Swans ‎– The Seer

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On August 28, 2012, Swans released The Seer, a double-album running 2 hours in length. Frontman Michael Gira described the album as taking "30 years to make. It’s the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I’ve ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it’s unfinished, like the songs themselves. It’s one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade." Describing the songwriting process, Gira said, "The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they’ll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while."

Versions (10)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version
none Swans The Seer(11xFile, MP3, Album, VBR) Young God Records none 2012
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album + DVD + S/Edition) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album, Promo) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version
YG45 Swans The Seer(3xLP, Album) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version
YG45, STRUMM 363 Swans The Seer(3xLP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Young God Records, Mute YG45, STRUMM 363 UK 2012 Sell This Version
LCDSTUMM363, YG45DVD Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album + DVD) Mute, Young God Records LCDSTUMM363, YG45DVD UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
CDSTUMM363, YG45CD Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album, RE) Mute, Young God Records CDSTUMM363, YG45CD Europe 2014 Sell This Version
YG45, STUMM363 Swans The Seer(3xLP, Album, RE) Young God Records, Mute YG45, STUMM363 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Young God Records (2) YG45 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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spiderjerusalemOX

spiderjerusalemOX

May 24, 2018
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
Has anyone else noticed that each LP has a different weight?
Mine are (approximately):

LP1 - 150g
LP2 - 130g
LP3 - 170g

I thought my mind was playing tricks on me, whenever I swapped records, so I actually got a set of scales and weighed them.
Is this just my copy?

Mind you, it doesn't seem to make a difference to the sound, which is still absolutely flooring.
helios27

helios27

January 26, 2017
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
Bought it from amazon and I have 2 x disc 3 and no disc 2...
jumblepop1

jumblepop1

July 16, 2016
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
I just bought a copy of this, and it has no download card. Has anyone else gotten a copy like this?
evertonis111

evertonis111

July 6, 2016
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
Just bought this a couple weeks ago. Great pressing, and a better tracklist than the digital version.
r89756

r89756

December 30, 2014
referencing The Seer, 2xCD, Album, YG45
This album is HARD. Which is why it's awesome.
percydovetonsils

percydovetonsils

November 7, 2014
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45

It seems to me that Mr. Gira's lyrics are becoming smaller with time, which is discouraging given the maturity one naturally expects from a man of his age and breadth of experience. The music is flawless but the lyrics keep intruding a clichéd narrowness of vision and mind that is distressing and distracting. Swans should have remained extinct.
CreeperSteve

CreeperSteve

June 5, 2014
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
The only problem with the vinyl version of this is the way the tracks are split up; it doesn't make much sense to me that they couldn't keep the original track list as intact as possible, like so.

A1: Lunacy
A2: Mother Of The World
B1: The Wolf
B2: The Seer Pt. 1 (there's no way to fit this on one side)
C1: The Seer Pt. 2
C2: The Seer Returns
D1: 93 Ave B. Blues
D2: The Daughter Brings The Water
D3: Song For A Warrior
D4: Avatar (the d side might be cramped, I'm not sure about this)
E1: A Piece Of The Sky
E2: The Apostate

As the tracklist is, it's a bit irritating to hear three of the best songs get cut off in the middle to move to the other side.
jonassoelberghansen

jonassoelberghansen

May 18, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
Someone know why the STUMM363 Mute release is not discogs (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Seer-VINYL-Swans/dp/B00I8XHSTW/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE)? I can only see the US press called YG45? And does it matter for collectors which one they get if they - I mean wouldn't only the YG45 be called a real first press? Hope to get help from some clever people in here! Jonas
Noid09

Noid09

November 17, 2013
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
How does this album sound on vinyl?
giovanni64

giovanni64

June 13, 2013
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45

Great, great, nothing less than great !!! This is the kind of music,
that makes life worth living.......