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Liquid Swords [CD]

Genius Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000000OUJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Liquid Swords (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Duel Of The Iron Mic (Album Version) [feat. Masta Killa, Dreddy Kruger, Inspectah Deck, Ol' Dirty Bastard] 4:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Living In The World Today (Album Version) 4:230.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gold (Album Version) 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cold World (Album Version) [feat. Inspectah Deck] 5:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Labels (Album Version) 2:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 4th Chamber (Album Version) [feat. RZA, Ghostface Killah, Killah Priest] 4:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Shadowboxin' (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Method Man] 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hell's Wind Staff/Killah Hills 10304 5:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Investigative Reports (Album Version) [feat. Chef Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God] 3:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Swordsman (Album Version) [feat. Killah Priest] 3:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Gotcha Back (Album Version) 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (Album Version) [feat. Killah Priest] 4:300.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Among the dizzying dozens of albums spewed forth by the Wu-Tang Clan, its members and legions of affiliated artists over the past two decades, Liquid Swords is, to this day, championed in unequalled reverential terms. Approaching adulthood, celebrating its 17th anniversary later this year, GZA's 1995 watermark is ripe for re-evaluation. Enter a remastered box set.

Aside from packing an additional disc of instrumentals, this reissue throws in a chess set, nodding to GZA's favourite non-musical pursuit. A gimmick, maybe, but its significance is notable – because in terms of conceptual realisation, Liquid Swords is a blueprint for the perfect Wu record. Not least as it's glued roughly together with sound bites from sword-wielding samurai movie Shogun Assassin, a running reference aligned with the crew's long-standing Shaolin obsession.

Starring the entire Wu, GZA's cousin/Clan production kingpin RZA soundtracks what remains his own most coherent full-length statement to date. That's emphasised via the aforementioned instrumentals, officially released for the first time, promoting sampling prowess, atmospheric intricacies and cast-iron banging beats to fully-warranted headline statuses. Unlike game-changing Clan debut Enter the Wu-Tang – which landed two years prior, almost to the day – hooks are in comparative short supply. Instead, RZA's dusty-fingered magic is honed from the Staten Island icons' hip hop purist DNA, an influence on countless producers since.

Picking highlights isn't tricky, from the title track's mind-twisting similes to Swordsman's effortless demonstration of a rhyming ability so natural that you assume GZA was injected with flow in the womb. 4th Chamber contains a cipher that still steals the breath, Ghostface's typically atypical verse – shoehorning in racoons, Jesus, rum, Henry VIII and Genghis Khan – contrasting sharply with RZA's subsequent deep theorising.

The most celebrated Wu solo album? Aficionados may argue the toss with Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Yet Rae has never quite rivalled the Genius' artistic aura, particularly paired with RZA. And while GZA's long-mooted Liquid Swords II resides in the annals of Wu legend – a once-suggested 2012 release seeming increasingly unlikely – the original could conceivably hold its heavyweight crown for a further 17 years.

--James Skinner

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it if you don't have it. 7 Oct 2004
By Jim
Format:Audio CD
I've been into hip hop for like 6 years now and I only just bought this album (along with Raekwons Cuban Linx). I kinda never got big into the whole Wu Tang thing, sure I got 36 Chambers and loved it but just left it there.
So I feel like a complete gimp for not buying these albums before. Liquid Sword is every bit as good as all the reviewers here are saying, I just can't fault it, GZA's flow, his sound and his lyrics are sublime and RZA's production is in my opinion better than that on 36 Chambers. If you love hip hop and you haven't got this album, get it, sit back and enjoy, over and over again. Its one of those albums that will send chills down your spine and make you remember why you love hip hop so much in the first place.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wu-Banger 24 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
Put simply, this is the best Wu-Tang album, period. From the opening Shogun skit, to Killah Priests "B.I.B.L.E." There is not a bad moment on the whole album.
Gza is one of them MC's that doesnt need to rap fast, to show skills, like Guru from Gangstarr says "Its Mostly the Voice" and Gza's voice flows perfectly over Rza's dark moody production, every verse Gza drops is on point. All the guest appearences from other Clan members also match up to the high standard set by Gza, especially Ghost's verse on "4th Chamber" and Deck's verse on "Duel of the Iron Mic".
Great artwork too.
Buy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gza Is Da Bomb! 27 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
To my mind, this album is the Wu's finest moment to date (end of 1999). There is absolutely no filler on this joint, and every track stands out. The usual Wu-Gambinos contribute : Inspectah Deck, Chef Raekwon, Ghost Face Killah, U-God and Method Man, and everyone of them represents as only the Clan can. Newer artists, such as Dreddy Kruger, Streetlife and Killah Priest also make an appearance and all shine, showing that the Wu can only become more influential in this rap game as they keep finding artists of the highest calibre. Undoubtedly the aspect that sets this apart from other Wu-releases however, is the stunning production by the Rza. Although it contains the usual elements of martial arts talk, film samples and spare beats, the Razor is absolutely on point, making this one of the most distinctive and essential hip-hop releases of the 90s.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic tour de force 17 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All the reviewers have given this 5 stars across the board and I can only concur.

