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Dead Can Dance - Japanese SACD Collection (9x SACD 1984-1996) [Mastered by MFSL 2008] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

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Dead Can Dance - Japanese SACD Collection (9x SACD 1984-1996) [Mastered by MFSL 2008] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Dead Can Dance - Japanese SACD Collection (9x SACD 1984-1996/2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 12,04 GB
or FLAC (converted to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 293:02 min | Scans included | 4,86 GB
Includes 9 albums (7 Studio + 1 EP + 1 Live) | Mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab

Dead Can Dance (sometimes referred to as DCD) is a world fusion music band that was formed in Melbourne, Australia, in August 1981, by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. They are relocated to London, United Kingdom in 1982 and signed with 4AD Records where they disbanded in 1998. 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. Dead Can Dance catalogue was remastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab and re-released in June 2008, initially on hybrid stereo SACDs. This reissue series includes eight albums and the Garden of the Arcane Delights EP.


Dead Can Dance - Japanese SACD Collection (9x SACD 1984-1996) [Mastered by MFSL 2008] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Dead Can Dance - Dead Can Dance (1984/2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 1,15 GB
or FLAC (converted to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 36:15 min | Scans included | 474 MB
Mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Warner Music Japan # WPCB-10070/SAD 2705 CD

Early punk backgrounds and the like behind them, Perry and Gerrard created a striking, dour landmark in early-'80s atmospherics on their first, self-titled effort. Bearing much more resemblance to the similarly gripping, dark early work of bands like the Cocteau Twins and the Cure than to the later fusions of music that would come to characterize the duo's sound, Dead Can Dance is as goth as it gets in many places. Perry and Gerrard's wonderful vocal work – his rich, warm tones and her unearthly, multi-octave exaltations – are already fairly well established, but serve different purposes here. Thick, shimmering guitar and rumbling bass/drum/drum machine patterns practically scream their sonic connections to the likes of Robin Guthrie and Robert Smith, but they still sound pretty darn good for all that. When they stretch that sound to try for a more distinct, unique result, the results are astonishing. Gerrard is the major beneficiary here – "Frontier" explicitly experiments with tribal percussion, resulting in an excellent combination of her singing and the rushed music. Then there's the astonishing "Ocean," where guitar and chiming bells and other rhythmic sounds provide the bed for one of her trademark – and quite, quite lovely – vocal excursions into the realm of glossolalia. Perry in contrast tends to be matched with the more straightforward numbers of digital processing and thick, moody guitar surge. The album ends on a fantastic high note – "Musica Eternal," featuring a slowly increasing-in-volume combination of hammered dulcimer, low bass tones, and Gerrard's soaring vocals. As an indicator of where the band was going, it's perfect.

Tracklist:

01. The Fatal Impact
02. The Trial
03. Frontier
04. Fortune
05. Ocean
06. East Of Eden
07. Threshold
08. A Passage In Time
09. Wild In The Woods
10. Musica Eternal

foobar2000 1.4.8 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Dead Can Dance / Dead Can Dance
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -5.95 dB -18.09 dB 3:22 01-The Fatal Impact
DR8 -5.87 dB -15.57 dB 3:52 02-The Trial
DR9 -5.93 dB -16.89 dB 3:13 03-Frontier
DR9 -5.85 dB -15.89 dB 3:47 04-Fortune
DR9 -5.86 dB -16.28 dB 3:20 05-Ocean
DR8 -5.80 dB -15.76 dB 3:25 06-East Of Eden
DR10 -5.86 dB -17.55 dB 3:31 07-Threshold
DR10 -5.90 dB -17.21 dB 4:03 08-A Passage In Time
DR8 -6.73 dB -16.04 dB 3:47 09-Wild In The Woods
DR9 -5.97 dB -19.08 dB 3:55 10-Musica Eternal
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 1,46 GB


Dead Can Dance - Japanese SACD Collection (9x SACD 1984-1996) [Mastered by MFSL 2008] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Dead Can Dance - Garden Of The Arcane Delights <EP> (1984/2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 485 MB
or FLAC (converted to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 15:00 min | Scans included | 200 MB
Mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Warner Music Japan # WPCB-10071/SAD 2706 CD

Continuing in the vein of the self-titled debut but more clearly plunging into a wider range of music and style, Garden is the clear transition between the group's competent but derivative goth start and something much, much more special. Opening track "Carnival of Light" captures the blend at play, with rolling drums, dulcimer, processed guitar and more creating a swirling, evocative mix of sound at once new and old. Gerrard's simply lovely vocals are further icing on the cake. "Flowers of the Sea" is another similarly entrancing effort, simpler in arrangement but no less hypnotic. The remaining numbers, "The Arcane" and the wordily-entitled "In Power We Entrust the Love Advocated," follow the first album's general pattern – Perry is again a fantastic singer, but the songs themselves aren't as memorable, embracing doomy goth sonics without adding much to the overall sonic canon.

