Dead Can Dance discography

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Dead Can Dance discography
Upper body shot of a forty-five-year-old man at left. He is peering at a stringed instrument on a lectern. A microphone is directed to a forty-three-year-old woman at right. She is shown partly in left profile, singing with her eyes closed, her left hand rests on top of the lectern. She wears a ring on her left hand. In the background is musical equipment, a high stage curtain and a foot-light.
Dead Can Dance, 24 March 2005
Left to right: Brendan Perry, Lisa Gerrard
Studio albums 8
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 4
Video albums 1
EPs 2
Singles 9

Dead Can Dance is an ambient, world music band which has released eight studio albums so far, two live albums, four compilation albums, one video album, one extended play and nine singles.[1] The band formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1981 but relocated to London, United Kingdom in 1982 and signed with 4AD Records where they disbanded in 1998.[2]

Their catalogue was remastered by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab and released in June 2008 by 4AD, initially on hybrid stereo SACDs, with a regular CD release of each album following in November 2008. This reissue series includes eight albums and the Garden of the Arcane Delights EP.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUT
BEL
(Fl)

BEL
(Wa)

[3]
FRA
[4]
GER
NLD
[5]
UK
[6]
US
[7]
US
World
[7]
POL
[8]
1984 Dead Can Dance
1985 Spleen and Ideal
  • Released: 25 November 1985
  • Label: 4AD Records (CAD 512, CADC512)
  • Formats: 12" LP, cassette
  • Producer: Dead Can Dance, John A. Rivers
1987 Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
  • Released: 27 July 1987 (CAD 705, CADC705, CAD 705 CD)
  • Formats: 12" LP, cassette, CD
  • Label: 4AD Records
  • Producer: Lisa Gerrard, Brendan Perry, John A. Rivers
1988 The Serpent's Egg (album)
  • Released: 24 October 1988 (CAD 808, CADC808, CAD 808 CD)
  • Formats: 12" LP, cassette, CD
  • Label: 4AD Records
  • Producer: Lisa Gerrard, Brendan Perry, John A. Rivers
1990 Aion
  • Released: 11 June 1990 (CAD 0007, CADC0007, CAD 0007 CD)
  • Formats: 12" LP, cassette, CD
  • Label: 4AD Records
  • Producer: Lisa Gerrard, Brendan Perry
1993 Into the Labyrinth
  • Released: 13 September 1993
  • Label: 4AD Records (CAD 3013, CADC3013, CAD 3013 CD)
  • Formats: 12" 2× LP, cassette, CD
  • Producer: Brendan Perry
70 47 122
1996 Spiritchaser
  • Released: 3 June 1996
  • Label: 4AD Records (CAD 6008, CADC6008, CAD 6008 CD)
  • Formats: 12" LP, cassette, CD
  • Producer: Brendan Perry
25 15 48 43 75 1
2012 Anastasis 24 11 5 13 7 6 68 46 1 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Chart peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
BEL
(Vl)

BEL
(Wa)

[3]
FRA
[4]
NLD
[5]
US
200[7]
1994 Toward the Within 76 131
2012 Live Happening 1-5
2013 In Concert 61 60 68 78
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Limited edition live releases from The Show:

  • DCD 2005 10 March Ireland: Dublin (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 12 March Holland: The Hague (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 14 March France: Paris (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 16 March France: Lille (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 17 March Belgium: Brussels (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 21 March Spain: Madrid (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 22 March Spain: Barcelona (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 24 March Italy: Milan (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 26 March Germany: Cologne (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 27 March Germany: Munich (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 6 April England: London (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 7 April England: London (2xCD, 2005)
  • Europe 2005 (24xCD box set containing all 12 shows from Europe 2005)
  • Selections From Europe 2005 (2xCD compilation of songs from Europe 2005)
  • DCD 2005 17 September USA: Seattle (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 18 September USA: Seattle (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 1 October Canada: Toronto (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 2 October Canada: Montreal (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 4 October Canada: Montreal (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 5 October USA: Boston (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 10 October USA: Washington DC (2xCD, 2005)
  • DCD 2005 12 October USA: Chicago (2xCD and 3xLP, 2005)
  • North America 2005 (16xCD box set containing all 8 shows from North America 2005)
  • Selections From North America 2005 (2xCD compilation of songs from North America 2005)

Unofficial live albums / bootlegs

  • Closer to Heaven (1987) 3D Records (3DCD)[10]
  • Enigma of the Absolute (1988) Gema (024)[11]
  • Dark Christ-Mas (1994) Monada (1010)[12]
  • Influences from the Middle Age (1994) MTM Music Munchen (003)[13]
  • The Hidden Treasures[14] (1994) Swindle Records (SWN 030)[15]
  • Exorcism in the Palace (2005) [16]

(Incomplete list)

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Chart peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
FRA
[4]
1991 A Passage in Time[nb 1]
2001 Dead Can Dance (1981-1998)
2003 Wake – The Best of Dead Can Dance
  • Released: 5 May 2003
  • Label: 4AD Records (DAD 2303 CD)
  • Formats: 2× CD
  • Producer: Lisa Gerrard, Brendan Perry, John A. Rivers
160
2005 Memento – The Very Best of Dead Can Dance
  • Released: 25 October 2005
  • Label: Rhino Records, Atlantic (R2 73264)
  • Formats: CD
  • Producer: Lisa Gerrard, Brendan Perry
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Video albums[edit]

Live performances

Contributions

Extended plays[edit]

  • Garden of the Arcane Delights (17 August 1984)
  • Live Happenings – Part I (30 September 2011)
  • Live Happenings – Part II (December 2011)
  • Live Happenings – Part III (31 January 2012)
  • Live Happenings – Part IV (20 March 2012)
  • Live Happenings – Part V (15 May 2012)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
Alt[17]
1992 "The Carnival Is Over"[A] Into the Labyrinth
1993 "The Host of Seraphim" The Serpent's Egg
"The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove" 8 Into the Labyrinth
"Yulunga (Spirit Dance)"
1994 "American Dreaming"[B] Toward the Within
"Sanvean"
1996 "Nierika" Spiritchaser
"The Snake and the Moon"[A]
"Sambatiki"[A] 'Non-album single'
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

In films and on TV[edit]

Dead Can Dance material has been used in films and on TV.

