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Seduction - The Society Collection [CD]

Danse Society Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Goth Collector Series
  • ASIN: B00005AV0J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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The Danse Society were a very special band formed in the early 1980's. They experimented musically with sound and attitude and released their music through their own label, Society Records, a very bold move at that time. During the eighties, the Danse Society created a reputation for lush and atmospheric sounds that separated them from the rest of the gothic scene at the time. The innovative and creative use of keyboards was the element gave the band their distinctive sound. This is a collection of Danse Society's material from their early and most respected days on their own Society label. Sleeve notes have been written by Danse Society keyboardist, Lyndon Scarfe and also included is a complete discography of the band.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This release is long overdue 25 May 2001
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"My first reaction was a fear that it would sound so dated", states keyboard player Lyndon Scarfe in the sleeve notes to this CD. Bearing in mind the length of time that has passed since the Danse Society's demise in 1984. it is tempting to agree with the man and dismiss this release as irrelevant.
But you would only do that if you had not heard the music. This CD serves as a unique piece of documentary evidence for just how far ahead of its time this band was. Perhaps the only band that could be compared is Bauhaus.
The material on Seduction was recorded between 1981 and 1983, two years before the breakthrough of the Sisters of Mercy and the Cult, yet the sound is as archetypal of the goth genre as any of the aforementioned bands. Yet, at the time in question there was no genre as such.
The only obvious point of reference on the CD is Joy Division, with regard to both the rhythmic and vocal elements. But Joy Division were hardly a goth band. The Danse Society probably were, even if they may not have been aware of it at the time. Simply speaking, their influence on bands who went on to influence other bands seems to have been phenomenal, though I doubt many people would admit this.
I discovered the Danse Society somewhat late and approximately half of the material on this LP has been inaccessible to me until now. Yes, it sounds very 80s, but only seldom dated. This is the best record I have bought this year.
As a piece of alternative-musical history, this CD is a must. But it is also more than that.
Surely a re-release of the bands first proper LP "Heaven is Waiting" is just around the corner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most goth of the non-goth 13 Dec 2010
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With so many of the alternative bands of the early to mid 80's The Danse Society say they were not a goth band as such.I can't now remember if we actually called these bands goth then or not or if I was a goth of some sort at the time or if maybe we saw it as post punk,it was all mixed up then but I just don't remember being called a goth like I got called a futurist a few years earlier.
The goth with no name?

Now DS certainly still fit into what I think gothic was/is,then and now.I mean their first twelve inch single from 1981 was called 'There is no Shame in Death' and had a mainly black cover with a photo of a small boy placing flowers at a grave,how gothic can you get before you become a Gargoyle perched atop Notre Dame Cathedral?The band Play Dead,also claim they were not goth but they had a skull wearing roses in a coffin amongst their single covers,together some of the most gothic music related images of all time.

I would say it's safe to call DS goth as a descriptive term,more goth than some of the bands that influenced them like Killing Joke or Joy Division,who also got lumped in with goth.I'll stop using the word goth in a minute but I think DS's lush keyboards give them an extra goth touch and make the music epic and somehow otherworldy.
Anyway,DS are a brillant band and sound like not much else but themselves and had a interesting later career working with stock aitkin and waterman (I like their 'disco' single actually).The next album is another masterpiece of epic,baroque gloom-pop-rock.
What's wrong with being called goth anyway?
If you fancy yourself as a goth you need this.This is to modern goth what the beatles are to oasis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not at all bad,but........... 1 April 2009
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Danse Society were one of the very few bands on obscure Indie labels to benefit from getting to make records with a major label.

Like Red Lorry Yellow Lorry & The March Violets, they came from Yorkshire, and on this album, you'd be pressed to know it IS them & neither of the other 2 bands. You probably knew Red's lead singer never lost his Leeds accent in singing & that March's lead vocals are half female, but this album still slots in with those bands.

It's good, but it's formative, somehow not quite completed. The promise is there, but the Arista contract at least allowed them access to decent instruments and studios. The result was clear on Heaven Is Waiting-that themes were fully developed and the overall sound is ultra-dense and textured.

Seduction sometimes sounds like another amateur pub band, but it does have that winking green light visible in the distance; this band wanted to stretch itself beyond this material and did. The one problem was that the material here was much easier to reproduce live, and Society were not able to maintain their initially excellent live reputation later on.

But DO buy Seduction-it's too full of promise and good ideas to ignore. It's also lasted well, as it's now over 25 years old.
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