Tracklist:

01. Carnival Of Light
02. In Power We Entrust The Love Advocated
03. The Arcane
04. Flowers of the Sea

foobar2000 1.4.8 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Dead Can Dance / Garden of the Arcane Delights
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR8 -6.66 dB -16.10 dB 3:34 01-Carnival Of Light
DR10 -5.83 dB -18.06 dB 4:11 02-In Power We Entrust The Love Advocated
DR9 -6.65 dB -16.41 dB 3:47 03-The Arcane
DR11 -5.91 dB -18.19 dB 3:28 04-Flowers of the Sea
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Number of tracks: 4
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 619 MB


Dead Can Dance - Japanese SACD Collection (9x SACD 1984-1996) [Mastered by MFSL 2008] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Dead Can Dance - Spleen And Ideal (1985/2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 1,24 GB
or FLAC (converted to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 37:48 min | Scans included | 498 MB
Mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Warner Music Japan # WPCB-10072/SAD 2707 CD

With this amazing album, Dead Can Dance fully took the plunge into the heady mix of musical traditions that would come to define its sound and style for the remainder of its career. The straightforward goth affectations are exchanged for a sonic palette and range of imagination. Calling it "haunting" and "atmospheric" barely scratches even the initial surface of the album's power. The common identification of the duo with a consciously medieval European sound starts here – quite understandable, when one considers the mystic titles of songs, references to Latin, choirs, and other touches that make the album sound like it was recorded in an immense cathedral. Opening number "De Profundis" sets this mood so thoroughly, with bells and drones and more supporting another bravura performance from Gerrard, while the immediately following "Ascension" builds on this initial effort with further style and grace. It's limiting to think of either album or band strictly in terms of simple revivalism of old music. While the elements being drawn on are certainly of an older range, the results owe as much to the technologies of arrangement and production and a consciously cinematic feeling as much as they do antique pasts. Similarly, the feeling is not simply European but worldwide, with Gerrard's glossolalia intentionally reaching beyond easy understanding. Perry's vocal efforts are no less compelling, his own high point occurring with the vast-sounding "Enigma of the Absolute," as a steady, massive drum pound echoes behind a similarly treated guitar/harpsichord combination, tinged with a striking string arrangement. The overall feeling is of an ancient religious service suddenly brought to life in a truly modern way, with stunning results.

Tracklist:

01. De Profundis (Out of the Depths of Sorrow)
02. Ascension
03. Circumradiant Dawn
04. The Cardinal Sin
05. Mesmerism
06. Enigma of the Absolute
07. Advent
08. Avatar
09. Indoctrination (A Design For Living)

foobar2000 1.4.8 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Dead Can Dance / Spleen And Ideal
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR7 -5.91 dB -13.53 dB 3:58 01-De Profundis (Out of the Depths of Sorrow)
DR7 -6.06 dB -14.55 dB 3:03 02-Ascension
DR9 -6.32 dB -18.70 dB 3:16 03-Circumradiant Dawn
DR10 -6.01 dB -16.79 dB 5:27 04-The Cardinal Sin
DR8 -5.99 dB -15.19 dB 3:50 05-Mesmerism
DR7 -5.89 dB -14.11 dB 4:13 06-Enigma of the Absolute
DR9 -6.06 dB -16.06 dB 5:15 07-Advent
DR8 -5.90 dB -15.77 dB 4:33 08-Avatar
DR9 -6.28 dB -16.59 dB 4:13 09-Indoctrination (A Design For Living)
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR8

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 1,52 GB


Dead Can Dance - Japanese SACD Collection (9x SACD 1984-1996) [Mastered by MFSL 2008] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Dead Can Dance - Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun (1987/2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 1,26 GB
or FLAC (converted to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 38:36 min | Scans included | 509 MB
Mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Warner Music Japan # WPCB-10073/SAD 2708 CD

