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GZA - Liquid Swords Instrumentals 2LP

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Available on 2LP, with the look of a silk-screened jacket, we are excited for the "Liquid Swords Instrumentals".

There are many reasons why Wu-Tang Clan rapper GZA's second solo album " 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 the brilliance of "Liquid Swords" 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 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.

The full Liquid Swords instrumentals are now available in a white and black vinyl pressing, a nod to 10 the chessboard art synonymous with the album’s cover art. All tracks have been restored, with re-mastered audio from the original source tapes

About this product: this is pressed on 2x black/white vinyl (one disc black, one disc white).