label: young god
"This collection includes the 1983 album FILTH and various studio out-takes and live recordings from 1982 to 1985, originally released as BODY TO BODY, JOB TO JOB.
From the center of New York's celebrated downtown music scene emerged a ... Full Descriptionmost ugly ducking, the Swans. With a sound like a ditch witch stuck in a tar pit, in 1982 the Swans were the height of noise. Musically, it would be termed proto-industrial, proto-noise rock, but aesthetically it was a sound shot through the axes of power. Strung between the poles of domination and submission, the Swans created a music with a sexually dark, malefic vision of society as despotic and individuals as subjugated to the point of dissolution. This double album, part of a planned series of reissues, captures the Swans at the beginning of their career. The first CD contains their earliest album, Filth, along with a previously unreleased live performance at the Kitchen. It's a classic album and, even though the quality isn't great, sounds more uncompromising live. The second consists of unreleased studio tracks, tape experiments, and live recordings from 1982 through 1985, providing an interesting balance to the "finished" compositions of Filth. It shows Michael Gira et al. testing the limits of their sound, exploring new directions, and laying the groundwork for future albums. Releasing them together makes a point about the experimental quality of the Swans' work. If that isn't enough to make you buy it, there's always the slick and expensive embossed packaging. ~ Brian Whitener
Recorded between 1982 & 1985.
Swans: M. Gira, Norman Westberg, Roli Mosimann, Harry Crosby, Jonathan Kane."