With its two sides split between Perry and Gerrard's vocal efforts, Within the Realm of a Dying Sun serves as both a display for the ever more ambitious band and a chance for the two to individually demonstrate their awesome talents. Beginning with the portentous "Anywhere Out of the World," a piece that takes the deep atmospherics of "Enigma of the Absolute" to a higher level with mysterious, chiming bells, simple but effective keyboard bass and a sense of vast space, the album finds Dead Can Dance on a steady roll. Once again a range of assistant musicians provide even more elegance and power to the band's work, with a chamber string quartet plus various performers on horns, woodwind, and percussion. Impressive though the remainder of the first side is, Gerrard's showcase on the second half is even more enveloping and arguably more successful. The martial combination of drums and horns that start "Dawn of the Iconoclast" call to mind everything from Wagner to Laibach, but Gerrard's unearthly alto, at its most compelling here, elevates it even higher. "Cantara" is no less impressive, a swirling, drum-heavy song that sounds equally inspired by gypsy dancing, classical orchestras and any number of Arab musical traditions. "Summoning of the Muse" is perhaps too formal in comparison, though still quite impressive, but "Persephone" is the finer effort and a good way to close.

Tracklist:

01. Anywhere Out Of The World
02. Windfall
03. In The Wake Of Adversity
04. Xavier
05. Dawn Of The Iconoclast
06. Cantara
07. Summoning Of The Muse
08. Persephone (the gathering of flowers)

foobar2000 1.4.8 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Dead Can Dance / Within The Realm of a Dying Sun
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR7 -5.94 dB -15.08 dB 5:07 01-Anywhere Out Of The World
DR9 -5.90 dB -18.10 dB 3:30 02-Windfall
DR8 -5.90 dB -15.10 dB 4:13 03-In The Wake Of Adversity
DR6 -5.89 dB -14.58 dB 6:14 04-Xavier
DR7 -5.94 dB -14.91 dB 2:07 05-Dawn Of The Iconoclast
DR8 -5.92 dB -17.17 dB 5:57 06-Cantara
DR8 -6.15 dB -15.60 dB 4:55 07-Summoning Of The Muse
DR7 -5.92 dB -16.30 dB 6:35 08-Persephone (the gathering of flowers)
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Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR8

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 1,55 GB


Dead Can Dance - Japanese SACD Collection (9x SACD 1984-1996) [Mastered by MFSL 2008] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Dead Can Dance - The Serpent's Egg (1988/2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 1,09 GB
or FLAC (converted to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 36:12 min | Scans included | 455 MB
Mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Warner Music Japan # WPCB-10074/SAD 2709 CD

Perry and Gerrard continued to experiment and improve with The Serpent's Egg, as much a leap forward as Spleen and Ideal was some years previously. As with that album, The Serpent's Egg was heralded by an astounding first track, "The Host of Seraphim." Its use in films some years later was no surprise in the slightest – one can imagine the potential range of epic images the song could call up – but on its own it's so jaw-droppingly good that almost the only reaction is sheer awe. Beginning with a soft organ drone and buried, echoed percussion, Gerrard then takes flight with a seemingly wordless invocation of power and worship – her vocal control and multi-octave range, especially towards the end, has to be heard to be believed. Nothing else achieves such heights, but everything gets pretty darn close, a deserved testament to the band's conceptual reach and abilities. Slow plainsong chants such as "Orbis De Ignis" mix with the harpischord and overlaid vocals of "The Writing on My Father's Hand" and the slow build and sweep of "In the Kingdom of the Blind the One-Eyed Are Kings." Two of Perry's finest vocal moments occur here. The first, "Severance," is a slow, organ/keyboard led number that showcases his rich, warm vocals exquisitely – it's no wonder that Bauhaus chose to cover it some years later on its reunion tour. "Ullyses," the album's closing track, makes for a fine ending as much as "The Host of Seraphim" did an opening, Perry's delivery almost like a reading from a holy book, the arrangement of strings and percussion rhythmic, addictive and lovely.

