As of today, all nine Dead Can Dance records released by 4AD are back in print on vinyl.
We're also proud to present the latest in our long-read Foreword series - Anywhere Out Of The World: The Unique Vision of Dead Can Dance by esteemed writer and 4AD biographer Martin Aston. Featuring an extensive essay on the art of one of 4AD’s most beloved acts and their enduring legacy, you can read the full feature online here.
You can find all details and tracklistings on the individual records below, along with specially priced bundle offers through the 4AD Store.
Dead Can Dance - Dead Can Dance
Their eponymous debut album of 1984, the 2016 LP version of Dead Can Dance is a repress of the original release.
A1. The Fatal Impact
A2. The Trial
B1. East Of Eden
B3. A Passage In Time
B4. Wild In The Woods
B5. Musica Eternal
Dead Can Dance - Spleen And Ideal
The 2016 version of Dead Can Dance’s second album, Spleen And Ideal (1985), is a repress of the original release.
A1. De Profundis (Out Of The Depths Of Sorrow)
A3. Circumradiant Dawn
A4. The Cardinal Sin
B1. Enigma Of The Absolute
B4. Indoctrination (A Design For Living)
Dead Can Dance - Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun
With Dead Can Dance now firmly centred round the core of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, they released their third album Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun in the Summer of 1987, showing both a continued maturity in their sound and rise in their popularity. Recorded during an intense period of musical and personal growth for the band, the album’s eight songs are split equally between the duo with the first half being sung by Brendan and the second Lisa.
A1. Anywhere Out Of The World
A3. In The Wake Of Adversity
B1. Dawn Of The Iconoclast
B3. Summoning Of The Muse
B4. Persephone (The Gathering Of Flowers)
Dead Can Dance – The Serpent’s Egg
Dead Can Dance’s fourth album came during a prolific period for the band, being released just four years after their debut. It was also the first they made at their own studio which, according to Brendan Perry, allowed them to continue to “grow in their own self-proclaimed direction.” A minimal yet rather grandiose record which includes fan favourites ‘The Host Of Seraphim’ and ‘Ullyses’, The Serpent’s Egg is a triumph and perhaps the finest example of where Brendan and Lisa’s diametrically different influences were overcome to form a new, almost synaesthetic whole.
A1. The Host Of Seraphim
A2. Orbis De Ignis
A4. The Writing On My Father's Hand
A5. In The Kingdom Of The Blind The One-Eyed Are Kings
B1. Chant Of The Paladin
B2. Song Of Sophia
B4. Mother Tongue
Dead Can Dance – Aion
With the industrial textures of their eponymous debut behind them, the fifth album from Dead Can Dance is perhaps their most focused and concise work. Predominately recorded at their own studio in Southern Ireland and featuring guest vocals from soprano David Navarro Sust to add to Brendan and Lisa’s opposing yet complimentary styles, the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance are a core influence; an atmosphere amplified by the album’s cover, a section from the Earth phase of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch's famed triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights.
A1. The Arrival And The Reunion
A4. The Song Of The Sybil
A5. Fortune Presents Gifts Not According To The Book
A6. As The Bell Rings The Maypole Spins
B1. The End Of Words
B2. Black Sun
B4. The Promised Womb
B5. The Garden Of Zephirus
Dead Can Dance - Into The Labyrinth
Dead Can Dance’s sixth album, Into The Labyrinth was released in 1993. 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.
A1. Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
A2. The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove
A3. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
B1. The Carnival Is Over
B4. Towards The Within
C1. Tell Me about The Forest
C2. The Spider’s Stratagem
C4. How Fortunate The Man With None
Dead Can Dance – Spiritchaser
Dead Can Dance’s seventh album, was released in 1996 and was the final studio album the band released with 4AD (it was to be another 16 years until they reconvened to make their eighth, Anastasis). Again recording at Brendan’s Quivvy Church in Ireland and as hinted at by the album’s title, the band had moved their focus away from the traditional medieval and Eastern sound of their middle albums to work with African and Caribbean tribal rhythms.
A2. Song Of The Stars
B2. Song Of The Dispossessed
B3. Dedicacé Outò
C1. The Snake And The Moon
C2. Song Of The Nile
Dead Can Dance - Garden Of The Arcane Delights / The John Peel Sessions
DAD 3628 / CAD 3628CD
Garden Of The Arcane Delights is the only EP released by Dead Can Dance, coming out in 1984 and acting as a bridge between their first two albums. This new expanded version sees the EP faithfully pressed on to one piece of a vinyl, cut at 45rpm, with a second disc being added, compiling both of the band’s sessions for John Peel, recorded in the same time period. A CD edition is also being manufactured.
Garden Of The Arcane Delights
A1. Carnival Of Light
A2. In Power We Entrust The Love Advocated
B1. The Arcane
B2. Flowers Of The Sea
The John Peel Sessions
C1. Instrumental (1983 Peel Session)
C2. Labour Of Love (1983 Peel Session)
C3. Ocean (1983 Peel Session)
C4. Threshold (1983 Peel Session)
D1. Flowers Of The Sea (1984 Peel Session)
D2. Penumbra (1984 Peel Session)
D3. Panacea (1984 Peel Session)
D4. Carnival Of Light (1984 Peel Session)
Dead Can Dance - Toward The Within
Released in October 1994 and out of print on vinyl ever since, Toward The Within was an audio and video document of the 1993 sell-out Dead Can Dance World tour. Recorded at the Mayfair Theater in Santa Monica, California, it marked one of the final performances at the historic theatre as it later suffered major structural damage in an earthquake in 1994. Despite being a live recording, Toward The Within included twelve previously unrecorded tracks as well as material from their six previous studio albums.
A2. Persian Love Song
A3. Desert Song
A4. Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
B1. Piece For Solo Flute
B2. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
B3. I Am Stretched On Your Grave
C1. I Can See Now
C2. American Dreaming
D1. Song Of The Sibyl
D4. Don’t Fade Away