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Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Swans Soundtracks For The Blind 4LP


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Swans' Seminal 1996 Album Reissued on 4LP!
Remastered In 2018 & Reformatted from the Limited Edition Box Set!

Swans Soundtracks for the Blind is their last studio album released in 1996 prior to their 2010 reformation. 4xLP, remastered in 2018 and reformatted from the limited edition box set. Includes poster, art insert, and download card which includes the German language companion album, Die Tur Ist Zu.

"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

Choosing to extinguish the band name under which Gira and Jarboe had worked together for so long must not have been an easy step, but when they decided to end Swans with one last studio release as a prelude to a farewell tour, they did so with what turned out to be their biggest and best album ever.
-Ned Raggett,, 4.5/5 stars


  • 4LP
  • Remastered in 2018
  • Reformatted from the Limited Edition Box Set
  • Wide Spine Gatefold Jacket
  • Poster
  • Art Insert
  • Limited Time Download Card which Includes German Language Companion Album Die Tur Ist Zu



Side A:
  1. Red Velvet Corridor
  2. Helpless Child
Side B:
  1. I Was a Prisoner in Your Skull
  2. Live Through Me
  3. Yum-Yab Killers
  4. The Beautiful Days


Side A:
  1. Volcano
  2. Mellothumb
  3. All Lined Up
  4. Surrogate 2
Side B:
  1. How They Suffer
  2. Animus


Side A:
  1. Red Velvet Wound
  2. The Sound
  3. Her Mouth Is Filled with Honey
Side B:
  1. Blood Section
  2. Hypogirl
  3. Minus Something
  4. Empathy


Side A:
  1. I Love You This Much
  2. Yrp
  3. Fan's Lament
Side B:
  1. Secret Friends
  2. The Final Sacrifice
  3. Yrp 2
  4. Surrogate Drone

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