The Birthday Party: The Bad Seed and Mutiny: Numbered Vinyl

The Bad Seed and Mutiny: Numbered Vinyl

The Birthday Party

  • US $49.99  

  • Release Date 28 April 2014
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Vinyl LP + 7"
Drastic Plastic

Hand Numbered, Limited Edition! Only 1500 Copies! 180 Gram 45rpm Vinyl Triple LP Gatefold Set Re-mastered at Masterdisk!

• Hand Numbered, Limited Edition
• 180 Gram 45rpm Vinyl
• black Vinyl
• 2 - 12" EPs PLUS 1 - 7" Vinyl Disc
• Remastered at Masterdisk
• Triple-gatefold
• Original art recreated for both original EPs

For the first time since the 1980s, and for the first time in one package, The Birthday Party's final recordings (The Bad Seed and Mutiny!) are collected on two 12-inch EPs! Includes a never-before released 7-inch single containing two tracks from the Mutiny! essions - "Six Strings That Drew Blood" and "Pleasure Avalanche" - The single comes complete with a unique picture sleeve. Beautiful triple-gatefold recreates original art for both original EPs and contains both 12-inch 45s.

The Bad Seed EP:
"Mostly featuring songs written by Cave and Harvey together, Bad Seed forecasts the imminent future of Cave as a solo artist and Harvey as his right-hand man in more than just title. Now down to a four-piece following the departure of Calvert, the Party weren't any less confrontational than before; the opening sounds one hears is Cave yelling, "Hands up, who wants to die?!" Sound overall is a touch crisper than on other studio tracks, with Cave even more front and center than before. "Sonny's Burning" is a quick, brisk thrash, Cave's voice cracking more than once as the music builds to a series of climaxes throughout. "Wildworld" takes a bluesy tearjerker turn, Howard's death-rattle guitar perfectly suiting the song and setting the atmosphere. "Fears of Gun" builds up a tense energy over a favored lyrical subject for Cave (crime, insanity, and romance), with Pew and Harvey's tight rhythm matched by Howard's scratchy feedback. "Deep in the Woods" ends in all on a perfectly outrageous note, with Cave at his most sepulchral conjuring up a rural scene of devastation. The delivery and lyrics redefine the phrase "over the top,'" but the slow pound of the drums and Howard's downbeat, echoed plucking somehow makes everything work in spite of itself." -

"The final Party studio release has the band thrashing to its conclusion. Given that the various projects that rose in its wake -- Cave's solo career, Harvey and Howard's work with Crime and the City Solution, Howard's own solo efforts -- all sound like logical extensions of the Party's sound; artistic dissatisfaction can't explain what brought the Party to an end. Whatever went down, though, the group bowed out with artistic extremism intact, if not always exploding all over the place as in years past. "Jennifers Veil" sounds like a slightly lighter -- but only just -- cousin to Bad Seed's "Deep in the Woods," Cave singing more than intoning, calling to mind the burned romantic of his later years more than once. "Say a Spell" runs at about the same pace but with more feedback to burn, a good torchy blues with a fine howl or two to recommend it. "Swampland" turns up the energy level all around, a crunchy romp through the low and mean places, sonically and lyrically, the Party made their own. "Mutiny in Heaven" closes it all off with a final, worthy blast of fire. Blixa Bargeld guests from Einsturzende Neubaten, foreshadowing his role as key guitarist for Cave's Bad Seeds, with sudden edits and a roaring central refrain from Cave, when not otherwise detailing a world turned upside down with all the fire of a traveling evangelist." -

12" EP 1
The Bad Seed EP

1. Sonny's Burning
2. Wild World
3. Fears of Gun
4. Deep In the Woods

12" EP 2
Mutiny! EP

1. Jennifers Veil
2. Mutiny In Heaven
3. Swampland
4. Say A Spell

7" Vinyl - Mutiny! Sessions
1. Six Strings That Drew Blood
2. Pleasure Avalanche