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  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad
  • ASIN: B00000AP0J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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* Remastered from the original tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl with heavyweight sleeve and newly designed inner bags. A true cult act, in every sense of the word, DCD are 4AD’s biggest selling act. In 1980, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, both of Anglo-Irish extraction, met in Melbourne, Australia. In 1982, they moved to London and the next year sign to 4AD. In March ‘84, they release their first album, a collection of the songs they have written over the previous four years. It is simply entitled Dead Can Dance. Since that 1984 debut their sound was becoming less drilling and pounding and more serene. Nevermore so than on Aion. Released in 1990 it once again sees its emphasis on the liturgical and secular music of the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance, and of the 12 tracks (nine self written) only two, ‘Fortune Presents Gifts Not According To The Book’ (a parable written by Luis De Gongora) and ‘Black Sun’ (a typical apocalyptic tale littered with references to death, disease and famine) are sung in English. The rest (with the exception of three instrumentals) are a mixture of Latin, Spanish dialect, Bulgarian and Arabic stunningly articulated by Lisa Gerrard. Of these ‘As The Bell Rings The Maypole Spins’ complements her tremulous vocals with the mournful skirl of bagpipes, ‘Radharc’ suffused with a heady swirl of Arabian strings and ‘The End Of Words’, a simple chant, stand out as the highlights. Aion is a sumptuously textured work that deserves to be appreciated by more than just established fans. The band have since gone on to sell over 1 MILLION ALBUMS WORLDWIDE.

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Long before No Doubt brought back ska and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy resurrected swing, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry were making music that recalled an earlier time. How early? Try the Renaissance. Everything old--really old--is new again on Aion, the band's fifth and arguably finest album. Like DCD's other discs, Aion revolves around the interplay between Gerrard's soaring glossolalia and Perry's baritone crooning. A range of styles are explored, from the polyphonic choral heights of "The Arrival and the Reunion" to the smooth balladry of "Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book" to the Middle Eastern sensuality of "Radharc". Other standout tracks include the playful "Saltarello", a traditional 14th-century instrumental dance piece, and "As the Bell Rings the Maypole Spins", a strikingly melodic song carried by bagpipes and Gerrard's angelic voice. --Steve Landau

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is an enchanting C.D and a must for anyone with an interest in all things mystical and magical. I found myself transported to another era and totally inspired in my art-work.I first heard of this band as a recomendation from my brother and since recomended it to friends whom all find it awe-inspiring.The artists are a couple who inhabit a converted church where they make most of their recordings, hence the really good accoustics. I totally recomend this one. Brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By luigi mezzedimi on 11 Sept. 2013
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A real jewel, in my opinion the best album of this band, they bring you between the middle age and the renaissance, a deliciuos musical trip while relaxing on your sofa
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Miller on 3 Jun. 2012
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This took well over a month to be delivered - but it was worth the wait. This is probably my favourite DCD album - which is high praise indeed. If you have heard and enjoyed any of their other albums then this one should be an automatic purchase.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By steve.paton@spaton.demon.co.uk on 2 Feb. 2000
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From the opening track to the end of the platter you'll just want to play it over and over again until the tracks are firmly lodged within your personna. Ethnic vibes, chants, mystical riffs, a truely brilliant album that will go un noticed to the majority of Music Lovers. What a waste ! , DCD's finest hour
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan. 2002
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This is an enchanting C.D and a must for anyone with an interest in all things mystical and magical. I found myself transported to another era and totally inspired in my art-work.I first
heard of this band as a recomendation from my brother and since recomended it to friends whom all find it awe-inspiring.The artists are a couple who inhabit a converted church where
they make most of their recordings, hence the really good accoustics. I totally recomend this one. Brilliant!
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By Marek Szulen on 3 Jun. 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This is really high quality stuff. It's not MFSL release, but it sounds much better than the original pressing. And it's 180g!
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