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Liquid Swords: the Chess Box

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  • Audio CD (July 24, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Get On Down
  • ASIN: B008861R7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Liquid Swords
2. Duel Of The Iron Mic
3. Living In The World Today
4. Gold
5. Cold World
6. Labels
7. 4th Chamber
8. Shadowboxin'
9. Hell s Wind Staff
10. Killah Hills 10304
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Liquid Swords Instrumental
2. Duel Of The Iron Mic Instrumental
3. Living In The World Today Instrumental
4. Gold Instrumental
5. Cold World Instrumental
6. Labels Instrumental
7. 4th Chamber Instrumental
8. Shadowboxin' Instrumental
9. Killah Hills 10304 Instrumental
10. Investigative Reports Instrumental
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Editorial Reviews

In the early to mid nineties and at the peak of his powers as a producer, Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA crafted a distinctive soundtrack at his basement studio in Staten Island. Whether or not he knew it at the time this haunting landscape of dusty samples, sharp snares and menacing urban gloom, would soon become a pillar of hip hop history. These instrumentals, peppered in with frequent interludes of dialogue from the classic samurai flick Shogun Assassin, became the core of the GZA's 1995 sophomore LP Liquid Swords and would eventually be considered by many as each individual s finest work. Cerebral, strategic and precise with his words, GZA crystallizes a range of influences - from chess to kung-fu films to mob flicks and Eastern philosophy - into sharply delivered rhymes. Many would argue there is no greater MC to compliment the RZA's production as well as GZA did on Liquid Swords. The album featured appearances by the entire Wu-Tang Clan, and included the auspicious debut of Killah Priest on "B.I.B.L.E." Acknowledged as one of the "100 Best Rap Albums" (The Source) and "Top 100 Records of the 1990s" (Pitchfork.com). Under development for months, Get On Down has finally unveiled the latest, painstakingly crafted volume in it's Wu-Tang reissue series, one which we hope will stand as a testament to this iconic and legendary piece of Wu-Tang history. We are proud to present GZA/Genius Liquid Swords in a two disc deluxe "Chess Box" edition. Housed in a sturdy wrapped hard board two piece box, this edition of Liquid Swords spans across 2 discs. Disc one contains the official album version while disc two contains the full RZA produced instrumentals, available for the first time ever as an official release. Both discs have been completely restored with remastered audio from the original source tapes and have truly never sounded better. As always with any deluxe Get On Down release, we have packaged this album with an array of extras, including; researched, in depth, full color liner notes with contributions from GZA himself, spanning across 20 pages, inner jackets and dust sleeves with memorable vintage artwork from the original release, and even a full wooden minature chess set, which can be played on the chess board printed and contained directly on the inner lining of the box. This is the Liquid Swords that both first time listeners and long-standing fans deserve.