The first thing to say is that that this is a serious piece of artwork, not just an incredible hip-hop album. It deserves to be disected in english language lessons, just as much as Bob Dylan's stuff is. The Rza and Gza are the artistic core of the group and this album demonstrates that. All the weight comes from them.

The characterisation of Staten Island NY. as 'Shaolin', and themselves as Hip-Hops 'Monks' (the abbot and the master in the case pf Gza and Rza) is an imagery and a mythology developed by those two.

This imagery and mythology becomes fully understood on this album, whereas on the other albums it really never rises above the threshold of interesting background.

An example is the way that the clip from the film 'Shogun Assassin', when Lone Wolf tells his baby son to choose the ball or the sword. A life of normal play or of abnormal seriousness and violence. A life that skips past childhood. This choice, the father explains, is a choice between death and life, because in the situation they are in, 'playing' is not an option. One has to be 'grown-up' from the 'get-go'.

This of course is the situation on th streets of New York. This is what GZA is telling us and this is why this is included. Pure Genius.

Hip-Hop has always been about the kind of culture that makes insects eating filth under a rock in the garden thrive. The world forgets them. The world creates systems, economic, educational, pseudo-religious, social (and always has done) that means that only certain types of people reach their promised 'destination' while everybody else falls through big cracks in the road. What are those people who fall supposed to do?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth studying 2 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
Hip hop records are often comic books - one dimensional characters in wildly exaggerated situations. This is a shakespearean graphic novel drawn by a fine artist. It's deep, and dark when you get down there, and without prior knowledge of the language you can't just jump in and take in the surroundings. It takes a while for your senses to become accustomed to the gloom, but once you're ready to take it in even a suburban white boy like me can understand. A great album, a work of art, and an education. Give it the time it deserves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Debut... 8 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Genius is often in the back while his clan's in the front. With this album GZA finally steps into the lime light, and it is excellent.
Laying his lyrics over the RZA's once again excellent production, GZA has stories galore. From 'Liquid Swords' to the sublimely worded 'Labels' and the excellent 'Shadow Boxin' GZA's double meanings and hidden codes will evade everyone the first thousand times of listening.
Always a favourate and well worth the money and this album is definately a top 3 Wu-Tang effort and probabily a top 10 all time effort for hip-hop.
If you dont already own a copy, you should.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A hot Album
The Beats are good and heavy rhyming a really good album overall, I was always a fan of the Genius, his work is Genius and his other Wu-tang Affiliates help Gza along the album
Published 4 months ago by eloquent
4.0 out of 5 stars cd music is ok
Would HAVE that GENIUS/GZA would have made a better cd. Cd seems to me to get a bit lost on tracks
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Frank Mccrossan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Work of Art!
In the mid 90's my Brother lent me this album when I was about 16 and too be honest I'd only really listened to a bit of rap like Ill Communication by the Beastie's. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Fozza
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wu's Darkest Record
I own the four Wu-Tang studio albums and eleven of the Wu-Tang solo albums; Ghostface Killah (2), Inspectah Deck (1), GZA (3), Method Man (3), Raekwon The Chef (1), Ol' Dirty... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bubo
5.0 out of 5 stars Wu Family gold
If youre a fan of Wu-Tang Clan then obviously you need to run out and get the solo albums, Wu-Tang worked close together on their individual albums and you still get the Wu family... Read more
Published 13 months ago by James Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont need to say much about this
Easily a 5 Star rating for the. Not only is it one of the best Hip Hop albums ever made, its also got a playable chess set and another bonus cd. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tidyboy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for those if you not in to it
I did like this album but one you have hear one it not much different to a lot of wu tang stuff and got bait boring.
Published 14 months ago by Andrew James Primhak
5.0 out of 5 stars Depth Charge With Lyrics!
If you're a fan of hip-hop in general or Depth Charge's 'Nine Deadly Venoms' in particular, 'Liquid Swords' will be right up your alley. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2012 by Mr. Ga Medlam
5.0 out of 5 stars On the money bigtime...
What a class CD! I just love it. One of my favourite hip hop albums and a classic. Great music, great production. It's up there with Massive Attack.
Published on 22 Oct 2011 by madderlake
5.0 out of 5 stars I need to report a crime!
I can't believe I have not picked up this album before, a crime! Really excellent from the first listen and has only got better on subsequent listens. Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by Mr C Baynham-Hughes
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