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( March 2013)
is the third studio album by the band Within the Realm of a Dying Sun Dead Can Dance. It was released on 27 July 1987 by record label 4AD.
Background [ edit ]
By this time, Dead Can Dance were predominantly a duo of
Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, along with Peter Ulrich, after the departure of Scott Rodger and James Pinker in 1987.
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".
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".
Gerrard's vocals featured prominently on the second half of the album, and her singing style often had mellifluous oriental overtones, especially on "Cantara".
The cover's photograph was taken in Paris, at the family grave of
François-Vincent Raspail at Père-Lachaise cemetery.
Vocals from "Dawn of the Iconoclast" were sampled by
The Future Sound of London for their 1991 single " Papua New Guinea". American pop singer Fergie later also sampled "Dawn of the Iconoclast" for her song " Hungry" featuring Rick Ross, featured on her 2017 album, . The song interpolated the chant with hip-hop beats and vocals from both artists.
"Xavier" has been covered by British
gothic metal band Paradise Lost. This cover is available on the Limited Edition of their 2002 album .
Symbol of Life
The opening section of "Anywhere Out of the World" was also used repeatedly as haunting background music in the
BBC Horizon episode #30.7 "Hunt For The Doomsday Asteroid" in February 1994, originally broadcast ahead of the predicted impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with the planet Jupiter in July that same year.
Track listing [ edit ]
All tracks are written by
Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry.
1. "Anywhere Out of the World" 5:08 2. "Windfall" ( instrumental) 3:30 3. "In the Wake of Adversity" 4:14 4. "Xavier" 6:16
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 
Release history [ edit ]
27 July 1987
8 February 1994
Personnel [ edit ]
Dead Can Dance
Lisa Gerrard – vocals (5,6,7,8), all other instruments, production Brendan Perry – vocals (1,3,4), all other instruments, production, sleeve design
Peter Ulrich – timpani, military snare 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
John A. Rivers – production,
engineering Francisco Cabeza – engineering
Bernard Oudin – sleeve photography
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