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Dead Can DanceSpleen And Ideal

Label:4AD – CAD 3623
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country:UK & US
Style:Alternative Rock, Modern Classical, Ethereal


A1De Profundis (Out Of The Depths Of Sorrow)
Soprano VocalsAndrew Hutton
A3Circumradiant Dawn
A4The Cardinal Sin
B1Enigma Of The Absolute
B4Indoctrination (A Design For Living)

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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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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Spleen And Ideal (LP, Album)4ADCAD 512UK1985
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Spleen And Ideal (Cassette, Album)4ADCAD C 512UK1985
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Spleen And Ideal (LP, Album, Green Cover)4ADCAD 512Canada1985
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Spleen And Ideal (LP, Album, Test Pressing, 12 Nov 1985)4ADCAD 512UK1985
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Spleen And Ideal (LP, Album)4AD, VirginCAD 512, VG 50422Greece1985


peer.savan's avatar
sounds is good (4 stars), wrap is present (2-3 stars), no pops/cracks (no dust even the inner sleeve is "paper"). Nice sound stage and separation
eaynausea's avatar
My copy of this 2016 reissue sounds absolutely sublime. Perfect press, no pops/crackles and the sound stage is perfect, very warm sounding.
WiltonJr's avatar
After read the comments sometimes I think that I heard a different version of the same pressing.
My copy sounds without noises, clics, pops or other issues.
All pressings from 2016/2017 that I have sounds very nice.
Sure, that's only my opinion, based in the results with my stereo setup.
Ps.: All of my records are washed.
movceo's avatar
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.
congress_records's avatar
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.
Lucidiot's avatar
Edited 5 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.
plaidzebra's avatar
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.
snobo's avatar
Edited 5 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?
jimhb's avatar
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.