Tracklist:

01. The Host Of Seraphim
02. Orbis De Ignis
03. Severance
04. The Writing On My Father's Hand
05. In The Kingdom Of The Blind, The One-Eyed Are Kings
06. Chant of the Paladin
07. Song Of Sophia
08. Echolalia
09. Mother Tongue
10. Ullyses

foobar2000 1.4.8 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Dead Can Dance / The Serpent's Egg
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -6.00 dB -19.25 dB 6:19 01-The Host Of Seraphim
DR11 -10.29 dB -24.04 dB 1:36 02-Orbis De Ignis
DR11 -7.24 dB -21.43 dB 3:20 03-Severance
DR12 -9.69 dB -26.75 dB 3:48 04-The Writing On My Father's Hand
DR12 -6.46 dB -22.58 dB 4:12 05-In The Kingdom Of The Blind, The One-Eyed Are Kings
DR13 -6.81 dB -21.16 dB 3:49 06-Chant of the Paladin
DR11 -13.16 dB -27.37 dB 1:24 07-Song Of Sophia
DR15 -7.76 dB -25.35 dB 1:17 08-Echolalia
DR13 -5.95 dB -21.01 dB 5:17 09-Mother Tongue
DR12 -6.65 dB -21.60 dB 5:10 10-Ullyses
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 1,46 GB


Dead Can Dance - Japanese SACD Collection (9x SACD 1984-1996) [Mastered by MFSL 2008] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Dead Can Dance - Aion (1990/2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 1,09 GB
or FLAC (converted to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 36:11 min | Scans included | 453 MB
Mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Warner Music Japan # WPCB-10075/SAD 2710 CD

Their reputation growing by leaps and bounds, including a huge underground following in the U.S. – they were able to tour there even without one domestic release available, while at one point Dead Can Dance was the biggest selling band in 4AD's history – Perry and Gerrard once again did the business with Aion. Its cover taken from Bosch, Aion's medievalism was worn more openly than ever before, with songs adapted from centuries-old material. The beautiful, entrancing "Saltarello," with lead performance by what sounds like an old wind instrument, comes from an Italian dance of the 14th century, while the mysterious moods of "The Song of the Sibyl" derive from 16th-century Catalonia. The group's command of not merely recording possibilities – witness the exquisite layering of vocals on the opening "The Arrival and the Reunion" – but of musical traditions, instruments, and more from around the world was arguably never stronger. Gerrard's vocals in particular have an even stronger, richer feeling than before, not merely able to command with its power but softly calm and seduce. Perry, meanwhile, is no less compelling, his ever-strong, wonderful voice perfectly suited to his choice of material. The standout track is "Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book" with lyrics from a Spanish poet. The musical combination of softly plucked guitar and buried organ drone is striking enough, swathed in reverb, but when Perry steps in with his vocals, matched by more sparkling keyboards, the result is yet another high point for a band laden with them. Guest performers once again assist throughout, including Perry's brother Robert on haunting, quite non-clichéd bagpipes for "As the Bell Rings the Maypole Spins" and singer David Navarro Sust, returning again to contribute some fine backing work.

Tracklist:

01. The Arrival And The Reunion
02. Saltarello
03. Mephisto
04. The Song Of The Sibyl
05. Fortune Presents Gifts Not According To The Book
06. As The Bell Rings The Maypole Spins
07. The End Of Words
08. Black Sun
09. Wilderness
10. The Promised Womb
11. The Garden Of Zephirus
12. Radharc

foobar2000 1.4.8 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Dead Can Dance / Aion
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -6.21 dB -23.22 dB 1:38 01-The Arrival And The Reunion
DR11 -5.95 dB -21.26 dB 2:34 02-Saltarello
DR11 -10.70 dB -27.63 dB 0:54 03-Mephisto
DR11 -5.95 dB -21.37 dB 3:46 04-The Song Of The Sibyl
DR10 -7.74 dB -21.90 dB 6:04 05-Fortune Presents Gifts Not According To The Book
DR10 -8.28 dB -20.92 dB 5:17 06-As The Bell Rings The Maypole Spins
DR11 -7.01 dB -21.23 dB 2:06 07-The End Of Words
DR11 -5.84 dB -19.61 dB 4:57 08-Black Sun
DR10 -10.88 dB -25.75 dB 1:24 09-Wilderness
DR10 -7.79 dB -22.73 dB 3:23 10-The Promised Womb
DR11 -14.64 dB -29.58 dB 1:20 11-The Garden Of Zephirus
DR10 -6.17 dB -20.71 dB 2:48 12-Radharc
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 1,45 GB


