Cocteau Twins ‎– Garlands

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Blood Bitch 4:37
Wax And Wane 4:02
But I'm Not 2:49
Blind Dumb Deaf 3:46
Shallow Then Halo 5:15
The Hollow Men 5:03
Garlands 4:31
Grail Overfloweth 5:23

Versions (34)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CAD 211 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album) 4AD CAD 211 UK 1982 Sell This Version
656.039 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album) 4AD 656.039 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
CAD 211 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album) 4AD CAD 211 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
CAD 211 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album, TP, Sta) 4AD CAD 211 UK 1982 Sell This Version
CAD C 211 Cocteau Twins Garlands(Cass, Album, Whi) 4AD CAD C 211 UK 1983 Sell This Version
SP25-5048 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album) 4AD SP25-5048 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
INT 145.071, CAD 211 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album) Intercord, 4AD INT 145.071, CAD 211 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
30CY-1651 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album) 4AD 30CY-1651 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
CAD 211 CD Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE) 4AD CAD 211 CD UK 1987 Sell This Version
YQ-7043 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album) 4AD YQ-7043 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
COCY-6120 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album) 4AD COCY-6120 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
848 023-2 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album) Vertigo 848 023-2 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
CAD 211 CD Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE, RP) 4AD CAD 211 CD UK 1990 Sell This Version
848 023-4 Cocteau Twins Garlands(Cass, Album) Vertigo 848 023-4 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
CDP 7 96415 2 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album) Capitol Records CDP 7 96415 2 US 1991 Sell This Version
C4 96415 Cocteau Twins Garlands(Cass, Album) Capitol Records, 4AD C4 96415 US 1991 Sell This Version
MG 0664 Cocteau Twins Garlands(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 0664 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
7243 841946 2 8 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album) Labels, 4AD 7243 841946 2 8 France 1993 Sell This Version
CDP 7 96415 4 Cocteau Twins Garlands(Cass, Album, RE) Capitol Records CDP 7 96415 4 US 1993 Sell This Version
SONC 60 Cocteau Twins Garlands(Cass, Album, RE) Sonic Records (2) SONC 60 Poland 1995 Sell This Version
6409-2 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE) Roadrunner Records 6409-2 Brazil 2000 Sell This Version
GAD 211 CD Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE, RM) 4AD GAD 211 CD UK 2003 Sell This Version
TECI-24270 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Pap) Imperial Records (13), 4AD TECI-24270 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
TECI-21338 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RM, RE) Imperial Records (13), 4AD TECI-21338 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
GAD 211 CD Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE) 4AD GAD 211 CD Russia 2007 Sell This Version
VIN180LP012 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Vinyl 180, 4AD VIN180LP012 UK 2009 Sell This Version
RTD 120.0028.2 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD) Rough Trade, 4AD RTD 120.0028.2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
SON 60 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album) Sonic Records (2) SON 60 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
CDP 7 96415 2 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE) Capitol Records, 4AD CDP 7 96415 2 US Unknown Sell This Version
CAD 211 CD Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE, RP) 4AD CAD 211 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
8-071 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, Unofficial) ArsNova 8-071 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CAD C 211 Cocteau Twins Garlands(Cass, Album, RE, Cle) 4AD CAD C 211 UK Unknown Sell This Version
MG 0664 Cocteau Twins Garlands(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 0664 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
SP25-5048 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album, Promo) 4AD SP25-5048 Japan Unknown Sell This Version

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Worried_Now

Worried_Now

September 16, 2017
referencing Garlands, CD, Album, CDP 7 96415 2
My compact disc of this recording has this catalog number, yet the barcode is : 7 6218-51233-2 4.
It also says 4-A-D/Capitol Compact Disc.
Crijevo

Crijevo

June 7, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Garlands, LP, Album, CAD 211
Somewhere halfway down the early-era Mute (due to the use of similar synthdrum patterns in most songs) with bizarre Siouxsie/Yazoo-ish leanings, Cocteau Twins ignited their beautiful firestorm that will rapidly progress with every next record.

