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Cocteau Twins. Discography

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From: Андрей Кучик (kuchik@emts.ru) В середине 80-х "CT" считались Alternative, наряду с такими уважаемыми командами, как Dead Can Dance, Sioxie & The Banshees, etc... В 1995 году они выпустили потрясающую, in my opinion, пластинку. Их Sound просто Magical! Безусловно, они имеют собственное музыкальное и поэтическое пространство, путь в которое не обременен борьбой за места в хит-парадах и активными рекламными кампаниями.

Garlands (p)1982

side 1 1. Blood Bitch 2. Wax And Wane 3. But I'm Not 4. Blind Dumb Deaf side 2 5. Shallow Then Hallo 6. The Hollow Man 7. Garlands 8. Grail Overfloweth Voice : Elizabeth Bass : Will Guitar: Robin 1982 4AD C O C T E A U T W I N S

Head Over Heels (p)1983

1. When Mama Was Moth 2. Five Ten Fiftyfold 3. Sugar Hiccup 4. In Our Angelhood 5. Glass Candle Grenades 6. In The Gold Dust Rush 7. The Tinderbox ( Of A Heart ) 8. Multifolied 9. My Love Paramour 10. Musette And Drums Sumburst And Snowblind 11. Sugar Hiccup 12. From The Flagstones 13. Hitherto 14. Because Of Whirl - Jack Produced by The Cocteau Twins and John Fryer Engineered by Jon Turner Cocteau Twins : Elizabeth Frazer Robin Guthrie 1983 4AD

Tiny Dynamite (p)1985

1. Pink Orange Red 2. Ribbed And Veined 3. Plain Tiger 4. Sultitan Itan Echoes In A Swallow Bay (p)1985 5. Great Spangled Fritillary 6. Melonella 7. Pale Clouded White 8. Eggs And Their Shells Written and Produced by Cocteau Twins 1985 4AD

Blue Bell Knoll (p)1988

side 1 1. Blue Bell Knoll 2. Athol - brose 3. Carolyn's Fingers 4. For Phoebe Still a Baby 5. The Itchy glowbo blow side 2 6. Cico Buff 7. Sucking The Mender 8. Spooning Good Singing Gum 9. A Kissed Out Red Float Boat 10. Ella Megalast Burts Forever Written and produced by Cocteau Twins

