Swans ‎– The Great Annihilator

Young God Records ‎– YG59
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered

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A1 In 2:22
A2 I Am The Sun 3:21
A3 She Lives 6:59
A4 Celebrity Lifestyle 4:07
B1 Mother/Father 4:04
B2 Blood Promise 4:15
B3 Mind/Body/Light/Sound 4:50
B4 My Buried Child
Sounds, Electric Guitar – Martin Atkins
C1 Warm
Electric Guitar – Nicky SkopelitisPiano – John Sarfell
C2 Alcohol The Seed 3:27
C3 Killing For Company 6:51
C4 Mother's Milk 2:25
D1 Where Does A Body End? 3:36
D2 Telepathy 6:05
D3 The Great Annihilator 4:54
D4 Out
Backing Vocals – Lary Seven

Companies, etc.



Recorded February 1993-June 1994.

Double vinyl and poster. Includes download code for M.Gira solo effort Drainland (1995). Remastered from original mixes in 2017. Copies ordered from the Young God Records website come signed by M. Gira.

Special Webshop unsepcified sub-edition ordered from Jarboe signed with custom paintings on front & back cover.

Track B3 is listed as "Mind/Body/Light/Sound" on the jacket and "Mind/Light/Body/Sound" on the record label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A (Etched)): YG-59 A 27453.1(2)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B (Etched)): YG-59 B SALT 27453.2(2)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side C (Etched)): YG-59 C 27453.3(2)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side D (Etched)): YG-59 D SALT 27453.4(2)...
  • Barcode (Sticker): 881626504611

Other Versions (5 of 16) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
YGCD 009, 381.0571.2 Swans The Great Annihilator(CD, Album) Young God Records, Young God Records YGCD 009, 381.0571.2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
INV 035-4 Swans The Great Annihilator(Cass, Album) Invisible INV 035-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
YGCD009 Swans The Great Annihilator(CD, Album, Promo) Young God Records YGCD009 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
INV 035-2 Swans The Great Annihilator(CD, Album) Invisible INV 035-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
none Swans The Great Annihilator(17xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Young God Records none US 2014


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June 23, 2020
edited 21 days ago
Not sure if its just me, but my copy has some...errors? Not sure how to phrase that. Like, the sound will cut out for a fraction of a second in either the left or right speaker, happens on almost every song. Really fucking annoying, but sounds good otherwise. Also, i think Mind/Body/Light/Sound is a different take than the original, but maybe im just misremembering.


May 25, 2020
Can anyone tell me how this RM pressing compares to the original vinyl pressing...?


July 7, 2017

Top pressing. A big improvement compared to the original CD. Sounds uncompressed and harmoniously balanced. Free of any noise. I am really happy to finally enjoy my favourite tracks "Blood promise" and "Mind/Body/Light/Sound" with great sound quality. All swans reissues have been carefully done and with great quality but this is the best. It has restored and highlighted to the maximum this amazing album.