The overall tone is one of quiet passion, with mostly acoustic instruments, but the occasional drum thunder will remind the listener of just who these folks are. – Trouser Press on “Wine, Women, Roses”
The World Of Skin (initially called Skin) was a collaboration between Swans members Michael Gira and Jarboe. They released 3 albums, two of which came out only in Europe, but a self-titled compilation that included their first releases came out in US in 1988.
In 1997, Young God Records released double CD set entitled “Children Of God / World Of Skin”, a combination of 1987 Swans album and a “best-of” of The World Of Skin.
Blood, Women, Roses CD / LP (Product Inc., 1987 / Torso, 1987) – Includes covers of Arthur Hamilton’s “Cry Me A River” and George Gershwin’s “The Man I Love”.
Girl, Come Out 7″ / 12″ (Product Inc., 1987)
One Thousand Years 7″ / 12″ (Product Inc., 1987)
Shame, Humility, Revenge CD / LP (Product Inc., 1988) – Includes a cover of Stooges “I Want To Be Your Dog”.
The World Of Skin CD / 2xLP / Cass (Product Inc., 1988)
Ten Songs For Another World CD / LP / Cass (Young God, 1990 / Sky, 1991) – Includes a cover of Nick Drake’s “Black Eyed Dog” and “Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes” (traditional).
“Dream Dream” + “You’ll Never Forget” on Rough Trade US Sampler 1990 (Rough Trade, 1990)
Children Of God / World Of Skin 2xCD (Young God, 1997 / 2003)