Within the Realm of a Dying Sun

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Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
Studio album by Dead Can Dance
Released 27 July 1987
Recorded April–May 1987 at Woodbine Studios, Warwickshire, England
Genre Neoclassical darkwave, darkwave, modern classical
Length 38:43
Label 4AD
Producer Brendan Perry, Lisa Gerrard, John A. Rivers
Dead Can Dance chronology
Spleen and Ideal
(1985)
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
(1987)
The Serpent's Egg
(1988)

Within the Realm of a Dying Sun is the third studio album by Australian musical act Dead Can Dance. It was released on 27 July 1987 by record label 4AD.

Background[edit]

By this time Dead Can Dance was now predominantly the duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry along with Peter Ulrich, after the departure of Scott Rodger and James Pinker in 1987.[citation needed]

On the sound of the album, the group commented, "We realised we had been limiting our musical visions [before], relying around guitar, bass and drums. These instruments weren't adequate to express a lot of the things we were hearing."[1] On the making of the album, 4AD label owner Ivo Watts-Russell commented, "I think the relationship between them and [producer] John Rivers was at its peak with [Within the Realm of a Dying Sun]. It's probably my favourite record of theirs".[1]

Lisa Gerrard's vocals feature prominently on the second half of the album, and her singing style often has mellifluous oriental overtones, especially on the track titled "Cantara".

The cover's photograph was taken in Paris, at the Père-Lachaise cemetery.[citation needed] It features the family grave of François-Vincent Raspail.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Anywhere Out of the World"   5:08
2. "Windfall"   3:30
3. "In the Wake of Adversity"   4:14
4. "Xavier"   6:16
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Dawn of the Iconoclast"   2:06
2. "Cantara"   5:58
3. "Summoning of the Muse"   4:55
4. "Persephone (The Gathering of Flowers)"   6:36
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Australia 27 July 1987
United States 8 February 1994

Personnel[edit]

Dead Can Dance
Additional personnel
  • Ruth Watson – oboe
  • Gus Ferguson – cello
  • Tony Gamage – cello
  • John Singleton – trombone
  • Richard Avison – trombone
  • Andrew Claxton – bass trombone, tuba
  • Mark Gerrard – trumpet
  • Piero Gasparini – viola
  • Alison Harling – violin
  • Emlyn Singleton – violin
Technical
  • John A. Rivers – production, engineering
  • Francisco Cabeza – engineering
  • Bernard Oudin – sleeve photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "dead-can-dance.com". dead-can-dance.com. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun – Dead Can Dance : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 

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