Cocteau Twins ‎– Treasure

4AD ‎– CAD 412
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Ivo 3:53
A2 Lorelei 3:42
A3 Beatrix 3:11
A4 Persephone 4:17
A5 Pandora (For Cindy) 5:35
B1 Amelia 3:29
B2 Aloysius 3:26
B3 Cicely 3:27
B4 Otterley 4:03
B5 Donimo 6:11

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Issued in a matte outer sleeve with a heavy gloss inner sleeve.

Recorded during August and September, 1984 at Palladium
Studios, Edinburgh and Rooster, West-London.

Thanks to Yvonne and Pierrot for sleeve props.

Mastered at The Townhouse.
Pressed at MPO Averton.

With printed inner sleeve.

℗ 1984 4•A•D

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 1): CAD 412 A TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 1): CAD 412 B TOWNHOUSE MPO TA MATE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 2): CAD 412 A1 TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 2): CAD 412 B1 TA MATE TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 3): CAD 412 A1 TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 3): CAD 412 B1X TA MATE TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 4): CAD 412 A1X TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 4): CAD 412 B1X TA MATE TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 5): CAD 412 A¹ ˣ TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 5): CAD 412 B¹ TA MATE TOWNHOUSE MPO

Other Versions (5 of 68) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GAD 412 CD Cocteau Twins Treasure(CD, Album, RE, RM) 4AD GAD 412 CD US 2003 Sell This Version
104.8379 Cocteau Twins Treasure(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin 104.8379 Brazil 1986 Sell This Version
VIN180LP023 Cocteau Twins Treasure Deluxe(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 180) Vinyl 180 VIN180LP023 UK 2010 Sell This Version
30CY-1660 Cocteau Twins Treasure(CD, Album, RE) 4AD 30CY-1660 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
ZN 003 Cocteau Twins Treasure(LP, Album, RE) Zona Records ZN 003 Lithuania 1991 Sell This Version


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April 25, 2018
Still got my original vinyl pressing of this. In excellent condition, as is the inlay sleeve. Sell it? No bloody chance!!! One of my favourite albums of all-time. Liz's voice is unreal, and the music is exceptional. What a classic!!!???


March 27, 2018
[I wrote this because of Garlands, but as I mention TREASURE I copy it here too.]

Garlands is such a strange album. I have written a few bits here on Discogs, but have not yet brought myself to chain this album to words . . .

I love all of Cocteau Twins' releases, but Garlands definitely has a place of its own in my heart. Many 'fans' don't like Garlands. Others say Cocteau Twins albums get better, one after the other until Heaven and Las Vegas (the professed pinnacle). Obviously personal taste affects assessment of how to rank a Cocteau Twins album. It is hard to 'pick a favourite', kicking the others off the pedestal.

I'd say the best CT albums are the first three and between the first three there is a kind of odd journey - emerging a primordial state (Garlands); raw, seeing for the first time, all is a dazzle and there is little difference between blindness and sight. The journey continues in Limbo (Head over Heels); and finally there is arrival, or transcendance (Treasure). Of course I love the CT albums succeeding these three as the gems are all undoubtedly still present. (Alice is a wonderful track - and Dif Juz's Love Insane with Elizabeth Fraser's vocals is one of my favourite tracks . . .). But for those first three albums there seems to be something more complete / completely perfect.

Treasure is certainly a beauty, and with the track titles - godly, with a small G. It is a finely polished gem. Donimo is like arriving at the pearly gates, wings aflutter. Lorelei evokes the feeling of having been in heaven and passed straight through it. What else is there? Listen to Lorelei from 2 minutes twenty secs onwards: 'de dow de dow de dow de dow de dowwww . . . wwwwwop!' this part of the song effortlessly conveys a past yearning for heaven, twiddling thumbs to the turned face of beauty.

Head over Heels is also a beauty with its extraordinary position between two other perfect albums. "When Mama Was queer, I broke down in my womb" . . . this first track has the raw, vital sound of the album it is leaving, Garlands, but there is a new twinkling of purity, the future sound of CT: listen to this track, you'll hear what I mean. My Love Paramour - can you imagine if a piece of music like this were to emerge again today? And then the final track, Musette and Drums - insinuating the fusion of hard and soft, the delicate musette and the beating of drums.

To get back to the feeling of Garlands as a Cocteau Twins album in a territory of its own, part of the reason for this is the different line-up, having Will Heggie's bass. But also, Garlands has a rawer sound, almost grating - this gets to the magic of the album. Garlands seems to fuse the beauty of sound with its discordant opposite better than I have heard in other music. This fusion reveals a kind of pure light as it first emerges from its partner, darkness. It's difficult to put into words, once put in words they seem too small: sacred / profane, a religious feeling of being shown something secret, a lot of people have spoken like this to me of this album.

Blind Dumb Deaf seems to evoke some kind of fated, unrelenting, inescapable entrance into reality, "by the method of faith, I'll swear that I'm part of it." Swearing into a reality which could be both horrific and wonderful - the only reality. And then the title track itself, Garlands. I do love the opening track of Blood Bitch, it's supremely powerful with it's bass. However, if Blood Bitch weren't there, then Garlands could be. Garlands starts off with a strange build up of discordant screeches (very much like the sound of Gordon Sharpe's Cindytalk at that time). It's a bit like a train approaching. The music then hits you like a train. Garlands therefore is the perfect beginning album for the CT journey.

By the way, most of the Cocteau Twins' lyrics are words. I really wish Elizabeth would publish them - she obviously worked on them very hard and they do contribute to the beauty of the sound.

I mentioned Gordon Sharpe of Cindytalk. He appears with vocals in some of the extra tracks of Garlands. I wish there were more of these collaborations: his voice with Elizabeth's would be the perfect accompaniment. Camoufalge Heart is a stunning Cindytalk album (along with Wappinschaw and In This World.) Cindytalk is the best group 4AD didn't release - Gordon Sharpe did some work with This Mortal Coil.


January 24, 2018
Heavyweight black vinyl reissue (cut from brand-new HD 96/24 masters) is releasing 16 Mar 2018 on 4AD.


September 8, 2017
Wow, this album sounds so much more glorious on vinyl, the drums are not harsh like the remastered version, the songs sound so warm, and of course Liz's voice is gorgeous.


October 30, 2015
Great album, great pressing. All the original Cocteau Twins stuff sounds great.


May 23, 2010
Can anyone describe the differences in sound quality? Is there one of the cd versions that has the same sound quality as the vinyl LP?