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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Firstborn Is Dead

Oz NZ Remastered limited CD DVD set featuring the original album plus a 51 surround sound version bside 'The Six Strings That Drew Blood' the single version of 'Tupelo' plus videos for 'Wanted Man' and 'Tupelo' and a documentary about the album After emerging from the unbridled chaos of the Birthday Party Cave pursued the ominous bluesy direction hinted at by his erstwhile band's later work 1985's 'First Born is Dead' finds Cave perfecting the punkblues world he began exploring on 'From Her to Eternity' Combining manic rootsinfluenced raving with decadent Brechtian Artsong Cave comes off like the Australian Jeffrey Lee Pierce Obsessed with the dark edges of Americana he tackles the Presley myth also referenced by the album's title on 'Tupelo' delivers an ode to 'Blind Lemon Jefferson' and gleefully dismembers Dylan's outlaw ballad 'Wanted Man' On the artier side the cabaretish 'The Moon is in the Gutter' displays the lyrical agility that would soon become a Cave trademark

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