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Wild Swans, The Wild Swans Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000O5BPDW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,792 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Young Manhood
2. Bible Dreams
3. Bitterness
4. Archangels
5. Northern England
6. Whirlpool Heart
7. Bringing Home The Ashes
8. Mythical Beast
9. Now And Forever
10. The Worst Year Of My Life
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Melting Blue Delicious
2. Butterfly Girl
3. Tangerine Temple
4. Immaculate
5. Space Flower
6. Tastes Like Tuesday *
7. Chocolate Bubblegum
8. I'm A Lighthouse
9. Magic Hotel
10. Vanilla Melange
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't believe in an act dog war ... 12 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant, simply BRILLIANT music.

Following a one-off single in 1982 (the legendary "Revolutionary Spririt" on Bill Drummond's Zoo Records) the Wild Swans flew off for four years, with Jem Kelly contributing to the Lotus Eaters and Paul Simpson spending time in Care. By 1986, the musical landscape was shifting, with many bands wearing Wild Swans' influences on their sleeves (from Morrissey's lyrics of faded England over Marr's shimmering guitar to the pre-Raphaelite plates of vinyl coming from Mick Head's head) ... and the Wild Swans flew home.

A couple of radio sessions from the re-formed trio (compiled on earlier Wild Swans 2-CD set "Incandescent") pointed the way towards a two-album contract with Sire Records, and their first album "Bringing Home the Ashes", a flash of Northern brilliance criminally ignored in its home country back in 1988. A second album, never even released in the UK, followed in 1990 - a day-glo pre-Madchester psychedelic supergroup production called "Space Flower". It wilted, and was never allowed to grow - certainly not in Britain. Only in the US and the Phillipines did the Wild Swans cult really develop, and then more or less through word of mouth, not hit records.

So upset was Simpson by his treatment by Sire Records, that he became a virtual recluse for years, recording home demos (which can be found of a download-only album "Man in a Burning Anorak" released on his website during 2004) and eventually eschewing vocals altogether for his ambient project Skyray.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget about the bitterness of life 23 April 2007
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If God's great plan had gone as he surely intended, then The Wild Swans

would have taken their place up there with Echo & The Bunnymen and

The Teardrop Explodes in the pantheon of great early-80s Liverpool-based

post-punk psychedelic alt-rock bands. But, it seems, a combination of bad

luck and personal demons conspired to make them a minor footnote in

rock history.

Their credentials were impeccable. Frontman Paul Simpson shared a flat with

revered Bunnymen drummer Pete de Freitas, and was a founder member of The

Teardrop Explodes; he is one of the few to emerge relatively unscathed from Julian

Cope's epic rock biography *Head On* , and even Bill Drummond is

nice about him in his memoir *45*. Initially formed after Simpson left the

Teardrops, The Wild Swans went through two distinct incarnations. The first, in the

early 1980s, led to a classic single (*Revolutionary Spirit*) and an

attractively ramshackle collection of other lively recordings, documented on 2004's

Renascent collection *Incandescent*. Their second incarnation, on Sire

records, led to an album, *Bringing Home the Ashes* (1988),

and a never-quite-saw-the-light-of-day-album, *Space Flower*

(1989). These two albums are collected together on *Magnitude*.

Of the two, *Bringing Home the Ashes* is probably the most

straightforward: if you like that 1980s North of England sound, (I do), then

you are going to like this for sure. And it really is a very *English*

sound, as the title suggests - not too many alt rockers choose an album title that

alludes to cricket.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now It's Raining Colours 16 May 2007
By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I was lucky enough to own both "Bringing Home The Ashes" - I paid a small fortune for a Japanese import and "Space Flower" which I picked up in HMV in Oxford Street in the early 90's, so although this is a tremendous release, for me it wasn't particularly essential. However, it is nice to get hold of the b-sides to the "Ashes" singles as I only have those on vinyl.

Other reviewers have already more than adequately told you how much The Wild Swans are held in high regard. They were probably the second most important band to emerge from 80's Liverpool after The Pale Fountains. The "Incadescent" collection will keep you amused for a while with it's Peel sessions and inclusion of "The Revolutionary Spirit", but, for me, "Bringing Home The Ashes" is just as important. The melodies are wonderful and Paul's voice shimmers like never before over Jem's superb guitar. Ok, so some of the keyboard sounds may sound a little dated, but don't let that put you off.

This is an essential purchase at a ridiculously cheap price. Buy. It. Now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "So unfairly underrated deserves to be fairly overrated." 29 Aug 2007
By Adalbert Naval - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of my fav new wave band that convey elegance, poetry and beauty; the Wild Swan's songs are truly timeless and has a place in my heart. I'm glad that they're popular in the Philippines where I first heard their song "Whirlpool Heart" in NU 107 FM, Manila. The track has a lovely lyrics and the way the song was sung, engineered and arranged. It's simply something that lingers and unforgettable. Other tracks that I deeply love are "Northern England," "The Worst Year of My Life," "Bringing Home the Ashes," "Archangels," "Immaculate," "Bitterness," "Mythical Beast" and "Bible Dreams." Listen closely to the lyrics of "Northern England" "Bringing Home the Ashes" and "The Worst Year of My Life," as an example, these songs tells beauty, patriotism and positive message. Plus, the melodies are just wonderful. Instrumentwise, the guitar layers and arrangement are something that is artistic and well-crafted - something that is mostly not heard on songs nowadays. I would have given this great band from England six stars if I could. "Come to a place I know where the air is clean...maybe we can capture there....Once I thought the world was blue, now it's reigning colours of paralizing you....." - Whirlpool Heart, The Wild Swans (Liverpool, England).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER 80'S GEM WAITING TO BE REDISCOVER 20 Jun 2007
By LA Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This a band with a similar style than the Ocean Blue, and The Smiths .

The lyrics are very simple melodic ,very relaxing ballads ,good riffs and keyboards .
Very new wave 80s sound.
The singer Paul Simpson has a gorgeous voice , very sweet almost Morrisey sounding.
Also includes as bonus instrumental tracks very nice ones , Telescope is my favorite in tha section.
the Smiths made a huge impact with many elements poetry and lyrics refer to Nothern England very melodic sometimes sounds a bit like Echo and the Bunnymen, layered guitars ,big electric drums but overbearing ,the best tracks are Archangels ,Young Manhood the most known song, Nothern England .
overall the first cd is very good ,the best Album was the first one Bring Home the Ashes out of print . the second CD is more pop bubble gum and the lyrics are not as elaborate as the first , perhaps one of the reason it didnt sale as well .
If you are looking for a hangover relax music for a rainy day this is it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Albums Of All Times 15 Oct 2007
By Sean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Arguably, one of the best albums of all times. Perfect vocals, beautiful music, songs that transcend time. If I can give this more than five stars, I would do it in a heartbeat. My only complaint is I wish they would have released more albums. Too good of a band to have only released a few albums. There's really not a bad song on here. Songs range from outstanding to very good. This is the kind of music that should be played on the radio. Grab this double album while you can.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars killer cd 20 May 2008
By R. Fenick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
underrated gem by the classic 80's band. But this & all their music asap!
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