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Harold BuddElizabeth FraserRobin GuthrieSimon RaymondeThe Moon And The Melodies

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

Tracklist

A1Sea, Swallow Me3:09
A2Memory Gongs7:28
A3Why Do You Love Me?4:52
A4Eyes Are Mosaics4:10
B1She Will Destroy You
SaxophoneRichard Thomas (2)
4:18
B2The Ghost Has No Home
SaxophoneRichard Thomas (2)
7:36
B3Bloody And Blunt2:13
B4Ooze Out And Away, Onehow3:39
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℗&© 1986 4·A·D
Richard Thomas courtesy of Dif Juz

Includes printed inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

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

Other Versions (5 of 45)View All

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)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 43, noneGermany1986

Reviews

dusty.grooves's avatar
dusty.grooves
Son of a b this climbed in the past year
TyVondra's avatar
TyVondra
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
tony879
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
maxal
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
flowerbed
Edited 2 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
geoff.vane
Mine has an X behind both matrix numbers. Is that just variation 2 or am I wrong?
kalithas's avatar
kalithas
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
NeonTiger88
Edited 6 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.