Swans ‎– Love Of Life / Amnesia

Young God Records ‎– YGEP 6
Vinyl, 12", EP

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
7-5067-2 Swans Love Of Life / Amnesia(CD, Single) Young God Records, Sky Records (7) 7-5067-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
YGEP6, YGEP6 PROMO Swans Love Of Life / Amnesia(12", EP, Promo, TP) Young God Records, Young God Records YGEP6, YGEP6 PROMO UK 1992 Sell This Version
YGEP6 PROMO Swans Love Of Life / Amnesia(12", EP, Promo) Young God Records YGEP6 PROMO UK 1992 Sell This Version
none Swans Love Of Life(Umatic, Single, Promo, NTSC) Young God Records, Sky Records (7) none US 1992 Sell This Version
YGCDS 6 Swans Love Of Life(CD, Single) Young God Records YGCDS 6 UK 1992 Sell This Version



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October 9, 2010

Having been familiar with the title track of the Love of Life album since its release 19 years ago, the discovery of the extended mix came as a surprise. A powerful, propulsive rock song, the original Love Of Life is characterized by the jangling drone of what sounds like massed acoustic, bass and electric guitars. Michael's voice blends with the instruments whilst Jarboe's vocals weave in and out of the mix, adding a siren-like flavor to this multilayered masterpiece. Stuttering and lilting segments with their corresponding tempo variations alternate on the rock version of Amnesia, a dystopian tale filled with memorable phrases.

The most distinctive aspect of the long versions is the drastic departure in tonality, mood and texture. They lack the internal tension & urgency of the originals, flowing at a consistent tempo while found sounds & samples abound and the vocals are employed like instruments. The longer Love of Life contains Adam Jankowsky's narration from the track Identity but the young boy's voice here lacks the dreamy quality that makes Identity so spooky. After the recital, a loop of what might originally have been 'we're blind and we're polluted' is repeated over and over until the voice of Jarboe rises up again. Ominous metallic and animal noises render the extended Amnesia rather disturbing.

Without a doubt, these two extended mixes are innovatively arranged and aesthetically pleasing but they lack the spirit of Swans, not even remotely resembling the drones on Soundtracks for the Blind. This odd deconstruction of two familiar songs from a legendary album makes the EP an essential item for devoted fans of Gira, Jarboe, World of Skin and Swans.