Swans have just announced the release of their 1995’s album “The Great Annihilator” on double vinyl and as 2 CD set. Both will feature “Drainland”, Michael Gira’s debut solo album recorded at the same time as The Great Annihilator. The album will receive a good mastering for the very first time as Gira wrote in a statement:
“I have long been uneasy with the sound of the mastered version of The Great Annihilator (and it’s companion, contemporaneous solo album, Drainland, included here in this new release). For whatever reason things drifted out of hand at the time, and there was never enough time or money to untangle the sonic knots created by the original unsatisfactory mastering that took place until now. It was with the utmost alacrity that I received the news recently from my friend Bill Rieflin that he had discovered the original (after much digging), unmastered mixes for both albums in his archives. We were able to proceed now with lovingly mastering both Great Annihilator and Drainland from these virgin sources, with our right hand mastering man Doug Henderson in Berlin, Germany. I have to say I’m rather pleased with the result. It’s one of those instances where it’s like hearing the thing for the first time again. I hope you enjoy the experience.
You can preorder it from Here.