1985’s The Firstborn Is Dead is a decidedly more confident second album – possibly over-confident in parts – resulting from Cave and The Bad Seeds (minus Hugo Race) desire to make a blues record, without actually making it sound much like the blues as we know it. Hence, it’s a LP that captures Cave’s deepest immersion in the gothic storytelling of the blues and bible belts of the Deep South.
The experiment today sounds both ambitious and flawed.
“Tupelo” continues to tower powerfully with its tremendously stormy climax-building and its Elvis-obsessed mythologizing.
The vintage Cash-sung/Dylan-penned “Wanted Man” gains greater grit from Cave’s appended extra verses and The Bad Seeds’ edgy multi-layered accompaniment. Although par for the full Cave course, The Firstborn Is Dead isn’t the first necessary purchase for a late-comer.
CD1 Tupelo (7:18)
CD2 Say Goodbye To The Little Girl Tree (5:10)
CD3 Train Long-Suffering (3:49)
CD4 Black Crow King (5:05)
CD5 Knockin' On Joe (7:39)
CD6 Wanted Man (5:27) Written-By - Bob Dylan
CD7 Blind Lemon Jefferson (6:08)
§ DVD AUDIO
DVD1 The Firstborn Is Dead In 5.1 Surround Sound
DVD2 The Six Strings That Drew Blood
§ DVD VIDEO
DVD3 Do You Love Me Like I Love You
DVD5 Wanted Man
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