Swans ‎– The Seer

Young God Records ‎– YG45
3 × Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Lunacy
Guest [Special Guest], Vocals [Co-vocals] – Al Of Low*, Mimi Of Low*
A2 The Apostate Pt. 1 13:18
B1 The Apostate Pt. 2 9:36
B2 A Piece Of The Sky Pt. 1
Guest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals – Dana Janssen, Miles Seaton, Seth OlinskyGuest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals, Voice [Voice Collage] – JarboeGuest [Special Guest], Sounds [Fire Sounds (Acoustic And Synthetic)] – Ben Frost
C1 A Piece Of The Sky Pt. 2
Guest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals – Dana Janssen, Miles Seaton, Seth OlinskyGuest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals, Voice [Voice Collage] – JarboeGuest [Special Guest], Sounds [Fire Sounds (Acoustic And Synthetic)] – Ben Frost
C2 93 Ave. B Blues 5:22
C3 The Daughter Brings The Water 2:33
C4 Song For A Warrior
Guest [Special Guest], Lead Vocals [Lead Vocal] – Karen OGuest [Special Guest], Piano – Bryce Goggin
D1 Mother Of The World 9:59
D2 Avatar 8:49
E1 The Wolf 1:35
E2 The Seer Pt. 1
Guest [Special Guest], Bagpipes – Iain GrahamGuest [Special Guest], Cello [Steel Cello] – Bob Rutman*Guest [Special Guest], Contrabassoon [Contra Bassoon] – Stefan RockeGuest [Special Guest], Horns – Bruce Lamont
F1 The Seer Pt. 2
Guest [Special Guest], Bagpipes – Iain GrahamGuest [Special Guest], Cello [Steel Cello] – Bob Rutman*Guest [Special Guest], Contrabassoon [Contra Bassoon] – Stefan RockeGuest [Special Guest], Horns – Bruce Lamont
F2 The Seer Returns
Guest [Special Guest], Accordion, Vocals, Dulcimer, Guitar, Piano, Instruments [Assorted Other Instruments] – Caleb Mulkerin, Colleen KinsellaGuest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals – JarboeGuest [Special Guest], Drums [Additional Drums] – Kevin McMahon (2)Guest [Special Guest], Harp [Jews Harp] – Shon Mahoney

Companies, etc.


  • Art Direction, DesignM.Gira*
  • Artwork, Painting [Paintings], Photography By [Swans Photo Portraits]Simon Henwood
  • Engineer [Additional Recording Assistant]Adam Sachs
  • Engineer [Additional Recording Engineer]Bryce Goggin
  • Guest [Special Guest], Accordion [Various Songs]Cassis Staudt*
  • Guest [Special Guest], Cello [Various Songs]Jane Scarpantoni
  • Guest [Special Guest], Electric Guitar, Sounds [Various Songs]Kevin McMahon (2)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Mandolin [Acoustic And Electric Mandolins], Clarinet [Various Songs]Sean Mackowiak (The Grasshopper)*
  • Guest [Special Guest], Violin [Various Songs]Eszter Balint
  • LayoutEarl Kuck
  • Mastered ByDoug Henderson
  • Mastered By [Pre-mastering]Jamal Ruhe
  • Mixed ByKevin McMahon (2)
  • Music ByPravdica* (tracks: B1, C1, D1, E1), Hahn* (tracks: B1, C1, D1, E1), Westberg* (tracks: B1, C1, D1, E1), Puleo* (tracks: B1, C1, D1, E1), Harris* (tracks: B1, C1, D1, E1)
  • 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
  • Photography By [Photo Adjustments]David Clark Perry*
  • Producer [Produced By]Michael Gira
  • Recorded ByKevin McMahon (2)
  • Recorded By [Assistants]Boris*, Marco*
  • Words By, Music ByM.Gira*
  • Written By – Gira / Westberg / Puleo / Harris / Pravdica / Hahn (tracks: B1, C1, D1, E1)


3-panel gatefold cover including MP3 download card and 24"x18" poster.

Distribution: Revolver USA and Virtual Label LLC.
All words / music © and ℗ M.Gira / Young God Publishing (ASCAP) 2012, except [B1, C1, D1, E1] © and ℗ M.Gira / Young God Publishing (ASCAP) 2012
Throughout the United States of America & Canada: Karen O appears courtesy of Interscope Records. Throughout the World excluding the United States of America, Canada, Australia, & New Zealand: Karen O appears courtesy of Polydor Limited
Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton, Dana Janssen (Akron/Family); Caleb Mulkerin and Colleen Kinsella of Big Blood.

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 Side Music.
Layout at Revolver.
This album is dedicated to Simon Henwood.

Lacquer cutting company uncredited, identified by the stamped matrix name in the runout area.
Mastering plant "RTI" uncredited, identified by the etched 2-step matrix number scheme in the runout area.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 658457004517
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, etched): YG 45 - SIDE ONE 20572.1(2)···
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, etched): YG 45 - SIDE TWO 20572.2(2)···
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side C, etched): YG 45 - SIDE THREE 20572.3(2)···
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side D, etched): YG 45 - SIDE FOUR 20572.4(2)···
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side E, etched): YG 45 - SIDE FIVE 20572.5(2)···
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side F, etched): YG 45 - SIDE SIX 20572.6(2)···
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A to F, stamped): GOLDEN

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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April 15, 2020
ordered directly from young god when it was first released. my copy is signed and also contains a live dvd. this is not mentioned in the description above.


May 24, 2018
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.


January 26, 2017
Bought it from amazon and I have 2 x disc 3 and no disc 2...


July 16, 2016
I just bought a copy of this, and it has no download card. Has anyone else gotten a copy like this?


July 6, 2016
Just bought this a couple weeks ago. Great pressing, and a better tracklist than the digital version.


November 7, 2014

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.


June 5, 2014
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.


May 18, 2014
edited over 6 years ago
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


November 17, 2013
How does this album sound on vinyl?


June 13, 2013

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