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The Serpent's Egg [Original recording remastered]

Dead Can Dance Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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On the cover of Anastasis, Dead Can Dance’s first album in 16 years: a field of sunflowers, ripened, and then blackened, by the sun, standing with sad, slightly crowned heads. Less dead than dormant, the heads and stems will one day be chopped, but then via the roots, will return. For Anastasis is the Greek word for ‘resurrection’ and the seemingly dead will dance ... Read more in Amazon's Dead Can Dance Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B001FZ0A7C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Host Of Seraphim (Remastered) 6:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Orbis De Ignis (Remastered) 1:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Severance (Remastered) 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Writing On My Father's Hand (Remastered) 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. In The Kingdom Of The Blind The One-Eyed Are Kings (Remastered) 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Chant Of The Paladin (Remastered) 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Song Of Sophia (Remastered) 1:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Echolalia (Remastered) 1:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mother Tongue (Remastered) 5:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Ullyses (Remastered) 5:090.99  Buy MP3 

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Remastered for this special vinyl edition. Pressed on 180g vinyl and packaged in a new heavyweight gatefold sleeve with a newly designed inner bag.

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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 12 May 2001
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Looking back on it, Dead Can Dance were a remarkably consistant outfit. "Host of Seraphim" follows right off where "Persephone: the gathering of flowers" (finalé from their previous album) finished. There's no denying its one of the bands finest moments. Elsewhere there's medieval polyphony, the delightfuly Celtic-tinged "Writing on my fathers hand", and Brendon Perrys excellent Ulysses. Its amazing to think that this was recorded in the mid 1980's, is so completely removed from the style of that period. Then again, this music doesn't seem to belong to any set timespan. Oh, & great cover art. If you liked this try "Within the Real of a Dying Sun" & "Aion", also by Dead Can Dance.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I remember a freind of mine playing this album to me when it first came out. I was absolutely stunned, I had never heard anything like this before. I became a dedicated fan and was lucky enough to see them play a rare live concert in 1990. For anyone unfamiliar with Dead Can Dance they are an eclectic collection of medieval, tribal, gothic and ambient. But this really does not do them credit. The first track is quite simply awesome and I defy anyone with depth and taste not to be touched. If you recognise the vocals that is because Lisa Gerard ,the female half of Dead Can Dance, now spends her time making film soundtracks with Hans Zimmer. The stunning Gladiator soundtracks are a testament to her vocal talents. Together with Brendon Fraser they have created some of the most diverse and beautiful music I have ever heard. Enjoy!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 28 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
`The Serpent's Egg' seems not so much an ordinary musical album, but a sacred offering. It is profoundly affecting in ways I can scarcely describe; this music is deeply mystical in an almost primal way. It conjures up visions of Byzantine churches and ancient temples filled with the rich smoke of incense offerings, it awakens notions of divinity, the sacred and the profane, with a dreamlike elegance. It has the power to sweep the vestiges of the modern world from your mind. Listen by candlelight and let Lisa Gerrard's otherworldly glossolalia draw you in, from the ethereal `Host of Seraphim' to the hauntingly beautiful `The Writing On My Father's Hand', and the narcotic beat of `Chant of the Paladin' to the heartrending, yearning call of `Song of Sophia'. Brendan Perry's heavier voice balances the album well with the reflective sound of `Severance' and `In the Kingdom of the Blind'.

This album might naturally appeal to those with spiritual or mystical leanings, but I would recommend it to any lover of music looking for a deeper, more unusual musical experience.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best DCD Album. Magnificent. 8 May 2002
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This genre is depressingly sparse. Yet, DCD manage to get it exactly right. The first couple of tracks on this album are perfect. Per-fect. Masterful. Ultimate, majestic. Brilliant. The rest are great, but the first couple are fantastic. Nothing else I have found in this genre (yet) matches them. Suggestions welcome.
Highest praise also for Within the Realm of a Dying Sun, esp Persephone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Information on the SACD release 21 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a special, limited de-luxe edition. It is a STEREO, HYBRID SACD - in other words, it is not a multi-channel release but it CAN be played on a regular CD player and does NOT require special SACD hardware. The album has been re-mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab in the USA and these pressings are packaged in Japanese, mini-vinyl replicas of the original sleeves, including replicas of any inner sleeves, plus an additional booklet with lyrics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The hot wind of summer 30 May 2013
Format:Audio CD
4AD Records have always been the charm for me. Artists and particular sounds, covers all beautiful, very comfortable. Dead Can Dance is one of the groups that I loved most. The mysterious voices so soft and then as a powerful new force. This album remains their most successful for me, a masterpiece that could come after years, and instead they publish it after 2 or 3 albums.
It seems to be in the Middle Ages, the Odyssey, the court wizard Merlin, but it all happens in 1989.
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