Joe, The Singer and All Tomorrow's Parties. The album is rounded out with songs I would not likely ever have heard. Nick's interpretations are excellent. This brilliant album of covers is a favourite Cave album that should not be overlooked.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HAM RADIO A.M. OLDIES---BAD SEED STYLE June 1 2009
By K. H. Orton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Lord knows what prompted them to cut this, but in the 1986 Post Punk/Alternative/Underground scene, a covers record was unheard of. Furthermore, to feature songs made famous by the likes of Johnny Cash, Gene Pitney &Tom Jones was perversely unfashionable to say the least.

Looked at this way, Kicking Against the Pricks is a big middle finger to fans & especially critics alike. But it was also a genuine ode to the music Cave & The Bad Seeds sincerely loved, which is precisely how they pull this stunt off.

In terms of ballads like "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" & the pure Pop embrace of "Something's Got A Hold Of My Heart", a startling side to Cave is revealed for the 1st time: Nick The Crooner. He genuinely gives his all to "Sleeping Annaleah", while the Bad Seeds provide suitably demented backing.

More than any other recording artist, Johnny Cash has the honor of being paid tribute to the most. This album boasts not 1 but 3 songs cut by the Man In Black. But you have to remember that Cash's resurgence of popularity was more a few years away. At the time, he was far from hip.

The brooding opener, "Muddy Water" is from Cash's 1979 Silver album, an obscure choice that fortunately did not escape Cave's notice. The same goes for Cave's menacing interpretation of the Cash rarity, "The Folksinger". As for "Long Black Veil", while the version here can't hope to compete with The Man In Black's, in terms of mood & atmosphere, it's certainly commendable. If some journalist wanted to coin a genre for these 3 I'd suggest, "Gothic Country".

The Bad Seeds' previous, First Born Is Dead was steeped in John Lee Hooker's influence & Cave launches into "I'm Gonna Kill That Woman" with merciless abandon. Amid the plethora of Hooker covers out there, I'll go so far as to say this is up there along with Them's "Baby Please Don't Go" as being definitive.

Another standout is The Hammer Song which I feel surpasses Alex Harvey's original.

As for the full on Gospel of "Woman At The Well", this was something that just was not done at the time. Then the curtains draw to a close with a gorgeous, haunting rendition of The Seekers' classic, "The Carnival Is Over".

As with all the re-issues in this series the sound is amazing. You can hear every pin drop. In terms of the bonus tracks, Cave's ferocious near a cappella take on Leadbelly's "Black Betty" is essential.

To say this is the Bad Seeds at their least ground breaking would be missing the point. All that's absent is any hint of cynicism or mockery. In many ways this is Cave's most innocent & nostalgic offering since he 1st "released the bats". He would later cut many a fine love song, but at this point in his career anything resembling a traditional ballad was a rare commodity.

