The Names' Swimming reissued

Factory Benelux continues its recent spate of archival activity with the release on February 11 of new CD and deluxe 2xLP editions of Swimming, the 1982 debut album by The Names.

Originally released on Les Disques Du Crépuscule, the album was reissued on CD in 1991 and 2000, but has been unavailable on vinyl since Music-Box’s Greek pressing in 1983. Disregarding 2008’s comeback LP Monsters Next Door, the Belgian band were active between ’79 and ’82, and are best known for their classic single ‘Nightshift’. All of their key work was produced by Martin Hannett and recorded at Manchester’s Strawberry Studios, and Swimming in particular has come to be regarded as a cold wave art-rock classic.

The 2012 editions of the album offer bonus tracks including the ‘Nightshift’ and ‘Calcutta’ singles and the band’s Peel session from February ’82. The vinyl’s gatefold sleeve and the CD’s booklet feature original artwork and poster design by Benoit Hennebert, and photographs by Marc Portée.


2xLP tracklist:
A1. Discovery
A2. Floating World
A3. The Fire
A4. Life By the Sea
A5. White Shadow
B1. Harmony
B2. Shanghai Gesture
B3. Leave Her to Heaven
B4. Light
C1. Music for Someone
C2. Calcutta
C3. Nightshift
C4. The Astronaut
C5. Spectators of Life
D1. Life By the Sea (Peel Session)
D2. Discovery (Peel Session)
D3. Shanghai Gesture (Peel Session)
S4. Harmony (Peel Session)

CD tracklist:
1. Discovery
2. Floating World
3. The Fire
4. Life By the Sea
5. White Shadow
6. Harmony
7. Shanghai Gesture
8. Leave Her to Heaven
9. Light
10. Calcutta
11. Postcards
12. Nightshift
13. Life By the Sea (Peel Session)
14. Discovery (Peel Session)
15. Shanghai Gesture (Peel Session) 16. Harmony (Peel Session)

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