Cocteau Twins ‎– Lullabies To Violaine: Singles And Extended Plays 1982-1996

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4AD ‎– CT BOX 2
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4 × CD, Compilation, Limited Edition, Remastered
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Lullabies
1-1 Feathers-Oar-Blades 4:26
1-2 Alas Dies Laughing 3:38
1-3 It's All But An Ark Lark 8:04
Peppermint Pig
1-4 Peppermint Pig (7" Version) 3:24
1-5 Laughlines 3:19
1-6 Hazel 2:49
Sunburst & Snowblind
1-7 Sugar Hiccup (12" Version) 3:37
1-8 From The Flagstones
Producer – John Fryer
3:38
1-9 Hitherto 3:52
1-10 Because Of Whirl-Jack
Producer – John Fryer
3:26
The Spangle Maker
1-11 The Spangle Maker 4:40
1-12 Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops (Alternate Version)
Recorded By – John Madden (6)
4:47
1-13 Pepper-Tree 3:58
Aikea-Guinea
1-14 Aikea-Guinea (Alternate Version) 3:57
1-15 Kookaburra 3:18
1-16 Quisquose 4:10
1-17 Rococo 3:05
Tiny Dynamine
2-1 Pink Orange Red 4:37
2-2 Ribbed And Veined 3:55
2-3 Plain Tiger 4:01
2-4 Sultitan Itan 3:49
Echoes In A Shallow Bay
2-5 Great Spangled Fritillary 4:02
2-6 Melonella 4:01
2-7 Pale Clouded White 4:59
2-8 Eggs And Their Shells 3:04
Love's Easy Tears
2-9 Love's Easy Tears 3:35
2-10 Those Eyes, That Mouth 3:38
2-11 Sigh's Smell Of Farewell 3:34
2-12 Orange Appled 2:49
Iceblink Luck
2-13 Iceblink Luck 3:15
2-14 Mizake The Mizan 3:00
2-15 Watchlar 3:16
Evangeline
3-1 Evangeline
Guitar [Additional] – Ben Blakeman, Mitsuo Tate
4:29
3-2 Mud And Dark 3:40
3-3 Summer-Blink 3:10
Snow
3-4 Winter Wonderland
Written-By – Dick Smith (3), Felix Bernard
2:51
3-5 Frosty The Snowman
Written-By – Jack Rollings*, Steve Nelson (4)
2:55
Bluebeard
3-6 Bluebeard 3:54
3-7 Three-Swept 3:37
3-8 Ice-Pulse 3:46
3-9 Bluebeard (Acoustic Version) 3:05
Twinlights
3-10 Rilkean Heart (Acoustic Version) 2:21
3-11 Golden-Vein (Acoustic Version) 2:50
3-12 Pink Orange Red (Acoustic Version) 4:30
3-13 Half-Gifts (Acoustic Version)
Arranged By [Strings] – Thomas M. Hill
4:14
Otherness
4-1 Feet-Like Fins
Remix [Recycled By] – Mark Clifford
5:31
4-2 Seekers Who Are Lovers
Remix [Recycled By] – Mark Clifford
5:40
4-3 Violaine
Remix [Recycled By] – Mark Clifford
5:07
4-4 Cherry-Coloured Funk
Remix [Recycled By] – Mark Clifford
5:46
Tishbite
4-5 Tishbite 3:12
4-6 Primitive Heart 4:07
4-7 Flock Of Soul 3:36
4-8 Round 3:36
4-9 An Elan 4:36
Violaine
4-10 Violaine 3:47
4-11 Smile 4:27
4-12 Tranquil Eye 3:53
4-13 Circling Girl 3:33
4-14 Alice 4:27

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Packaged in 10-panel card sleeve with booklet in translucent slipcase. Edition of 10,000 copies.

Lullabies Released October 1982.
Recorded at Palladium Studios, Edinburgh. Mixed at Blackwing Studios.

Peppermint Pig Released March 1983.
Recorded at Blackwing Studios, London.

Sunburst And Snowblind Released September 1983.
Recorded and mixed at Palladium Studios, Edinburgh.

The Spangle Maker Released April 1984.
11, 13 Recorded at Palladium Studios, Edinburgh and mixed at Rooster, London.
12 Recorded and engineered at Rooster, London.

