Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014)

In May, BMG Rights Management will issue Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014), a comprehensive overview of the band’s recorded work available in a number of different configurations.

The 30-year span of this set starts with music from their debut From Her To Eternity and takes the story up to 2013’s Push The Sky Away. This collection was apparently originally due for release in 2014, which explains why it’s not quite the complete story, since the band have of course issued their 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree, since then.

Deluxe edition boasts four discs and a 36-page hardcover book

There are a number of editions available, including the deluxe, which comprises three CDs of music and a DVD with two hours of rare and unseen footage – available to pre-order for a very reasonable £18. That same four-disc set is available as a super deluxe edition – the difference being that it’s packaged with a 256-page book has has a groovier cover design. In the UK this is about £20 more than the deluxe version.

Limited super deluxe edition has same audio/video as deluxe but includes 256-page book.

Interestingly, the two-CD edition doesn’t just repeat the 30 tracks on the first two discs of the deluxe, rather it contains 22 tracks sequenced completely differently. These same 22 songs are included on a 3LP vinyl edition of Lovely Creatures – which like the deluxe, is good value at just £19.99).

2CD Edition of Lovely Creatures

The album was compiled largely by Nick Cave and Mick Harvey and Cave had the following to say about it: “This release is designed to be a way into three decades of music making. That’s a lot of songs. The songs we have chosen are the ones that have stuck around, for whatever reason. Some songs are those that demand to be played live. Others are lesser songs that are personal favourites of ours. Others are just too big and have too much history to leave out.”

Lovely Creatures The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 1984 – 2014 will be released on 5 May 2017. Full track listings are below.

Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (deluxe)

Disc: 1
1. From Her to Eternity (2009 Remastered Version)
2. In The Ghetto (2009 Remastered Version)
3. Tupelo (2009 Remastered Version)
4. I’m Gonna Kill That Woman (2009 Remastered Version)
5. The Carny (2009 Remastered Version)
6. Sad Waters (2009 Remastered Version)
7. Stranger Than Kindness (2009 Remastered Version)
8. Scum (2009 Remastered Version)
9. The Mercy Seat (2010 Remastered Version)
10. Deanna (2010 Remastered Version)
11. Up Jumped the Devil (2010 Remastered Version)
12. The Weeping Song (2010 Remastered Version)
13. The Ship Song (2010 Remastered Version)
14. Papa Won’t You Leave, Henry (2010 Remastered Version)
15. Straight to You (2010 Remastered Version)

Disc: 2
1. Do You Love Me? (2011 Remastered Version)
2. Nobody’s Baby Now (2011 Remastered Version)
3. Loverman (2011 Remastered Version)
4. Red Right Hand (2011 Remastered Version)
5. Stagger Lee (2011 Remastered Version)
6. Where the Wild Roses Grow (2011 Remastered Version) – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & Kylie Minogue
7. Into My Arms (2011 Remastered Version)
8. People Ain’t No Good (2011 Remastered Version)
9. Brompton Oratory (2011 Remastered Version)
10. (Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For? (2011 Remastered Version)
11. Come Into My Sleep (2011 Remastered Version)
12. Love Letter (2011 Remastered Version)
13. God Is In The House (2011 Remastered Version)
14. He Wants You
15. Shoot Me Down

Disc: 3
1. Hiding All Away
2. There She Goes, My Beautiful World
3. Nature Boy
4. Breathless
5. Babe, You Turn Me On
6. O Children
7. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
8. Night of the Lotus Eaters
9. We Call Upon the Author
10. Jesus of the Moon
11. More News from Nowhere
12. We No Who U R
13. Jubilee Street
14. Higgs Boson Blues
15. Push The Sky Away