* Discography *

1988 CapitolHere, by popular demand, is a complete discography of the Cocteau Twins' releases, not counting bootlegs. Everything here is available from 4AD Records (London). Only "The Pink Opaque" and the last two albums have been released in the US, but any competent US record store should carry most of the stuff listed here. If anyone can add to this list, please let me know! GARLANDS: ('82 LP) Some of the scariest music I've ever heard (along with Cindytalk.) High droning bass (a la Joy Division) carries the melody, with this astounding distorted, demolished guitar wrapping barbed wire around it, over the tippy-tappy beat of a cheap drum machine. And Liz Fraser is having some terrifying and/or ecstatic experience and is quite unable to express what it is. The cassette and CD contain four extra tracks recorded for the BBC's John Peel show. Two aren't available elsewhere, and the omer two ("Blind Dumb Deaf" and "Hazel") are in different versions here. Gordon Sharp of Cindytalk does some backing vocals. The CD also has two demo tracks that aren't really very good except as curiosities. LULLABIES: ('82 EP) Four tracks, similar in style to Garlands but already less scary. They're all very good, especially the long "All But An Ark Lark". As far as I know this is not available domestically or on any CD. PEPPERMINT PIG: ('83 single) "Peppermint Pig", "Laugh Lines" and "Hazel". A different version of the last one is on the "Garlands" CD. Good stuff. "Peppermint Pig" is actually quite danceable. HEAD OVER HEELS: ('83 LP) Their best album, in my humble opinion. It's just Liz Fraser and Robin Guthrie, earlier bassist Will Heggie having left and Simon Raymonde yet to arrive. It's really an indescribable album. Its sound remains unique and unduplicated, a perfect fusion of darkness and beauty, ecstasy and fear. Some of the songs (especially "My Love Paramour") evoke huge echoing spaces ... it's obvious why Liz Fraser doesn't use comprehensible lyrics: there aren't any that could match the feel of the music and the sound of her voice. Any Cocteau Twins fan must own this album. The CD includes the "Sunburst and Snowblind" EP which was released at the same time as the LP. "Sugar Hiccup" is duplicated, in a very slightly different mix, and the other three songs are unique. "PEARLY-DEWDROPS' DROPS": ('84 single) "Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops", "Pepper-Tree" and "The Spangle Maker". Available in its entirety on the "Pink Opaque" LP. "P-DD" itself is mixed differently on the 12". A transition to a new sound, with the addition of bassist Simon Raymonde. "The Spangle Maker" especially is one of the best songs they've ever done, building to a really amazing climax. TREASURE: ('84 LP) I'm still not too thrilled with this one, although it's many people's favorite. It has some terrific songs ("Ivo", "Lorelei") but too much window-dressing that sits around and doesn't go anywhere. And generally boring one-word song titles. It also overuses that now ubiquitous DX7 bell sound, although it's only fair to say that it was one of the first albums to overuse it. I have a free 7" given away by NME that has an alternate mix of "Ivo". It's interestingly different. THE PINK OPAQUE: ('85 LP) This compilation was the first of their music to be released in the US, and the first available on CD. A good sampling of their work up through "Treasure", including several tracks otherwise available only on 12" singles, and "Millimillenary" which was apparently from another free NME 7". "Wax and Wane", the only "Garlands" track, has been remixed with a heavier drum box. I think I prefer the original. TINY DYNAMINE, ECHOES IN A SHALLOW BAY: ('85 EPs) These two were released a few weeks apart, making up basically a full album. (They said they wanted to release the material without less fanfare than would be entailed in releasing an album.) The CD contains both on one disc, thank god. Much closer to their current sound, and more coherent than much of "Treasure". And Vaughn Oliver really outdid himself on the record jackets! VICTORIALAND: ('86 LP) They ditch the drum box for this project and record an album of music that floats ethereally along, suspended by some kind of aching melancholy. [Someone call the metaphor police!] Others may disagree, but I find the music very sad and fragile. I try not to move for fear that I might break it somehow. "LOVE'S EASY TEARS": ('86 single) "Love's Easy Tears", "Those Eyes, That Mouth" and "Sigh's Smell of Farewell". Along the lines of "Tiny Dynamine". Good but not groundbreaking. The US edition has an extra track, "Orange Appled", that I haven't heard. None of these are available on any CD. "Crushed": (track on '87 4AD compilation "LONELY IS AN EYESORE") A pretty weak song despite some interesting glissandos. But it's a good album, a sampler of 4AD bands as of 1987, worth owning just for Throwing Muses' "Fish" and Dead Can Dance's "Frontier". "BLUE BELL KNOLL": ('88 LP) This one grew on me a lot. It's my girlfriend's favorite of all, and I'd put it in the top five. Closer to pop music in some ways, although still indecipherable. A lot of the songs lull you into a false sense of complacency, and then suddenly spin around in unexpected ways. "The High Monkey-Monk" (song on '90 "Gigantic! 2" compilation LP) This one dates from circa Blue Bell Knoll. A decent song on a decent compilation of bands the people at Melody Maker like. The album was available by mail order only; some especially cool US record stores ordered copies, but it's probably pretty hard to find by now. "ICEBLINK LUCK": ('90 single) Preceded the LP by a month or so. Contains bonus tracks "Watchlar" and "Mizake the Mizian". "HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS": ('90 LP) A confident move forward in some slightly different directions. Liz is letting a bit more intelligibility creep into her singing, more than in anything since "Garlands". I gather that most of the songs are about or for her baby. The overall sound is increasingly exuberant, and slightly harder-edged than "Blue Bell Knoll". ***** THIS MORTAL COIL: Besides all this stuff there is the first This Mortal Coil LP, "It'll End In Tears", on which all three 'Twins perform on one track or another, including Liz singing Tim Buckley's "Song To the Siren". Simon also plays on the second and latest TMC LP, "Filigree and Shadow", which I thought was weaker overall. But the versions of Van Morrison's "Come Here My Love" and Talking Heads' "Drugs" (both released on a limited edition 10" single) are both excellent. (TMC is an occasional pet project of head 4AD guy Ivo Watts-Russel, featuring whatever musicians, mostly 4AD people, are interested in playing. Lots of covers of obscure oldies, and sorta ambient generic-4AD stuff.) OTHER APPEARANCES: Liz also sings one song each on Dif Juz's "Extractions" LP and Felt's "Ignite the Seven Cannons" LP, both of which were produced by Robin Guthrie. Robin has produced many other groups' albums, adding some amount of the Cocteau Twins sound to each. 23 ENVELOPE POSTER SET 4AD also put out a collection of posters in 1986, including the covers to several Cocteau Twins albums. They're very nicely done. I don't know if it's still possible to find this package anywhere... --Jens Peter Alfke Apple Computer
I am posting the following for a friend who is without net.access. If you wish to comment on it, make corrections, etc. please send E-mail to this account and keep "Cocteau Twins" in the subject line. Enjoy! P.S. He would also like any additional information about the group that anyone might have. The liner notes are not very informative.

