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The Swing

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Album Notes INXS: Kirk Pengilly (vocals, guitar, saxophone); Jon Farriss (vocals, drums, percussion); Michael Hutchence (vocals); Andrew Farriss (guitar, keyboards); Tim Farriss (guitar, bass); Garry Gary Beers (bass).Personnel: Kirk Pengilly (vocals, guitar, saxophone); Jon Farriss (vocals, drums, percussion); Sean Kelly, Daryl Hall, Frank Simms, Kim Liat Edwards, David Spinner, Jenny Morris, Norma Lewis, Sherine (vocals, background vocals); Andrew Doffield, Michael Hutchence (vocals); Andrew Farriss (guitar, keyboards); Tim Farriss (guitar, synthesizer); Andrew Duffield (background vocals).Audio Mixer: Nick Launay.Recording information: Emerald City; Manor; Paradise; Power Station; Rhinoceros.Photographers: Paul Clarke; Michael Putland; Kirk Pengilly.Unknown Contributor Role: Philip Mortlock.After the streamlined dance-rock of their US/UK debut SHABOOH SHOOBAH, INXS took an unexpected left turn into murkier waters with 1984's THE SWING. Although the album contains a couple of hints of the massively successful albums to follow--the jerky "I Send a Message" is basically a blueprint for smoother hits like "What You Need" and "Need You Tonight"--most of THE SWING is arty and sometimes impenetrable. The swirling, nearly psychedelic "Johnson's Aeroplane," as melodic as it is, ranks among the oddest tracks the Australian sextet ever cut, and the atmospheric finale "All the Voices" comes close behind. The mild quirkiness works more often than not, and at times, it suggests directions that might have been more fruitfully explored. The Bryan Ferryish "Burn For You" is a complete delight, and the Nile Rodgers-produced "The Original Sin" is a much more satisfying rock-funk fusion than Duran Duran's contemporary Rodgers collaboration, "The Reflex."
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JKJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Like the "music fan" from UK, I had this on cassette first and wore it out. I agree also that "Shabooh Shoobah" comes a close second to this. The followup to this, "Listen Like Thieves," was (I believe) INXS's first big introduction into the US (other than the big fans underground and through ear-of-mouth); I think that "The Swing," if it had instead been the band's big breakthrough release in the US, they'd have soared to higher levels than they did (not that they didn't too less than alright for 'emselves...). "The Swing" is a great romp; everything is danceable, hummable, playable over and over.... end to end. On occasion, "Original Sin" does get some airplay on LA stations, still... I hope people hear it thinking, "what's that from? I love that! I want more! " I love the transition before the beginning of "Burn For You." By the way, the video for "Burn For You" shows a plane taking off from Mackay, north Queensland... my ol' stomping grounds. I can see my old apartment building... and I choke up every time. Yes, I miss Michael. I still cannot believe he's not with us anymore. I am upset about the circumstances leading up to his death... I was never a fan of Geldof, and less so since Michael died. He is missed. For the curious, buy this album. You will not be disappointed. Especially "All The Voices." Turn that sucker all the way up at the end... the guitar fades off infinitely....
Vince
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I've had this album for several years, and after much deliberation (as I love INXS so dearly and all of their albums) I've decided that this particular album is my favorite. In fact, it is my number one favorite album ever, but hey, I'm still young, so what do I know?

One cannot possibly be a true INXS fan without owning this album. It is so much fun and just rejuvenating to listen to, especially on those boring hot summer days (for some reason, it just reminds me of summer). The album is poppy, funky, and classical at times. It includes a wide palette of musical influences and diversity, so regardless of your genre preference (funk, new wave, alternative, rock, etc.), you are sure to enjoy this album. Michael Hutchence's vocals are soothing ("Johnson's Aeroplane"), powerful ("All the Voices"), and trademarkingly sultry and seductive ("Original Sin," "Burn for You") as most of his vocals are.

This album is brilliant from start to finish -- I have no other way to describe it. I wish I could write a better review for it as my review pales in comparison to most and does the album little justice, but I will leave you with this: any music fan should own this album over any other INXS album, though they are all great, really. Michael Hutchence's legacy lives on in all of INXS's masterpieces, most of which have gone regretfully unnoticed over the years. Do not pass this album by...
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"The Swing" is, by far, my favorite INXS album. It was the first INXS album that I owned. I too wore out the tape from playing it too much.
In 1985 I attended an INXS concert at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. This concert was performed just months prior to the release of Listen Like Theives. Many of the songs that INXS performed in concert were from The Swing. I remember when INXS performed "Burn For You", you could have heard a pin drop when it was over and then there was applause. I was in awe. This was by far the most spiritual experience I've ever had at a rock 'n' roll concert. I've been to many since and nobody has matched the experience of INXS. While this album captures some of the energy that INXS had in concert, it's a close second to the real thing. It's regretable that Michael was taken from us too soon.
This is a great album, period. Buy it, you will not be disapointed.
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Inxs' third album, 1982's "Shabooh Shoobah" would put them on the map in Australia. Their follow-up album, 1984's "The Swing" would continue the upward momentum that this band was making. In a lot of ways, "Shabooh Shoobah" would demonstrate the outstanding vocal talents of Michael Hutchence. Hutchence showed some incredible vocals on songs such as "Don't Change", "Here Comes", and "The One Thing". While Hutchence's vocals don't lose a beat on "The Swing", what we do see is the emergence of Inxs as a complete band with all of the members stepping up.

One fact that I find amazing about Inxs is that this six member band stuck together from their formation in the late 1970s through Michael Hutchence's untimely death in 1997. During this period, the band would release 10 studio albums, 1 Greatest Hits album, and 1 Live album. This has allowed the band to meld together and grow professionally. Much of this is due to the fact that three band members are brothers: Andrew Farriss (Keyboards), Jon Farriss (Drums), and Tim Farriss (Guitar). The other three members also stuck tightly with the band the whole way. These members include: Hutchence (Lead Vocals), Garry Gary Beers (Bass), and Kirk Pengilly (Guitar and Sax). Hutchence - known for his long hair and theatrical performances in concert often gets the most publicity. But the remaining five members all make major contributions from a musicianship standpoint. In addition, Hutchence is not just eye candy - he plays a key role in the songwriting. While in the later years with Hutchence, the songwriting duties would focus around Andrew Farriss and Hutchence - this album shows many of the members of Inxs making songwriting contributions.
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