Aikea-Guinea Released March 1985.
Recorded at Jacobs Studios, Farnham.

Tiny Dynamine Released October 1985.
Echoes In A Shallow Bay Released October 1985.
Recorded at Guerilla, London. Mixed at Aosis, London.

Love's Easy Tears Released November 1986.
Recorded and mixed at Good Earth, London.

Iceblink Luck Released August 1990.
Evangeline Released September 1993.
Snow Released December 1993.
Bluebeard Released February 1994.
Recorded and mixed at September Sound, London.

Twinlights Released September 1995.
Recorded and mixed at September Sound, London. Additional recordings at Wessex, London.

Otherness Released October 1995.
Mixed at September Sound and Polyfusion, London.

Tishbite Released March 1996.
Violaine Released October 1996.
Recorded at September Sound, London.

On slipcase is a typo: "Rococco", instead of "Rococo"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 52637 20002 7
  • Barcode (String): 652637200027
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 1): [Sonopress arvato logo] 51685890/CTBOX2-1 21
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 2): [Sonopress arvato logo] 51686002/CTBOX2-2 22
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 3): [Sonopress arvato logo] 51686014/CTBOX2-3 21
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 4): [Sonopress arvato logo] 51686056/CTBOX2-4 22
  • Mastering SID Code (CD 1 to CD 3): IFPI LB 45
  • Mastering SID Code (CD 4): IFPI LB47
  • Mould SID Code (CD 1, CD 3): IFPI 0740
  • Mould SID Code (CD 2, CD 4): IFPI 0752

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ivangeld

ivangeld

June 2, 2019

I just bought this amazing compilation, even though I already have “Lullabies To Violaine” #1 and #2 as separate double CDs - this is how much I love this band!
Favourite EP is “Love’s Easy Tears” and the very best song ever is “Those Eyes, That Mouth”.
djproject

djproject

April 28, 2006
edited over 13 years ago

Every artist signed to a label at some point gets reminiscent and start retreading the past, whether they are long dead or they still keep on treading (and sometimes "basking in the shadow of yesterday's triumph"). There are different ways of reclaiming the past. You can release a best-of compliation, which can either be dictated by single releases or even by the group itself. You can re-release the albums, remaster them and even throw in some treats for both hard-core fans and the upcoming ones. Then you can really go hard-core and release your entire back catalogue. There are some modifications but that's a good general way of looking at it.

In the Cocteau Twins case, nearly a decade after they called it quits, they seem to do all the above. After their personally selected retrospective compliation, Stars and Topsoil, and re-releasing the 4AD albums remastered by Robin Guthrie, the next step to revisit the singles and EPs... not just the 10 from 4AD but the other 6 from Fontana/Mercury/Capitol. The end result is Lullabies to Violaine.

As an upcoming fan of the Cocteau Twins, this release is an excellent crash course in the history of the Cocteau Twins in terms of hearing the evolution of their sound and how they released it commercially. Spending nearly four hours, you do get to hear significant chunks of the Cocteau Twins history. You can hear their beginnings where they are finding their place in the realm of UK independent music, paved by similar contemporaries Siouxise and the Banshees. You can hear their "oddball" EP "Peppermint Pig", produced by Alan Rankine where the Cocteau Twins gets their groove on (not normally done, certainly afterward). Then you can hear how they took their distinct atmospheric and richly-layered sound further starting with "Sunburst and Snowblind" and onto the second disc with "Love's Easy Tears." Then it was a matter of truly perfecting it with "Iceblink Luck."

The next two covers their final years when they were no longer with 4AD and they were accused of rehashing familiar sounds. Of course this also when they ventured into different realms: covering snow tunes ("Snow"), stripping down their sound to bare essentials ("Twinlights") and diluting the density but maintaining the dreamy vibe ("Otherness"). At this point, you hear the engine slowing down but it is still willing to take you places for one last time. For many people, these last two discs are optional extra.

Overall, this is the best way to know what the Cocteau Twins were about and you can hear their story, more or less, from beginning to end. Plus this limited edition is absolutely gorgeous in terms of packaging and not only in terms of its look. All in all, it's a four-hour sleep with dreams and the ability to stay awake. And if nothing else, it's absolutely worth it for "Pink Orange Red" alone.