Disc: 4 (DVD)
1. Interview (Kippevel, Netherlands, 1988)
2. Night of the Lotus Eaters (Docks des Suds, Marseilles, France, 2008; Live)
3. Red Right Hand (Glastonbury Festival, UK, 1998; Live)
4. The Weeping Song (Glasgow TV Studios, UK 2001; Live)
5. Interview (New York, USA, 2013)
6. Higgs Bosun Blues (La Fabrique Studios, France, 2012)
7. Interview (Stranger in a Strange Land documentary, Berlin, Germany, 1987)
8. From Her to Eternity (Perkins Palace, Pasadena, USA, 1984; Live)
9. Love Letter (ABC Studios, Australia, 2001)
10. Interview (Bish’s Biz, Australia, 2013)
11. Do You Love Me? (Boxed Set, Glasgow STV Studios, UK, 2001; Live)
12. Interview (Boxed Set, Glasgow STV Studios, UK, 2001; Live)
13. Into My Arms (Inmusic Festival, Zagreb, Croatia, 2008; Live)
14. We Call Upon the Author (B1 Maximum Club, Moscow, Russia, 2009; Live)
15. Interview (Ein Abend In Wien , Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1991)
16. The Mercy Seat (Bizarre Festival, Germany, 1996; Live)
17. Interview (Columbus, Ohio, USA, 1984)
18. God Is in the House (Later With Jools Holland, London, UK, 2001)
19. Interview (Bish’s Biz, Australia, 2013)
20. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Globe Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008)
21. Brompton Oratory (MTV Live’n’Loud, 1997)
22. I’m Gonna Kill That Woman (Posthof, Linz, Austra, 1986)
23. Jubilee Street (The Fonda Theatre, LA, USA, 2013)
24. The Ship Song (Live At The Paradiso DVD, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1992)
25. Interview (Lollapolooza, USA, 1994)
26. Loverman (Bizarre Festival, Germany, 1996)
27. Interview (Australia, 1998)
28. In the Ghetto (Exit, Chicago, USA, 1984)
29. Hiding All Away (The Abattoir Blues Tour DVD, Brixton Academy, London, UK, 2004)
30. Interview (Australia, 1992)
31. Where the Wild Roses Grow (MTV Most Wanted, London, UK, 1995)
32. Deanna (St. Luke’s, London, UK, 1995)
33. O Children (Le Trianon, Paris, France, 2013; Live)
34. Interview (Festival Crazy Rock, Chile, 1996)
35. Stagger Lee (The White Room, London, UK, 1996; Live)
36. Interview (Austin City Limits, Texas, USA, 2014)
37. Interview (Australia, 1985)
38. Push the Sky Away (The Fonda Theatre, LA, USA, 2013; Live)
39. There She Goes My Beautiful World (The Abattoir Blues Tour DVD, Brixton Academy, London, UK, 2004)

Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (3LP Vinyl)

Side 1
1. Loverman (Single Version)
2. Tupelo (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
3. Deanna (2010 Remastered Version)
4. From Her to Eternity (2009 Remastered Version)

Side 2
1. The Weeping Song (2010 Remastered Version)
2. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Single Edit)
3. People Ain’t No Good (2011 Remastered Version)

Side 3
1. Higgs Boson Blues
2. Straight to You (2010 Remastered Version)
3. Where the Wild Roses Grow (2011 Remastered Version) – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & Kylie Minogue

Side 4
1. Into My Arms (2011 Remastered Version)
2. Love Letter (2011 Remastered Version)
3. Red Right Hand (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
4. The Mercy Seat (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]

Side 5
1. O Children
2. The Ship Song (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
3. Stranger Than Kindness (2009 Remastered Version)

Side 6
1. Jubilee Street (Video Edit Kevin Version)
2. Nature Boy (Edit)
3. We No Who U R
4. Stagger Lee (2011 Remastered Version)

Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (2CD)

