Swans ‎– The Seer

Young God Records ‎– YG45
2 × CD, Album
All Media, Special Edition


1-1 Lunacy 6:09
1-2 Mother Of The World 9:57
1-3 The Wolf 1:35
1-4 The Seer 32:14
1-5 The Seer Returns 6:18
1-6 93 Ave. B Blues 5:22
1-7 The Daughter Brings The Water 2:41
2-1 Song For A Warrior 3:58
2-2 Avatar 8:52
2-3 A Piece Of The Sky 19:10
2-4 The Apostate 23:01
Swans - Live 2010/2011
DVD-1 No Words / No Thoughts 18:50
DVD-2 Avatar 10:36
DVD-3 The Apostate 19:31
DVD-4 Beautiful Child (Fragment) 3:43
DVD-5 Jim 8:16
DVD-6 Sex God Sex 7:13
DVD-7 The Seer / I Crawled 32:16

Companies, etc.


  • Artwork, Painting [Paintings], Photography By [Swans Photo Portraits]Simon Henwood
  • Cameraman [Additional Cameras]Alessandra Romeo (2) (tracks: DVD-1 to DVD-7), Dan Knight (2) (tracks: DVD-1 to DVD-7), Phil Tidy (tracks: DVD-1 to DVD-7), Rodney Ascher (tracks: DVD-1 to DVD-7)
  • Engineer [Additional Recording Assistant At Trout]Adam Sachs
  • Engineer [Additional Recording Engineer At Trout]Bryce Goggin
  • Film Director [Directed By], Cameraman [Filmed By], Film Producer [Produced By]Marco Porsia (tracks: DVD-1 to DVD-7), Simon Henwood (tracks: DVD-1 to DVD-7)
  • Film Editor [Edited By]Marco Porsia (tracks: DVD-1 to DVD-7)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Accordion [Various Songs]Cassis Staudt*
  • Guest [Special Guest], Accordion, Vocals, Dulcimer, Guitar, Piano, Instruments [Assorted Other Instruments]Caleb Mulkerin (tracks: 1-5), Colleen Kinsella (tracks: 1-5)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Backing VocalsDana Janssen (tracks: 2-3), Jarboe (tracks: 1-5), Miles Seaton (tracks: 2-3), Seth Olinsky (tracks: 2-3)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals, Voice [Voice Collage]Jarboe (tracks: 2-3)
  • Guest [Special Guest], BagpipesIain Graham (tracks: 1-4)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Cello [Steel Cello]Bob Rutman* (tracks: 1-4)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Cello [Various Songs]Jane Scarpantoni
  • Guest [Special Guest], Contrabassoon [Contra Bassoon]Stefan Rocke (tracks: 1-4)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Drums [Additional Drums]Kevin McMahon (2) (tracks: 1-5)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Electric Guitar, Sounds [Various Songs]Kevin McMahon (2)
  • Guest [Special Guest], HornsBruce Lamont (tracks: 1-4)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Jew's Harp [Jews Harp]Shon Mahoney (tracks: 1-5)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Lead Vocals [Lead Vocal]Karen O (tracks: 2-1)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Mandolin [Acoustic And Electric Mandolins], Clarinet [Various Songs]Sean Mackowiak (The Grasshopper)*
  • Guest [Special Guest], PianoBryce Goggin (tracks: 2-1)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Sounds [Fire Sounds (Acoustic And Synthetic)]Ben Frost (tracks: 2-3)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Violin [Various Songs]Eszter Balint
  • Guest [Special Guest], Vocals [Co-vocals]Al Of Low* (tracks: 1-1), Mimi Of Low* (tracks: 1-1)
  • Mastered ByDoug Henderson
  • Mastered By [Pre-mastering]Jamal Ruhe
  • Mixed ByKevin McMahon (2)
  • Performer [Honorary Swan], Piano, Organ, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards [Casio], Synthesizer, Bass Guitar, Voice, Other [Bird Idea]Bill Rieflin*
  • Performer [Swans], Bass Guitar, Voice, Other [Incredible Handshake]Christopher Pravdica*
  • Performer [Swans], Drums, Percussion, Bells [Orchestral Bells], Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], Violin [Handmade Violin Thing], Vibraphone, Piano, Clarinet, VoiceThor Harris
  • Performer [Swans], Drums, Percussion, Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], VoicePhil Puleo
  • Performer [Swans], Electric Guitar, VoiceNorman Westberg
  • Performer [Swans], Lap Steel Guitar [Lap Steel Guitars], Electric Guitar, VoiceChristoph Hahn*
  • Performer [Swans], Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards [Casio], SoundsMichael Gira
  • Producer [Produced By]Michael Gira
  • Recorded By [Assistants In Berlin]Boris*, Marco*
  • Recorded By [Berlin And New York]Kevin McMahon (2)


Recorded at Studio P4 and Andere Baustelle in Berlin, and at Marcata Studio, Gardiner, NY. Additional recording at Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY.

Mixed at Marcata.

Mastered at Micro-Moose Berlin. Pre-mastering at West Westside Music.

The Seer DVD was recorded variously in the cities of Melbourne, Australia, Berlin, Germany, Brooklyn, NY, San Francisco, CA., LA, CA., and Torrance, California. The footage was filmed throughout the Swans tour(s) of 2010/2011. The film is a work in progress, and will ultimately result in a feature film / filmography of Swans.

Karen O appears courtesy of Interscope Records.

Packaged in 8-panel digipak cover.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 658457004593
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): CD204-247 YG45 The Seer CD #1 REV/CA
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): CD204-248 YG45 The Seer CD #2 REV/CA
  • Matrix / Runout (DVD): DVD204-246 YG45 The Seer Live DVD REV/CA
  • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI JL10
  • Mould SID Code (CD2): IFPI JL10
  • Mould SID Code (DVD): IFPI 9F29

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version
YG45, STUMM363 Swans The Seer(3xLP, Album, RE, RP) Young God Records, Mute YG45, STUMM363 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Young God Records (2) YG45 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CDSTUMM363, YG45CD Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album, RE) Mute, Young God Records CDSTUMM363, YG45CD Europe 2014 Sell This Version
LCDSTUMM363, YG45DVD Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album + DVD) Mute, Young God Records LCDSTUMM363, YG45DVD UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version


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September 10, 2019
Any difference between this and https://www.discogs.com/Swans-The-Seer/release/6028355 other than the year and that it says Special Edition? What makes this version Special over the other one?


March 14, 2013
This version is well worth getting, the dvd is very good quality and quite long also.