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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
A large reason that Dead Can Dance tours and performances were so praised by hardcore fans lay in the band's welcome preference for unknown and otherwise unheard material, rather than simply rehashing expected numbers. Bootlegging of these tracks and performances was understandable and widespread, so involved and passionate was the band's following. Recorded at a Los Angeles performance from the Into the Labyrinth tour, the astounding Toward the Within shows that the band's magic was clearly not simply something created in studio. Both lead performers are simply in excelsis, their vocal abilities hardly diminished by the rigors of the road -- if anything, they sound even ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
A large reason that Dead Can Dance tours and performances were so praised by hardcore fans lay in the band's welcome preference for unknown and otherwise unheard material, rather than simply rehashing expected numbers. Bootlegging of these tracks and performances was understandable and widespread, so involved and passionate was the band's following. Recorded at a Los Angeles performance from the Into the Labyrinth tour, the astounding Toward the Within shows that the band's magic was clearly not simply something created in studio. Both lead performers are simply in excelsis, their vocal abilities hardly diminished by the rigors of the road -- if anything, they sound even more inspired as a result. The range of instruments tackled is testimony to the group's breadth, from the yang ch'in, a Chinese equivalent to hammered dulcimer, to a wide range of drums. As for the songs, only four of the fifteen had been officially released before, including fine takes on "Cantara," "Song of the Sibyl" and "Yulunga Spirit Dance." As for the numerous new delights, Perry has a number of solo or near-solo tracks he performs with acoustic guitar. These include the lovely "American Dreaming" and the mystical set-closing "Don't Fade Away," calling to mind Tim Buckley's sense of scope and vision. Gerrard's unquestioned highlight is the combination of "Tristan" and "Sanvean," the latter of which is an awesome, widescreen number that became an undisputed highlight on her solo debut The Mirror Pool. Perhaps the most astonishing numbers are "Rakim," featuring a striking intertwining of Perry and Gerrard's singing, and a version of Sinead O'Connor's "I Am Stretched on Your Grave" that redefines passionate drama.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • UPC: 652637271225
  • Catalog Number: 72712
  • Sales rank: 55,968

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rakim (6:25)
  2. 2 Persian Love Song (2:56)
  3. 3 Desert Song (4:21)
  4. 4 Yulunga (Spirit Dance) (7:11)
  5. 5 Piece for Solo Flute (3:34)
  6. 6 The Wind That Shakes the Barley (3:11)
  7. 7 I Am Stretched on Your Grave (4:38)
  8. 8 I Can See Now (2:57)
  9. 9 American Dreaming (4:54)
  10. 10 Cantara (5:16)
  11. 11 Oman (5:49)
  12. 12 Song of the Sibyl (4:31)
  13. 13 Tristan (1:48)
  14. 14 Sanvean (4:05)
  15. 15 Don't Fade Away (6:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dead Can Dance Primary Artist
Lisa Gerrard Percussion, Vocals, Voices, Yang Chin
Brendan Perry Bouzouki, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Voices, Human Whistle, 12-string Guitar, Whistle (Instrument)
John Bonnar Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Voices
Andrew Claxton Keyboards
Lance Hogan Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Voices
Rónán Ó Snodaigh Percussion, Vocals, Voices
Robert C. Perry Bouzouki, Percussion, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument), uillean pipes, Prp
Robert Perry Bouzouki, Percussion, uillean pipes
Technical Credits
Dead Can Dance Arranger
Peter Frampton Composer
Guy Charbonneau Engineer
Lisa Gerrard Arranger
Brendan Perry Whistle
Robert C. Perry Executive Producer
Chris Bigg Art Direction
Robert Perry Whistle
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Velvet dream pop

    Immerse yourself in the jangly warmth and resonating ''Nick Cave ... except not suicidal'' voice and sound of this album. American Dreaming has been stuck in my head since '94 ... and it's a good thing. If you like Lush, Stone Roses, etc. this is a good score.

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