"Deep in the woods, a funeral is swinging."
This collection, comprised of two EPs released in 1983 by The Birthday Party on the eve of their acrimonious, drug-fueled dissolution, begins unforgettably with Nick Cave's backwoods-preacher exhortation, "Hands up! Who wants to die!?!," and only gets more apocalyptic from there. While offering, once again, their sleazy Post-Punk take on the Country-Blues mixed with a liberal dose of The Stooges, The Birthday Party's swan-song bears some marks of a transitional work. For example, while Cave's vocals still exude his familiar over-the-top morbidity, there seems to be a greater quotient of seriousness on these EPs, which contrasts with earlier recordings, where Cave, Rowland & co. often served up their blood-soaked sermons with a subtle wink of the eye. This and the more polished production cause songs such as "Deep in the Woods" and "Sonny's Burning" to sound like something of a blueprint for Cave's next venture, The Bad Seeds, a name nicked, incidentally, from the title of one of these EPs. In fact, many of these songs sound like an early precursor to Murder Ballads, which, come to think of it, isn't a bad thing at all.
The Bad Seed EP (2000 Remastered Edition)
1. Sonny's Burning (3:20)
2. Wildworld (3:27)
3. Fears of Gun (3:54)
4. Deep in the Woods (4:50)
The Mutiny Sessions (2000 Remastered Edition)
5. Jennifer's Veil (4:58)
6. Six Strings That Drew Blood (3:32)
7. Say a Spell (3:41)
8. Swampland (3:31)
9. Pleasure Avalanche (4:23)
10. Mutiny in Heaven (4:17)