Cocteau TwinsTreasure Hiding (The Fontana Years)

Label:Fontana – 5771558, UMC – 5771558
Box Set, Compilation, Remastered
CD, Album, Reissue
CD, Album, Reissue
CD, Compilation
CD, Compilation
Country:UK & Europe
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Alternative Rock, Downtempo, Ethereal, Dream Pop


Four-Calendar Café
1-1Know Who You Are At Every Age3:38
1-4Theft, And Wandering Around Lost4:30
1-5Oil Of Angels4:37
1-7My Truth4:32
Milk & Kisses
2-5Calfskin Smack4:58
2-6Rilkean Heart4:02
2-9Treasure Hiding4:53
2-10Seekers Who Are Lovers4:41
EPs & Rarities
3-1Mud And Dark3:42
3-3Winter Wonderland
Arranged ByCocteau Twins
3-4Frosty The Snowman
Arranged ByCocteau Twins
3-5Three Swept3:36
3-6Ice Pulse3:45
3-7Bluebeard (Acoustic Version)3:08
3-8Rilkean Heart2:22
3-10Pink Orange Red4:31
Arranged By [Strings]Thomas M. Hill
3-12Feet Like Fins5:30
3-13Seekers Who Are Lovers5:41
3-15Cherry-Coloured Funk5:47
3-17Primitive Heart4:07
3-18Flock Of Soul3:36
3-20An Elan4:38
Sessions & Rarities
4-2Tranquil Eye3:54
4-3Circling Girl3:33
4-5Circling Girl (Volume Magazine Version)3:36
4-6Touch Upon Touch (Volume Magazine Version)4:06
4-10Seekers Who Are Lovers4:22
4-11Calfskin Smack4:27
4-12Fifty-Fifty Clown3:15

Companies, etc.



Including a 24-page booklet containing liner note and credits.

CD1: "Four-Calendar Café" - Released: 18 October 1993. Recorded at various studios and September Sound, London.
CD2: "Milk & Kisses" - Released: March 1996. Recorded at Pors Poulhan and September Sound, London.
Tracks 3-1, 3-2 from "Evangeline" - Released: September 1993 / Cat No: CTCD1. Recorded and mixed at September Sound, London.
Tracks 3-3, 3-4 from "Snow EP" - Released: December 1993 / Cat No: COCCD1. Recorded and mixed at September Sound, London.
Tracks 3-5 to 3-7 from "Bluebeard Single" - Released: February 1994 / Cat No: CTCD2. Recorded and mixed at September Sound, London.
Tracks 3-8 to 3-11 from "Twinlights" - Released: September 1995 / Cat No: CTCD3. Recorded and mixed at September Sound. Additional recordings at Wessex.
Tracks 3-12 to 3-15 from "Otherness" - Released: October 1995 / Cat No: CTCD4. Mixed at September Sound and Polyfusion, London.
Tracks 3-16 to 3-20 from "Tishbite" - Released: March 1996 / Cat No: CTCD5 / CTDD5.
Tracks 4-1 to 4-4 from "Violaine EP" - Released: October 1996 / Cat No: CTCD6 / CTDD6.
Tracks 4-5, 4-6 from "Volume" compilations:
Track 4-5 is an Alternative Mix of 4-3 and was released on the compilation CD/Magazine "Volume 15"
Track 4-6 released in late 1996 on the compilation "Volume 17"
Tracks 4-7 to 4-10 from "Mark Radcliffe BBC Session, 12 March 1996"
Tracks 4-11 to 4-13 from "Robert Elms BBC Session, 10th April 1996"

Track durations are not printed on the release.

On the discs:
© 2018 Phonogram Ltd. (London).
On the box:
℗ 2018 Phonogram Records Limited.
© 2018 Phonogram Records Limited.
A Universal Music Group release. BIEM/SDRM. LC00268. Made in EU.

Typo only on rear: Cherry Coloured Funk
Typo throughout: Volaine EP

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 02557 71558 3
  • Barcode: 602557715583
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): Sony DADC [Universal Logo] 00602557715590 A0103071548-0101 17 A00
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1): IFPI L557
  • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI 943P
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): Sony DADC [Universal Logo] 00602557715606 A0103071567-0101 17 A00
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2): IFPI L557
  • Mould SID Code (CD2): IFPI 945S
  • Matrix / Runout (CD3): Sony DADC [Universal Logo] 00602557715613 A0103071571-0101 13 A00
  • Mastering SID Code (CD3): IFPI L553
  • Mould SID Code (CD3): IFPI 941Q
  • Matrix / Runout (CD4): Sony DADC [Universal Logo] 00602557715620 A0103071586-0101 27 A00
  • Mastering SID Code (CD4): IFPI L557
  • Mould SID Code (CD4): IFPI 943P
  • Matrix / Runout (Catalog nr. CD1): 5771559
  • Matrix / Runout (Catalog nr. CD2): 5771560
  • Matrix / Runout (Catalog nr. CD3): 5771561
  • Matrix / Runout (Catalog nr. CD4): 5771562
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM
  • Rights Society: BIEM STEMRA
  • Label Code: LC00268

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  • ivoguy's avatar
    The best way to listen to the CT is to get NM copies of the original vinyls, clean them well, and play them on a nice system. Period.
    • mutualskies's avatar
      Some of this material has been *severely* remastered. Whether that's good or bad is in the eye of the beholder; digital recording and mastering techniques are still improving year over year, and to me the Cocteau Twins' original albums sounded muted, squashed by too much headroom - a hangover from analog mastering standards.

      I don't know many fans who were happy with Robin Guthrie's work on the 4AD reissues in the early 2000s - there are endless threads online complaining about them, and I never bought any of them after a cursory listen. Every one is a blown-out mess.

      Treasure Hiding was mastered at Abbey Road by Alex Gordon from the original tapes, and approved by Robin Guthrie. To my ears, Alex has substantially improved on the original editions, which suffered from the usual 80s/90s V-shaped EQ - all bass and treble, overreacting to the historic mid-range sound of vinyl. Milk & Kisses never sounded right to begin with, and while it's *much* fuller now, I'd say Alex has polished a sneaker.

      If you're a massive Cocteaus fan, you've undoubtedly already sourced all of the "rarities" here, which are less fiddled with, but appear to be remastered. I have Volume 15 for "Circling Girl," which is probably the last great Cocteau Twins song IMO. It sounds slightly stronger as presented here, as do the Snow EP and Mark Clifford of Seefeel's Otherness remixes.

      The bulk of the remastering clearly focused on the proper LPs; the value here is the opportunity to hear Four-Calendar Cafe in a completely new, kaleidoscopic glory promised by the album cover.
      • deadivo's avatar
        I couldn't find any details of remastering on the records, booklet or boxset, are you sure it's remastered? Or is it the remastered editions of the two studio lp's made some years ago (2006)? Nothing is written, and it seems to sound like the old original versions.
        • huei's avatar
          A missed opportunity. The channels are reversed on Four-Calendar Café and the remastering is overly bright throughout.
          • jdaninger's avatar
            were all these BBC session tracks on the BBC live album?


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