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Poll Question: Which one is your favourite?
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    Posted: October 17 2020 at 03:53
I start this poll because listening to some Dead Can Dance recently I think I have underestimated them, or let's say underlistened. There's quite a bit of stuff I love, which is about equally distributed on the four albums between Dying Sun and Into the Labyrinth, however I haven't played them that often despite knowing them since the late 80s, and now I think this is actually a great and consistent band and I should really give them more time. I actually don't know the first two and the last album yet, so let's see whether one of these comes up with a good result here. Anastasis is excellent, if not quite so rich of highly memorable stuff as the four album series mentioned above. I have Spiritchaser but it's underlistened, and given that all Dead Can Dance stuff seem to win my appreciation with time, I should also give that one some more spins.

I vote for The Serpent's Egg but it's a tough choice, I have pretty much four and a half favourites. Feel free to vote even if you only know some of them; it's enough that you love one of them enough to vote for it. Also tell me what's great about your favourite.


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I mis-underestimated Dead Can Dance too, having listened to all of their ten albums recently, and I agree that Anastasis is an excellent album, and that's the album I'm voting for. Thumbs Up
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2020 at 05:52
I could never get into their music, no matter how much I tried.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote suitkees Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2020 at 06:40
Very original and intriguing music! I have three favorite albums and I don't know yet which one to choose from these: Spleen and Ideal, Within the Realm of a Dying Sun and The Serpent's Egg...
I was less convinced by their subsequent albums (but I may have missed one or two).
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I love Aion the very best of their releases and I do have them all and play through them from time to time.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Psychedelic Paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2020 at 08:46
I like all of Brendan Perry & Lisa Gerrard's solo albums too. Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lewian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2020 at 10:30
Aion is in the lead, and indeed it's a very good album also in my view, but for some reason it's rated only 3.41 on PA, which is pretty mediocre. Confused
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Neu!mann Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2020 at 10:58
Aion for me, from the studio albums. But the live album Toward the Within was their zenith.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote suitkees Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2020 at 11:01
Discovered DCD thanks to the local library (which actually, in retrospect, had quite an impressive prog rock collection on vinyl thanks to which I discovered many bands - we're in the 80s) where I borrowed their first albums (and taped them to cassette - sssshht). When it came out I bought The Serpent's Egg on vinyl and I thought it was their best up till then, but the other albums grew on me over time (have these albums now in their splendid audio quality on SACD from 4AD).
I remember that when Aion came out, I was quite disappointed. I don't remember exactly why because I haven't listened to that album again since. Was it more ambient and world tinged, like some of their later albums? With the later albums it was either that or more of the same (but not better, e.g. Anastasis), and more of the same in my world is not interesting. Haven't heard their last album though, will give that one a listen...

Anyway, personally I think The Serpent's Egg is their most accomplished album - it gets my vote-, but sometimes I prefer to listen to Within the Realm of a Dying Sun or to Spleen and Ideal (which is actually overall a bit more rockier and upbeat than the other two). But on most of their albums they put out some extraordinary musical ideas, and the production was outstanding!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote A Crimson Mellotron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2020 at 11:26
'Spleen and Ideal', an easy choice for me! It was my introduction to the band and the impression it left is tremendous!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BrufordFreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2020 at 12:46
Aion has been my favorite for a while--despite the wonderful recent additions of Anastasis and Dionysis.
I love the mediæval feel of it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Snicolette Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2020 at 12:52
Me too!  And completely agree on the other two, as well.  Dionysis is way too short, though!

Edited by Snicolette - October 17 2020 at 12:52
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Surprised there are no Dying Sun votes yet, that gets mine.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote questionsneverknown Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2020 at 13:34
The stretch from Spleen and Ideal through Aion still stand as my favourite work of theirs.
My heart has held a special place for Serpent's Egg since its release. So even though, if I'm honest in my assessment, Aion's probably DCD's best and most consistent album, I still went with Serpent.
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Within the Realm of a Dying Sun, no contest.
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Spleen, Realm, Egg , and Aion are all excellent....but have always been partial to Realm.
I play it too much....

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lewian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2020 at 16:51
Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Aion is in the lead, and indeed it's a very good album also in my view, but for some reason it's rated only 3.41 on PA, which is pretty mediocre. Confused

Into the Labyrinth on the other hand is their second highest rated album (and for a good reason, it's stunning!) at 3.94, but still without a vote. Confused  ‹- The face is of course not about your votes, but about this strange mismatch.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kenethlevine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2020 at 17:04
Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

Aion is in the lead, and indeed it's a very good album also in my view, but for some reason it's rated only 3.41 on PA, which is pretty mediocre. Confused

Into the Labyrinth on the other hand is their second highest rated album (and for a good reason, it's stunning!) at 3.94, but still without a vote. Confused  ‹- The face is of course not about your votes, but about this strange mismatch.

as i read this, I have just given "Into the Labyrinth" it's first vote.  I think Aion is close but a bit too short
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 18 2020 at 00:16
Labyrinth 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mormegil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2020 at 06:36
Only one I liked was The Serpent's Egg.
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