In stark contrast to their later albums however, "Garlands" is definitely rawer and more experimental a debut, but the established trademark sound is already there and at full pace knocking on 1983's door - merciless hazy guitars ("Psychocandy" was still some years away), brushed along distant, murky basslines with Elisabeth Fraser's gorgeously agitated glossolalia attacks. Intense and nostalgic, it's a beautifully disturbing little story told, getting away with its secret kept safe.

Originally 8 songs alone, 4AD's earlier CD edition is of particular recommendation due to its included extras - a stunning Peel Session which already marks sound improvement ("Dear Heart" especially sends shivers down the spine, an odd track that never resurfaced in studio form other than this session) plus a few stunning early studio outtakes that were intended for the album but were left off in the end - the claustrophobic-agoraphobic stare of "Speak No Evil" and the tantrum that is "Perhaps Some Other Aeon".
lgrimaldi2

lgrimaldi2

March 10, 2015
referencing Garlands, LP, Album, CAD 211

Young vibrant but undeniably dark and Gothic.
icehaven

icehaven

August 3, 2012
referencing Garlands, LP, Album, CAD 211
Not a scottish gig but a London gig:[Brixton 1982] Alas Dies Laughing + Wax And Wane
y-1

y-1

May 26, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Garlands, LP, Album, CAD 211
A totally unique album. Cocteau Twins found their definite style only after the release of this, their first album, yet Garlands stands on its own merit and has never been matched by the Cocteau Twins or any other band before or after.
Garlads owes much more to new wave than later Cocteau Twins works. Still it's probably the first dream pop/shoegazer album ever. It's not all about bliss, though; musically as well as lyrically it's very dark. Pronounced basslines and very solid beatmachine programming compliment the typical fluid guitar. But most of all there's no song on this album without at least one startling melodic idea by Elizabeth Fraser.
To me, one of the best albums ever made.
cvoltaire02

cvoltaire02

December 27, 2003
referencing Garlands, CD, Album, CDP 7 96415 2
And so it begins. The Cocteau Twins' first release (originally released on 4AD in mid-82) is murky and dissonant, a far cry from the intricate and beautiful melodies that the group would come to be known for later on. There's a definite Siouxsie/Bauhaus influence throughout this release (indeed, whenever I put this on, it's frequently mistaken for the Banshees' 'The Scream' or even Bauhaus' 'Mask'!), 'Blood Bitch' and 'Wax & Wane' might as well be Siouxsie knockoffs.

However, the eerie beauty that would come to characterize so many of their later work is apparent (though inconsistently) throughout the album, and if you concentrate hard enough. Check out 'Shallow Then Halo' or the title track. The abrasive layers of guitar and bass, along with the sequenced synth-drum patterns, make for a dark, dense and claustrophobic sound that owes just as much to the intricacies of Fripp as it does to the harshness of Bauhaus.

What makes the band truly different is vocalist Liz Frasier's voice. She's not as yet accomplished here, being content to sing in a fixed range of pitch, but she's highly inventive in her delivery. The 'lyrics' are sung in a strange semi-English(?) dialogue. She almost yodels at times and ends many vocal passages with an unusual but delicate warble. As hynotizing as it is disturbing, it's the group's main focal point, pulling all the other elements of the group's music together for an intriguing listen.

'Garlands' is not a great release but it's a good snapshot of an evolving band, still young and eager, finding their sound and purpose in the recording studio. A good start.
JeanMarcD

JeanMarcD

August 9, 2003
referencing Garlands, CD, Album, RE, CAD 211 CD

<B>Cocteau Twins</B> is not the first band that comes in mind for an electronica database, but OK, there is the ever sec hitting drummachine so that makes a good entrance ticket I guess.<BR>
Cocteau Twins is not about electronica but is all about <B>Elisabeth Fraser</B>’s voice and, especially in the case of <B>Garlands</B>, about howling guitars creating this darkened siren song. The thing with Liz’ voice is like with Siouxsie : either you can’t stand it, either you get drugged by it.<BR>
This is their first album and it still has a lot of rough, unpolished edges giving it a lot of character and personality. Beautiful eighties making it far into the next millennium!