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Various Artists: Dancing with the Dead: The Music of Global Death Rites

Ellipsis Arts…, the venturesome label with the signature punctuation marks in its moniker, has presented a number of fine and insightful packages detailing the world’s music, usually along geographic or conceptual lines. The latest compilation takes as it subject something truly universal, and a bit disconcerting, at least initially: the subject here is death, and the musical rituals attached thereto. Dancing With the Dead (Ellipsis Arts… 4200; 68:02) is a strangely entrancing package, tidily compiled on one CD and adorned with an elaborate, annotated booklet.

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