Toward the Within

Toward the Within

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by Dead Can Dance
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1994
Label:
4Ad / Wea
UPC:
0093624576921
catalogNumber:
45769

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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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Toward the Within 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago