Summoning of the Muse: A Tribute to Dead Can Dance

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Released as the reunited duo carried out its first American tour in years, Summoning of the Muse, much like the previous year's double-CD tribute The Lotus Eaters, is an enjoyable enough collection of reinterpretations of the work of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard that can understandably enough never fully capture the beauty of the originals. It's still a fine collection in its own right, serving as a bit of a sampler for the Projekt label along the way -- Projekt head Sam Rosenthal's band Black Tape for a Blue Girl contributes to the collection, bemusingly enough with the very same track they did for The Lotus Eaters, "Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book." The...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Released as the reunited duo carried out its first American tour in years, Summoning of the Muse, much like the previous year's double-CD tribute The Lotus Eaters, is an enjoyable enough collection of reinterpretations of the work of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard that can understandably enough never fully capture the beauty of the originals. It's still a fine collection in its own right, serving as a bit of a sampler for the Projekt label along the way -- Projekt head Sam Rosenthal's band Black Tape for a Blue Girl contributes to the collection, bemusingly enough with the very same track they did for The Lotus Eaters, "Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book." The other songs are a mix of previously recorded and released efforts and newer work, beginning with Arcana's appropriate choice, "The Arcane" -- as Peter Bjärgö's arrangements always clearly took inspiration from Dead Can Dance, it's a fine start. As seems appropriate, Arcana are the only band to appear on the album twice, returning with a majestic though admittedly straightforward take on "Enigma of the Absolute". As is often the case with tributes, the strongest songs are the most original interpretations, often the ones where the group's own personality reframes the core song. Thus, Autumn's Grey Solace's post-Cocteaus wash of guitar and singing provides a new spin on "Musica Eternal," while Chandeen's "In Power We Entrust the Love Advocated" gives a surprisingly modern, almost mainstream twist to the song. Stoa's downcast version of "Cantara" is also noteworthy, piano-led and darkly serene. In contrast, efforts like Rajna's own take on "Cantara," Athan Maroulis and Surface 10's "Ulysses," and Mirabilis' admittedly beautiful "The Writing on My Father's Hand" are enjoyable but not revelatory, appreciative but contributing little to Dead Can Dance's remarkable legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2005
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • UPC: 617026017327
  • Catalog Number: 173

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Arcane - Arcana (3:31)
  2. 2 Summoning of the Muse (4:54)
  3. 3 Musica Eternal (4:09)
  4. 4 Chant of the Paladin (3:48)
  5. 5 Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book (7:12)
  6. 6 Cantara - Rajna (6:49)
  7. 7 The Writing on My Father's Hand - Mirabilis (3:56)
  8. 8 In Power We Entrust the Love Advocated (5:09)
  9. 9 Enigma of the Absolute - Arcana (3:54)
  10. 10 Bird - Kobe (5:15)
  11. 11 Ulysses - Surface 10 (5:01)
  12. 12 Cantara - Stoa (4:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin Dunn Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Vicki Richards Violin
Michael Laird Guitar
Jillian Armenante Background Vocals
Athan Maroulis Vocals
Surface 10 Percussion
William Faith Voices
Sam Rosenthal electronics
Dan Allen Track Performer
Monica Richards Voices
Summer Bowman Track Performer
Stefan Eriksson Background Vocals, Darbouka, finger cymbals
Lisa Feuer Flute
Elysabeth Grant Background Vocals
Ann Mari Thim Background Vocals
Peter Bjärgö Vocals
Fabrice Lefebvre Synthesizer, Percussion, Cymbals, Background Vocals, Santoor
Jeanne Lefebvre Voices, Shaker
Ia Bjärgö Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Lisa Gerrard Composer
Brendan Perry Composer
Surface 10 Producer
William Faith Engineer, Instrumentation
Sam Rosenthal Producer, Engineer, Song Selection
Monica Richards Instrumentation
Summer Bowman Engineer
Pete Murray Producer, Engineer
Peter Bjärgö Mastering, Instrumentation
Scott Ferrell Instrumentation
Faith and the Muse Producer
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