Following on from the success of the An Idiot Prayer live album and livestream event released this year, Nick Cave & BMG announce B-Sides & Rarities Part I & II to be released internationally on 22nd October 2021. Pre-order, here.
B-Sides & Rarities Part II was compiled by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis and features 27 tracks from Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! in 2006 to 2019s Ghosteen. The collection also features 19 rare and unreleased tracks, including the first recordings of Skeleton Tree, Girl in Amber, Bright Horses and Waiting for You.
"I always liked the original B-Sides & Rarities more than any of our other albums," Nick Cave said in a statement. "It’s the only one I’d listen to willingly. It seems more relaxed, even a bit nonsensical in places, but with some beautiful songs throughout. There is something, too, about the smallness of certain songs that is closer to their original spirit. B-Sides & Rarities Part II continues this strange and beautiful collection of lost songs from The Bad Seeds."
The release has so far been previewed with three tracks, including a previously unreleased song titled Vortex, and a rendition of Push the Sky Away performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which you can check out on streaming below.
The original B-Sides & Rarities Part I was released in 2005 - compiled by Mick Harvey it comprises 56 tracks including rarities, outtakes, covers and B-sides from 1988-2005. It will also be reissued alongside Part II as a Limited Edition Deluxe 7 Vinyl Box Set including 83 rare tracks and exclusive sleeve notes. This is the first time the album has been pressed on vinyl.
B-Sides & Rarities Part II will be available on double vinyl, double CD, deluxe double CD and all digital platforms on October 22nd. Check out the bundle options available to pre-order, here.
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