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  • Audio CD (30 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Musicrama/Koch
  • ASIN: B0000DET0N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,931,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
A very useful introduction to this distinguished band. A double CD of tracks taken from their recent 3 CD/DVD box set, this set offers an excellent overview from their back catalogue.
Though Lisa Gerrard has become well known for her recent soundtrack work, it was the coupling of Gerrard and Brendan Perry which created the magic that was Dead Can Dance. Though they started out as a Goth sounding band on their first EP and album, they quickly established their own distinctive style of orchestral based music, encompasing various influences such as early music, European folk and classical, Irish music as well as world music flavourings. The focus of their music has always been Lisa Gerrards remarkable voice. Powerful and evocative, once heard never forgotten. Brendan Perry brought a more contemporary, song-based edge to the band, with his Scott Walker croon and his songs more evocative of the folk tradition of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake. But they were at their best when the duo integrated their talents. At times this would result in something almost transcendent in its power and beauty as on "Cantara" or "Frontier" for instance.
Each album is a thing of wonder and it's recommended to purchase those. For me the best are, "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun" and "Toward the Within", though they are all excellent. For the curious, this collection is a good retrospective of one of the most beautiful and original of bands.
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I must initially state that I disagree entirely with one reviewers opinion of Brendan Perry's voice. I am normally not inclined to favour male singers over female's, but I think his voice incredible. A deep and powerful delivery which is preferred over the higher pitch of Gerrard's (which could be delivered a few octaves lower at times, in my opinion). He really makes DCD stand out personally for me. When singing along to his delivery, I get the same resonance as my deep vocal exhalations in yoga! Heavy.
Anyway, I think the band incredible and normally would shy away entirely from a genre such as this. One reviewer commented that the sound 'deeply resonates with humaness, is enigmatic and powerful'. I cannot agree more. I listen to electronic music primarily but find this has a timeless and very human sound that defies any contemporary and narrowminded categorisation. The feel transcends intellectualism, which, for me, is a sign of good music!
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Format: Audio CD
This is an absolute bargain of a double CD with a brief but good biography and lyrics (where applicable!) included in the booklet. I would thoroughly recommend this album to anyone unfamiliar with DCD, the tracks included represent a very balanced sample of the incredible musical diversity explored by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard. Use this as a starting point and then buy the individual albums and solo works - you will not be disappointed...
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Format: Audio CD
Recently, two different compilations of Dead Can Dance's greatest tracks have been released - this one, and the Box Set (which contains many more tracks than this). Wake is infinitely superior, and at a fraction of the cost. Whoever put together this selection has managed to choose only the best tracks, leaving out the more forgettable songs; this is not the case with the box set, which requires that you wade though the mire of poorer tracks to reach the gems. With Wake, someone else has done this for you, so you need only put the disc in your CD player and enjoy.
It is a real pity that so many people have dismissed Dead Can Dance as "Morbid Gothic types" simply because of their name; the music tells an altogether different story, quite different from the music of others on the 4ad label (Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, to name but two). Tracks like "Yulunga" and "The Ubiquitous Mr LoveGrove" really show what Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard are capable of. Gerrard's strange lyrics sit perfectly with Perry's quite considerable instrumental talent. They have lovingly crafted uplifting, modern folk music that will surely endure long after they are gone. Good luck to them in their music beyond Dead Can Dance!
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Hurray! I thought when I saw this advertised...DCD have reformed and started producing tunes again. However, this is a best of... CD, and a very respectable one at that. All the favourites are here from the albums, plus a brief run down of the history of the pair in the notes. Sound quality, as you should expect from DCD, is excellent and there were a few on here which I hadn't heard so that's a bonus. But if you're looking for a new CD you'll be disappointed. Buy this one as an introduction for your friends!
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By A Customer on 30 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
My taste in music has always run towards the unusual. I've never really gone for main stream music. So when this was recommended for me, i decided to give it a go as i'd never heard about DCD before. Needless to say, i was impressed. Their music borrows from so many cultures and yet still sounds fresh and original! And i like the fact that they aren't afraid to experiment with different musical instruments with Lisa Gerrard using her haunting voice as an instrument. I loved all the songs on this double cd but the songs i keep going back to listen to are "The Lotus Eaters" and "Spider Strategem". Anyone who would like to try this amazing duo out should start with this double cd first as it has various hits from their other albums. One thing's for sure, they now have a new fan in me. Brilliant!
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