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Mirror Pool (Limited Edition 2XLP) [Vinyl] [Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

Lisa GerrardVinyl
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (December 15, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: VINYL 180 / VIRTUAL
  • ASIN: B002U6CJMO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Violina: The Last Embrace
2. Bas: Song Of The Drowned
3. Persian Song: The Silver Gun
4. Sanvean: I Am Your Shadow
5. Rite
6. Ajhon
7. Glorafin
8. Majhnavea s Music Box
9. Largo
10. Werd
11. Laurelei
12. Celon
13. Venteles
14. Swans
15. Nilleshna
16. Gloradin

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Product Description

Remastered from the original analogue tapes specially for this vinyl edition and pressed on 180g VINYL, this is a LIMITED EDITION with a NEW gatefold sleeve printed on heavyweight board and newly designed inner bag. Originally released in August 1995, this is the first time this album has ever appeared on vinyl. The artwork for the album has been specially designed by the original v23 partner Chris Bigg, who along with Vaughan Oliver were the creative genius behind the 4AD visual identity.

Review

"...Lisa Gerrard is the astonishing voice of Dead Can Dance....Reminiscent of the Bulgarian women singers who were such a hit for 4AD, with a heavy input of Middle Eastern and early European music..." --Nme

"...This journey is a slow cascade through the inspirations of medieval, Middle Eastern and other spiritually based musical expressions....Gerrard's haunting chants arise from this darkness, or float down from the rafters, angelically....If there ever was a diva for the trance-dance scene, she is the true one..." --Alternative Press

