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The Serpent's Egg

Dead Can DanceAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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On the cover of Anastasis, Dead Can Dance’s first album in 16 years: a field of sunflowers, ripened, and then blackened, by the sun, standing with sad, slightly crowned heads. Less dead than dormant, the heads and stems will one day be chopped, but then via the roots, will return. For Anastasis is the Greek word for ‘resurrection’ and the seemingly dead will dance ... Read more in Amazon's Dead Can Dance Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MQ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Host Of Seraphim
2. Orbis De Ignis
3. Severance
4. The Writing On My Father's Hand
5. In The Kingdom Of The Blind The One-Eyed Are Kings
6. Chant Of The Paladin
7. Song Of Sophia
8. Echolalia
9. Mother Tongue
10. Ullyses

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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure that has sunk beneath heavy tides and waves January 20, 2001
By Lilien
Format:Audio CD
I do not own many CDs, and mostly because I never seem to find music I truly enjoy or even appreciate. Dead Can Dance has released many albums, but this one is something so different. "Aion" and "The Serpent's Egg" are the most treasured by me. After that, Dead Can Dance have seemed to drift off to other realms and cultures.
I find that "The Serpent's Egg" has a deep element of fear and sorrow. A serious maturity! Lisa Gerrard and Brendan are at their most developed musically and lyrically.
I am in love with "The Writing on my Father's Hand". I have never heard such a BEAUTIFUL, ELEGANT, POIGNANT piece in my whole life. Lisa, you are very lucky to have such a gorgeous voice and to be able to share it with the whole world. I also love mystical "Orbis De Ignis" with Brendan. Brendan has an artful way of representing his song called "Ullyses". His imagination and yearning to sing of old tales that were told throughout the world is so admirable.
When I listen to Dead Can Dance I hear a sincere desire to open the hidden doors of religions and myths. Dead Can Dance has been searching and searching all over and everywhere! Maybe they have found what they are looking for, because I know I have found a treasure that's sunk beneath tides and waves.
I LOVE this album "The Serpent's Egg"!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Coming two years after their perfect WITHIN THE REALM OF A DYING SUN, Dead Can Dance's 1989 album THE SERPENT'S EGG shows the band continuing to evolve. Here, Dead Can Dance reached an interesting turning point. Lisa Gerrard's vocals begin to show the ethnic influence that would come to the front in 1993's INTO THE LABYRINTH, while the interest in older musical instruments foreshadows the renaissance-themed AION.
This album is especially remarkable because it departs from the use of orchestral musicians and lush atmospherics to give a more personal glimpse of Lisa and Brendan's partnership.
THE SERPENT'S EGG opens with "The Host of Seraphim," which may be their finest song ever. Featuring Lisa's pious wailing over the backing vocals of David Navarro Sust and Brendan Perry's drums, this song is literally heavenly.
As with much of Dead Can Dance's output, individual songs can be noticed as either Brendan's or Lisa's, such as the half-and-half split of WITHIN THE REALM OF A DYING SUN. Here, it's obvious that Brendan has provided "Severance," "In the Kingdom of the Blind...", and "Ulysses." Lisa clearly is the creator of "The Writing on My Father's Hand," "Song of Sophia," and "Mother Tongue."
Nonetheless, for the first time here are several tracks where Lisa and Brendan are equal, such as the aforementioned "The Host of Seraphim," as well as "Orbis de Ignis" and "Chant of the Paladin."
While not Dead Can Dance's best album, which is arguably WITHIN THE REALM OF A DYING SUN, this album should not be the last you purchase if you are a fan of this unique duo.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'in-between' release February 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album sits right between two 'pillars' of Dead Can Dance's work, in my opinion: "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun" and "Aion". And because of this, it shares some elements with both. The medieval atmospherics of the latter begin to come in strongly here, but there's still a major focus on European classicism present, as well. The sound, also, is right between those two in feel. It's an amazing release, and perhaps one of their darkest-sounding as well, but my suggestion would be to pick up those other two, then come back here for the treat of hearing how it all fits together. But like both of those, there's no duds, and we're clearly heading toward the 'unified' release style that began with "Aion" and really hit its pinnacle with their final album, "Spiritchaser".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SACD version = AMAZING August 2, 2008
By Shawn
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this SACD reissue (along with the other 8 DCD SACDS recently released) with trepidation, wondering if it would be worth the money. How much better can a cd sound? The music on this cd is great on its own. It's deep, spiritual, complex, well-crafted music that often transcends expectations. To put it simply, the music is heavenly. It manages to be dark and spiritual, yet uplifting at the same time, without ever seeming corny or overwrought. The band exercises its creativity without restraint, but it's never self-indulgent. The voices complement one another. Brendan is deep, masculine, and earthy, whereas Lisa is otherworldly, wordless, and pure sounding.

Regardless of whether or not you like this type of sound, the SACD version of this disc is amazing. It surpassed any hopes or expectations I may have had. Listening to this program is like listening to it for the first time. Every nuance is brought out, clear, crisp, full-bodied, yet there isn't that sense of the sound having been cranked up as you may notice on other "remasters." Some companies who remaster old albums seem to believe that "loud" is better. I've bought remasters before and thought they were worse than the originals as they just sound "blaring." These SACD reissues were left in capable hands as all of them sound astounding.

The band's two earliest releases ("Dead Can Dance" and "The Garden of the Arcane Delights") were maybe my least favorites. They certainly sound better, clearer, more detailed, but the SACD versions tend to underscore the limitations present when they were originally recorded. They tend to be a little more shrill, but that's simply how they have always been in my humble opinion. Don't get me wrong, they're still great cds, but simply not my favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Dead Can Dance's BEST albums!
Most beautiful, I could listen to it on repeat, like, forever! You will love it if you love DCD! Some of the songs on this album are on youtube, so you can get an idea what this... Read more
Published 20 months ago by RM
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Can Dance - Serpert's Egg (vinyl)
This is not my favorite DCD release but after listening to this excellent release of it on vinyl I have a new appreciation of it. Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by ProgMark
5.0 out of 5 stars Several Brilliant Hatchlings From This Clutch
Sounding almost post-apocalyptic, yet timelessly beautiful in a universally wistful type of manner, "Severance", the third track on DCD's 1988 release "The Serpent's Egg" is this... Read more
Published on August 18, 2011 by kabalabonga
3.0 out of 5 stars music CD
I had heard host of seraphim on General Hospital and really liked it. I saw the music video on U-tube. Read more
Published on March 22, 2011 by SandyinColorado
3.0 out of 5 stars DCD evolve their sound a second time, with mixed results; not their...
The Serpent's Egg has two songs that no-one ought to miss: "The Host of Seraphim" and "Severance". These songs are works of sheer beauty that will blow you away, and they showcase... Read more
Published on March 11, 2011 by A. Ter-grigoryan
4.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece... almost
Surely one of the best albums of Dead Can Dance, or at least the most famous, as it contains "Host of Seraphim", an end-of-the-world song used in many movies. Read more
Published on June 14, 2010 by TWIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Dead Can Dance are sometimes an infuriating band, if only because it is so difficult to classify them. Read more
Published on February 15, 2010 by perceive
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