Into The Labyrinth (Ltd Ed) Original recording remastered, Hybrid SACD
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The 2016 LP version is a double LP like the original release, but will come with brand new cover artwork and an altered track sequence. Into The Labyrinth (1993) is Dead Can Dance’s sixth album, one of their most successful releases, its title a reference to the Greek legend of Theseus going into the Labyrinth to slay the Minotaur. It came when Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard had embarked on more individual personal paths, now writing their songs independent of one another, and on separate continents. Engineered and produced by Brendan at his Quivvy Church studio in Ireland, the album is an audiophile benchmark and also noted for being their first without any guests, instead they played all the instruments.
Their goth-sounding name and dour visual image aside, the prolific duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard produce wildly eclectic but utterly unique music. Their painstakingly crafted albums encompass numerous arcane genres, from European classical music to ancient Celtic and Middle Eastern folk styles, often employing authentic antique instruments to achieve their ambitious, emotive soundscapes. The 1993 effort Into the Labyrinth found Dead Can Dance mixing their medieval leanings with more exotic Eastern influences on "Saldek" and "Yulunga," while exploring Celtic balladry on the traditional "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" and theatrical songcraft in their interpretation of Bertolt Brecht's "How Fortunate Is the Man with None." --Scott Schinder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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*Into the Labyrinth* is what synthesizer technology was made for. The "upgrading" of human spirituality and expression, the surgical transposition of tonal multiplicity, the democratic rendering of "world-beat" multiculturalism beyond all notions of ethnocentric culture-mongering.
Granted, I normally avoid music that requires racks of digital equipment to get itself off the ground. I'd prefer to hear the squish of sweaty calluses sliding across nickelwound strings, feedback woofing through analog speaker cabinets, a real live acoustic drum set and bass guitarist sweating bullets on a 30-minute prog-rock epic. But the power-duo of Dead Can Dance, along with their arsenal of machines and recording-technology, have ensouled their music in waves of digital sorcery as moving and "organic" as the most bare-bones unplugged meat-and-potatoes blues number. Even the pastoral a cappela "Wind that Shakes the Barley" is rendered with so much digital reverb my speakers buzz and vibrate whenever I spin that track. If nothing else, Brendan Perry's machine-savvy production values stand as an inspiring artistic rebuttal to the lurid vulgarizations of "techno" music with its chooming BASS BASS BASS thundering out of car stereos these days.Read more ›
This music speaks of the old ones, memories, feelings of home and remembrance....reviving the past if only for an hour or so...bringing that sacred remembrance and thankfulness to those of the past, ancesters, the elder ones....those who are turned to dust still remembered in the hidden corners of our minds....
Although this album is not as smooth or as flowing as some of the opther Dead can Dance albums, there are haunting harmonies and beautiful vocals. There is a beautifully somber version of "the wind that shakes the barley" on this cd, and the almost middle eastern vocals of lisa gerrard kiss you on the cheek and reach into your soul while tickling your heart as it starts to bleed....very emotional and intense, if you are in the right mood for it, but not if you are feeling sarcastic or fidgety. You have to almost be willing to lie down and just listen...or to let yourself dance.
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I ordered this CD about a year ago for Christmas 2012. It came on time, it works and the recipient likes it. The pricing was great to. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2014 by Heather
This is one of two DCD albums that I've heard. If it is any indication of the rest of their corpus then I'm staying far, far away. Read morePublished on April 18 2004 by Campbell Roark
I was turned on to "Dead Can Dance" by a Npr radio (Krcc 91.5fm) out here in Colorado. The show was, overnite FreeForm the station had at the time. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2003 by Rykki
I was first introduced to Dead Can Dance with this album in a high-end audio store. The dark, etherial, eclectic, and unique style of music on this album is wonderful and well... Read morePublished on April 21 2003 by Paladin
I think this album is the best one. I listen it every day and Dead Can Dance is one of the most wonderfull, fantastic, genial group.Published on April 7 2003 by Lali
When I first got "ItL", I actually did not like it. There is a long intro which turned me off right away, and at first I didn't grasp it. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2003 by MusicFreak
It is interesting that opinions on this release are so polarised between either highly congratulatory or greatly disappointed. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2002 by Bilbo Baggins