Harold BuddElizabeth FraserRobin GuthrieSimon RaymondeThe Moon And The Melodies

Label:4AD – CAD 611
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Ethereal, Ambient


A1Sea, Swallow Me3:09
A2Memory Gongs7:28
A3Why Do You Love Me?4:52
A4Eyes Are Mosaics4:10
B5She Will Destroy You
SaxophoneRichard Thomas (2)
B6The Ghost Has No Home
SaxophoneRichard Thomas (2)
B7Bloody And Blunt2:13
B8Ooze Out And Away, Onehow3:39

Companies, etc.



Includes printed inner sleeve.

Tracks are numbered sequentially regardless of side.

℗&© 1986 4·A·D
Richard Thomas courtesy of Dif Juz

Made in England

Runouts are etched.

Lacquer cutting, vinyl pressing companies derived from runouts.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 1): CAD 611 A1 TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 1): CAD 611 B1 TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 2): CAD 611 A1 TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 2): CAD 611 B1x TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 3): CAD 611 A1x TOWNHOUSE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 3): CAD 611 B1x TOWNHOUSE MPO

Other Versions (5 of 45)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Moon And The Melodies (CD, Album, MPO)4ADCAD 611 CDUK1986
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The Moon And The Melodies (Cassette, Album, Black shell)4ADCAD C 611UK1986
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The Moon And The Melodies (Cassette, Album)Vertigo830 672-4Canada1986
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The Moon And The Melodies (LP, Album)Vertigo830 672-1Canada1986
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The Moon And The Melodies (LP, Album)Rough Trade, 4ADRTD 43Germany1986



  • kguy2know's avatar
    IMO the OG pressings of Cocteau Twins lps has been the way to go over the reissues- sound of OG's is MUCH better. The only time the reissues worth it is when the have extra songs.
    • dusty.grooves's avatar
      Son of a b this climbed in the past year
      • funky_wax's avatar
        Probably my favorite Cocteau record. I just seem to get lost in the music and I never know what to play after!
        • tony879's avatar
          I wasn’t very impressed with this when I bought it when it first came out and it’s sat in my collection having only been played a few times…
          I felt both parties didn’t really play to their strengths and as a result the music was a little diminished.
          I need to re listen.
          • maxal's avatar
            Regarding the comments about "translucent vinyl" - that is interesting. It sounds as though it could be a Quiex II pressing. The 1986 pressing date would coincide with that. Quiex is not recycled vinyl, creates a quieter pressing, is often slightly transparent - Google it.

            There were some Joy Division albums pressed on Quiex, also Robert Palmer, Peter Gabriel, some "promotion only" albums (such as Cure's DIsintegration - highly collectable . . . .).
            • flowerbed's avatar
              Edited 4 years ago
              I have to say, despite being into ambient music as well as an ardent Cocteau Twins fan, I find Harold Budd's contribution pretty ordinary. Whenever I listen to it I feel that our Scottish heroes are being restricted by Budd's bland harmonies....and also, I want more Liz Frazer!! (but then, don't we always?).

              I'd rather play a full-on Cocteau Twins album.
              • geoff.vane's avatar
                Mine has an X behind both matrix numbers. Is that just variation 2 or am I wrong?
                • kalithas's avatar
                  I have the original copy. This needs a remaster asap!
                  • Blessedheart85's avatar
                    Most of the other Cocteau Twins albums have been remastered and reissued in the past couple of years. Why not this? It's arguably the album that needs it the most!
                    • NeonTiger88's avatar
                      Edited 8 years ago
                      This album is like my soul put to vinyl or cd. I absolutely adore the sound and mood of The Moon and The Melodies. Rarely i can find music of such closeness to my taste and my mentality. Aside from my perspective it is just beautiful music that takes you in places faaaar away from reality while still being grown out of reality. it's hard to articulate the power of this album. So i will simply say that this collaboration between Harold Budd and Cocteau Twins gave birth to something i would simply call a miracle.


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