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listen  2. Calling All Angels (Remix Version)Jane Siberry with k.d. Lang 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. An Angel Stepped Down (And Slowly Looked Around)Jane Siberry 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Vigil (The Sea)Jane Siberry 9:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 3, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: August 3, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LSF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 08/03/1993

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If you haven't discovered Siberry already, start now!
James Carragher
There are very few artists in this world that can evoke such wide ranging emotions as sadness, desire, and joy quite as effectively as the cherished Jane Siberry.
Stephen Doig
I only wanted one song from the CD but all songs are very good.
Martha R. Wideman

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By James Carragher on October 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
First off, as usual, ignore the Rolling Stone blurb above -- "funereal, bewilderment, resignation" ????? Puh-lease. And as for "spooky obsession" -- well, the only thing that comes close is the Boy George look she's adopted for the cover. Otherwise, this album is as beautiful and life-affirming as it gets. It includes two immediately accessible songs of love -- Love is Everything and The Gospel According to Darkness. The latter comes just after another of much more intense conflicted love -- Sweet Incarnadine. She adds to the mix a deathbed celebration of a life fully lived (her own? her mother's?)-- The Vigil and the wonderful duet with k.d. lang Calling All Angels (also availabile on the Until the End of the World soundtrack) and closes with a harmony reprise of Love is Everything. Somehow this CD slipped into the back of my collection for a few years, but heard again on this drizzly Saturday morning and two weeks ago on a perfect early spring day, it goes with both and has the feel of a lost classic rediscovered. Very, very impressive. The only thing it lacks is another song about hockey as in Hockey on Bound by the Beauty, where in two lines Siberry perfectly captures both a moment and the breadth of potential futures: "he'll have that scar on his chin forever someday his girlfriend will say hey where.../he might look out the window...or not...". If you haven't discovered Siberry already, start now!
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Scott T Mc Nally on December 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to Jane's work back in 86 by a friend. I went out and bought "No Borders here" She made me snicker alot and also made me sad. Not many recording artists can do that. I later boguht "The Walking", which at times is utterly confusing. Then "Bound By The Beauty" which had a great folksy sing along feel to most of it. Brian Eno called it a masterpiece. "When I Was A Boy" is also a masterpiece. It has elements of her earlier works, but with a much more serious tone to it. The songs here deal for the most part, very directly with love, loss, and death, but you don't come away feeling depressed. "The Vigil" is about the only really conceptual piece here. It seems to be about the death of her mother. I have no idea if her mother has passed or not. Maybe it's just dealing with the loss of anyone's mother. The duet with K.D. Laing on "Calling All Angels" is pure magic. I bought this on cassette for my mother a few years back and told her that this is not typical pop music and about the suject matter. 6 years later she's still hooked on it as well as Joni Mitchell's "Turbulent Indigo" which I bought her the following year. My mother is now 64 and has thanked me repeatedly for introducing here to artists of this caliber. She doesn't play Celine Dionne much any more.Thank God! I'm digressing too much here. This is a must have for anyone who likes Joni Mithchell, Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush or Sarah McLachlan. It simply transports you to places you might fear to tread, but you come back feeling better for it! This year, I sending Mom Jane's sort of Christmas CD, "Child" along with The Chieftains' "The Bells Of Dublin". A far cry from dogs barking "Jingle Bells"
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jazzfm99@yahoo.com on January 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Siberry in 1991 singing Calling All Angels with K.D. Lang in the Wym Wenders movie Until the end of the World, a sci-fi movie aptly passed the Y2K. I thought her vocal was so emotional and secluded at the time but not since the song is called up as the Sydney Olympic theme song this year that I bought the CD When I was a Boy .
For some time, I have held Sarah Mclachlan's Fumbling towards Ecstacy as my all time favorite CD for meditation. After listening to Siberry's vocal extravaganza on When I was a Boy, I was simply amazed at her power of musical expressions through songs of utter joy, beauty and sadness. In The Vigil, which is a song of tribute to her father, she went through this musical and cinematic journey that leave my soul completely letting go after each and every listen, and eventually lost in the moonlit darkness.
This conceptual CD is not an easy listen (not with the likes of Ms Dion, Carey or Enya) but it will grow on you time after time and lead you to a new place at the end of each journey. A must have CD for casual music lovers and audiophiles alike, and a super-fix for myself.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Uniter on March 10, 2001
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This is doubtless one of the finest compilations in the music world. Exploring love from all perspectives: ups and downs, in and outs and from beginnings(mmmm...gimme) to (especially) endings, this a true masterpiece. The songs are moving and the production is flawless. The kind of album you want to listen to in the dark and be carried away. It upsets me to see this CD in the used stores, because I wonder how could anyone trade it in? I've given it myself to friends and family alike, simply because it is a jewel to be treasured. Her voice is beautiful and her articulation delicate. "The Vigil" brought even my mother to tears! The song "It Can't Rain All The Time" from "The Crow" soundtrack is cut from the same mold. I only hope she returns to writing and producing original music. I think there is still a lot of emotion residing there yet to be shared by her admiring fans.
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