SWANS Vinyl, CD & tapes by SWANS at Norman Records

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Filth

This is the first official reissue for Swans' aptly-titled 1983 debut album in nearly 25 years, featuring a foetal incarnation of their brutal no-wave violence in seasick waves of clattering, clanking noise rock and viscerally howled chants. 'Filth' is the blueprint for many years of harsh, damaged intensity that followed and remains a powerfully unsettling listen. "Fun", said Christgau at the time.
  • CD (CDSTUMM376)
  • Vinyl LP (STUMM376)

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leaving meaning.

leaving meaning. represents the start of a new era for Swans, after the group’s leader Michael Gira dissolved the line-up responsible for the triptych of stunning, epic records from 2012 to 2016. Now based around a rotating cast of former and new members of the group, they’ve produced an album which, at a brisk 93 minutes, isn’t quite as long as their recent works, but is sure to please fans nonetheless. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (STUMM446)
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  • CD (CDSTUMM446)

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White Light from the Mouth of Infinity

Swans’ seventh studio album, White Light from the Mouth of Infinity, is considered to mark the start of the group’s second stage. Here their uncompromising and abrasive post-punk music became uncompromising and abrasive post-punk music with complex arrangements and diverse instrumentation. This essential release has been remastered for double vinyl LP and also contains a poster and download code.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STUMM377)

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Children of God

One of the finest albums from the early iteration of Michael Gira’s Swans, 1987’s Children of God gets a re-mastered re-issue. Making increased use of the recent addition of Jarboe as a counterpoint to Gira’s blood-and-thunder storytelling, it comes with a bonus live album Feel Good Now. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (STUMM453)
  • CD (CDSTUMM453)

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Where Does A Body End?

'Where Does A Body End?' is an intimate portrait of perhaps the most intense, fearsome band ever to walk the planet - Swans. This film follows Swans from their confrontational roots through to their late-80s attempt to infiltrate the mainstream, subsequent break-up, and later reformation as grizzled veterans of the avant-garde. Featuring hours of unseen footage this is sure to be a fascinating watch for rabid fans as well as those interested in a good story.
  • DVD (MVD4099BR)
  • DVD (MVD4075D)

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White Light from the Mouth of Infinity / Love of Life

Swans are an American experimental rock who had their origins in the New York No Wave scene of the early ‘80s. They are fronted by multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. White Light From The Mouth of Infinity and Love of Life are two of their classic albums from their early ‘90s period. Both complete albums are presented here as a box set available on CD and Vinyl, both versions come with an 18 track CD of bonus material.
  • CD box set (CDSTUMM377)

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To Be Kind

Hold on to your hats, Swans thirteenth studio album is a two hour confirmation of Michael Gira's brutal, complex yet endlessly creative singular vision. It continues their uncompromising path in producing heavy music which is both beautiful, warm and tonal as well as droning, foreboding and relentless. To Be Kind is a crush of the senses by way of twisting blues and experimental pounding rock music. There's no-one quite like them. 
  • CD (CDSTUMM364)

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The Glowing Man

The gargantuan behemoth that is 21st Century Swans comes to a close with The Glowing Man, another large double. A very wide array of instrumentation is in play here, all feeding into the need for these songs to expand and explode. Presented on 2 CDs or 3 LPs, all in varnished and embossed card packaging. On Mute.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (STUMM389)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (LCDSTUMM389)
  • CD (CDSTUMM389)

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The Seer

As the current incarnation of Swans draws to a close, here’s the second studio album by that version of the band, from 2012. Michael Gira assembled a lineup of veterans like Norman Westberg and new blood including Thor Harris, guest spots from the likes of Karen O and Ben Frost, with even Jarboe making an appearance. They managed to combine the monolithic heaviness of the past with a new sensibility that saw the lengthy tracks evolve over the course of touring. Massive epics like The Apostate and the 32-minute title track are balanced by gentle miniatures such as The Daughter Brings the Water and Song for a Warrior. This is a huge, sprawling album, and only the first of three such two-hour, 2CD or 3LP monsters. Some of the most ambitious and visionary rock music of recent years. 
  • Vinyl Triple LP (STUMM363)


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My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky

Cue the 2010 reconvening of Swans. Cue preposterous album title. Cue an album of power and bruising intensity. After five years away from the Swans project making something somewhat gentler as Angels of Light (not the milk-based pudding dish of nearly the same name) Michael Gira obviously had a lot of pent-up aggression to let out. This marked the start of phase two of the Swans journey which continued with several subsequent albums of grinding sonic rock.    
  • CD (CDSTUMM362)

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Soundtracks For The Blind

Soundtracks For The Blind was the final Swans album before their break up in 1996 and when the band reformed in 2010 this was the one Michael Gira referred to in order to push the band forward. Already a sprawling varied epic of an album, this reissue has been expanded to include the rare German language EP Die Tür Ist Zu (CD only alas), as well as some lavish packaging treats. 3CD and 4LP editions on Mute.
  • CD (CDSTUMM421)

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The Great Annihilator

The Great Annihilator was Swans ninth studio album originally released in 1995. It is as intense as you might expect  - leader Michael Gira lived in a tent next to the studio for the entire three month creation of the record and the results were as majestic and haunting as anything in their catalogue. It was one of the harder Swans records to find in the racks, a situation rectified by Mute's decision to re-press it in 2017 alongside a download of Gira's solo Drainland.  
  • CD (CDSTUMM402)
  • Vinyl Double LP (STUMM402)

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Love of Life

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Thor & Friends
The Subversive Nature of Kindness

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Die Tür Ist Zu

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Norman Westberg
Jasper Sits Out

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Norman Westberg
The Chance To

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Thor & Friends
Thor & Friends

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The Burning World

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Time Is Money (Bastard)

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Children Of God/ World Of Skin

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Filth/ Body To Body, Job To Job

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Various Failures 1988-1992

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Swans Are Dead (LIVE '95-'97)

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Sonic Youth, Swans, Live Skull, Various
Speed Trials

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Sonic Youth, Swans, Live Skull, Various
Plow!

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New Mind

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A Screw (Holy Money)

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