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iTunes Editors’ Notes

The 15-song retrospective A Passage in Time couldn't properly encompass the scope of Dead Can Dance’s career, and the four-disc box set Dead Can Dance 1981-1998 was simply too overwhelming for some listeners. Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry finally struck the right balance with this two-disc survey from 2003. Wake consists of tracks from across the band’s career, and taken as a whole, the collection shows not just an evolution but a refinement. They started out with the thick, cascading, and often intimidating sounds of “Summoning the Muse” and “Anywhere Out of the World” and eventually worked toward the stripped-down approach of “Yulunga (Spirit Dance)” and “The Lotus Eaters.” Like many dedicated students of folk music from across the world, they gradually learned that the greatest depth comes from simplicity and that the most powerful artists can say the most by doing the least. Wake shows that by the end of their partnership, Gerrard and Perry could summon mystical forces using nothing more than a intensely crafted drumbeat and the naked authority of Gerrard’s voice.

Customer Reviews

Glad I bought all the albums before you guys removed them!!

I agree with all the previous reviews. Shame on you for taking away the DCD albums. Now I cannot recommend to my friends anymore that they download certain excellent songs. In the end, I-Tunes loses when they dissappoint their customers. :+(

Toward the Within

What happened to the DCD albums? This is a nice "greatest of" album, but one should really get the entire albums, especially their live performance "Toward the Within". It is, IMHO, their best one and is filled with electric energy.

Nice collection...

Nice collection but what on earth happened to all of the DCD albums? Last count, very nearly every album was available on iTunes (I purchased 4 of them). Bring them back!


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...
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