Customer Reviews

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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy February 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I had heard that _The Mirror Pool_ was "darker" and more "sad" than Lisa Gerrard's later duet album, _Duality_, and so I was hesitant to buy it. How very silly of me.
There are two kinds of sad music. One type of sad music drops you into a blue funk even if you're perfectly happy when you start listening to it; it makes you feel morose and depressed. The other type of sad music is comforting when you are actually sad, and if you listen to it when happy, you will find it not depressing but simply beautiful. Sarah McLachlan is a perfect example of that sort of "sad music". And so is Lisa Gerrard, though her style is 180 degrees from Sarah's. And as far as "dark" goes, this music does not conjure up a hellish cavern or "goth" catacomb, complete with the smell of brimstone. (I'll leave that sort of music to my teenage brother.) Lisa Gerrard's music evokes the darkness of a moonlit night, or a candlelit room. It's "romantic" dark, not "oppressive" dark. I liked it very much.
Though it's a sublime experience to listen to this album from start to finish, here are a few of my favorite tracks:
"La Bas: Song of the Drowned"--With its low, chanting vocals and haunting church bell, "La Bas" reminds me of nothing so much as the mythical island of Ys, sunken beneath the waves, whose ghost bells are said to be heard from the shore.
"Sanvean: I Am Your Shadow"--I actually didn't like this song at first. With its swooping melody and mournful tone, I at first thought it was too melodramatic. But I found myself humming it all day after my first listen; it followed me like the shadow of the title. After a few more listens, it became one of my favorites.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing Voice--simple as that February 4, 2001
By CD
Format:Audio CD
Like most people, I first came encounter with Lisa Gerrard through the amazing Dead Can Dance. I was never a huge fan of her partner in DCD, Brendan Perry. His voice appealed to me very few times. But Lisa...well, I was blown away, every time I heard her.
And now, for her to have gone solo (after a supposedly terrible break-up of her and Perry's group, I don't know the facts) and to have released albums like this and "Duality" (and God willing, many more), it's a dream come true for me. I could listen to Lisa for hours. She has a haunting, powerful voice that very few other singers come close to matching. The contemporary divas of today--Witney Houston, Mariah Carrey, even Aretha Franklin--don't meet the beautiful and chilling qualities of Gerrard's voice. While these aforementioned singers may be talented, none of them can send a chill through your body like Lisa. I know I like something when I feel a chill go up my spine and into my scalp, and it just doesn't go away. Lisa definitely does that.
This CD should be heard, over and over and over. Every time I hear it, I discover something new that I love about it. The way she can carry her listeners along very melodically, or paralyze them with her prowess. The best track is Track 14, Swans. It's one of those songs that I imagine is impossible to sing with. (I've never tried, and God forbid I dared try to sing.) Lisa starts off rather calm, yet then builds the suspense, and her voice begins to move a little faster, and all of the sudden, she becomes beautifully frenzied. Then it seems as if she's reached her peak...and she hasn't even begun. It's tracks like this that make music like this so great.
It's a shame, how so few people have heard of Lisa Gerrard, yet she sings so amazingly well.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLY November 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This music is so fundamentally powerful that I struggle to put it into words. I am a fan of various genres including hardcore punk and metal - yet this CD can tear me to shreds when I listen to it. Pure, raw, spiritual emotion pummels you endlessly through the unearthly vocals of Lisa Gerrard. Her range, talent, creativity, and dynamics here are supreme. She is unparalelled. Her backing musicians are jaw-droppingly talented as well.
This CD is an example of a powerful artist at the top of their game. This takes feminine vocals over the top and beyond. Very much worth your time if you are into spiritual musics from around the globe.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lisa Gerrard's The Mirror Pool Reflects the Heavens March 22, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Lisa Gerrard's The Mirror Pool is her first published solo work. It is creative, meditative, mesmerising, and will definitely find its way to the repeat button on your CD player. Bringing the recurring Middle Eastern and Orchestral themes used by Gerrard in the past to The Mirror Pool did not at all become tiresome. Her compositions still manage to prove their abilities to grow, teach, and transcend any musical plain ever reached before. This CD stands out from any of her previously released works in that many of the pieces (Violina; La Bas; Persian Love Song; Sanvean; Glorafin) were recorded live with Lisa accompaning the Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra at Eaton Studio (Melbourne, Australia). Recorded in Australia, the album takes shape with the first two tracks (Violina; La Bas) which are remniscent of a dying soul's Opera. With their dissenance and large cello and violin sections, the two pieces bring us into the deepest part of Lisa yet. When speaking with Gerrard in Boston shortly after the release of The Mirror Pool, she explained to me that she has actually composed an Opera. This we would love to hear! The Mirror Pool features previously released works (Persian Love Song; Sanvean), however they are slightly different versions. Gerrard's voice manages to sweep through caverns and fly above the highest steeples all within a matter of seconds. This album is definitely a must-have for any serious Lisa Gerrard/ Dead Can Dance fan. Notable pieces on the Mirror Pool include Glorafin, Celon, Swans, Nilleshna, Gloradin and Ajhon. The use of bird samples in Ajhon brings the listener into a garden of delights and enchantments. Lisa is releasing a follow up to The Mirror Pool entitled Duality. Here she collaborates with Pieter Bourke. Duality is scheduled for U.S. release in April of 1998. Tour information should be available shortly after Duality's release. END
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If it's Lisa's music, it's great!
I love all music Lisa Gerrard! Have followed her and collected all Dead Can Dance discs over the years!
Published 1 month ago by Fern Balch
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mirror Pool Somewhat Disappointing
Having listened to and enjoyed many pieces from various albums by Lisa Gerrard on Pandora, I found this particular album to be somewhat disappointing, having a strong sameness to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Howard C. Wasserman
2.0 out of 5 stars love lisa girrard
love her voice. love most of her music but this partcular cd sounds like chants only. i like a little bit of chanting music but within a nice song; not just chanting only.
Published 16 months ago by fieldene d.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not To My Liking
Ummm... Wow. "Somber" is an understatement. To me, it sounds like a Middle-Eastern dirge. I don't know about her other music, but this particular CD is DARK!!! Read more
Published on July 24, 2012 by LB
4.0 out of 5 stars surprised to see some really negative reactions
I thought this was a beautiful album; but you have to not be expecting DCD or her later soundtrack work. Read more
Published on May 31, 2012 by Baranabus
5.0 out of 5 stars Still an all-time Favorite
If it's the voice of Lisa Gerrard that initially drew you to Dead Can Dance and you want more of her voice, this disc is for you. Read more
Published on August 14, 2009 by Isgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present.........
This was received very quickly, and my son is very happy with it(birthday
present)Thanks for very good service!
Published on July 5, 2009 by Lori
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful sadness
This is not DCD, but this is a great album. The Mirror Pool is an interesting album, because its takes you to the door of DCD, but then pulls you to another side of Gerrard. Read more
Published on April 24, 2009 by omnikua
5.0 out of 5 stars peaceful and contemplative
lisa gerrard continues to be one of my favorite female voices and The Mirror Pool ranges from peaceful to comtemplative. its richness is layered and i highly recommend this album.
Published on March 29, 2008 by A. Abraham
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the person above
If you're like me, you love half of Dead Can Dance - the half that Lisa Gerrard does. This first solo album is just that. And it's the best work she has ever done. Read more
Published on August 30, 2007 by Robert Colburn
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