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Genius/GZA: Liquid Swords Instrumentals: Limited Edition Black & White Vinyl

Liquid Swords Instrumentals: Limited Edition Black & White Vinyl

Genius/GZA

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  • Release Date 24 April 2020
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Product code
GET54049
Format
Double Vinyl LP
Label
Get On Down
The full Liquid Swords instrumentals are now available in a white and black vinyl pressing, a nod to the chessboard art synonymous with the album’s cover art. All tracks have been restored, with re-mastered audio from the original source tapes.

Please note the cover image is based on the format description, the actual product cover image may vary.

There are many reasons why Wu-Tang Clan rapper GZA's second solo album Liquid Swords is considered one of the greatest hip-hop records of all time. Critics and historians point to GZA's raw, and starkly poetic lyrics which featured references to chess, crime and philosophy, as well as superb guest performances from his Wu-Tang Clan contemporaries.

One can't comment on Liquid Swords' brilliance however without touching upon the production, courtesy of Wu-Tang's own mastermind RZA. Behind a hazy and murky backdrop of rare samples and classic boom-bap beats, RZA crafted a bleak atmosphere of urban dystopia for GZA's esoteric rhymes to flourish in,cribbing from a wide panoply of sources ranging from the dusty soul of The Bar-Kays and Ohio Players, the nostalgic jazz of Cannonball Adderley and Willie Mitchell, and even the experimental weirdness of Mothers Of Invention.

In a retrospective 5-star AllMusic.com review of Liquid Swords, writer Steve Huey said of RZA’s production: “The Genius' eerie calm is a great match for RZA's atmospheric production, which is tremendously effective in this context; the kung fu dialogue here is among the creepiest he's put on record, and he experiments quite a bit with stranger sounds and more layered tracks.” These instrumentals, peppered with frequent interludes of dialogue from the classic samurai flick Shogun Assassin, became the core of the GZA’s acclaimed sophomore LP.
Tracks
Tracklisting:
1 A1. Liquid Swords  
2 A2. Duel Of The Iron Mic  
3 A3. Living In The World Today  
4 B1. Gold  
5 B2. Cold World B3. Labels  
6 C1. 4th Chamber  
7 C2. Shadowboxin’  
8 D1. Killah Hills 10304  
9 D2. Investigative Reports  
10 D3. I Gotcha Back