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128 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the pre- Wu-tang Forever set... January 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a classic. My desert island Wu-Tang pick, simply because everyone else would be packing '...36 Chambers.' And maybe they'd be right...
Liquid Swords- It's one of those albums that bring people into hip-hop, one of those albums that I buy used whenever I see a copy for under 5 bucks, simply so I can give it as a present to a friend who 'doesn't get hip hop.' It's also one of the few hip hop albums that I have on dual formats (CD and vinyl) and tracked down the instrumentals too. It's just that good. It's dark, macabre, over the top and surreal. The RZA's production is top notch, The samples and beats are spare, gritty, rambling, odd- this is ANTI-P.Diddy music. The myriad kung-fu interludes for once don't work against the overall thematic drive, in fact, they heighten the album's doomed theatrics. The whole thing works perfectly. My brother and I have played many games of chess to this masterpiece. Good also for jogging, lifting, washing dishes, playing cards, driving long distancxes with friends chanting the lyrics...
which reminds me- Lyrically, this is just on a different plane. NO ONE sounds like the GZA- he's one of those inimitable individuals who can't help but rock his own way. His flow and verbosity are seldom matched in the arenas of today. I'd say he's up there with KRS-ONE, Guru, Black Thought, Kool G Rap, early Ice Cube, and other originators of all vocal variety.
The GZA ties out with Ghostface as my fave Wu-Tang MC, but Liquid Swords is a far better, denser, tighter, diamond hard album than Ironman (even despite the Al Green samples). Now then- Supreme Clientelle... hmmmm...
In short- all of the best elements of early Wu-Tang, perfectly entwined. If you only have a handful of 'rap' Cds make this one of them!!!!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liquid Swords is A Genius' Work March 4, 2004
By DeBear
Format:Audio CD
Gza is the most lyrically sound emcee in the entire wu tang clan, and im not picking favorites, he is not even my favorite member of the clan. There is almost no doubting his remarkebly easy flow and creavtive metaphors, which can either make you just want to hear more, or rewind it to hear what he just said. While listening to this album, and earing some of his unbelieveably creative rhymes, I wondered how does he come up with these, "Lyrics are weak, like clock radio speakers", is just an example of his creatvity. He has the ability to hit you in all types of places which has been a rare quality in an emcee since the beginning of hip-hop and is completely exstinct in today's rap. Aside from the lyrics, Rza, brings in some of his sickest and his most eerie for this album. Using experimentally spooky and out there sounds to create his unbelieveable beats which are always put together perfectly to allow Gza to flow right over them. Some of the best Wu tang beats of all time are on this album, perhaps many are. Gza also often credits Rza for his insane production, "my sword still remain imperial, Before I blast the mic, RZA scratch off the serial" showing he knows he is not the only reason this album is monumental.
As an emcee, Gza seems to make other rappers on his tracks better lyrically. Notably Inspectah Deck and Method Man. On the albums best song "Cold World", The inspectah virtually outshines Gza which is a complete shock considering how sick Gza's verse is. The inspectah seems to just be a bit hungrier,"No time to freeze undercovers roll up in grand prix and seize packages and pocket the currency, clicks control strips full clips are sprayed, Yellow tape barricades sidewalks where bodies lay". Aside from whose better on the track, the two make the best tag team wu record of all time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I'm gonna do a track-by-track analysis of Liquid Swords. That's the only way I could to this album justice. This is easily stacks up in the top 3 albums I own, and that' s saying A LOT as I own tons of albums... the only track I didn't like on this was hell's windstaff, which is ironically enough the only skit on this album...

Liquid Swords - 4.75/5

This is an outstanding track and does justice to the "title track" title. I'd have given it a 5/5 were it not for the obnoxiously long 1:33 minute intro. It's an interesting intro to the album, but couldn't that have been a completely separate intro track to begin with? Aside from that though, it's a flawless track. Great hook, great beat, poetic lyrics as deep as the ocean... everything.

Duel of the Iron Mic - 4.5/5

Were it not for Mastah Killah's merely okay verse, this would be my favorite track off the album. Why did he get a verse over Raekwon, Method Man or ODB? Hell, GZA could've done a lot more with the extra space... still, though, there was one big, big reason why this was still a great guest track: Inspectah Deck killed it with a mere 7 bars. So good, in fact, that I need to post them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Please listen to the album, cause it's banging!
I have to say it is something worth jamming for a long time. The GZA is the Genius, and the RZA is razor sharp.
Published 13 days ago by Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best Wu related album
This album doesn't have a single bad track on it. My favorites are Duel of the Iron Mic & Shadowboxing but really there aren't any tracks I dislike. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Philip Spohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Independent members of the Clan
I would not recommend this to teenagers due to the graphic nature of drug usage and how it dispensed verbally through suggestive ways such as overt and not so overt tones also... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Johnny
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Wu-Tang Solo Album, Best Wu-Tang Affiliated Release
I will honestly say that not only is this the best solo album by a Wu-Tang member, but I think this is even better than anything Wu-Tang did as a group too. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eric Loranger
5.0 out of 5 stars Wu-tung Clan (Forever)
My favorite song on the GZA album "I Gotcha Back!" I would love a similar beat like that one from RZA.
Published 8 months ago by Swamp Boss
5.0 out of 5 stars another essential
this is another essential album if you are a Wu-Tang Fan, just because it doesn't say Wu-Tang/Liquid Swords don't mean it couldn't. Read more
Published 9 months ago by excellent
5.0 out of 5 stars Get for the instrumentals
The album itself gets 5 stars. No wonder it is the most acclaimed solo Wu-Tang project. The RZA produces the whole album (minus the B.I.B.L.E. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars So smart, and thems beats is dope.
This album is produced when the RZA was (I think) at his strongest, and most driven era of his production. Read more
Published 12 months ago by r
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!
This is a beautiful set, the pieces are all wood and the board stays right inside the box so that you don't loose the pieces so easily. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Travis Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Hip-Hop gets the Box Set treatment
(This review is for the Chess Box Edition)

Any hip-hop enthusiast will tell you that Liquid Swords is an undeniable masterpiece, and they would be more that right. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Record Seller
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