GZA Liquid Swords set for reissue with “Chess Box” set on Get On Down Records

Posted on 13 June 2012
By Pierce King
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GZA is set to re-release Liquid Swords with a deluxe “Chess Box” set, complete with a 64 squares and pieces to challenge your friends on, through the masterminds of design cool at Get On Down Records.

GZA’s 1995 sophomore classic, Liquid Swords is held in high regard as defining moment in hip hop history and considered by many as one of the greatest Wu solo albums of all time.

As part of a series called the “Masters Series” – Disc 1 contains the official album version, while Disc 2 contains the full album instrumentals, available for the first time ever.

Both discs have been completely restored with remastered audio from the original source tapes. Boom – take your Queen.

As with all Get On Down “Masters Series” deluxe releases, this Liquid Swords “Chess Box” set is packaged with a dazzling array of extras.

Including a 20-page booklet featuring a GZA interview by Chris Faraone, dust sleeves with artwork from the original LP release and promotional singles. Rook and Knight close in for the kill.

And an amazing full mini-chess set, which can be played on a chess board printed directly on the inner lining of the box cover. Checkmate!

Complementing the two-CD chess box, the label is releasing the album instrumentals on vinyl in separate packaging as a double-LP set, with one black vinyl, one white vinyl, and silk-screened jackets by ANTI design.

Get On Down will announce further details closer to the July 24 release date, but says there will also be a special, limited edition silk-screened 24″ x 24″ black and white print (by ANTI design) available only for those purchasing CD and LP editions on the label’s soon-to-be-relaunched website.

Cerebral and precise with his words like a shaolin swordsman, GZA crystallized a range of influences, from chess to kung-Fu and mob films to Eastern philosophy. The album features appearances by the entire Wu-Tang Clan, including the memorable debut of Killah Priest on “B.I.B.L.E.”

As GZA explains in the “Chess Box” liner notes, as told to writer Chris Faraone: “The music was solely [RZA’s] vision,” GZA says of his cousin, who recorded the project in his basement apartment on Staten Island. “I see him as an equal partner in this endeavor. RZA was sitting on a goldmine of music that was just waiting for lyrics.”

Selwyn Seyfu Hinds stated in The Source upon the album’s release in 1995: “Let these numbers put things in perspective: 1 year, 4 solo albums from a nine-man crew, 60-plus tracks from one producer, over 2 million units moved. Now Liquid Swords, the long-awaited release from Genius [GZA], puts the cap on a period that will certainly be remembered as a definitive hip-hop moment.”

The Liquid Swords re-issue drops July 24th. For more info, visit and “like” the label at: Facebook.com/GetOnDown.