Greed/Holy Money

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Greed/Holy Money Review

by Ned Raggett

This re-release, from the original series of Swans reissues done in the early 1990s, is at once less and more than the title indicates, following the pattern established by the 1988 American release of the material by the Skin side project. Rather than being a straight collection of these two albums, in fact the disc also collects the A-sides from the "Time Is Money (Bastard)" and "A Screw" singles, along with the A Screw B-side "Blackmail," while subtracting the original version of "Fool" from Greed and the second version of "Money is Flesh" from Holy Money. To top it all off, the running order of all the tracks has been completely rearranged. Given that all the songs were essentially recorded at the same session and that the two albums were complementary releases, no noticeable difference in style from song to song is apparent. The sequencing works quite well in any event, and Gira's choice of songs really can't be argued with, only leaving off as he does alternate takes of album tracks rather than wholly unique songs. Still, it can be a bit distracting to the hardcore fan or collector. Those simply interested in the excellent music won't be disappointed, but this release has since been fully superseded by the Cop/Young God/Greed/Holy Money re-release from 1999.

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