Various Failures

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Various Failures
Swans Various Failures.jpg
Compilation album by Swans
Released 1999
Recorded 1988-1992
Genre Experimental rock, post-rock, art rock
Length 153:54
Label Young God Records
Swans chronology
Swans Are Dead
(1998)
Various Failures
(1999)
Forever Burned
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Various Failures is a compilation album by American post-rock band Swans. It was released in 1999 and contains tracks from White Light from the Mouth of Infinity, Love of Life, The Burning World, and The World of Skin's Ten Songs From Another World. In addition, it contains B-sides, rarities, and previously unreleased tracks.[2][3][3][4]

The CD was re-released in 2000 but disc two (Red CD) of the 2000 edition dropped "Can't Find My Way Home" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart (Jarboe version)" and "New Mind (acoustic version)". "The Sound Of Freedom" and "Saved" was added to disk two instead.

The only unreleased tracks (besides some songs that have been faded in/out) are a longer version of "Why Are We Alive", a different version of "Unfortunate Lie (instrumental version)" and a demo version of "When She Breathes" (poor recording quality). "New Mind (acoustic version)" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart (Jarboe version)" had never been previously available on CD.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one (Yellow CD; Young God Records 1999)
No. Title Origin Length
1. "Miracle of Love"   White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (1991) 6:25
2. "Black Eyed Dog"   Ten Songs for Another World by World of Skin (1990) 3:59
3. "The Golden Boy That Was Swallowed by the Sea"   Love of Life (includes track 4 as well) (1992) 5:09
4. "Untitled"   Love of Life (track 5) (1992) 2:07
5. "I Remember Who You Are"   The Burning World (1989) 4:24
6. "Her"   Love of Life (1992) 5:23
7. "No Cruel Angel"   "Saved" single (1989) 4:28
8. "When She Breathes (Alternate Version)"   White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (originally) (1991) 4:31
9. "Why Are We Alive? (Alternate Version)"   White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (originally) (1991) 6:05
10. "The Child's Right"   Ten Songs for Another World by World of Skin (1990) 3:35
11. "Untitled"   Love of Life (track 16) (1992) 1:03
12. "The Other Side of the World"   Love of Life (1992) 4:39
13. "Song For Dead Time (M. Gira Version)"   White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (originally) (1991) 4:34
14. "Love Will Save You"   White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (1991) 6:05
15. "Blind"   Drainland by Michael Gira (1994) 4:31
16. "Unfortunate Lie (Instrumental Version)"   White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (originally) (1991) 2:20
17. "Was He Ever Alive?"   "Can't Find My Way Home" single (1989) 6:25
Disc two (Red CD; Young God Records 1999)
No. Title Origin Length
1. "Failure"   White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (1991) 6:19
2. "Identity"   Love of Life (includes track 12 as well) (1992) 5:35
3. "Can't Find My Way Home"   The Burning World (1989) 4:48
4. "Trust Me (Alternate Version)"   Love Will Tear Us Apart EP (1988) 4:19
5. "Better Than You"   White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (1991) 5:58
6. "Love Will Tear Us Apart (Jarboe Version)"   Love Will Tear Us Apart EP (1988) 3:44
7. "Will We Survive"   White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (1991) 5:56
8. "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes (Edit)"   Ten Songs for Another World by World of Skin (1990) 1:17
9. "God Damn the Sun"   The Burning World (1989) 4:21
10. "Eyes of Nature"   Love of Life (1992) 4:40
11. "You Know Everything"   "Celebrity Lifestyle" single (1995) 4:26
12. "Song for Dead Time (Jarboe Version) (Edit)"   White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (originally) (1991) 4:59
13. "Picture of Maryanne"   "Love of Life/Amnesia" single (1992) 4:22
14. "Amnesia (Edit)"   Love of Life (1992) 3:42
15. "Dream Dream"   Ten Songs for Another World by World of Skin (1990) 5:32
16. "Please Remember Me"   Ten Songs for Another World by World of Skin (1990) 4:48
17. "New Mind (Acoustic Version)"   Love Will Tear Us Apart EP (1988) 3:26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Various Failures 1988-1992". Allmusic. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Various Failures". allmusic. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Various Failures". Satan Stole My Teddybear. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Various Failures". Brainwashed. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 

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