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Cocteau TwinsStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)

Tracklist

Blind Dumb Deaf3:47
Sugar Hiccup3:41
My Love Paramour3:38
Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops4:11
Lorelei3:43
Pandora5:26
Aikea-Guinea3:57
Pink Orange Red4:38
Pale Clouded White4:59
Lazy Calm6:34
The Thinner The Air3:16
Orange Appled2:50
Cico Buff3:46
Carolyn's Fingers3:06
Fifty-Fifty Clown3:11
Iceblink Luck3:18
Heaven Or Las Vegas4:55
Watchlar3:17

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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990), 2000-10-16, CDStars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990)
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    [pias] – 170.9219.20, 4AD – CAD 2K19 CDEurope2000Europe2000
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990), 2000, CDStars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990)
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    Feelee – FL 3164-2, Квадро-Диск – EXL00-009Russia2000Russia2000
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990), 2000, CDStars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990)
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    Labels – 7243 8499052 7France2000France2000
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), 2000-10-16, CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    4AD – CAD 2K19 CDUK2000UK2000
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990), 2000, CDStars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990)
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    Sonic Records (2) – SON159Poland2000Poland2000
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), 2000, CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    Sum Records (2) – 6920-2Brazil2000Brazil2000
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), 2000, CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    4AD – CAD 2K19 CDAustralia2000Australia2000
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    Cover of (1982-1990) "TBA", 2000, CD(1982-1990) "TBA"
    CD, Compilation, Promo, Remastered, Cardboard Sleeve
    Labels – noneEurope2000Europe2000
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), 2000-10-21, CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    4AD – RCCY-1101Japan2000Japan2000
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    Cover of 1982 To 1990, 2000, CDr1982 To 1990
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    4AD – noneUK2000UK2000
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), 2000-10-21, CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    Rock Records – RCCY-1101Japan2000Japan2000
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), 2000, CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    Rock Records – RCP-5026Japan2000Japan2000
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), 2000-10-16, CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    4AD – MBB20061Argentina2000Argentina2000
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), 2001, CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    Sum Records (2) – 6920-2Mexico2001Mexico2001
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990), 2003-06-03, CDStars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990)
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    4AD – CAD 2K19 CDUS2003US2003
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990), 2003-06-03, CDStars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990)
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), 2010-09-22, CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    Hostess Entertainment Unlimited – BGJ-19061Japan2010Japan2010
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), 2012-02-06, VinylStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    4AD – CAD 2K19UK2012UK2012
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), 2012-02-07, VinylStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    4AD – CAD 2K19US2012US2012
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), , CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    4AD – CAD 2K19 CDEuropeEurope
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), , CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    4AD (2) – CAD 2K19 CDChinaChina
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), , CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    4AD – CAD 2K19 CDUKUK
    Cover of Stars And Topsoil - A Collection (1982-1990), , CassetteStars And Topsoil - A Collection (1982-1990)
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    Sonic Records (2) – SONC 159, Sonic Records (2) – sonc 159PolandPoland
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), , VinylStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    4AD – CAD 2K19UK, Europe & USUK, Europe & US
    Cover of Stars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990), , CDStars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990)
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    Cover of Stars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990), , CDStars And Topsoil A Collection (1982-1990)
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    Reviews

    • SubterraneanSonic's avatar
      Edited 4 months ago
      I was very excited about this release. The song selection is without a doubt great. You get a good overview of each of the 4AD albums with two or three songs each and some highlights from the eps. I was more worried about the remastering. After the poor reviews for the 2018 reissues, I was very curious to hear what they did here. I was able to make a comparison for the two Victorialand songs with a European original. The remaster is a little more booming than the original. That's not bad at all, but in my opinion the original sounds more balanced and clearer. Unfortunately I don't have any more OGs to compare more. The other songs seem less boomy and sound good on first listen. I'll update this review if I get more OGs.
      • PG2016's avatar
        PG2016
        Edited 10 months ago
        The runouts on my copy are:

        CAD2K19 155148E1/A and 155148E2/A on Sides 1/2 respectively

        CAD2K19 155148E3/B and 155148E4/A on sides 3/4 respectively

        Is this an entirely new vinyl pressing that hasn't been recorded here? Is it worth making a new entry for this?

        Other than that, the pressing is pretty good. Good soundstage and little noise.
        • Btof's avatar
          Btof
          Best sounding and looking record in my collection by far.
          • Ziskar's avatar
            Ziskar
            I have many of the original pressings but I was still missing some songs. I bought this compilation after the mostly enthusiastic reviews here and I must say it's one of the best sounding compilations I ever owned. Grab it while it is still affordable.
            • recordhead59's avatar
              recordhead59
              My copy (on white vinyl) sounds clear as glass. If I go back to the original versions of these songs and do an A/B comparison I hear no difference in the overall sound of these songs. Furthermore, I think this compendium faithfully represents the best tracks of the period represented. I highly recommend this set for anyone just discovering Cocteau Twins.
              • sonidos's avatar
                sonidos
                Wonderful sound, silent without background noise and with good dynamic range, perhaps a little sessed, which is more noticeable in the physical properties of the vinyl and its saturation, however it is not without warmth.
                • steve_w007's avatar
                  steve_w007
                  Disc one of my copy is flawless. Disc two is a little noisy.
                  • Slanted-Enchanted's avatar
                    Scooped up this comp for $23 w shipping and although it arrived with inner seam splits (Amazon's fault) it looks and sounds incredible. Little to no surface noise and really well balanced sound. Great selection of songs from this legendary ethereal dream pop band.
                    • Kirriereoch's avatar
                      Kirriereoch
                      I had concerns about the quality of this release after reading all the comments so I had always held off buying this compilation. However, just by chance I walked past a shop run by a local record label that is not open often but happened to be open. The shop owner let me play this album to check the sound and it sounds fine.
                      This shows the lottery that is buying by post I guess. If it had sounded as described by some commenter here I would have saved my €20.
                      This is a great compilation and I´m glad I got it. Beautiful music and two beautifully packaged white discs too.
                      • Mountaintalk's avatar
                        Mountaintalk
                        Edited one year ago
                        The mastering has been damaged by Robin Guthrie. I wonder if he is bitter with the band and has deliberately messed with the originals out of spite. I had to spend $60.00+ on the original vinyl for Treasure to get the sound quality i was hoping for on Stars & Topsoil. In fact I bought the 2018 release of Treasure which was the worst sounding record I have ever heard. Stars & Topsoil vinyl is confusing. Side A & B are just unlistenable. Very poor distant underwater flat sound. Side C is rescued by the two tracks from Victorialand which sound beautiful. Side D is rescued by the four tracks from Heaven Or Las Vegas including Watchlar. So in all the two tracks from Victorialand and the four from Heaven Or Las Vegas are the only listenable tracks. I hesitate to get rid of it because the reissues are all so awful. I will keep this until I can get my hands on the original Victorialand and Heaven Or Las Vegas. This is a real shame for Cocteau Twin fans who continue to buy and support a band that has been split since 1997. I cry for the damage done to their legacy. A proper release in accordance with all band members engineered by someone other than Robin who can have access to the original analogue masters must be done. Fans now are in their 40's and 50's, we can afford a decent package. It will sell.

                        ***************UPDATE****************
                        I have discovered that I am wrong with my original review. Side A and B quality are actually an excellent transfer of mastering to this first time release on vinyl. Perhaps I was just in the wrong acoustic range with a stereo system that didn't show the true nature of this double vinyl album. Sorry mistake. I love this band so much that I thought to help the fans out by correcting my mistake.

                        A solid purchase!

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