Cocteau Twins ‎– Garlands

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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
SP25-5048 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album, Promo) 4AD SP25-5048 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
CAD 211 CD Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE) 4AD CAD 211 CD UK 1987 Sell This Version
30CY-1651 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE) 4AD 30CY-1651 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
YQ-7043 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album, RE) 4AD YQ-7043 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
COCY-6120 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE) 4AD COCY-6120 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
848 023-2 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE) 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, RE) Vertigo 848 023-4 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
CDP 7 96415 2 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE) Capitol Records CDP 7 96415 2 US 1991 Sell This Version
C4 96415 Cocteau Twins Garlands(Cass, Album, RE) 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, RE) 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
RCCY-1053 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE) 4AD RCCY-1053 Japan 1999 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 US 2003 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, RE, RM) 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
CAD 211 CD Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album, RE) 4AD CAD 211 CD UK 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
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
XCD 065 Cocteau Twins Garlands(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Takt Music XCD 065 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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axe5escorpio

axe5escorpio

July 14, 2019
referencing Garlands, CD, Album, RE, RM, GAD 211 CD
According to prevailing atmosphere in the early eighties, the Cocteau Twins debut is a product of its time and doesn't have relation with overwhelming and splendid sound that the band will built some years later. Under 4AD seal, these first steps are similars of Dead Can Dance, collecting the plastic elements of postpunk and adapting certain vein between melancholy and tenebrous sounds, as a mixture between early The Cure and the sound of Bauhaus. The production privileges the bass over the guitar sound and the band, in absence of a drummer, uses the electronic sounds of a drum machine. It makes the sound even colder and distant, something that might not disgust Mr. Ivo Watts-Russell, label boss and record producer. Anyway, atmosphere is the trademark of 4AD.

Garlands starts with Blood bitch and problems noticed immediately: the song is monotonous and repetitive, with background guitar in noisy mode, with strong presence of a stabbing bass in the best tradition of gothic rock and Elizabeth Fraser voice without fundamental vocal twists that defines the sound of the band. Things get better with Wax and Wane and its interesting sound changes: a melodic hook in chorus that resonates in brain and a more accurate attempt of the guitar to build ethereal atmospheres. But I'm not is more ominous, with a plaintive tone that fit in the darker discs of the aforementioned The Cure, especially by arrangements of the bass in the style of Simon Gallup and the monotonous sound of electric drum machine. The first part of the album ends with Blind dumb deaf, which trick us with an open guitar sound that invites us at ethereal journey but dilutes in a tired and repetitive melody that becomes too long.

In the second half of album the songs have a longer duration and exceed even five minutes, unlike the first half of the album that focuses on concise songs. Shallow then halo promise not much in the beginning but hides some interesting touches on guitar and vocal arrangements of Elizabeth Fraser, who perform some unusual and guttural discoveries that will be a privilege for ears have fallen in love for their vocal cords power. The Hollow Men lost the battle because long duration, especially due monotony that distils certain distracting elements: processed voices of final section and guitar's attempt to generate other sonorities, but electronic drum is a heavy burden. Garlands, the eponymous track of album, builds a succession of unconventional chords that generates an unusual attention in the listener and a structured line bass that travels between low and high notes and brings a sound base that shines above a reluctant interpretation of the voice.

The album ends with Grail overfloweth, another tiring and repetitive tune. The theme is built in a step by step way, in The Cure formulated style, but deflates and not maintain interest until end. It's like listen another band that wanted to exploit the gloomy atmospheres, dressed in black suits, with tons of lipsticks and a vampiric condition in tone of decimononic romanticism. Despite this, an album not make a band. Not in vain we are talking about Cocteau Twins, named in homage to one of great artists of the 20th century, heir of poetic surrealism.

Some editions of Garlands include extra content. In January of 1983 Cocteau Twins recorded four songs for John Peel sessions. Blind dumb deaf is a far superior version and Hazel is an early version, later recorded in a classic EP. Two songs have been officially unedited: Dear heart and Hearsay please, that announces new paths in the band sound.

Speak no evil, originally B side of Thomas Leer's single Who's Fooling Who / Speak No Evil, originally was going to be the first record of Cocteau Twins before Garlands. The atmosphere is just as oppressive, so it does not provide much interest beyond its rarity.

Finally, Perhaps some other aeon saw the light for first time in An Hour of Eloquent Sounds compilation. More rhythmic than Speak no evil, does not abandon the repetitive tone of most lazy songs of this period.
flowersimon

flowersimon

December 24, 2018
referencing Garlands, LP, Album, CAD 211
I bought a vinyl copy of Garlands (CAD211) in Sister Ray records (London) yesterday. Immaculate sleeve/vinyl. Got home to find previous owner had blacked out the words ‘over’ and ‘this side’ on the label. Mildly irritated I put on the record, side one first (natch ), to find I’m not hearing Blood Bitch followed by Wax & Wane but instead Shallow Then Hallo followed by The Hollow Men.
A rare pressing/labelling error or common to all? Don’t recall same thing on a previous copy I sold.
Christmas come early perhaps 😉
maxal

maxal

September 13, 2018
referencing Garlands, LP, Album, CAD 211
On revisiting this, maybe I should offer a generic apology to Elizabeth Fraser here about the lyrics (and any interpretation which jarrs). About the lyrics and the way I hear them it's - fraught with error and that's part of the fun (?). I know I can get the lyrics wrong, and sometimes with directly opposed meaning (which I suppose could upset Liz?). So please don't take me too seriously. Hopefully any (mis) interpretations can just be taken as part of the nature of veils and revelation in any journey . . .

So: as for the Googled lyrics of Blind Deaf Dumb:
Blind dumb deafen offends
I was never a part of it

I heard it as something that has almost the OPPOSITE in meaning:
By the method of faith
I'll swear that I'm part of it

How could I hear "Blind dumb deafen offends" as "By the method of faith" ? It's worth listening to the track - it gives further appreciation of Liz's beautiful lyrics, unusual poetry and rhythm.
Storungz

Storungz

June 28, 2018
referencing Garlands, CD, Album, RE, 30CY-1651
Anyone down to sell their copy? Please hit me up! Cheers!!
Occidentally

Occidentally

June 25, 2018
referencing Garlands, LP, Album, TP, Sta, CAD 211
Anyone ever come across this test pressing?
I actually won this on auction at Ebay for a decent price some years ago (maybe the only time it has ever appeared for sale?), but the seller then claimed it got "lost in the mail," which has never really happened to me before. He almost immediately offered a full refund no questions asked, so always kind of wondered if he actually just got a better offer after close of bidding.
maxal

maxal

March 27, 2018
referencing Garlands, LP, Album, CAD 211
Lyrics to Blind Deaf Dumb as googled:

Blind dumb deafen offends
I was never a part of it
At the bosom
Or the breast
Or the forehead
Or the fist
Blind dumb deafen offends
I was never a part of it
My mouthing at you
My tongue the stake
I should . . .

Just to show I can google lyrics too. (For some reason, I couldn't help but write the lyrics I heard for so long.)
maxal

maxal

March 27, 2018
referencing Garlands, LP, Album, CAD 211
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.
chunkyricesushi

chunkyricesushi

November 3, 2017
referencing Garlands, LP, Album, CAD 211
Siouxie and the Banshees as well as Bauhaus loom large over this LP, but it does of course have its own colours too. More overtly melodic and self-similar in instrumentation and sonics than the Banshees, for example, and Elizabeth Frazers vocals are always a joy. They improved a lot from this promising start...
Worried_Now

Worried_Now

September 16, 2017
referencing Garlands, CD, Album, RE, 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 over 3 years 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".