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The Wild Swans

Revolutionary Spirit

    This version is A brand new band approved stereo mix of the only single by Liverpool cult legends The Wild Swans.

    Due to studio inexperience, the single originally ended up being perhaps the only 12′′ in history with the A-side recorded in mono and the B-side, God Forbid, in stereo. Despite this , The 12′′ received rave reviews, becoming single of the week in numerous music papers. John Peel played it to death and it quickly gained cult status by ending up as the last record ever released on Bill Drummond’s cult label Zoo Records (Drummond himself went on to proclaim it “the best single we put out on Zoo”).


    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT
    Side B
    GOD FORBID

    Swans

    Soundtracks For The Blind - 2022 Reissue

      SWANS Soundtracks for the Blind - originally released in 1996, and the band’s last studio album prior to their 2010 reformation.

      “This album has everything in there – all the ideas from Swans’ initial 15 years of work. There’s some contemporary recordings of the band as it existed in ‘96/7, with Larry Mullins on drums/percussion, Jarboe singing and playing keyboards, Vudi playing electric guitar, and Joe Goldring playing bass and electric guitar, and me singing and playing electric and acoustic guitar, but there’s also a huge amount of sounds and recordings that Jarboe and I collected over the years. These are reassembled, looped, mangled, and in many cases overdubbed upon to create new pieces of music… I really set my own trap, dug my own grave on this one. There was SO MUCH material to deal with, to sift through (whole trunks full of decomposing, moldy cassettes and discs with samples and sounds), and the task of making it into something coherent was at times debilitating. Really like climbing up a mountain of sand. I don’t remember why I set this goal for myself, to somehow incorporate such a ridiculously disparate amount of material. I think maybe it was so I could justify throwing all that crap into the local dump, which is what I did when I finished the album. But in the end, after centuries of picking at this huge iceberg of material with a toothpick, my trusty engineer Chris Griffin and I managed to sculpt something out of it. It actually breathes, seems to live, in most places I think. … When I decided to reform Swans in 2010 Soundtracks was what I referred to as a starting point”. 
      - Michael Gira / Swans 2018.

      “Now that this last phase of Swans is over, I'm not quite sure it actually happened. It's already fading, like most things. I think we achieved something there though, and it was good after shows to go out and meet people and get a sense of how the music has affected them, either that night or through the years. I'm always touched when I hear the music has had a salutary effect on someone, since it's had the same effect on me - which is why I do it. So, even if the details are increasingly hazy, I feel we've left something positive behind, and perhaps contributed something worthwhile.

      Now, as is natural, I'm looking towards what comes next. I'm currently writing new material for the next phase of Swans, some of which I'll perform on my upcoming solo tours. Sitting there alone on stage with a dead piece of wood and some wires and just my voice is a challenge I set for myself a number of years ago, trying to fully inhabit the same thread that's run through the music all along, with the simplest of means. I think I've gotten pretty good at it over time. I play the guitar my own way. I've never really learned how to play it conventionally and I don't care to do so. I could just as easily be hitting two rocks together. It provides a context for the voice and words, and just as in the music of Swans, when all the elements (known and unknowable) combine, it can lead to something beyond itself, which is always the place I'd like to go: somewhere else. I hope to see you there."
      - Michael Gira / Swans 2018.


      TRACK LISTING

      VINYL:
      A1 Red Velvet Corridor
      A2 Helpless Child
      B1 I Was A Prisoner In Your Skull
      B2 Live Through Me
      B3 Yum-Yab Killers
      B4 The Beautiful Days
      C1 Volcano
      C2 Mellothumb
      C3 All Lined Up
      C4 Surrogate 2
      D1 How They Suffer
      D2 Animus
      E1 Red Velvet Wound
      E2 The Sound
      E3 Her Mouth Is Filled With Honey
      F1 Blood Section
      F2 Hypogirl
      F3 Minus Something
      F4 Empathy
      G1 I Love You This Much
      G2 YRP
      G3 Fan's Lament
      H1 Secret Friends
      H2 The Final Sacrifice
      H3 YRP 2
      H4 Surrogate Drone

      Swans

      Children Of God - Remastered Reissue

        Originally released in October 1987 on the Mute subsidiary Product Inc and reissued first in 1997, Children of God is a brand new remaster of the album and will be packaged with a bonus live album, Feel Good Now.

