Cocteau Twins ‎– Head Over Heels

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CAD 313 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album, Glo) 4AD CAD 313 UK 1983 Sell This Version
CADC 313 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(Cass, Album) 4AD CADC 313 UK 1983 Sell This Version
ROSE 25, CAD 313 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) New Rose Records, 4AD ROSE 25, CAD 313 France 1983 Sell This Version
INT 145.082, CAD 313 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) Intercord, 4AD INT 145.082, CAD 313 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
CAD 313, 58.011 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) 4AD, PolyGram CAD 313, 58.011 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
POW 6077 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) Powderworks POW 6077 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
YQ-7044 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) 4AD YQ-7044 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
VOG-1-3329 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) Vertigo VOG-1-3329 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
CAD 313 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) 4AD CAD 313 UK 1983 Sell This Version
206 332, 206 332-320 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 206 332, 206 332-320 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
CAD 313 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) 4AD CAD 313 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
YQ-7044 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album, Promo) 4AD YQ-7044 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
CAD 313 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) 4AD CAD 313 UK 1983 Sell This Version
CAD 313 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album, Sat) 4AD CAD 313 UK 1983 Sell This Version
VOG4-1-3329 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(Cass, Album) Vertigo VOG4-1-3329 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
SP25-5083 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) SMS Records SP25-5083 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
MEGADISC 338315, 08-022741-20 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) Megadisc, Megadisc MEGADISC 338315, 08-022741-20 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
VLP-88 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) Victoria VLP-88 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
SP25-5083 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album, Promo) SMS Records SP25-5083 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
CAD 313 CD Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(CD, Album) 4AD CAD 313 CD UK 1986 Sell This Version
VLP-88, 30.391, CAD313 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, RE) Victoria, Victoria, 4AD VLP-88, 30.391, CAD313 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
DG-221 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album) DG Discos DG-221 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
DG-221 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album, Promo, pho) DG Discos DG-221 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
DG-221 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album, W/Lbl, pho) DG Discos DG-221 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
A-097 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(Cass, Album, Unofficial) ALF A-097 Poland 1990 Sell This Version
CDP 7 96416 2 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(CD, Album) Capitol Records, 4AD CDP 7 96416 2 US 1991 Sell This Version
MG 0671 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 0671 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
RCCY-1054 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(CD, Album, RE, RM) 4AD RCCY-1054 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
GAD 313 CD Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(CD, Album, RE, RM) 4AD GAD 313 CD US 2003 Sell This Version
GAD 313 CD Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(CD, Album, RE, RM) 4AD GAD 313 CD US 2003 Sell This Version
GAD 313 CD Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(CD, Album, RE, RM) 4AD GAD 313 CD UK 2003 Sell This Version
TECI-24271 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Pap) Imperial Records (13), 4AD TECI-24271 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
TECI-21339 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(CD, Album, RE, RM) Imperial Records (13), 4AD TECI-21339 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
GAD 313 CD Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(CD, Album, RE, RM) 4AD, Союз GAD 313 CD Russia 2007 Sell This Version
VIN180LP010 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album, Ltd, RM, 180) Vinyl 180 VIN180LP010 UK 2008 Sell This Version
CAD3709 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(LP, Album, RE, RM) 4AD CAD3709 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
CDP 7 96416 2 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(CD, Album, RE) Capitol Records, 4AD CDP 7 96416 2 US Unknown Sell This Version
GAD 313 CD Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) 4AD GAD 313 CD US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-96416 Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels(Cass, Album) Capitol Records, 4AD C4-96416 US Unknown Sell This Version

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maxal

maxal

November 25, 2018
referencing Head Over Heels, LP, Album, Glo, CAD 313
It's interesting what some say here about the cover of Head over Heels. Out of all the Cocteau Twins 4AD albums Head over Heels is the album cover which has gone through the widest range of cover printing variations - because it is the most sensitive image.

Firstly it's good to have the original edition of the album (to kind of define the original intentions of the cover image?). Head over Heels is a dificult cover image to get right as there is not much colour or tonal variation - there is a lot of 'muddy grey'. But it is a lovely photograph (of the surface of a muddy puddle with mixed flora detritus - broken carnation flower heads, an honesty seed pod, helicopter seed, broken leaf stem etc). With this first edition cover there is no barcode and the colours are printed excellently, there is a silvery sheen to the 'puddle' in the top left corner and the colour range is good. There are some reds! There is a dot of red above the helicopter seed head , top right of the cover, and the carnation on the back has a good amount of red.

