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Swans - Children Of God / World Of Skin album download

Swans - Children Of God / World Of Skin album download Performer: Swans
Album: Children Of God / World Of Skin
Country: US
Released: 1997
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Children of God is the fifth studio album by American experimental rock band Swans. It was released on October 19, 1987, through record label Caroline. The album marks a change in direction from Swans' early work. More tracks utilize acoustic guitars and more melodic vocals. The lyrics also focus more prominently on religious themes.

Anyway, Children Of God was a major turning point for Swans and the musical tendencies that are first engendered here were fertile ground for the remaining future records. Around the same time Jarboe and I did 2 records under the name World Of Skin. Some of it’s good, some of it isn’t (my opinion) and a large assortment of that material is included here as a second disc, for historical purposes. World of Skin compiles Blood, Women, Roses (1987) and Shame, Humility, Revenge (1988), albums from the same time period as Children of God (1987). Children of God, one of the band's strongest releases, established Gira as an Old Testament tyrant obsessed with the nature of love, human frailty, and the midnight beauty of black orchids.

Re-release of the Children Of God album and The World Of Skin compilation as a combined 2xCD. These albums were originally attributed to Swans and Skin (2) respectively but are here largely branded as released by the former (although some versions of this compilation reissue are less ambiguous about the origin, none seem to make any specific allusions to Skin (2) as an entity at all)

Children of God. Swans. Released October 19, 1987. Children of God Tracklist. Clocking in at 2 hours and 17 minutes, Children of God is a goth-rock epic with lyrics about religion. Michael Gira seems fascinated with faith, the way it makes people think, and the actions they take because of it. Children of God Q&A.

The blistering Children of God, for example, was originally released in 1987 and reissued ten years later as a double CD with World of Skin, a compilation of tracks from Skin, a Gira/Jarboe collaboration focused more on Jarboe's ethereality. World of Skin is less accomplished, its quiet introspection lacks the maniacal propulsiveness of Swans. On the plus side, tracks like "Breathing Water" and "One Small Sacrifice" anticipate Gira's later work with Angels of Light, albeit in a more skeletal, funereal form.

Kicking off with "New Mind" - which, while having the same general pace of most earlier Swans songs, also sounds distinctly different with its clearer, inventive arrangement, call-and-response vocals, and Gira's declamatory but not screamed lead vocal - Children of God finds the band making their own particular great leap forward.

Children of God. 13. 1. Popular albums by this artist. Soundtracks for the Blind. White Light from the Mouth of Infinity. Cop/Young God/Greed/Holy Money. SongMeanings is a place for discussion and discovery.

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Children Of God
1-1 Swans New Mind 5:12
1-2 Swans In My Garden 5:35
1-3 Swans Our Love Lies 4:31
1-4 Swans Sex, God, Sex 6:36
1-5 Swans Blood And Honey 4:47
1-6 Swans Like A Drug 5:33
1-7 Swans You're Not Real, Girl 4:17
1-8 Swans Beautiful Child 4:52
1-9 Swans Blackmail 3:31
1-10 Swans Trust Me 4:58
1-11 Swans Real Love 6:20
1-12 Swans Blind Love 7:44
1-13 Swans Children Of God 4:22
1-14 Swans Damn You To Hell / I'll Swallow You 4:16
World Of Skin
2-1 World Of Skin* 1,000 Years
Arranged By – Billy McGeeCello – Linda Miller
2-2 World Of Skin* Everything At Once
Oboe [Indian] – A. Kadir Dorvesh*
2-3 World Of Skin* Cry Me A River 4:47
2-4 World Of Skin* Breathing Water 4:17
2-5 World Of Skin* Blood On Your Hands 3:52
2-6 World Of Skin* Nothing Without You 5:43
2-7 World Of Skin* We'll Fall Apart 4:42
2-8 World Of Skin* I Want To Be Your Dog 3:35
2-9 World Of Skin* My Own Hands
Arranged By – Billy McGeeCello – Linda Miller
2-10 World Of Skin* Turn To Stone 5:20
2-11 World Of Skin* Cold Bed 2:24
2-12 World Of Skin* 24 Hours 4:12
2-13 World Of Skin* Red Rose 4:29
2-14 World Of Skin* One Small Sacrifice 6:42
2-15 World Of Skin* Still A Child 5:22
2-16 World Of Skin* The Center Of Your Heart
Oboe [Indian] – A. Kadir Dorvesh*


  • Bass – Al Kyzis* (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14)
  • Cello – Audrey Riley (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14), Martin McCarrick (tracks: 2-1 to 2-16)
  • Double Bass – Billy McGee (tracks: 2-1 to 2-16)
  • Drums – Ted Parsons (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14)
  • Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Norman Westberg (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14)
  • Flute – Simon Fraser (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14)
  • Oboe – Lindsay Cooper (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14)
  • Piano – William Barnhardt (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14)
  • Producer – Michael Gira, Rico Conning (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14)
  • Viola – Chris Pitzaldi* (tracks: 2-1 to 2-16)
  • Violin – Chris Tombling (tracks: 2-1 to 2-16), Gini Ball (tracks: 2-1 to 2-16)
  • Voice, Sounds, Piano, Keyboards – Jarboe
  • Voice, Sounds, Sampler [Samples], Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica – M. Gira*


Rerelease of two albums:
CD1: Swans - Children of God
CD2: World of Skin (1986-8)

Remastered at Griffin Mastering, Atlanta, GA. 1996/7.

The catalog number reads YGCD 011 on the undersides of the CDs but as YGCDO11 on the digipak spine.

While the cover of this 2xCD only lists Swans as artist, the CDs themselves (except for this digipak edition) read "Swans Children Of God" and "World Of Skin", defining the 2xCD as a combined release of two different artists' projects (which they originally were, see here and here).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5018615501121

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
YG02PR, ALP076CDPR Swans Children Of God / World Of Skin ‎(2xCD, Comp, Promo, RE, RM) Young God Records, Atavistic YG02PR, ALP076CDPR US 1997
YG02 Swans Children Of God / World Of Skin ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp, RE, RM + Comp, RP) Young God Records YG02 US 2010
YG02, ALP076CD Swans Children Of God / World Of Skin ‎(2xCD, Comp, RE, RM, Dig) Young God Records, Atavistic YG02, ALP076CD Canada 1997
YG02, ALP76CD Swans Children Of God / World Of Skin ‎(2xCD, Comp, RE, RM) Young God Records, Atavistic YG02, ALP76CD US 1997
YG02 Swans Children Of God • World Of Skin ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp, RE, RM + Comp) Young God Records YG02 US 2003

M.Gira messed it up as usual. Besides replacing the original version of "Our Love Lies" with its (later released) acoustic version, "Sex, God, Sex", "Beautiful Child" and "Children of God" were shortened by several seconds with earlier fade-outs and "Trust Me" faded directly into the brief interlude at the end.