Disc: 1
1. Loverman (Single Version)
2. Tupelo (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
3. Deanna (2010 Remastered Version)
4. From Her to Eternity (2009 Remastered Version)
5. The Weeping Song (2010 Remastered Version)
6. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Single Edit)
7. People Ain’t No Good (2011 Remastered Version)
8. Higgs Boson Blues
9. Straight to You (2010 Remastered Version)
10. Where the Wild Roses Grow (2011 Remastered Version) – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & Kylie Minogue

Disc: 2
1. Into My Arms (2011 Remastered Version)
2. Love Letter (2011 Remastered Version)
3. Red Right Hand (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
4. The Mercy Seat (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
5. O Children
6. The Ship Song (Single Version) [1998 Remastered Version]
7. Stranger Than Kindness (2009 Remastered Version)
8. Jubilee Street (Video Edit Kevin Version)
9. Nature Boy (Edit)
10. We No Who U R
11. Stagger Lee (2011 Remastered Version)

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Alan Wilson

The deluxe edition showing a very good price in Germany this morning, only €22.99, definitely time to press the buy button if you haven’t already.


Beautiful set, however is anyone else having problems playing the CDs in the SuperDeluxe?
My player really struggles to read them.

Paul English

Track 1, CD1 skips at 1min 48secs. Not a good start. No marks on the disc.

Simon Thornhill

Being a life long devotee of Old Nick (Cave that is, not Satan, though I do like some of his works also)
This super deluxe Boxset was always going to be a compulsory purchase for me.
Collecting my copy this morning. The first thing that struck me was the weight of this fine tome of Blackest Gothic Gloom.
It’s a hefty beast that’s for sure.
Beautifully presented, with a plethora of hidden delights that literally come tumbling out of its 200+ pages!
Nick Cave, has long since been acknowledged, as one of greatest living songwriters. Not only of this generation, but he can readily stand proud, in the company of Cohen, Dylan, Harvey, Smith, Walker + Bush as being one of the truly great artists in modern music.
So to finally see his works brought together, so beautifully, truly is a treasure to behold.
But what also shines through here, is the fact that Cave, is most readily able to gaze into the deepest darkest night of the soul. When he is accompanied, by his ever faithful Bad Seeds, Blixa Mick Barry ET AL, have all played an essential role, in bringing forth Cave’s Darkly Comedic Murderous Lovelorn Apocalyptic Nightmarish Gothic Visions.
Whilst Cave is an expert at crafting torturous images in the most poetic heart rending lyrics. It’s The Bad Seeds who create the atmosphere, in which Cave’s words can flourish and bloom into those beautiful blood red roses.

A beautifully curated anthology Lovely Creatures really truly is a devotees delight. And the perfect introduction into the Dark Arts of that old Devil we know as Nick.

Tim Barton

I just got mine from Tower Japan for ¥3,507. On top of that, I had points, so I saved another ¥300. The price at Amazon Japan was triple, which did not seem unreasonable, but when I found the Tower offer, I snapped it up. On par with the American dollar, that’s around $35, give or take.

For the book alone, it’s well worth paying out instead of getting the CD only set. I would have been more pleased had Mute considered a few rarities, but as a comprehensive 30-year retrospective, it’s good.

Mike Bushell

I just wanted to say that my copy has arrived from those pesky A****n boys. What a fantastic set!

This is the way forward, this is the gold standard for a super deluxe edition. Beautifully packaged, fantastic book and memorabilia. It belongs in a reference library.

Nick Cave. You rule!

Alan Wilson

Good unboxing of the super deluxe set on youtube:



Now THIS is how to do a compilation! Beautiful-looking set with great song choices, and the DVD just makes it better!

I absolutely adore the DVD-size booksets and I hope they continue to be used for years to come.

Will definitely buy the deluxe edition!

James Lee

What no digital downloads. I’d happily pay another £100 if it came with some downloads!