Despite all the musical inanities that prevailed in the 80's, what's so remarkable is how this & all of Cave's records hold up so well some 23 years later. They simply don't sound dated. And Kicking is if anything, as much out of step as it is out of time. This is Ham Radio Oldies AM 101...Bad Seed Style.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Sound, Few Extras May 24 2010
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One thing I always ask myself before buying a beefed-up version of an album I already own is whether or not there is enough value in the new package to warrant opening the wallet. In the case of Kicking Against the Pricks, the product description made it seem like there was and some of the amazon partner offers were attractive so I took the plunge.
As it turns out, there is little extra offered. The songs are the same as on the one I already own but on the remastered version, two of them are subtracted from the CD and offered on the DVD as "bonus tracks". The main benefit to getting this one is the variety of formats in which it can be listened which is useful only if you have a decent stereo system. I do and the sound is a vast improvement over the original. Other extras are one video and the ongoing project of having band members and fans natter on about Nick and his band at the point in his career the featured recording was made. That is interesting exactly once.
As for the body of work, Kicking Against the Pricks is an album which set Cave apart from his contemporaries and gave the musical world notice that his talent is far deeper than most suspected. This is an eclectic album of covers, and Nick covers his picks with panache. He covers the work of a wide array of artists, some of whom were the antithesis of cool. That surely surprised his fans and perhaps caused some of them to view those made newly cool in a new way. Johnny Cash, Gene Pitney, and Jimmy Webb all gained new admirers as a result of Cave's record. Here's what I like best: Muddy Water, Sleeping Annaleah, By The Time I Get to Phoenix, Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart, The Carnival is Over, and what is now a bonus cut, Running Scared.
This CD/DVD package is presented in a handsome tri-fold and comes with a booklet containing pictures, notes on the remaster, pertinent album information, but unfortunately no lyrics as none of the songs are Cave's. I recommend this highly only to those who are able to take full advantage of all the listening options the remaster offers. You won't be disappointed.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Masked and breathing. Oct. 25 2000
By Roberto Bacci - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Once I read an interview with Leonard Cohen, and he was talking - very wisely, as usual - on how Cave ate, digested and spitted out in his own way Cohen's song "Avalanche" (in Cave's "From her to eternity"). Well, yes, this is a cover album, but in its way it is profoundly a Cave's album. Cave is a great lyricist and musician, but he is also an interpreter of first class, because he manage to make other people's song in his own very peculiar sound. Some reviewers wrote that here Cave chose his favourite artists. I don't think it's completely true: I would rather say that he chose his peculiar themes, the same that we find in his own compositions - digging and burying, killing without a reason or for jealousy or beauty or love's sake, corpses that come up from the grave despite the rules of death, the power of natural elements and especially water as an image of time and changing (also epistemologically) as well as of the deepest and murkiest regions of the mind, breaking the law and death penalty, judging and killing and leaving... The quality of the songs is very good, but I think what really makes this album great is its inner thematic coherence, as different steps in a very contorted but eriching path Cave has been following since the very beginning of his career. Follow him, you might agree or disagree with him, but as every good artist he is always showing you the same things from new and more revealing points of view.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Best Interpretation of "Standards" In Any Genre Feb. 4 2006
By Zachary A. Hanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
And, strangely, best Nick Cave album of all, considering his catalog of excellent and provocative original material (most of which you should buy, especially the stuff from around this time, like _From Her to Eternity_ and _First Born Is Dead_). I'm sure there is no other album out there whose title can be said to reference both a book of short stories by Samuel Beckett (to go with Cave's minimalistic tendencies) and the New Testament (to amplify his obsession with retribution and other biblical topics). Perfect company. The emotion he wrings out of these old and largely obscure songs is well-nigh unparalleled in the history of recorded music. Several of these are country songs by the likes of Johnny Cash and Earl Campbell, feeding beautifilly into Cave's Southern Gothic kick at the time. Then you have the heroin chic of VU's "All Tomorrow Parties" turned cowboy with yells and whips. Then there's gospel (sung rousingly in barbershop quartet style on "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well"--you'd swear you're at a tent revival). And then classic rock in the guise of a foot-stomping version of . . . Ram Jam's "Black Betty"? I'll just say that what the original possesses in Queen-like pastiche and excess, the cover compensates for in field holler mania. All of this is made all-the-more poignant by the very basic recording values at play here. The Bad Seeds thrive with a lead man on the edge between maudlin and mad; they play off him perfectly, making the bare-bones recording jump out at you with the virtue of frantic and impassioned playing alone. The only other place where you will hear such a range of emotion evinced from two or three chords is on a record of Lightnin' Hopkins or Leadbelly originals, making this one of the most visceral listening experiences you will ever encounter. Especially noteworthy is the extremely "out there" version of Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe," where Cave pounds the piano within an inch of the hammers' lives.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
kicking against the pricks rocks June 26 2009
By P. Wofford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I expected little from this album since it was a cover album and bought it to add to a collection of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Was I ever surprised! It was, in a word, stunning, especially Muddy Water and Sleeping Annaleah. And it is just my opinion of course, but I think that it should be against the law for anyone but Nick to sing By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Glenn who?? There is not a mislick on this album.


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