Dead Can Dance - Japanese SACD Collection (9x SACD 1984-1996) [Mastered by MFSL 2008] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Dead Can Dance - Into The Labyrinth (1993/2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 1,99 GB
or FLAC (converted to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 65:17 min | Scans included | 818 GB
Mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Warner Music Japan # WPCB-10076/SAD 2711 CD

With a regular American deal in place for the first time ever, thanks to 4AD's linkup with the WEA conglomerate, Dead Can Dance made a splash on commercial alternative radio with "The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove," the first single from Into the Labyrinth. Raga drones, a strange clattering beat, a haunting wind instrument, orchestral shading, and Perry's ever-grand voice make it one of the more unlikely things to be heard on the airwaves in a while. It all begins with yet another jaw-dropper from Gerrard, "Yulunga (Spirit Dance)," with keyboards and her octave-defying voice at such a deep, rich level that it sweeps all before it. Wordless as always but never without emotional heft, the song slowly slides into a slow but heavy percussion piece that sounds a bit like "Bird" from A Passage in Time, but with greater impact and memorability. As the album slowly unwinds over an hour's length, the two again create a series of often astounding numbers that sound like they should be millennia old, mixing and matching styles to create new fusions. Perhaps even more impressive is that everything was performed solely by Perry and Gerrard – no outside guests here, and yet everything is as detailed, lush, and multifaceted as many of their past albums. New classics from the band appear almost track for track: Gerrard's a cappella work on "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," the gentle beauty of "Ariadne," the rhythmic drive and chants of the title song. The conclusion is a slightly surprising but quite successful cover – "How Fortunate the Man With None," an adaptation of a classic Bertolt Brecht tune about the turn of fortune's wheel. Given a restrained arrangement and Perry's singing, it brings Labyrinth to a satisfying end.

Tracklist:

01. Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
02. The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove
03. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
04. The Carnival Is Over
05. Ariadne
06. Saldek
07. Towards The Within
08. Bird
09. Tell Me About The Forest (You Once Called Home)
10. The Spider's Stratagem
11. Spirit
12. Emmeleia
13. How Fortunate The Man With None

foobar2000 1.4.8 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Dead Can Dance / Into The Labyrinth
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -6.10 dB -22.67 dB 6:56 01-Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
DR11 -6.46 dB -20.61 dB 6:16 02-The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove
DR13 -6.20 dB -24.60 dB 2:52 03-The Wind That Shakes The Barley
DR10 -6.02 dB -18.73 dB 5:31 04-The Carnival Is Over
DR10 -6.95 dB -19.46 dB 1:52 05-Ariadne
DR13 -6.13 dB -21.61 dB 1:07 06-Saldek
DR11 -6.11 dB -20.19 dB 7:08 07-Towards The Within
DR13 -5.98 dB -20.54 dB 5:00 08-Bird
DR11 -6.02 dB -19.79 dB 5:44 09-Tell Me About The Forest (You Once Called Home)
DR12 -6.24 dB -20.40 dB 6:39 10-The Spider's Stratagem
DR11 -6.03 dB -19.35 dB 4:55 11-Spirit
DR10 -6.09 dB -19.62 dB 2:04 12-Emmeleia
DR11 -6.01 dB -19.76 dB 9:14 13-How Fortunate The Man With None
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Number of tracks: 13
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 2,62 GB


Dead Can Dance - Japanese SACD Collection (9x SACD 1984-1996) [Mastered by MFSL 2008] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Dead Can Dance - Toward The Within (1994/2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 2,15 GB
or FLAC (converted to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 67:56 min | Scans included | 907 MB
Mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Warner Music Japan # WPCB-10077/SAD 2712 CD

Toward the Within is the first official live album of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard's group Dead Can Dance. It contains 15 songs, of which only four appeared on their previous albums, and two of which were later re-recorded and included on Lisa Gerrard's first solo album, The Mirror Pool. The others previously existed only in live performances and unofficial bootlegs, but were not officially released until Toward the Within. Along with Perry and Gerrard were a number of musicians who had performed with them on other occasions.

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.