[…] Great news if you missed out on the early pre-order price of the super deluxe edition of Nick Cave & the Bad Seed‘s Lovely Creatures anthology. This set started off at the crazily great price of £37 before quite quickly rising to £65. However, it is now back to £37 in the UK, which is a such a good price. Remember this comes with a 256-page book, reproductions of band memorabilia and has has a groovier cover design. There are some similarly competitive prices in Europe, which you can see below. Read more about this release. […]


Any idea if the content of the book of the Deluxe edition will be included in the book of the SDE? Or exclusive content for each?

Rare Glam

The super deluxe set is now showing as £64.48 on Amazon UK (10th March)! Glad I ordered mine for £37.80 yesterday.

Chris Squires

If anybody here is a fan of Porridge you will be familiar with the concept of “Little Victories” And this is exactly what made my week. A little Victory.

Because of what you do Paul, I got something I really wanted and the full set of Vinyl, SDE & DE cost me £33.56 less because I managed to get in a couple of days before the prices went up.

That’s an awful lot of product delivered to my door for £75.91 instead of £109.47

Thank You!

Wuzza Wuzza

I think it’s just the numbers game. Although obvious Macca is hugely famous, the Flowers sde is a pretty niche item whereas this will shift loads more units. I’d say there were more Nick Cave completists, fans and then all those Cave- curious listeners who want to dip a toe in the water with an affordable Best Of than there are people who want outtakes from Flowers in the Dirt

Matthew P

Pre-ordered the super deluxe version, contents of the DVD alone look great and I´m sure the book will not disappoint. Nice that they included Come Into My Sleep among the hits, good choice!

Boaz Halachmi

… Oh, and if anyone wants a signed print by Nick Cave (he doesn’t sign a lot, so good opportunity), check this book project on PledgeMusic. It’s also for a good cause. This has nothing to do with this collection.



Paul, that’s a double negative….tsk!! Haha, I’ll probably hold out until they’re in the shops or until the track timings are published. Would much rather get the 3CD if possible.

Simon F

First really essential release of the year. Been waiting for a decent in-depth Cave compilation for some years and it’s now arrived. An excellent collection. All the classics appear to be there, and I echo all the other contributors in saying what an incredible price. Have ordered the deluxe version for £19.99 at HMV with no extra postage. There is extra postage at Amazon as it’s under £20.00 which could range between £1.99 to £2.99 depending on weight. Just thought I should mention it.


This is the Nick Cave release I’ve been waiting for, as I’ve never got into all the albums for some reason and there’s only ever been the 1997 compilation, which was one disc and not really satisfying enough. Torn between the 3VD/DVD edition and the 2CD format with the single edits.

Alan Blevin

Like everyone has said if there’s money to be made at these prices how badly are we being ripped off by most box sets?
Instant order.

Jakob Rehlinger

The fact I’m not finding this irresistible tells me I’m not as big a Bad Seeds fan as I think I am. Seems I need a few newly uncovered rarities or something to sweeten the deal.


Talk about great value. I’m not a huge fan either, but this is how to put together a retrospective set. Sure, some missing well-known tracks here and there, but it’s clearly well-thought-out and comprehensive, and the editions actually offer up something for everyone. I’ve always thought the “we barely make a profit” arguments for some artists were just BS, especially when you have much less mainstream artists releasing sets like these for enormously better value. There’s just no excuse other than “the artist expects a larger payment than is otherwise reasonable.”


Wow! The Dlx Ed was 15p after VAT was removed and back to 18p with shipping to US!! That’s almost half the Amazon US price!! Ordered…THANKS!!!!!

Ollie Carlisle

Nico raises a good question – it looks like only the 2cd or vinyl versions contain single edits. Is that correct?


Such a great deal. This is how you release a compilation !
At that price they are still making money so it makes you curious
as to the ridiculous prices set by Oasis and Paul McCartney, oh and that
enormous Pink Floyd box set as well.

Ben Williams

3cd/Dvd version ordered. Great looking set, love Nick Cave. Even if this set was £30, it would still trump Flowers in the Dirt for content and value!

Miguel Rocha

A little disappointed that there’s no Your Funeral…My Trial, but we’ll all have a missing favourite.

Miguel Rocha

Order placed! Cracking price when ordering from Canada…after VAT removed, total cost with shipping is lower than the listed price. i own most of the music but it’s worth it fir the book alone. Should be delivered shortly before I see him live in Toronto at the end of May! Feeling like a spoilt child on Christmas Eve!!!

Paul English

@ Nico – hopefully single versions will be included wherever applicable.
This sort of set is ideal for them.


What about Amazon.fr ?


Thanks Paul,
Ordered the triple LP. Previous Nick Cave LPs had free CDs included so fingers crossed he continues his generosity with this release.


No “Henry Lee”?


Do you know if the 4 discs version includes the “Single Version” of Loverman, Do you love me etc.?

Boaz Halachmi

Just to compare… On the official store the price is also 55UKP or 67EURO. Get the Amazon UK price…

John Hirst

Cracking price for the deluxe set. Struggling to restrain myself from getting the vinyl as well, but I’m trying not to double up at the moment.

Boaz Halachmi

When the Pledge page came up, the SDE price was 35UKP. While I was clicking, the price jumped to the current 55UKP. I guess the first was a mistake and they fixed it quickly. I recommend getting the Amazon price fast, as they may get it right later.


The Super Deluxe edition looks like a steal at that price with shipping to Oz is only 35.11 on Amazon UK, it’s a no brainer.
Can’t wait for this set, great track selection and the DVD looks great

Andrew M

Excellent prices. I’m not a fan but my partner is so ordered the vinyl and deluxe edition (she wouldn’t ever open the book) as a surprise. As she doesn’t even read sites like this or keep up with new releases I wont even tell her its coming out :D


Seconded Mr Squires, Nick Cave shows how it`s done along with several others; Bill Nelson. Fleetwood Mac, The Stones `From The Vault` series, err The Beatles 1 CD/BluRay…I can go on.



Coincidentally i came across that on PledgeMusic yesterday but the current SDE prices especially on AmazonUK sound more reasonable to me. Thanks for posting.
Oh, and btw: Good to see a compilation like that in a chronological track order (except for the DVD :-( )

Chris Squires

Ordered the triple LP which is remarkable at £20.

Can’t find the Super Deluxe on Amazon, got halfway through the order on Pledge but with a postage inclusive total of £63.54 I declined at the last second. That’s over £45 extra for the book over the deluxe.

But if Ollie can provide a link to the same thing for £38 that would be an instant sale…..

Not being into Nick Cave in any way previously it was the stunning use of “Into My Arms” in the film “About Time” that made me explore further and he is unbelievably good and rather like Leonard Cohen tarred with the lazy journalistic brush of depressive, but it is, to me, beautiful poetry.
His soundtrack work with Warren Ellis is just as good if not better in parts.

Chris Squires

Got it, ordered.

Let’s face it a Triple Vinyl version and a 3 CD + DVD + Book deluxe for £57… how is it possible for anyone to make a profit on any of that? It is a real steal. £80 quid less than Flowers in the Dirt with the Triple Vinyl thrown in!


I was thinking exactly teh same a bargain box set compared to McCartneys highly compromised single album re-issue which is 4 times the price .

David M

This is more akin to Pure McCartney though which was a similar price (for 3CD version)

David M

4 CDs (Pure McCartney)


I notice the triple LP is £28 on the Nick Cave Pledge Music page. Might be worth grabbing that £20 price while it’s available – hard to believe it’s not an error!

Ollie Carlisle

The Super Deluxe is on Amazon for a more reasonable £37.83 at the moment (i.e. an extra £20 for a nice book which seems reasonable in a post-Macca world!)


I put in nick cave box set and the super deluxe popped up


Yes, indeed. Makes Paul look very money-grabbing.