  • "De Profundis" from Spleen and Ideal (1986) is used in:
  • A cover version of "Enigma of the Absolute" – Dead Can Dance version is on Spleen and Ideal – is used in the Civilization IV game modification, Fall from Heaven 2, as the theme song of the Runes of Kilmorph religion.
  • "Summoning of the Muse" from Within the Realm of a Dying Sun (1987) was used in:
  • "Severance" from The Serpent's Egg (album) (1988) was used in the Miami Vice episode "Victims of Circumstance" (season 5, episode 16) (1989).
  • "The Host of Seraphim" from The Serpent's Egg was used in:
  • "Yulunga (Spirit Dance)" later on Into the Labyrinth (1993) is played over scenes depicting concentration camps and torture chambers in Baraka.
  • "How Fortunate the Man With None" from Into the Labyrinth is used in La Sirène Rouge, a French movie adapted from a book by Maurice G. Dantec.
  • "Saldek" from Into the Labyrinth was used from 1993 in various commercials on Pakistani TV for the Don Carlos range of Servis, a shoe-making company.[19]
  • "The Carnival is Over" from Into the Labyrinth is heard during the finale of the 2009 film S. Darko, the sequel to the 2001 film Donnie Darko.
  • "Sanvean" from Toward the Within (1994) features in The West Wing Season 5, Episode 1, "7A WF 83429" (2003), during the final scene when members of the Bartlett family are attending a private church service following the kidnapping of their youngest daughter, Zoey.
  • "Rakim" from Toward the Within is heard during the opening scenes/magic act of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season 3 episode "Abra Cadaver".
  • Spiritchaser (1996) track "Devorzhum", a soft lullaby, is superimposed over "Dedicacé' Outò" in the 2002 film Unfaithful.
  • "Sacrifice" is used in Bloodlines Part 1 of Silent Witness (UK TV series) as Dr Harry Cunningham is shot by an assassin in Budapest.
  • "Elegy" has been used in several trailers for Man of Steel, and is part of the soundtrack.

Cover versions[edit]

Samples in other works[edit]

Tribute albums[edit]

  • The Carnival Within (2000)
  • The Lotus Eaters (2004)
  • Summoning of the Muse (2005)

Contributions[edit]

  • Fast Forward, Issue 008/009, Fast Forward Corporation, 1981 ("Fatal Impact")
  • It'll End in Tears, This Mortal Coil, 1984 ("Waves Become Wings" and "Dreams Made Flesh")
  • Dreams and Desires, Pleasantly Surprised, 1984 ("The Arcane (demo)")
  • Lonely Is an Eyesore, 4AD compilation, 1987 ("Frontier" (demo) and "The Protagonist")
  • Sahara Blue, Hector Zazou, 1992 ("Youth" and "Black Stream")
  • All Virgos are Mad, 4AD, 1994 ("Rakim")
  • 1980 Forward, 4AD, 2005 ("Emmeleia")

Soundtracks[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A Passage in Time was a compilation album, initially released in 1991.[1] It was issued in Australia in 1995.[2]
A.^ CD promotional single.
B.^ Edited live version.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus. "Dead Can Dance". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Dead Can Dance (DCD)'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Discographie Dead Can Dance". Belgium charts portal (in French). Ultratop, Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Discographie Dead Can Dance". French charts portal (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Discografie Dead Can Dance". GfK Dutch charts portal (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Dead Can Dance". Chart Stats. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "Dead Can Dance > Charts & awards > Billboard albums". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  8. ^ http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=775&lang=en
  9. ^ http://www.zpav.pl/rankingi/wyroznienia/zlote/index.php?lang=2
  10. ^ "Images for Dead Can Dance – Closer to Heaven". Discogs. Retrieved 24 December 2010.  Note: Image is used to verify existence of the Bootleg.
  11. ^ "Enigma of the Absolute". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Dark Christ-Mas". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Influences for the Middle Age". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "The Hidden Treasures". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  15. ^ "Images for Dead Can Dance – The Hidden Treasures". Discogs. Retrieved 24 December 2010.  Note: Image is used to verify existence of the Bootleg.
  16. ^ "Exorcism in the Palace". Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Dead Can Dance Chart History Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  18. ^ Murphy, Timothy (8 September 1997). "Equinox episode guide: "Black Holes"". Equinox. Channel 4. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  19. ^ "Servis Don Carlos ( Saldek – Dead Can Dance )". YouTube. 2009-11-22. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  20. ^ Buskin, R: "Classic Tracks: The Future Sound of London 'Papua New Guinea'" [1]
  21. ^ "South West Disco" (PDF). Voyage. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  22. ^ "DjOrkidea Discography". Djorkidea.com. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 

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