"There are some people out there who just don't know where to start with The Bad Seeds," says Cave in a statement. "Others know the catalogue better than I do! 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. And there are those that didn't make it, poor things. They are the ones you must discover by yourselves."

Cave and founding member Mick Harvey, with help from the current lineup, curated the compilation with members from throughout the band's lifespan contributing unseen pictures and memorabilia.

Lovely Creatures was slated for a 2015 release but postponed so that Cave & Co. could focus on the phenomenal Skeleton Tree.

"The Bad Seeds made Skeleton Tree in Paris towards the end of 2015 - in a strange, raw, and different present," writes Cave in an afterword. "Whatever Skeleton Tree became, it was a wholly necessary addition to the band’s story. Lovely Creatures lost, for a time, its place in the narrative. Now, it seems the time is right to recognise and celebrate the Bad Seeds and their many achievements. So here, at last, it is: Lovely Creatures."

The 3xCD boxset also contains a two-hour DVD and a 48-page hardcover book featuring "original essays, candid and personal photos taken by the band family and friends, and reproductions of band memorabilia." Find the 3xCD tracklist below.

CD1: 1984 - 1993

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

CD2: 1994 - 2003

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

CD3: 2004 - 2013

  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
Lovely Creatures is out 5 May on Mute Records/BMG.