A Passage in Time (Dead Can Dance album)

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A Passage in Time
Dead Can Dance - A Passage in Time.jpg
Compilation album by
Released20 October 1991
Recorded1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991
GenreNeoclassical dark wave, world fusion
LabelRykodisc Records
RCD 20215
ProducerBrendan Perry
Lisa Gerrard
Dead Can Dance chronology
A Passage in Time
Into the Labyrinth
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

A Passage in Time is a compilation album by Australian musical act Dead Can Dance. It was originally released only in North America on 20 October 1991 by Rykodisc Records, and was later remastered and given a global release in 1998.

The album was titled after the song "A Passage in Time", which originally appeared on the group's eponymous debut album in 1984 but was not included in the collection.


As the title suggests, this album was "a passage in time" to enable the U.S. audience catch up with the band's previous albums, via selected songs.

The content of the compilation was predominantly taken from the band's most recent works at the time, their fourth (The Serpent's Egg) and fifth (Aion) albums. It also featured two songs from their third album (Within the Realm of a Dying Sun) and one from their second (Spleen and Ideal), but no selections from their debut or the Garden of the Arcane Delights EP. Two previously unreleased tracks were included, "Bird" and "Spirit" (both were later added to the double vinyl version of 1993's Into the Labyrinth).

Track listing[edit]

Title Album Year
1 "Saltarello" 2:36 Aion 1990
2 "Song of Sophia" 1:23 The Serpent's Egg 1988
3 "Ullyses" [sic] 4:53 The Serpent's Egg 1988
4 "Cantara" 5:52 Within the Realm of a Dying Sun 1987
5 "The Garden of Zephirus" 1:19 Aion 1990
6 "Enigma of the Absolute" 4:12 Spleen and Ideal 1985
7 "Wilderness" 1:23 Aion 1990
8 "The Host of Seraphim" 6:17 The Serpent's Egg 1988
9 "Anywhere Out of the World" 5:05 Within the Realm of a Dying Sun 1987
10 "The Writing on My Father's Hand" 3:50 The Serpent's Egg 1988
11 "Severance" 3:21 The Serpent's Egg 1988
12 "The Song of the Sybil" [sic] 3:45 Aion 1990
13 "Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book" 6:03 Aion 1990
14 "In the Kingdom of the Blind The One-Eyed are Kings" 4:09 The Serpent's Egg 1988
15 "Bird" 5:00 (new track) 1991
16 "Spirit" 4:59 (new track) 1991


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. A Passage in Time review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 23 August 2012.

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