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Incandescent + 12 Import

4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Revolutionary Spirit (Original Mix)
  2. God Forbid (Original Mix)
  3. Flowers Of England
  4. The Iron Bed
  5. Opium
  6. Now Youre Perfect
  7. No Bleeding
  8. Enchanted
  9. Thirst
  10. The Revolutionary Spirit (US Version)
  11. God Forbid (US Version)
  12. Northern England (Bonus CD)
  13. Now And Forever (Bonus CD)
  14. Crowning Glory (Bonus CD)
  15. Holy Spear (Bonus CD)
  16. Broken Home (Bonus CD)
  17. Infidel (Bonus CD)
  18. God Forbid (Live) (Bonus CD)
  19. Miracle Heart (Live) (Bonus CD)
  20. Now Youre Perfect (Live) (Bonus CD)
  21. Hour Of Need (Live) (Bonus CD)
  22. Fruits Of The Earth (Live) (Bonus CD)
  23. The Revolutionary Spirit (Live) (Bonus CD)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 30, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Renascent UK
  • ASIN: B0000BZYR8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Liverpool, England was a hip place to be in the early 80's. Quickly following Manchester's lead, Liverpool's scene, centered around Bill Drummond's Zoo label, produced some wildly talented, original bands like Echo and the Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes, who became household names. Others, like the Wild Swans, were relegated to cult obscurity. But what sets the Wild Swans apart is the fiercely rabid cult following that grew around their lone early 80s single, "Revolutionary Spirit." Web searches turn up gushing praise from old-fart New Wavers who hold this single close to their hearts, and Bill Drummond cites it as "the best track Zoo ever produced." But for 20 years, your only chances of finding this rarity were to stumble upon an out-of-print Zoo compilation or locate the elusive single itself. Luckily, it's finally been preserved on CD with 2 discs full of previously unreleased BBC Sessions, demos, and live cuts.

This isn't quite the same Wild Swans who's good but slightly over-produced melodic pop you probably heard on your local alternative radio station in 1988. This is the sound of four young, angsty, drugged-out hipsters banging out impassioned pop with a blurry energy like there's no tomorrow. Produced in a fit of extra-curricular activity by Bunnymen drummer Pete de Freitas (who also played drums on it), the single perfectly captures their intense, naïve youthful energy. Crucial to the sound is guitarist Jem Kelly's intricate, melodic, shimmering style; a bit like Richard Lloyd's artsy, English cousin, or Robin Guthrie on speed. Paul Simpson's dramatic singing adds to the desperate urgency.
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Revolutionary Spirit and God Forbid are perfect, beautiful pop songs. It is impossible to explain, but hear them and you should get an idea. I know almost nothing about The Wild Swans except that in the summer of 1982, as an 18-year-old spotty punk in a village by the sea in southern England, they touched me in a way no other songs have done, before or since.
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This is a must album for those fans who have been in love with Paul Simpson and his deep, melodic voice through the years. "Incandescent" is the collection of the Wild Swans, and I say incomplete because I want more of them!
What attracted to to their music was the deepness of their lyrics to social strife, and whatever ills we have of our personhood. The tracks of Revolutionery Spirit are great to compare each other too. I had only heard their very first cut off the album which is no longer, and feel in love then and there. Hearing all the other tracks brought me back to the 80's and a scan of my life from then til now. "God Forbid" is probably my favorite track, although each and every song is fantastic. I cannot say enough about the music.
This is a must also for James fans, another group from the Liverpool area. I always put them and the Wild Swans together.
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I have loved the Swans since my Danceteria days in early 80s New York. But its a fitful, frustrating love. You get the sense from 'Incandesent' that the Swans forgot to stop partying. That they never took the time to put together more than a handful of songs. Oh, but what songs they were. This collection is for completists and aging post-punker (like myself) who wished they'd shared a pint with the boys back when simply getting stoned was a subversive act. Its a nice collection of beautiful, quirky oddities here. But a few gems are missing "Holy Holy", "1982", "World of Milk and Blood" come to mind. Maybe on an 'Ashes' reissue. In the meantime, scoop this up. Simpson & Company deserve the attention. If you really care about the band, buy it directly from their label, Renascent. That way the company (and the band) can make a few pennies. Maybe enough to mine the crates for a second hits collection.
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