19 Nov 2012
The Names - Swimming [FBN 9 CD] 
Factory Benelux presents a new CD edition of Swimming, the debut album by Belgian new wave group The Names, originally issued in June 1982.

Bonus tracks include the popular singles Calcutta and Nightshift (also produced by Hannett) and the band's February 1982 Peel session. This new CD edition also features original artwork and poster design by Benoit Hennebert, and photographs by Marc Portée.

Swimming is out 9 February 2013 on the revived Factory Benelux imprint.



Tracklisting

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)

Artist: The Names
Title: Swimming
Label: Factory Benelux
Format: CD
Catalogue number: FBN 9 CD (16 tracks)
Release date: 11 February 2013

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