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  • Audio CD (November 18, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B001FZ0A86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rakim
2. Persian Love Song
3. Desert Song
4. Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
5. Piece For Solo Flute
6. The Wing That Shakes The Barley
7. I Am Stretched On Your Grave
8. I Can See Now
9. American Dreaming
10. Cantara
11. Oman
12. The Song Of Sibyl
13. Tristan
14. Sanvean
15. Don't Fade Away

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Originally released in 1994, this record was an audio document of the band's 1993 sell-out world tour. Recorded at the Mayfair Theater in Santa Monica, CA, in front of an invited audience at the conclusion of the tour, the shows were also filmed with the intent of releasing a long form concert film. Includes twelve previously unrecorded Dead Can Dance tracks as well as material from their six previous studio albums.

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This record will transcend any mutations of musical taste.
Although Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry have gone their separate ways, their music as Dead Can Dance holds up surprisingly well.
Erica Anderson
This album therefore is a perfect chance for people who don't know DCD (so much)to discover their great music.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jon Norris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Toward The Within is the high point of Dead Can Dance's catalog, IMHO. I discovered DCD with the video from which this soundtrack was taken. Discovered is an understatement. It was more like knocked on my backside by a bolt of lightning.

I have not heard anything like this mixture of music before or since. This band would be equally at home in ancient Egypt, on Babylon 5, or in Valhalla. The way they weave Celtic, Germanic, Turkish, Egyptian, African, and who knows what other influences and instruments with synthesizers and electric bass is unique beyond verbal description.

Lisa Girrard's voice is unbelievable. You really have to see the video because they do closeups while she is singing, and it is quite powerful to see her actually producing these sounds. Her voice is like one would imagine a valkyrie - the power of a tsunami with the delicacy of a hummingbird all at the same time. When you hear some female singers, like Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Enya, etc., you see goddess archetypes like Diana or Isis. With Lisa it is more like Kali. This is feminine energy, but it hits you like a freight train in the chest. Which is not to say it is harsh or ragged. Quite the contrary, she exhibits a control over her voice that is remarkable. She weaves soft Celtic lilting notes with deep, powerful tones, modulated by a Turkish or Berber-style vibrato that is amazing. Think German opera blended with belly dancing music and you will be in the ballpark, although that description really misses the true power and beauty of the songs. This is a woman who makes you feel the goddess in your gut as well as your heart, like Ann Wilson, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, etc., but with a decidedly surreal twist. Lisa often sings in a language she creates herself, which adds to the mystique of their music.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jack Dempsey on August 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A general rule of thumb, if it's by Dead Can Dance, it will be simply beautiful and amazing. The only exception to this rule, would most likely involve their very first album, a travesty even by Brendan and Lisa's own admission(s). This is absolutely no exception to the rule. It is beautiful, enchanting and truly captivating. The quality of the musicianship is beyond reproach. I remember this time in DCD's history well. I was fortunate enough to experience DCD live, here in San Francisco. Absolutely incredible would be an understatement. This cd does a great deal to capture that experience and reduce it to a recording. For those unsure, this cd is worth of the price of admission for Brendan's song "Don't fade away" by itself. But, of course, every single song on this release is amazing. Many, many times Brendan's voice seems to overlap and bring to mind images of Leonard Cohen (in his early years) and Tim Buckley. I find myself somewhat saddened by this release. Given that Brendan and Lisa have now gone their separate ways, moments of this cd can almost seem to foreshadow that event. It's weird, and probably doesn't make much sense, but the feeling is somehow there. If you are new to the DCD experience, it would be my recommendation to start with "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun." By far, that is the single best recording ever made by DCD, and that is saying a great deal. However, "Serpent's Egg" is a very, very close second. After that, "Aion" would be my next recommendation. It marks DCD's transition from a more classical based influence, to a more spiritual/celtic/tribal-esque approach that was later seen in "Into the Labyrinth" and "Spiritchaser." If you could only own three DCD cd's, those would definitely be my choices.Read more ›
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on March 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm astounded by the haunting beauty of Dead Can Dance. They truly were, and still are, one of the greatest bands around! Although Lisa Gerrard has been successful at her work on solo projects and movie soundtracks since the demise of DCD, I wish they would join forces one last time to create another breathtaking album. Of course I don't yet own their entire catalogue so I'll be patient for that hopeful day to arrive...
I admit to liking the faster world songs with upbeat percussion, which usually feature the vocals of Brendan Perry, over the slower more somber pieces that LG tends to sing but they balance it out so well on 'Toward The Within' - a record filled with live performances taken from their concert in Santa Monica, California - that it flows without notice as every track keeps you captive. Plus they both have such enticing voices that run deep with emotion and, despite how different they are, it wouldn't be the same without one or the other.
The fact that this isn't a studio album but something given straight up and raw makes the experience of listening to this that much more personal. If they messed up they messed up but the musicians played impeccably and in turn made a masterpiece that just might be deemed as the best work they ever did. That will always be an argument never settled, though, as every fan has their own opinion for the darkly lavished 'Within The Realm of a Dying Sun' along with the renaissance fair of 'Aion' were also very good and those two were later released.
Point is, whether you have all these songs or not, this is an album worth having for the sheer unraveling of talent unfolding.
Every track is great with A+ production quality but my absolute favorites include "Rakim", "Desert Song", "Yulunga (Spirit Dance)", "American Dreaming", "Cantara" and "Oman".
{Also check out the VHS version}
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