Dead Can Dance ‎– Spleen And Ideal

4AD ‎– CAD 3623
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 De Profundis (Out Of The Depths Of Sorrow)
Soprano Vocals – Andrew Hutton
A2 Ascension
A3 Circumradiant Dawn
A4 The Cardinal Sin
A5 Mesmerism
B1 Enigma Of The Absolute
B2 Advent
B3 Avatar
B4 Indoctrination (A Design For Living)

Companies, etc.



Recorded and mixed at Woodbine St. Recording Studios during September-November 1985.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 52637 36231 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, hand etched): MPO CAD 3623 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, hand etched ): MPO CAD 3623 B

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CAD 512 Dead Can Dance Spleen And Ideal(LP, Album) 4AD CAD 512 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CAD 512, VG 50422 Dead Can Dance Spleen And Ideal(LP, Album) 4AD, Virgin CAD 512, VG 50422 Greece 1985 Sell This Version
CAD 512 CD Dead Can Dance Spleen And Ideal(CD, Album, RP) 4AD CAD 512 CD Europe 2002 Sell This Version
VIN180LP007 Dead Can Dance Spleen And Ideal(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Vinyl 180, 4AD VIN180LP007 UK 2008 Sell This Version
CAD C 512 Dead Can Dance Spleen And Ideal(Cass, Album) 4AD CAD C 512 UK 1985 Sell This Version


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December 15, 2019
This link is a video about unpacking this release. -


July 9, 2017
Sorry, but I have to agree with those who say this is a very bad reissue. My copy has very strange and loud distortion all over the first track, I couldn't even make it past that. MPO usually does great pressings so I'm a bit perplexed - my copy of "The Serpent's Egg" also had problems (scratches from the inner sleeve). I will be sending both of these back for a refund, not going to bother with any replacement copies.


May 30, 2017
My copy definitely has a good amount of noise on side A as others have complained about. It's nothing too bad, but it's definitely noticeable on track 2 which is a bummer.


March 18, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
Do not listen to the vocal minority complaining about the low quality of the 2016/2017 reissues of the Dead Can Dance albums. I have a few of them and they sound and look excellent. Faithful to original pressings (I have a couple to compare) very clean sound on the LP's themselves. If you want to own the DcD albums on vinyl, do not think twice about buying these reissues. They are very good.


December 14, 2016

I have a US copy, and played it for the first time last night. It sounds very good, minimal surface noise and great clarity and presence and depth in the sound. If you're in the United States and you love this record like I do, now's your chance to get a fine pressing. It's pretty cheap, too, copies going for $15. I am very glad I purchased it.


August 14, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
MPO press seems to be terrible quality. I'm returning the second copy already. Both had similar artifacts: continuous rustle in the right channel on a few first tracks on Side A, especially obvious throughout Ascension. Plus excentricity.

Anybody else having the same or similar issues?


July 23, 2016
I'm pretty sure the US version of this is NOT pressed at MPO. My US copy does not have MPO in the deadwax. It actually looks like it is pressed at Pirates Press.