Flash forward into the future and the Cocteau Twins box set of Vinyl 180 records (2008) is printed on a different paper stock! It's a glorious, uncoated matt paper finish. The Garlands album beniefits most from this paper choice as that photograph has a good, defining contrast and a good colour range. I was thrilled when I first saw the Garlands album cover printed on this paper. However, the Head over Heels cover does not benefit in the same way. I still think it's beautiful; it's a murky dreamy cover. But it's a close hit and miss, any darker and it wouldn't work - and perhaps to some people's taste it doesn't work. The sheen on the puddle is no longer silvery (there's a lack of rare 'treasure') and the red has pretty much disappeared. I don't know whether it is my love for this cover, that I still like it printed on this paper stock or what. Perhaps it is because Cocteau Twins' music is so mysterious, that the murkiness of a potentially 'bad' printing can still work?. But note: this is not bad printing - it is the limitations of a high quality paper. In that respect, I think the cover on this paper works. This isn't a cover which is supposed to shout out and draw attention. It's a quiet cover. However, a bit more contrast could have improved it - the loss of the silvery sheen for instance is symbolically important to the nature of Cocteau Twins' music.

As an aside, it is also interesting to compare the Japanese (Strange Days Presents) CD covers in paper sleeves, 2003. For me, these are the best CD option for the Cocteau Twins' albums - they are beautiful little objects, visually and aurally. With the paper covers, you have direct contact with the artwork. Regarding the Strange Days Head over Heels cover the general first impression is that it is a sharper, more contrasty image than the first edition 4AD vinyl cover (it would be - it's a much smaller size). It's a very good printing of it and there is not too much difference compared with the first edition. However, on balance, I still prefer the first edition vinyl cover - the Strange Days cover, being an increment too dark at the bottom quarter, where the title is, and the sharpness of the image take away from the dream quality, again important in reference to the Cocteau Twins' sound.

I also have a Vinyl 180 misprint of this cover with some 'bands' running across the cover. I was going to return it for refund - I'm so glad I didn't, it actually works! (I was never sure whether it was an experiment or a mistake . . .).

I know, I know, you think I'm wierd to go into such detail! I have an interest in publishing and photography as well as music.
Blessedheart85

Blessedheart85

September 15, 2018
referencing Head Over Heels, LP, Album, RE, RM, CAD3709
I own an original...how does this remaster sound? Is it worth getting or should I stick to the original?
jimhb

jimhb

June 23, 2018
referencing Head Over Heels, LP, Album, Ltd, RM, 180, VIN180LP010
This the is the Gutherie remaster pressed on vinyl. Avoid.
maxal

maxal

March 27, 2018
referencing Head Over Heels, LP, Album, Glo, CAD 313
[I wrote this because of Garlands, but as I mention Head over Heels 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.
BummerNights.

BummerNights.

March 18, 2018
edited 8 months ago
referencing Head Over Heels, LP, Album, RE, RM, CAD3709

4AD has been doing an amazing job reissuing the CT vinyl back catalog, and they once again deliver two beautiful pressings. I own originals of both of these, and the remastering sounds great, the pressing quality is fantastic with no pops or surface noise. Overall, the sound is crystal clear and amazingly detailed.

The sleeves are also spot on (these versions include a bar code, though) and don't suffer from the same hazy quality a lot of current reissues seem to exhibit. The original printed inner sleeves are also replicated nicely (thicker stock than the originals) and round out two excellent represses. These both also include download codes.

I really hope 4AD keeps up this level of quality for the "Victorialand" & "Garlands" represses. And while technically not a CT album, "The Moon and the Melodies" would be an amazing addition as well.
cdfreak1

cdfreak1

March 15, 2018
referencing Head Over Heels, LP, Album, RE, RM, CAD3709
Nice, heavy vinyl. A few ticks and pops, even after a good washing on the Okki Nokki, but overall, a decent pressing. It might sound a TAD compressed, but I think that's the claustrophobic sound the Twins were going for at the time: BIG SOUND in a little room.
Aldrin

Aldrin

February 8, 2018
referencing Head Over Heels, CD, Album, CAD 313 CD
Does this release really exist? According to all other sources, releases with catalogue number CAD313CD all have title ”Sunburst and Snowblind - Head Over Heels” on front sleeve. I actually emailed 4AD about this, the Person who replied wasn’t 100% sure but also thought that this version doesn’t actually exist.
OnlyLeura

OnlyLeura

January 24, 2018
referencing Head Over Heels, LP, Album, Glo, CAD 313
Heavyweight black vinyl reissue (cut from brand-new HD 96/24 masters) is releasing 16 Mar 2018 on 4AD.
vegasbiss

vegasbiss

December 1, 2014
referencing Head Over Heels, LP, Album, Glo, CAD 313

2 different versions of the cover exist in my collection. One glossy on silk mat
dexterfeng

dexterfeng

June 25, 2003
referencing Head Over Heels, LP, Album, Glo, CAD 313
The second release from the Cocteaus, visually the artwork is stunning. Much more solid than Garlands, possibly thanks to updates in equipment or perhaps from a better understanding of studio mayhem and more racks of effects introduced into the mix. More of an uplifting album than the gloom and doom of the aforementioned.