* Cocteau Twins Discography *

BOXED SET BONUS CD 4AD/CAPITOL C2-15772 1991 11:50 Dials (previously unreleased) 2:39 Crushed (from 4AD comp. "Lonely is an Eyesore" CAD 703) 3:18 The High Monkey-Monk (from Melody Maker comp "Gigantic II") 3:07 Oomingmak (previously unreleased instrumental from "Victorialand") 2:43 HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS CAPITOL CDP 7 93669 2 1990 37:44 Cherry-Coloured Funk 3:12 Pitch the Baby 3:17 Iceblink Luck 3:18 Fifty-Fifty Clown 3:16 Heaven Or Las Vegas 4:57 I Wear Your Ring 3:40 Fotezpolitic 3:31 Wolf In The Breast 3:32 Road, River And Rail 3:22 Frou-Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires 5:37 ICEBLINK LUCK CAPITOL C2 15626 1990 9:43 Iceblink Luck 3:19 Mizake The Mizan (previously unreleased) 3:03 Watchlar (previously unreleased) 3:19 ICEBLINK LUCK CAPITOL CD-15775 1990 (From Boxed Set) Same track listing as above BLUE BELL KNOLL CAPITOL CDP 7 90892 2 1988 35:19 Blue Bell Knoll 3:25 Athol-Brose 2:59 Carolyn's Fingers 3:08 For Phoebe Still A Baby 3:16 The Itchy Glowbo Blow 3:21 Cico Buff 3:49 Suckling The Mender 3:36 Spooning Good Singing Gum 3:52 A Kissed Out Red Floatboat 4:10 Ella Megalast Burls Forever 3:39 THE MOON AND THE MELODIES 4AD/RELATIVITY 88561-8143-2 1986 37:26 (Harold Budd - Simon Raymonde - Robin Guthrie - Elizabeth Fraser) Sea, Swallow Me 3:09 Memory Gongs 7:27 Why Do You Love Me? 4:52 Eyes Are Mosaics 4:10 She Will Destroy You 4:18 The Ghost Has No Home 7:36 Bloody And Blunt 2:13 Ooze Out And Away, Onehow 3:39 VICTORIALAND 4AD/CAPITOL CDP 7 96417 2 1986 32:47 Lazy Calm 6:34 Fluffy Tufts 3:05 Throughout The Dark Months Of April And May 3:04 Whales Tails 3:19 Oomingmak 2:43 Little Spacey 3:26 Feet-Like Fins 3:26 How To Bring A Blush To The Snow 3:51 The Thinner The Air 3:15 VICTORIALAND 4AD Same track listing as above LOVE'S EASY TEARS 4AD/RELATIVITY 88561-8141-2 1986 13:46 Love's Easy Tears 3:38 Orange Appled 2:52 Sigh's Smell Of Farewell 3:36 Those Eyes, That Mouth 3:38 LOVE'S EASY TEARS 4AD/CAPITOL C2-15774 1986 (From Boxed Set) Same track listing as above THE PINK OPAQUE 4AD/RELATIVITY UK CAD CD 513 / US EMCD 8040 40:11 The Spangle Maker (from "The Spangle Maker") 4:40 Millimillenary (from NME comp.) 3:40 Wax And Wane (remix from "Garlands") 3:52 Hitherto (from "Sunburst And Snowblind") 3:52 Pearly-Dewdrops Drops (from "The Spangle Maker") 4:10 >From The Flagstones (from "Sunburst And Snowblind") 3:41 Aikea-Guinea (from "Aikea-Guinea") 3:56 Lorelei (from "Treasure") 3:43 Pepper-Tree (from "The Spangle Maker") 