        TRACK LISTING

        Original Album:
        1 New Mind
        2 In My Garden
        3 Our Love Lies
        4 Sex, God, Sex
        5 Blood And Honey
        6 Like A Drug (Sha La La La)
        7 You’re Not Real, Girl
        8 Beautiful Child
        9 Blackmail
        10 Trust
        11 Real Love
        12 Blind Love
        13 Children Of God

        Feel Good Now:
        1 Intro
        2 Blind Love
        3 Like A Drug (Sha La La La)
        4 Blood And Honey
        5 New Mind
        6 Sex, God, Sex
        7 Beautiful Child
        8 Blackmail
        9 Trust Me
        10 Children Of God
        11 Beautiful Child Reprise Backstab
        12 Thank You, Goodbye

        Swans

        Leaving Meaning.

          'Leaving meaning.' is the band’s fifteenth studio album, the follow up to 2016’s 'The Glowing Man'. Written and produced by Michael Gira, the album features contributions from recent and former Swans, members of Angels of Light as well as Anna and Maria von Hausswolff, Ben Frost, The Necks, Baby Dee and Jennifer Gira.

          Michael Gira explains, “leaving meaning. is the first Swans album to be released since I dissolved the lineup of musicians that constituted Swans from 2010 – 2017. Swans is now comprised of a revolving cast of musicians, selected for both their musical and personal character, chosen according to what I intuit best suits the atmosphere in which I’d like to see the songs I’ve written presented. In collaboration with me, the musicians, through their personality, skill and taste, contribute greatly to the arrangement of the material. They’re all people whose work I admire and whose company I personally enjoy.”


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Michael Gira is a man who clearly can't quit (nor should he). Having given up on the band a number of times, in the midst smashing out some truly amazing albums, he always returns. This iteration of the band includes all the sounds we'd expect from Gira but bolstered by the perfectly selected cast of collaborators and co-conspirators.

          TRACK LISTING

          LP
          A1 Annaline
          A2 The Hanging Man
          A3 Amnesia
          B1 Leaving Meaning
          B2 Sunfucker
          C1 Hums
          C2 Cathedrals Of Heaven
          C3 The Nub
          D1 It's Coming It's Real
          D2 What Is This?
          D3 My Phantom Limb

          CD
          CD1
          1 Hums
          2 Annaline
          3 The Hanging Man
          4 Amnesia
          5 Leaving Meaning
          6 Sunfucker
          CD2
          1 Cathedrals Of Heaven
          2 The Nub
          3 It's Coming It's Real
          4 Some New Things
          5 What Is This?
          6 My Phantom Limb

          Swans

          The Great Annihilator

            Swans present a remastered reissue of their ninth studio album, ‘The Great Annihilator’, on Mute.

            ‘The Great Annihilator’, originally released in 1995 and described at the time as “…a majestic symphony of haunting melodies and shifting moods” (SF Bay Guardian), will be released as a 2CD set, on double vinyl - the album’s first release on vinyl for decades - and as a digital download album. (Michael Gira’s ‘Drainland’ is also available as a standalone digital download album.)

            The 2CD and double vinyl (in the form of a download code) formats will also feature ‘Drainland’, Michael Gira’s debut solo album recorded at the same time as ‘The Great Annihilator’.

            The album was entirely remastered by Doug Henderson but only after Bill Rieflin (‘Honorary Swan Forever’) recently tracked down DATs and cassettes containing unmastered mixes from the sessions. Michael Gira describes the discovery as “a revelation of great sonic effect.” Talking about the recording, Gira said “I lived in a tent in a mosquito infested studio right next to Cabrini Green in Chicago for what (?) something like 3 months, rarely leaving. Band members and Jarboe and Bill Rieflin etc came and went, and somehow we crafted this thing into what it became.”

            ‘The Great Annihilator’ line up features Michael Gira, Jarboe, Bill Rieflin, Algis Kizys, Norman Westberg, Clinton Steele and Ted Parsons

            Swans

            The Glowing Man

              After 2014’s epic To Be Kind, SWANS return with a new album, The Glowing Man, announced as the last album release of Swans’ current incarnation.
              The Glowing Man was recorded at Sonic Ranch, near El Paso, Texas, with John Congleton as recording engineer. Further recordings were made in Dallas, Seattle and Berlin.

              Swans, led by Michael Gira, formed in 1982 and, after disbanding in 1997, returned with the critically acclaimed albums My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (2010), 2012’s The Seer and 2014’s To Be Kind.


