According to the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds website the first four remastered albums will be released in March.
“The first four classic albums will be available as remastered collectors editions in March 2009. Each album will come as a CD & DVD set digitally remastered and repckaged with b-sides, videos and new sleeve notes, 5.1 Surround Sound and an exclusive new film about each album by UK artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. There will be a deluxe box available to hold all 14 reissued studio albums. To be the first to receive more information nd details of a special advance price then make sure you’re signed up to the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds mailing list.“
See posts regarding my contribution to the films here and here.
In a myspace announcement Mick Harvey says:
“For a variety of personal and professional reasons I have chosen to discontinue my ongoing involvement with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. More information and comment will emerge in the coming days and weeks I expect. After 25 years I feel I am leaving the band as it experiences one of its many peaks; in very healthy condition, and with fantastic prospects for the future. I’m confident Nick will continue to be a creative force and that this is the right time to pass on my artistic and managerial role to what has become a tremendous group of people who can support him in his endeavours both musically and organizationally. It was a fantastic experience to finish my touring days in the band with the recent shows in Australia and the unique events that took place in conjunction with All Tomorrow’s Parties, especially Mt. Buller, which was one of the many highlights of my involvement with the band throughout the years. I shall continue working on the Bad Seeds back catalogue re-issues project over the coming year and look forward to the new opportunities I shall be able to accommodate as a result of my changed circumstances.”
A great shame – for me Harvey’s guitar sound was an important part of the Bad Seeds’ sound.
Initially a stunned silence on our settee but to me Mr Smith looks very, very promising. I suspect he will do both moody and comical particularly well. Good choice, I reckon.