Liquid Swords

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Liquid Swords
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Cassette, CD& Vinyl LP by GZA
Released November 20, 1995
Recorded
Genre Hardcore hip hop
Length 55 min 19 s
Record label Geffen
Producer RZA
Professional reviews
Entertainment Weekly Grade: B+ 22 December 1995, p.70 (http://www.buy.com/retail/proreviews/product.asp?sku=60010370&loc=109&PageFormat=7)
Option Positive 7 March/April, 1996, pp.104-105 (http://www.buy.com/retail/proreviews/product.asp?sku=60010370&loc=109&PageFormat=)
NME 9 out of 10 11 November 1995, p.46 (http://www.buy.com/retail/proreviews/product.asp?sku=60010370&loc=109&PageFormat=7)
The Wire Positive link (http://www.buy.com/retail/proreviews/product.asp?sku=60010370&loc=109&PageFormat=7)
Melody Maker Positive 25 November 1995, p.36 (http://www.buy.com/retail/proreviews/product.asp?sku=60010370&loc=109&PageFormat=7)
Q 4 stars out of 5 October 2000 (http://www.q4music.com/nav?page=q4music.review.redirect&fixture_review=127268&resource=127268&fixture_artist=142388)
Rolling Stone review 3 stars out of 5 30 November 1995, pp.66-67 (http://www.buy.com/retail/proreviews/product.asp?sku=60010370&loc=109&PageFormat=7)
Allmusic.com 5 stars out of 5 link (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=UIDSUB020402251540572663&sql=Aij98s37ua3pg)
Rap Pages 8 stars out of 10 7 January 1996, p.31 (http://www.buy.com/retail/proreviews/product.asp?sku=60010370&loc=109&PageFormat=)
Robert Christgau 2 stars out of 4 link (http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=502&name=Genius%2FGZA)
GZA Chronology
Words From the Genius
(1990)
Liquid Swords
(1995)
Beneath the Surface
(1999)

Liquid Swords was a 1995 (see 1995 in music) solo album by Wu-Tang Clan member Genius (GZA). Though the album was credited to Genius alone, there are numerous guest appearances from the entire Wu-Tang Clan. Liquid Swords is widely acknowledged as one of the best Wu-Tang solo albums, on par with classics like Ironman (Ghostface Killah) and Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (Raekwon).

Liquid Swords is characteristic of the Wu-Tang Clan in its distinctive, spare, menacing beats by producer RZA, and its cinematic themes relating to kung fu movies. The album begins with a monologue from a little boy; his monologue, and many of the other skits scattered throughout the album, are from the cult film Shogun Assassin.


Track listing

  1. "Liquid Swords" - 4:30
  2. "Duel of the Iron Mic" (with Ol' Dirty Bastard) - 4:06
  3. "Living in the World Today" (with Inspectah Deck) - 4:23
  4. "Gold" (with Inspectah Deck) - 3:57
  5. "Cold World" (with Inspectah Deck) - 5:31
  6. "Labels" (with Ghostface Killah) - 2:54
  7. "4th Chamber" (with Ghostface Killah) - 4:37
  8. "Shadowboxin'" (with Method Man) - 3:29
  9. "Hell's Wind Staff/Killah Hills 10304" (with Killah Priest, Dreddy Kruger) - 5:08
  10. "Investigative Reports" (with Raekwon) - 3:49
  11. "Swordsman" performed by (with Killah Priest) - 3:21
  12. "I Gotcha' Back" performed by (with Killah Priest) - 5:01
  13. "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth" (with Killah Priest) - 4:32

Personnel

  • Method Man - Performer
  • Mark A. Humphrey - Photography
  • GZA - Performer
  • U-God - Performer
  • Killah Priest - Performer
  • Dreddy Kruger - Performer

Chart positions

Billboard (North America) - album

1995   The Billboard 200                       No. 9
1995   Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums                  No. 2

Billboard (North America) - singles

1994	I Gotcha Back	Hot Rap Singles	                        No. 29
1994	I Gotcha Back	Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales	No. 39
1995	Cold World	The Billboard Hot 100	                No. 97
1995	Liquid Swords	Hot Rap Singles	                        No. 3
1995	Liquid Swords	Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks	No. 33
1995	Liquid Swords	Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales      No. 2
1995	Liquid Swords	The Billboard Hot 100	                No. 48
1996	Shadowboxin'	The Billboard Hot 100	                No. 67
1996	Cold World	Hot Rap Singles	                        No. 8
1996	Shadowboxin'	Hot Rap Singles	                        No. 10
1996	Cold World	Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks	No. 57
1996	Shadowboxin'	Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks	No. 41
1996	Cold World	Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales	No. 8
1996	Shadowboxin'	Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales	No. 9
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