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A Passage In Time

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After an astonishing five-album run that lasted from 1984 to 1990, Dead Can Dance released the 1991 career retrospective A Passage in Time. The band—primarily the duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, with a revolving cast of guest musicians—was a surprise success story. No one could have predicted that Dead Can Dance's singular mix of ancient spiritual culture, world music, and rock would in any way catch on, but by the '90s they'd sold hundreds of thousands of albums and amassed a devoted fanbase. These songs show why. “Saltarello” and “The Host of Seraphim” become modern-day standards (and ubiquitous in Hollywood films) because they weren't watered-down imitations of medieval and Celtic music. What Gerrard and Perry did was truly unique, and their conviction and ingenuity was such that the music could actually live up to its intense spiritual implications. That the duo recorded most of these songs before either turned 30 only intensifies the underlying wisdom and imagination of their creation.

Customer Reviews

Transcendent? Can I use that word?

This is definitely not my usual genre of music - but I have a very eclectic taste and am always willing to push the genre boundaries if it's something I like - and this - this is amazing. I'm going to take the risk of sounding pretentious and call this music transcendent. It's beautiful and stands outside time. I first became aware of Dead Can Dance from the song The Host of Seraphim which was in the the movie "The Mist" based off a novella by Stephen King, but not until several months after seeing the movie did I try to look up some more of their stuff. A lot of people on here are complaining about the songs left out of this compilation but this is my first Dead Can Dance album and I'm going to say that on its own merits its an amazing album. Favorite songs are Ullyses, The Host of Seraphim, and Saltarello.

4AD Remasters of DCD

Now if any of you go to the 4AD website you would know that all the DCD titled are being remastered and released on June 2. Perhaps iTunes will have the remasters when they are available. Patience - this wonderful music will sound better than ever. DCD is an amazing band.

Finally available on iTunes

Well, I owned all DCD material even some hard to find stuff. Passage in Time is a great compilation of earlier work with a couple of new pieces, like Spirit. I love this album. However, the band had pulled apart by the time Spirit Chaser was released, with Lisa Gerrard wanting to move onto solo projects. Even so, this is great stuff, and a mix of Gerrard's other worldy and Perry's lyrical poetry. My favorites are Severence, Spirit and Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book. This is not to exclude Gerrard's stuff. That plays well for me - but I simply love Perry's lyrics.

Biography

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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