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Tracklist

Wax And Wane3:50
Garlands4:19
Alas Dies Laughing3:29
Feathers-Oar-Blades2:19
Hearsay Please4:23
Dear Heart3:37
Blind Dumb Deaf3:41
Hazel3:22
The Tinderbox (Of A Heart)4:46
Strange Fruit1:52
Hitherto3:57
From The Flagstones3:32
Sugar Hiccup3:41
In Our Angelhood3:56
My Hue And Cry3:02
Musette And Drums4:12
Hitherto3:56
From The Flagstones3:33
Musette And Drums4:12
Pepper-Tree4:06
Beatrix3:03
Ivo3:34
Otterley4:29
Serpentskirt3:46
Golden-Vein2:44
Half-Gifts3:50
Seekers Who Are Lovers4:23
Calfskin Smack4:27
Fifty-Fifty Clown3:15
Violaine3:47

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    Cover of BBC Sessions, 1999-10-00, CDBBC Sessions
    2×CD, Digipak
    Bella Union – BELLACD14UK1999UK1999
    Recently Edited
    Cover of BBC Sessions, 1999-10-12, CDBBC Sessions
    2×CD, Advance, Album, Promo
    Rykodisc – RCD 10497 ADVUS1999US1999
    Recently Edited
    Cover of BBC Sessions, 1999-10-12, CDBBC Sessions
    2×CD, Album, Digipak, Slipcase
    Rykodisc – RCD 10497, Bella Union – RCD 10497US1999US1999
    Recently Edited
    Cover of BBC Sessions, 1999, CDBBC Sessions
    2×CD, Advance, Album, Promo
    Bella Union – BELLACD14PUK1999UK1999
    New Submission
    Cover of BBC Sessions, 1999, CDBBC Sessions
    2×CD, Album
    Bella Union – BELLACD14UK1999UK1999
    New Submission
    Cover of BBC Sessions, 1999, CDBBC Sessions
    2×CD, Album
    Bella Union – BELLACD14UK1999UK1999
    New Submission
    Cover of BBC Sessions, 2007, CDBBC Sessions
    2×CD, Album, Reissue
    Bella Union – BELLACD14UK2007UK2007
    Recently Edited
    Cover of BBC Sessions, , CDBBC Sessions
    CD, Album, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Cocteau Twins) – noneRussiaRussia
    Recently Edited
    Cover of BBC Sessions, , CDBBC Sessions
    2×CD, Album
    Bella Union – BELLACD14UKUK
    New Submission
    Cover of BBC Sessions, , CDBBC Sessions
    2×CD, Album, Club Edition, Reissue
    Rykodisc – RCD 10497, Bella Union – RCD 10497USUS
    New Submission
    Cover of BBC Sessions, , CDBBC Sessions
    2×CD, Album, Digipak, Slipcase
    Rykodisc – RCD 10497, Bella Union – RCD 10497USUS

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    • Zigzagmarky's avatar
      Zigzagmarky
      I am selling a copy of the vinyl release as mentioned below. Very rare and sought after. Probably a privately produced bootleg. Please contact me here if interested.
      • Youmeannothing's avatar
        This needs to be released on vinyl.. travesty it has not when so much other garbage has been mulitple times already.
        • maxal's avatar
          maxal
          It was a surprise to hear some of these BBC Sessions - particularly the Garlands and earliest pieces.

          I remember buying Garlands when it first hit the scene. The remarkable thing about Garlands is the merging of gunfire-intensity percussion + pensive / sombre strings and Liz's forceful voice. [There's also something extraordinary about the relentless rhythm some of the tracks possess.] So, when I first played these session versions, which enhances some of the military percussion, I thought omg if the rest of the album is going to be like this, it is brilliant, as the resulting musical quality is closer to its post-punk origins.

          However, that revelatory quality is not sustained throughout. Liz Fraser is exacting with her work and tracks didn’t change much later on. The album is certainly worth its price for the initial tracks, the thrill of a variant, compiling the tracks, and the ‘session history’, however, most of the tracks are better on the original albums.
          • Refugium's avatar
            Refugium
            There is a vinyl release titled The BBC Sessions which has only 12 songs on it. It's incredibly hard to find information on. Pressed by Swing Shift Records, but no catalogue number or date.
            • williwoods's avatar
              williwoods
              we need a vinyl boxset of these recordings!
              • GalaxyExplorer's avatar
                Edited 10 years ago
                I'm not a diehard Cocteau Twins fan, but many of these live versions to me are better, and SOUND better, than their studio counterparts. "Blind Deaf Dumb" for example has that high-pitch melody much quieter. In general there's more of a light industrial and less of a muddy ghostly etheral sound on many of these tracks. Good stuff.

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