Swans ‎– Soundtracks For The Blind

Young God Records ‎– YG01, Atavistic ‎– ALP59CD
2 × CD, Album, Digipak


Silver CD
1-1 Red Velvet Corridor 3:04
1-2 I Was A Prisoner In Your Skull 6:39
1-3 Helpless Child 15:47
1-4 Live Through Me 2:32
1-5 Yum-Yab Killers 5:07
1-6 The Beautiful Days 7:49
1-7 Volcano 5:18
1-8 Mellothumb 2:46
1-9 All Lined Up 4:48
1-10 Surrogate 2 1:52
1-11 How They Suffer 5:52
1-12 Animus 10:41
Copper CD
2-1 Red Velvet Wound 2:02
2-2 The Sound 13:11
2-3 Her Mouth Is Filled With Honey 3:19
2-4 Blood Section 2:39
2-5 Hypogirl 2:44
2-6 Minus Something 4:14
2-7 Empathy 6:45
2-8 I Love You This Much 7:23
2-9 YRP 7:47
2-10 Fan's Lament 1:28
2-11 Secret Friends 3:08
2-12 The Final Sacrifice 10:27
2-13 YRP 2 2:09
2-14 Surrogate Drone 2:06

Sociétés, etc.



Fold-out digipak. Contains a fold-out insert with lyrics and credits.

All material comprising this album was compiled from a wide variety of sources - ranging from hand-held cassette recordings, to found sounds, to samples, to loops, to finished multi-track recordings - and was combined, collaged, manipulated and EQed at Griffin Mastering, Atlanta, GA.

This version was sold at concerts during the 1997 tour.

This version does not have a 'manufactured in Canada' text on the back, but Swans - Soundtracks For The Blind does.

Printed and assembled in Canada.
Digipak manufactured under license from AGI International.

© 1996 Young God Records.
℗ 1996 Atavistic.

Code barre et autres identifiants

  • Barcode: 5 018615 501022
  • Mastering SID Code (Silver Disc / Copper Disc): IFPI L122
  • Mould SID Code (Silver Disc): ifpi 2312
  • Mould SID Code (Copper Disc): ifpi 2307
  • Matrix / Runout (Copper Disc): MASTERED BY NIMBUS CD3431 YGCD 010 DISC 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Silver Disc): MASTERED BY NIMBUS CD3430 YGCD 010 DISC 1

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Cat n° Artiste Titre (Format) Label Cat n° Pays Année
YG01 Swans Soundtracks For The Blind(2xCD, Album, RE) Young God Records YG01 US 2016 Vendre cette version
none Swans Soundtracks For The Blind(26xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Young God Records none US 2014
YGCD010 Swans Soundtracks For The Blind(2xCD, Album, Promo) Young God Records YGCD010 UK 1996 Vendre cette version
YG01 Swans Soundtracks For The Blind(2xCD, Album, RE) Young God Records YG01 US 2002 Vendre cette version
YG01, ALP59CD Swans Soundtracks For The Blind(2xCD, Album, Dig) Young God Records, Atavistic YG01, ALP59CD US 1996 Vendre cette version


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1 juillet 2017
Swans just announced a reissue for this, hopefully an LP tho it'd most likely be a 3xLP set


29 juin 2016

Nonpareil! This is the album that makes in comparison Merzbow's harshness sound silly and GY!BE's lyricism fake. Notwithstanding the band's comeback (which is rather below the high expectations), 'Helpless Child' will forever be in my heart their unsurpassed swan song, so powerful, evocative and ecstatic, almost unbearable.


17 juin 2016
Alright, here's a theory: I just bought my copy of 'The Glowing Man' and I noticed that it is referenced as YG58, which I found a bit weird considering that 'To Be Kind' was YG46. Doing a bit of research, I have found out that these have been the latest releases of Young God Records:
YG46 - To Be Kind
YG47 - Swans EP reissue
YG48 - Filth reissue
YG49 - White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
YG50 - White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
YG51 - Love of Life
YG52 - Love of Life
YG53 - ?
YG54 - ?
YG55 - ?
YG56 - ?
YG57 - ?
YG58 - The Glowing Man

For some reason, White Light and Love of Life come in two versions (one, I reckon, being due to the fact that they also came out as part of the box set).
However, 5 releases (YG53-57) may have already been planned and not yet announced. It looks like there are only 5 Swans LPs that are either unavailable on vinyl or weren't re-pressed yet. The are: Cop, Greed, Holy Money, Children of God, The Great Annihilator.
Soundtracks for the Blind, as we all know (sigh...) has never come out on vinyl and, frankly, I doubt that it may be one of those five releases.
I know this theory may be a bit bonkers, but it'd be good to know what you people think!


14 juin 2015
this album is so f*cking awesome. remember when I bought it many years ago, until then I had only listened to their early classics. this album is just as the image on the booklet: A big pink cloud on a dark sky. it has the long-epic noisy tracks, tape recorded conversations, beautiful instrumental sections ala-MBV, live tracks..Despite this diversity the tracks flow evenly into an emotional crescendo ....This is a masterpiece of beauty and horror . Thanks Swans.


3 novembre 2014
Relax people! After a concert a couple of days ago, Michael Gira told me we might expect an official vinyl release of Soundtracks for the Blind. Not soon but in two or three years max. Let's just hope they go through with it.


31 mai 2014
Please someone release this on vinyl!


26 septembre 2011
A notable fan favourite, however too massive for me to swallow.
A humongous double album, and far heavier than it looks. Fans and critics adore it, and interestingly enough,
the brilliance was a complete mistake. Soundtracks... is a complation of sound experiments, old recordings, etc. by bandleader Michael Gira that date back as far as before the Swans was formed. Everything was mastered from old casette tapes recorded on crude dictaphones, floppy disks, CD-R's, and so on. Gira described the very long process as "extremely painstaking" and also that it nearly broke him into a nervous breakdown. After Soundtracks was released, Gira took all of his old recordings, and threw them away on a nearby dump, therefor destroying them forever.

My personal opinnion? A mixed bag. It contains some of the greatest tracks ever recorded, especially "Helpless Child" and "The Final Sac", which are enough to buy the album for alone. However, the rest comes off as really bland at times. "I Was A Prisoner In Yr. Skull" is beautifully dark and strange, though.

Note: Every Swans fan except mabye fifteen people will disagree with me. Listen for yourself.