- Soul Train
- The Anchor
Swans Way was a three-piece UK pop group.
Formed in Birmingham in 1982, Swans Way presented a mixture of musical influences – from jazz to classical, pop to disco. Their first single in 1982, Theme from the Balcony, was not a chart hit, but their second, Soul Train, (UK Singles Chart No.20, 18/02/1984) was a classic of its day.
They recorded an album entitled The Fugitive Kind (released 03/11/1984, UK Album Chart No. 88) and released further singles – The Anchor (released March 1984), Illuminations (released 26/05/1984, UK Singles Chart No. 57), and When the Wild Calls (released 15/09/1984, UK chart No. 80).
The album was (unusually for the early 80s) released on the CD format, but only about 100 copies were actually produced, making it a very rare item. It was re-released on CD in 1997 with some extra tracks and re-titled The Best of Swans Way, and again in 2012 with a different set of bonus tracks and under the title of The Fugitive Kind – Expanded Edition.
The band split up in 1985 due to musical differences.
De Monde is now one half of the recording duo Maggie & Martin, whilst Shaw has released albums under his working project Mighty Math.