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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds to Release Career-Spanning Box Set The Lovely Creatures

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 07: Musician Nick Cave performs onstage during The David Lynch Foundation's DLF Live Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Allen Ginsberg's "HOWL" with Music, Words, and Funny People at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on April 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Thirty years into his career with the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave is in a retrospective mood. On the heels of last year’s excellent One More Time With Feelinga documentary about the making of the latest album by Cave’s longtime ensemble and the death of his son Arthur, comes the box set Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984-2014. 

Lovely Creatures, out May 5 via Mute Records/BMG, is available in multiple multi-disc editions, Pitchfork reports: 2-CD, 3-CD/DVD/48-page book3-LP, and a “Super Deluxe Limited Edition” with three CDs, two DVDs of live performances, interviews, and archival footage, and a 256-page hardcover book.

“There are some people out there who just don’t know where to start with The Bad Seeds. Others know the catalogue better than I do!” Cave said in a press release. “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.” The Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album by the Bad Seeds, was one of SPIN’s favorite albums of 2016.

A trailer for Lovely Creatures, released today, its soundtracked by several of those Bad Seeds songs that have “stuck around”: “Red Right Hand,” “Into My Arms,” “Where the Wild Roses Grow,” “Stagger Lee,” “We No Who U R.” Watch it below.