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Dead Can Dance’s first live album, Toward the Within, isn't a live set in the traditional sense. Though it was recorded in one take during a performance at Santa Monica’s Mayfair Musical Hall in November 1993, the setlist isn't a recitation of the band’s “greatest hits.” Only four of its 15 songs appeared on prior albums, making it clear that the band were focused on using the stage to do things they couldn’t generate in the studio. While it’s hard to imagine some of the group’s highly orchestrated and often ethereal music translating to a live setting, these songs reveal the organic processes of their music. For all their complexity, “Rakim,” “The Song of the Sibyl,” and “Desert Song” are essentially folk songs, and hearing them performed by seven individuals onstage is a reminder of the human element behind the band’s otherworldly visions. The concert also highlights the two distinct personalities at the center of the group. Brendan Perry’s singer/songwriter leanings come to the fore on “Don’t Fade Away” and “American Dreaming,” while “Persian Love Song” and “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” are dominated by Lisa Gerrard's mystical and operatic presence.

Customer Reviews

Pretension or dedication to artistry?

A reviewer on another DCD album called them pretentious, but I seriously think that Lisa and Brendan would find that concept amusing. When you see the earnestness with which they approached their artistry in the interviews in this movie, you will know they had no conscious proclivity toward pretension. They truly immersed themselves into the art of making music which was not limited by anyone else's boundaries. This work shows the genius which resulted from that process, and I, for one, will be eternally grateful for their inspiration. "Toward the Within' is a must-have! Buy it!

Powerful Live Experience

Toward The Within is a ferocious live album, beautifully recorded and produced. Worth buying for "American Dreaming" alone - one of the greatest songs ever written. Take a chance, you won't be disappointed!

Dead can dance-nothing like them ever

I am shocked...shocked...that there is only one review for this album. It is one of the greatest musical pieces ever. I am in love with this album. Anyone I've introduced this to is also kidnapped & held hostage. The ambient, worldly sound is hypnotic. Every song is a bit different. This is my fave but "into the labyrinth" is very good. Do yourself a favorite and check it out. Start with American Dreaming abruptly go into the next song, Cantara. Trace back to Rakim then Yulunga. You'll then see recognize Lisa Gerrard musical influence in Gladiator and other soundtracks. Please...Enjoy!


Formed: 1981 in Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Dead Can Dance combine elements of European folk music -- particularly music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance -- with ambient pop and worldbeat flourishes. Their songs are of lost beauty, regret and sorrow, inspiration and nobility, and of the everlasting human goal of attaining a meaningful existence. Over the course of their career, Dead Can Dance have featured a multitude of members, but two musicians have remained at the core of the band -- guitarist Brendan Perry and vocalist Lisa Gerrard....
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