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SWANS - Filth (Deluxe ed.)

Format: 3 x CD
Label & Cat.Number: Young God Records YG48 / Mute CDSTUMM376
Release Year: 2015
Note: re-issue of their famous first LP from 1983 (transcending the New York noise rock sound at that time) in a luxus-edition with masses of bonus-material (rare studio & live at various locations 1982-1984), this the definite document of the early SWANS sound; incl. 16 pages booklet with lyrics and rare photos
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" This is all slabs of sound, rhythm and screaming/testifying. What more do you need? In a way, it was a reaction against Punk (and just about any other music you can think of), and the conservative notion that 3 chords were somehow necessary. I used to deny it vehemently at the time, but No Wave (I hated that scene too, for some reason I cant remember now) played a big role as the germ from which this music grew, along with The Stooges and Throbbing Gristle, of course. I wanted Swans to be heavier though I wanted the music to obliterate - why, I dont remember! I think it just felt good. Live, we used two basses (playing utterly unmusical chords that were stabbed and left to sustain or sometimes hit in staccato or opposing rhythms), drums, a percussionist that slammed down on a metal table with a metal strap, crude cassette loops of various sounds/noises (usually some kind of undefined ROAR), and Norman Westbergs glorious sustained and screaming guitar chords. It was pretty elating to play live for us. If 100 people showed up (which would have been a huge audience at the time 20 was more the average), 80 were guaranteed to leave by the second song. Somehow that tension contempt or indifference from the audience was nourishing, so we kept going.

- Michael Gira / Swans/Young God Records

The 3CD package constitutes a definitive, comprehensive document of SWANS during the time period 1982 5, beginning with the first EP and the debut album Filth, and leading up into various early rare live recordings as well as studio outtakes from the Cop and Greed era Accordion booklet includes archival photos and graphics Entire 3CD set re-mastered in 2015.

DISC ONE: SWANS original debut LP Filth from 1983, with the line up of M.Gira, Norman Westberg, Roli Mosimann, Harry Crosby, and Jonathan Kane. Also features versions of "Strip/Burn," "Heatsheet," "Blackout," "Clay Man," "Stay Here, and "Weakling," all recorded live at The Kitchen, NYC, 1982.

DISC TWO: Body to Body material comprised of various studio out-takes and live recordings 1982-85, with a nine-minute version of "Raping a Slave," recorded live in Berlin, 1984.

DISC THREE: Debut 12 EP #1, originally released in 1982, plus many additional archival live performances from NYC and London, 1982-4.

CD ONE: FILTH: 1. Stay Here (5:36) 2. Big Strong Boss (3:02) 3. Blackout (3:47) 4. Power for Power (5:52) 5. Freak (1:13) 6. Right Wrong (4:43) 7. Thank You (3:52) 8. Weakling (5:20) 9. Gang (3:24) 10. Live at The Kitchen, NYC 1982/3 (24:18): a. Strip/Burn b. Heatsheet c. Blackout d. Clay Man e. Stay Here f. Weakling

CD TWO: BODY TO BODY:: 1. Iʼll Cry for You (5:41) 2. Red Sheet (3:11) 3. Loop 33 (0:59) 4. Your Game (3:57) 5. Seal It Over (3:48) 6. Whore (3:56) 7. Weʼll Hang for That (3:55) 8.Half Life (3:57) 9. Loop 21 (1:26) 10. Get Out (3:31) 11. Job (5:40) 12. Loop 1 (1:01) 13. Mother, My Body Disgusts Me (4:43) 14. Cop (5:56) 15. Only I Can Hear, Only I Can Touch (2:41) 16. Thug (9:44) 17. Raping a Slave (live Berlin 1984) (9:02)

CD THREE: E.P. #1 PLUS LIVE RECORDINGS: 1. Laugh (4:09) 2. Speak (4:28) 3.Take Advantage (4:35) 4. Sensitive Skin (6:17) Live at CBGB NYC 1982-3: 5. Living Arms (3:26) 6. Howling Red Sheet (3:40) 7. Big Strong Boss (2:45) 8. Clay Man (4:56) 9. Well Hang For That (4:3). Live at Heaven London 1984: 10. This is Mine (7:02) 11. Why Hide (8:37) 12. I Crawled (7:06)