3:57 Musette And Drums (from "Head Over Heels") 4:37 ECHOES IN A SHALLOW BAY 4AD/CAPITOL C2-15770 1985 16:14 (From Boxed Set) Great Spangled Fritillary 4:02 Melonella 4:02 Pale Clouded White 5:00 Eggs And Their Shells 3:08 TINY DYNAMINE 4AD/CAPITOL C2-15769 1985 16:30 (From Boxed Set) Pink Orange Red 4:40 Ribbed And Veined 3:57 Plain Tiger 4:02 Sultitan Itan 3:49 TINY DYNAMINE/ECHOES IN A SHALLOW BAY 4AD BAD510/511 CD 1985 32:49 Pink Orange Red 4:40 Ribbed And Veined 3:59 Plain Tiger 4:01 Sultitan Itan 3:53 Great Spangled Fritillary 4:02 Melonella 4:06 Pale Clouded White 4:59 Eggs And Their Shells 3:06 AIKEA-GUINEA 4AD/CAPITOL C2-15771 1985 14:35 (From Boxed Set) Aikea-Guinea 3:56 Kookaburra 3:19 Quisquose 4:11 Rococo 3:07 TREASURE 4AD/CAPITOL CDP 7 96418 2 1984 41:34 Ivo 3:53 Lorelei 3:41 Beatrix 3:11 Persephone 4:24 Pandora (for Cindy) 5:32 Amelia 3:30 Aloysius 3:26 Cicely 3:27 Otterly 4:15 Donimo 6:12 THE SPANGLE MAKER 4AD/CAPITOL C2-15773 1984 18:05 (From Boxed Set) The Spangle Maker 4:41 Pearly-Dewdrops Drops (12" version) 5:13 Pepper-Tree 3:57 Pearly-Dewdrops Drops (7" version) 4:11 HEAD OVER HEELS/SUNBURST AND SNOWBLIND 4AD CAD 313 CD 1983 51:51 When Mama Was Moth 3:06 Five Ten Fiftyfold 5:01 Sugar Hiccup 3:40 In Our Angelhood 3:00 Glass Candle Grenades 2:45 In The Gold Dust Rush 3:40 The Tinderbox (Of A Heart) 4:57 Multifoiled 2:37 My Love Paramour 3:40 Musette And Drums 4:38 Sugar Hiccup 3:41 >From The Flagstones 3:39 Hitherto 3:57 Because Of Whirl-Jack 3:28 HEAD OVER HEELS (Capitol US release does not contain "Sunburst And Snowblind") SUNBURST AND SNOWBLIND 4AD/CAPITOL C2-15768 1983 14:41 (From Boxed Set) Sugar Hiccup 3:39 >From The Flagstones 3:38 Hitherto 3:54 Because Of Whirl-Jack 3:28 PEPPERMINT PIG 4AD/CAPITOL C2-15767 1983 14:35 (From Boxed Set) Peppermint Pig (7" version) 3:23 Laugh Lines 3:19 Hazel 2:49 Peppermint Pig (12" version) 5:02 LULLABIES 4AD/CAPITOL C2-15766 1982 16:18 (From Boxed Set) Feathers-Oar-Blades 4:31 Alas Dies Laughing 3:40 It's All But An Ark Lark 8:05 GARLANDS 4AD CAD 211 CD 1982 57:37 Blood Bitch 4:35 Wax And Wane 4:03 But I'm Not 2:43 Blind Dumb Deaf 3:56 Shallow Then Halo 5:16 The Hollow Men 5:02 Garlands 4:29 Grail Overfloweth 5:25 Dear Heart (Live - 1983 John Peel Session) 3:39 Hearsay Please (" ") 3:26 Hazel (" ") 4:25 Blind Dumb Deaf (" ") 3:44 Speak No Evil 3:55 Perhaps Some Other Aeon 2:57 GARLANDS (Capitol US release does not contain the last 6 tracks. The extra tracks are not on the Boxed Set.)

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