19 Nov 2012
The Names - Swimming double vinyl [FBN 9] 
As a companion to the CD edition, Factory Benelux is releasing a deluxe double vinyl edition of Swimming, the debut album by The Names, originally issued in June 1982.

Bonus tracks include the popular singles Calcutta, Nightshift, The Astronaut and Spectators of Life, and the band's John Peel session from February 1982, the first ever recorded by a Belgian band. The gatefold sleeve also features original artwork and poster design by Benoit Hennebert, and photographs by Marc Portée.

The Names - Swimming [FBN 9]

Tracklisting

Side One

1. Discovery
2. Floating World
3. The Fire
4. Life By the Sea
5. White Shadow

Side Two

6. Harmony
7. Shanghai Gesture
8. Leave Her to Heaven
9. Light

Side Three

10. Music for Someone
11. Calcutta
12. Nightshift
13. The Astronaut
14. Spectators of Life

Side Four

15. Life By the Sea (Peel Session)
16. Discovery (Peel Session)
17. Shanghai Gesture (Peel Session)
18. Harmony (Peel Session)

Artist: The Names
Title: Swimming
Label: Factory Benelux
Format: 2LP
Catalogue number: FBN 9 (18 tracks)
Release date: 11 February 2013

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