Monday, September 19, 2011

The Wild Swans - Magnitude (The Sire Years) (2007)

Titled Magnitude, the double CD release contains all sorts of extra goodies. This album is combination of Bringing Home the Ashes (1988)and Space Flower (1990). The disc of Bringing Home the Ashes is supplemented by the b-sides of the two singles, "Young Manhood" and "Bible Dreams". This is a must for any fans of winsome elegaic chiming guitar music, perhaps especially Echo and the Bunnymen fans. The one-note guitar solo in "Young Manhood" is a high point. The second album, Space Flower sees them drifting off-path into a faux bubblegum psychedelia, something Paul Simpson has made a bit of a career out of since, albeit in a more ambient vein. It's all lovely melodies, silly lyrics and phased guitar. The ten original tracks are here supplemented by five demos of tracks that never made the album, plus a Bill Drummond remix (calling KLF fans!) of "Melting Blue Delicious" and a session that never made the album ("Tastes Like Tuesday")

Magnitude (The Sire Yeas)
Paul Simpson,Jeremy Kelly, Joseph Fearon



1. Young ManhoodOutstanding Track
2. Bible DreamsOutstanding Track
3. BitternessOutstanding Track
4. ArchangelsOutstanding Track
5. Northern England
6. Whirlpool HeartOutstanding Track
7. Bringing Home The AshesOutstanding Track
8. Mythical Beast
9. Now And Forever
10. The Worst Year Of My LifeOutstanding Track
11. Holy Holy (bonus track)
12. World Of Milk And Blood (bonus track)
13. 1982 (bonus track)
14. Pure Evil (bonus track)



1. Melting Blue DeliciousOutstanding Track
2. Butterfly GirlOutstanding Track
3. Tangerine TempleOutstanding Track
4. ImmaculateOutstanding Track
5. Space Flower
6. Tastes Like Tuesday (previously unreleased)Outstanding Track
7. Chocolate BubblegumOutstanding Track
8. I'm A Lighthouse
9. Magic Hotel
10. Vanilla Melange
11. Sea Of Tranquillity
12. Melting Blue Delicious (Bill Drummond single version/bonus track)
13. Sugar Engines (demo/bonus track)
14. Chocolate Bubblegum (demo/bonus track)
15. Lantern Man (demo/bonus track)
16. Magic Hotel (demo/bonus track)
17. Telescope (demo/bonus track) 


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