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: Another monolithic collection from gloom-merchants Swans. Equal parts brooding and pensive, but with a rarely embraced melodic sensibility. Further evidence of their unrivalled talents.

              TRACK LISTING

              2CD
              Disc 1
              1. Cloud Of Forgetting
              2. Cloud Of Unknowing
              3. The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black
              4. People Like Us

              Disc 2
              5. Frankie M
              6. When Will I Return
              7. The Glowing Man
              8. Finally Peace

              2CD / DVD
              Disc 1
              1. Cloud Of Forgetting
              2. Cloud Of Unknowing
              3. The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black
              4. People Like Us

              Disc 2
              5. Frankie M
              6. When Will I Return
              7. The Glowing Man
              8. Finally Peace
              DVD – Swans Live 2015

              TRIPLE VINYL (With Poster)
              Side 1
              1 Cloud Of Forgetting
              2 Cloud Of Unknowing

              Side 2
              3 Cloud Of Unknowing Pt2

              Side 3
              4 The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black
              5 People Like Us

              Side 4
              6 Frankie M

              Side 5
              7 When Will I Return
              8 The Glowing Man Pt1

              Side 6
              9 The Glowing Man Pt2
              10 Finally Peace

              The Swans

              Love Of Life

                Led by Michael Gira, Swans formed in 1982 and, after disbanding in 1997, returned with the critically acclaimed albums ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky’ (2010), ‘The Seer’ (2012) and 2014’s ‘To Be Kind’.

                Swans’ classic album ‘Love Of Life’ (1992) is now re-mastered and reissued as a deluxe vinyl edition with an exclusive poster and digital download code.

                The digital download code for ‘Love Of Life’ also includes 18 bonus tracks.

                Swans

                White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity / Love Life

                  Swans’ classic albums ‘White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity’ (1991) and ‘Love Of Life’ (1992) are now re-mastered and reissued, with exclusive bonus content, as a 3CD package and a deluxe vinyl box set.

                  The 3CD digipack release features both albums plus a third disc bringing together all the bonus material from the original releases.

                  The vinyl box set features the albums across three LPs plus a CD of the bonus material, as well as two exclusive posters and a digital download code. The two piece box is black wrapped with silver foil blocking.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  3CD Track Listing

                  CD 1
                  1 Better Than You
                  2 Power And Sacrifice
                  3 You Know Nothing
                  4 Song For Dead Time
                  5 Will We Survive
                  6 Love Will Save You
                  7 Failure
                  8 Song For The Sun
                  9 Miracle Of Love
                  10 Blind
                  11 When She Breathes
                  12 Why Are We Alive
                  13 The Most Unfortunate Lie

                  CD 2
                  1 (---) Pt. 1
                  2 Love Of Life
                  3 The Golden Boy That Was Swallowed By The Sea
                  4 (---) Pt. 2
                  5 (---) Pt. 3
                  6 The Other Side Of The World
                  7 Her
                  8 The Sound Of Freedom
                  9 (---) Pt. 4
                  10 Amnesia
                  11 Identity
                  12 (---) Pt. 5
                  13 In The Eyes Of Nature
                  14 She Cries (For Spider)
                  15 God Loves America
                  16 (---) Pt. 6
                  17 No Cure For The Lonely

                  CD 3
                  1 Amnesia (Long)
                  2 Song For Dead Time (MG Version)
                  3 You Know Everything
                  4 Mother’s Milk
                  5 The Child’s Right
                  6 Love Of Life (Short)
                  7 Unfortunate Lie (Inst. Version)
                  8 No Cruel Angel
                  9 Black Eyed Dog
                  10 Love Of Life (Long)
                  11 Picture Of Maryanne
                  12 Amnesia (Live)
                  13 Dream Dream
                  14 Please Remember Me
                  15 Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
                  16 The Unknown
                  17 Blood On Your Hands
                  18 A Young Girl Needs 

                  Box Set Track Listing

                  White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity
                  Side A
                  1 Better Than You
                  2 Power And Sacrifice
                  3 You Know Nothing

                  Side B
                  4 Song For Dead Time
                  5 Will We Survive
                  6 Love Will Save You

                  Side C
                  7 Failure
                  8 Song For The Sun
                  9 Miracle Of Love

