Feel Good Now, the long-out-of print double-LP document of Swans triumphant 1987 European tour- in support of their most critically acclaimed album, Children Of God- is finally available again on Atavistic.
Featuring the mesmerizing, powerful lineup of Michael Gira, Jarboe, Norman Westberg, Algis Kyzis & Ted Parsons, Feel Good Now captures Swans live at one of the highest pinnacles of achievement in their storied career- somehow deploying music simultaneously heavy, yet delicate and fragile. Swans were easily one of the most creative, larger-than-life American bands of the last 20 years; the Young God Records catalog of Swans reissues is simply must-have stuff, providing the listener with a virtual roadmap of this band's legendary career.
Along with contemporaries such as Sonic Youth, Swans helped break down the barriers to touring & performing in Europe for countless U.S. musicians in their wake. Feel Good Now compiles recordings from Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, France, Italy, Yugoslavia, England & Scotland; the mere fact that Swans were in demand in all these different countries speaks to their unique prominence at that time. Superbly recorded live versions of "Children of God", "New Mind", "Beautiful Child", and the hypnotic opening "Intro" are not to be missed.
Gira's epitaph for this brilliant period, this Swans lineup, and these recordings is nothing if not acutely concise: "Thanks to those that aided, a curse to those that hindered. This record marks a distinct end to a time now gone. Good luck."