The Mercy Seat (from Tender Prey) by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Tender Prey is the fifth Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds studio album and was recorded and mixed over eight months in various studios in Berlin, London and Melbourne between late 1987 and early 1988. Well reviewed on release, chart success came only in the UK, although it has since been recognised as an important stage in the group’s artistic development. The album is notable for its approach to the recording process, being built up from layered-over fragments and ideas rather than being based on a solid rhythmic foundation. The best known track is 'The Mercy Seat', a mainstay of Cave’s live shows ever since, and covered by Johnny Cash.
From the album, Tender Prey ( Mute Records/EMI Australia)