                  Side D
                  10 Blind
                  11 When She Breathes
                  12 Why Are We Alive
                  13 The Most Unfortunate Lie

                  Love Of Life
                  Side A
                  1 (---) Pt. 1
                  2 Love Of Life
                  3 The Golden Boy That Was Swallowed By The Sea
                  4 (---) Pt. 2
                  5 (---) Pt. 3
                  6 The Other Side Of The World
                  7 Her
                  8 The Sound Of Freedom

                  Side B
                  9 (---) Pt. 4
                  10 Amnesia
                  11 Identity
                  12 (---) Pt. 5
                  13 In The Eyes Of Nature
                  14 She Cries (For Spider)
                  15 God Loves America
                  16 (---) Pt. 6
                  17 No Cure For The Lonely

                  Bonus CD
                  1 Amnesia (Long)
                  2 Song For Dead Time (MG Version)
                  3 You Know Everything
                  4 Mother’s Milk
                  5 The Child’s Right
                  6 Love Of Life (Short)
                  7 Unfortunate Lie (Inst. Version)
                  8 No Cruel Angel
                  9 Black Eyed Dog
                  10 Love Of Life (Long)
                  11 Picture Of Maryanne
                  12 Amnesia (Live)
                  13 Dream Dream
                  14 Please Remember Me
                  15 Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
                  16 The Unknown
                  17 Blood On Your Hands
                  18 A Young Girl Needs 

                  Swans

                  Filth - Deluxe Edition

                    Swans’ debut album re-mastered and reissued on 3CD digipack printed on embossed brown chipboard with booklet including rare photos.

                    The first in a series of Swans re-mastered and definitive catalogue releases.

                    ‘Filth’ was originally released in 1983. It was recently described by Clash magazine as “a brutally exhaustive work swimming in a thematic pool of audacious abjection” and by The Village Voice as “no wave with five years of practice, too messy for mysticism and too funny for suicide.”

                    TRACK LISTING

                    CD1
                    1. Stay Here
                    2. Big Strong Boss
                    3. Blackout
                    4. Power For Power
                    5. Freak
                    6. Right Wrong
                    7. Thank You
                    8. Weakling
                    9. Gang
                    10. Swans Live At The Kitchen, NYC, 1982-1983

                    CD2
                    1. I'll Cry For You
                    2. Red Sheet
                    3. Loop 33
                    4. Your Game
                    5. Seal It Over
                    6. Whore
                    7. We'll Hang For That
                    8. Half Life
                    9. Loop 21
                    10. Get Out
                    11. Job
                    12. Loop 1
                    13. Mother, My Body Disgusts Me
                    14. Cop
                    15. Only I Can Hear, Only I Can Touch
                    16. Thug
                    17. Raping A Slave (Live Berlin 1984)

                    CD3
                    1. Laugh
                    2. Speak
                    3. Take Advantage
                    4. Sensitive Skin
                    5. Living Arms (Live At CBGB NYC 1982 − 1983)
                    6. Howling Red Sheet (Live At CBGB NYC 1982 − 1983)
                    7. Big Strong Boss (Live At CBGB NYC 1982 − 1983)
                    8. Clay Man (Live At CBGB NYC 1982 − 1983)
                    9. We'll Hang For That (Live At CBGB NYC 1982 − 1983)
                    10. This Is Mine (Live At Heaven London 1984)
                    11. Why Hide (Live At Heaven London 1984)
                    12. I Crawled (Live At Heaven London 1984)

                    Swans

                    Filth

                      Swans’ debut album re-mastered and reissued on vinyl, including two reproduction live posters.

                      The first in a series of re-mastered catalogue reissues.

                      ‘Filth’ was originally released in 1983. The album was recently described by Clash magazine as “a brutally exhaustive work swimming in a thematic pool of audacious abjection,” and by The Village Voice as “no wave with five years of practice, too messy for mysticism and too funny for suicide.”

                      Swans

                      To Be Kind

                        A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA:
                        "Hello There, we (Swans) have recently completed our new album. It is called To Be Kind. It will be available as a triple vinyl album, a double CD, and a 2XCD Deluxe Edition that will include a live DVD.

                        The album was produced by me, and it was recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, and further recordings and mixing were accomplished at John’s studio in Dallas, Texas. We commenced rehearsals as Sonic Ranch in early October 2013, began recording soon thereafter, then completed the process of mixing with John in Dallas by mid December 2013.