Tracklist:

01. Rakim
02. Persian Love Song
03. Desert Song
04. Yulunga (Spirit dance)
05. Piece For Solo Flute
06. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
07. I Am Stretched Out On Your Grave
08. I Can See Now
09. American Dreaming
10. Cantara
11. Oman
12. Song Of The Sibyl
13. Tristan
14. Sanvean
15. Don't Fade Away

foobar2000 1.4.8 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Dead Can Dance / Toward The Within
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR8 -5.76 dB -16.35 dB 6:26 01-Rakim
DR11 -5.91 dB -22.06 dB 2:56 02-Persian Love Song
DR8 -5.74 dB -15.66 dB 4:21 03-Desert Song
DR8 -5.76 dB -15.71 dB 7:12 04-Yulunga (Spirit dance)
DR9 -7.26 dB -20.43 dB 3:34 05-Piece For Solo Flute
DR9 -5.83 dB -20.81 dB 3:14 06-The Wind That Shakes The Barley
DR7 -5.79 dB -14.90 dB 4:37 07-I Am Stretched Out On Your Grave
DR11 -5.88 dB -20.35 dB 2:57 08-I Can See Now
DR8 -5.74 dB -16.23 dB 4:54 09-American Dreaming
DR7 -5.69 dB -15.31 dB 5:16 10-Cantara
DR9 -5.70 dB -16.42 dB 5:49 11-Oman
DR8 -5.85 dB -16.36 dB 4:32 12-Song Of The Sibyl
DR13 -5.85 dB -23.75 dB 1:49 13-Tristan
DR9 -5.84 dB -18.87 dB 4:05 14-Sanvean
DR8 -5.71 dB -16.78 dB 6:13 15-Don't Fade Away
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Number of tracks: 15
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 2,71 GB


Dead Can Dance - Japanese SACD Collection (9x SACD 1984-1996) [Mastered by MFSL 2008] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Dead Can Dance - Spiritchaser (1996/2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 1,66 GB
or FLAC (converted to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 51:57 min | Scans included | 672 MB
Mastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Warner Music Japan # WPCB-10078/SAD 2713 CD

Dead Can Dance's final album Spiritchaser was something of an unusual release - it's not as much of an anomaly as the first album, but one can hear the duo wanting to stretch a bit more, however subtly. Perry and Gerrard's personal and creative tensions didn't stop them from creating another fine album, though there's a strong sense the group had finally reached a logical end. Essentially, Spiritchaser is a summing up rather than a push forward; it features all the usual elements of a Dead Can Dance album instead of further explorations to see what else could be done. Toward the Within contributors Ronan O'Snodaigh and Lance Hogan, as well as previous collaborator Peter Ulrich, appear on some tracks here, most specifically on the opening "Nierika" and "Dedicace Outro." Both are laden with lots of percussion – unsurprising when one realizes that five performers are creating the drumming! Outside of Turkish clarinet by Renaud Pion on the Beatles-sampling "Indus," it's nothing but Perry and Gerrard throughout the album, with another combination and arrangement of multiple influences coming to bear. Both Perry and Gerrard are in fine voice throughout, their strong singing still the centerpiece of their work, but there's almost an air of predictability to their approaches at this point (perhaps explaining Perry's greater experimentation on his solo debut years later). Interestingly, overtly rock elements like Morricone-styled electric guitar appear at points amid the usual melange of various percussion instruments and arrangements. It works surprisingly well, indicating where the duo might have gone had they continued on. Spiritchaser ends on a strong note, the gentle, mysterious "Devorzhum," a Gerrard-sung number that makes for a grand conclusion.

Tracklist:

01. Nierika
02. Song of the Stars
03. Indus
04. Song of the Dispossessed
05. Dedicace Outo
06. Snake and the Moon
07. Song of the Nile
08. Devorzhum

foobar2000 1.4.8 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Dead Can Dance / Spiritchaser
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR7 -5.92 dB -14.71 dB 5:45 01-Nierika
DR9 -6.03 dB -17.08 dB 10:13 02-Song of the Stars
DR9 -5.91 dB -17.68 dB 9:23 03-Indus
DR8 -6.03 dB -17.34 dB 4:55 04-Song of the Dispossessed
DR13 -6.26 dB -21.96 dB 1:14 05-Dedicace Outo
DR9 -5.81 dB -17.43 dB 6:12 06-Snake and the Moon
DR8 -5.89 dB -16.37 dB 8:00 07-Song of the Nile
DR8 -6.00 dB -17.11 dB 6:14 08-Devorzhum
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Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 2,08 GB
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Mastered at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab by Neal Harris with supervision by Shawn R. Britton.
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