Greed (Swans album)

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Studio album by Swans
Released 1986
Recorded June–August 1985 at Intergalactic Studios, New York City, United States
Genre Industrial
Length 37:34
Label K.422
Producer Michael Gira, Estabon
Swans chronology
Time Is Money (Bastard)
(1986)Time Is Money (Bastard)1986
Public Castration Is a Good Idea
(1986)Public Castration Is a Good Idea1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Greed is the third studio album by American experimental rock band Swans. It was released in 1986, through record label K.422. Greed marks the slow turning point for Swans away from the harsh, brutal noise rock of prior releases,[1] and is also the first Swans album to contain contributions from Jarboe.


Certain tracks utilize drum machines. The lead instrument on "Fool" is a grand piano. "Money Is Flesh" uses a synthesizer.

The first CD issue contained the Time Is Money (Bastard) single as bonus tracks. A later compilation released in 1992, Greed / Holy Money, combined Greed (barring "Fool" and "Money Is Flesh", however "Fool (#2)" and "Money Is Flesh (#2)" were listed as these, respectively) and Holy Money (barring "A Screw (Holy Money)", though "A Screw (Holy Money) (Mix)" was listed as this), as well as the entirety of the A Screw EP and an abridged version of "Time Is Money (Bastard) (Mix)" (listed as "Time Is Money (Bastard)") from the Time Is Money (Bastard) single. This compilation, with its entirely re-organized track list, saw re-issue in 1999 in the double-disc set Cop/Young God / Greed/Holy Money, which included the Cop album and Young God EP, as well as "Sealed In Skin" from "Time Is Money (Bastard)" and "Fool".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Michael Gira; all music composed by Swans.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Fool" 5:23
2. "Anything for You" 4:32
3. "Nobody" 4:49
4. "Stupid Child" 5:19
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Greed" 6:17
2. "Heaven" 4:54
3. "Money Is Flesh" 6:20



Chart (1986) Peak
UK Indie Chart[2] 6


  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Greed – Swans : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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