                        A good portion of the material for this album was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13. Much of the music was otherwise conjured in the studio environment.

                        The Swans are: Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris, Christopher Pravdica.

                        Special Guests for this record include: Little Annie (Annie sang a duet with me on the song Some Things We Do, the strings for which were ecstatically arranged and played by Julia Kent); St. Vincent (Annie Clark sang numerous, multi-tracked vocals throughout the record); Cold Specks (Al contributed numerous multi-tracked vocals to the song “Bring the Sun”); Bill Rieflin (honorary Swan Bill played instruments ranging from additional drums, to synthesizers, to piano, to electric guitar and so on. He has been a frequent contributor to Swans and Angels of Light and is currently playing with King Crimson)." - I love you! Michael Gira.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Darryl says: The Swans go from strength to strength. Their third album since reforming in 2010, 'To Be Kind' finds them even surpassing the near perfect 'The Seer' with a beautifully orchestrated maelstrom of swaggering sonic delight. You won't hear a better experimental rock album all year!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Screen Shot
                        Just A Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)
                        A Little God In My Hands
                        Bring The Sun/Toussaint L'Ouverture
                        Some Things We Do
                        She Loves Us
                        Kirsten Supine
                        Oxygen
                        Nathalie Neal
                        To Be Kind

                        DVD (Available With The 2CD And DVD Edition LCDSTUMM364):
                        Swans Live 2013 Primavera:
                        To Be Kind
                        Just A Little Boy
                        Coward
                        She Loves Us
                        Oxygen
                        The Seer / Toussaint L'Ouverture

                        Swans

                        My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky

                          After years of pursuing Angels of Light and recording and producing a diverse roster of artists for his Young God label, Michael Gira has reconvened his legendary group Swans. As he says: 'This is not a reunion. It's not some dumb-ass nostalgia act. It is not repeating the past. After five Angels of Light albums, I need a way to move forward, in a new direction, and it just so happens that revivifying the idea of Swans allows me to do that'.

                          This highly anticipated album is as powerful and diverse as anything Gira's ever done, in Swans or otherwise. It opens with the epic, soul-crushing "No Words / No Thoughts", but quickly veers to more pastoral terrain, and on to ever-ascending monotonal grooves. A filmic-folk idyll featuring Devendra Banhart on lead vocal abruptly shifts to cataclysm, and is followed by more airplane-taking-off ascensions, art songs and lethal sonic pummelling. In short, this is the new Swans album, a significant advance from where they left off and as challenging and emotionally demanding as ever.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Darryl says: An album that encompasses all that is the Swans; from the brutal pummelling of your rib cage to the gentle caressing of your senses, this is the Swans on majestic top form. The swans are back, long live the Swans!

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. No Worlds / No Thoughts
                          2. Reeling The Liars In
                          3. Jim
                          4. My Birth
                          5. You Fucking People Make Me Sick
                          6. Inside Madeline
                          7. Eden Prison
                          8. Little Mouth

                          Swans

                          Filth / Body To Body, Job To Job

                            Another exciting piece of history from one of The Big Apple's meanest, creepiest, most uncompromising bands ever. As with the "Various Failures" triumph, "Filth / Body to Body, Job to Job" collects material from one of the band's golden eras, a time when bands like Swans and their contemporaries such as Glenn Branca and Sonic Youth could barely get library cards, let alone featured on the covers of magazines to which they are accustomed today.

                            Disc number one reissues Swans' classic 1983 "Crawl", recorded by M.Gira, Norman Westberg, Roli Mosimann, Harry Crosby, and Jonathan Kane and features previously unreleased versions of "Strip/Burn", "Heatsheet", "Blackout", "Clay Man", "Stay Here, and "Weakling", all recorded live at the Kitchen. Disc number two reissues studio out-takes and live recordings from 1982-85, with a previously unreleased nine-minute version of "Raping a Slave," recorded live in Berlin, 1984.

                            Sufjan Stevens

                            Seven Swans

                              THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2004

                              This is wonderful! Sufjan has created another stunning album, by blending pastoral folk songs, with a whole host of unusual instrumentation, including electric piano, xylophone and glockenspiel that at times are reminiscent of Philip Glass, occasional bursts of frantic but melodic banjo, and various brass and woodwind instruments and the whole thing is held together through out by some stunningly simple acoustic guitar and fragile, half whispered vocals.


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