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|We're dancing to the dark side of this tune
-- "Dancing", Bauhaus
Recommended Gothic/Ethereal compilation Albums:
½ 1987: Lonely is an Eyesore
This is a snapshot of the mid 80s era of 4AD, when the label was home to the greatest names in gothic and ethereal music, including Cocteau Twins, Wolfgang Press, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses, Clan of Xymox and, of course, the Dead Can Dance. To many, 4AD was where it all started. To some, it might have been also where it all ended. This compilation is a must to darkwave music collectors, and it sure stands for a good intro to new (more refined!) fans.
1999: VA- The Unquiet Grave - Vol I
Music from the Gothic, Darkwave and Ethereal Underground - Vol. 1.
This is a double-CD compilation of the finest gothic and ethereal bands of the 90s. Most of the featured artists are influenced by old-school goth, and the tracks selected are some of the best songs these bands have to offer. Many of the featured artists are growing to become the new wave of darksynth and electro-goth in the underground scene today: Diary of Dreams, The Last Dance, Gossamer, Rhea's Obsession, Black Atmosphere, Advent Slep, LowSunday, Bella Morte, Written In Ashes, etc...
½ 2000: VA- Gothic Club Classics
A double-CD collection of true gothic club classics! Not any Bauhaus, Nephilim, Xymox or Mission song, but their absolute best, most recognized, and most essential tracks for the newly converted: The Mission UK's Wasteland, Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi, The Clan's Louise, X-mal's Incubus Succubus II , Killing Joke's Love Like Blood, Nick Cave's Weeping Song, Fields of the Nephilim's MoonChild, and several other leading gothic bands like Dreadful Shadows, Love Like Blood, Inkubus Sukkubus, Theatre of Tragedy and many more. 28 songs.
2001: VA- Gothic Rock
"6 discs, 91 songs!!! Maybe not everything you need to know about gothic rock, maybe not the essentials and nothing but the essentials, and maybe that disc 6 has nothing to offer...but on the overall, this is a music collection that offers classics from the best and most influencial gothic rock bands of the 80s and the 90s: Bauhaus, X-Mal Deutschland, Theatre of Hate, Gene Loves Gezebel, Fields of the Nephilim, Alien Sex Fiend, Tones on Tail, Christian Death, Gitane Demone, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Skeletal Family, The Mission UK, Bolshoi, Inkubus Sukkubus, Love Like Blood, Rosetta Stone, Corpus Delicti, London After Midnight, Switchblade Symphony, The Cult, New Model Army...."
2006: VA - A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box
"A 4-disc box (3 CDs + DVD), with 53 songs and 12 videos originally released between 1978 and 1998, this boxed set provides a uniquely comprehensive listen into the largest underground scene in the world. Long before its black velvet and pale skin fashions crept into American malls, Goth music represented an underground movement led by fans who favored songs that tapped into the antisocial energy of punk but celebrated dark introspection, tempestuous atmospherics and visual panache. Rhino brings together influential bands that rarely or never participate in Gothic music compilations to create a fascinating cross-section of all matters pertaining to Goth. The box set includes essential classic hits from the founders of the gothic rock movement including Bauhaus, Joy Division, The Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Mission UK, Echo & The Bunnymen, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Love And Rockets, Fields Of The Nephilim, Ghost Dance, Peter Murphy, The Danse Society, Clan Of Xymox, Xmal Deutschland, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, The Damned, Killing Joke and many more."
2006: VA - Beautiful Voices Vol 2
"Available in both Double CD and DVD Box packaging, the second installment of the fantastic ''Beautiful Voices'' series compiles the very best of female fronted Goth metal bands - including acts such as Nightwish, L'ame Immortelle, Apocalyptica, Theatre Of Tragedy, Leaves' Eyes, Lacuna Coil, The Gathering, Moonspell, Therion, Sirenia, Qntal, Xandria, Epica and many more - with full promo videos for each act included. "
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