Cocteau Twins - The Pink Opaque

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The Pink Opaque is a compilation album by British rock band Cocteau Twins, originally released in January 1986 via 4AD Records.

Cocteau Twins were a Scottish rock band active from 1979 to 1997. The original members were singer Elizabeth Fraser, guitarist Robin Guthrie and bassist Will Heggie, who was replaced by multi-instrumentalist Simon Raymonde in 1983. The group has earned much critical praise for its innovative, ethereal sound and the distinctive soprano vocals of Fraser, which often seemed to veer into glossolalia and mouth music.

After having built up a considerable reputation in the U.K. and Europe, the Cocteaus first fully reached America via this compilation, cherry-picking some of the group's finest moments for this trans-Atlantic co-release between home label 4AD and then-stateside label Relativity.

None of the ten tracks had been released in America before, but whoever assembled the release knew exactly what they were doing in terms of whetting appetites. The only absolute rarity on the disc was "Millimillenary", originally turning up on a compilation tape given away by New Musical Express. It's a fine number, recorded soon after Raymonde joined the group - a good mix of the Cocteaus' instrumental lushness and Fraser's vocal acrobatics.

The version of Garlands' "Wax And Wane" included here is slightly remixed and arguably even better than the original, bringing out everything a little more clearly and powerfully. A sage decision was the inclusion of all three tracks from the Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops EP; as flawless as that was, all deserved inclusion, while beginning the compilation with "The Spangle Maker" was also inspired.

Other cuts include "Hitherto", "From The Flagstones", "Lorelei", and the then-recent single "Aikea-Guinea".

The Pink Opaque is a lovely taster for anyone wanting to discover the peerless early years of the Cocteaus.

Check out the tracks: “Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops”; “Mllimilenary” and “The Spangle Maker”.

This LP Record (reissued in July 2014) is pressed on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Remastered from HD Audio with a Printed Inner Sleeve and Digital Download Code, pressed in Europe.

(652637350913)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

The Spangle Maker

4:40

A2

Millimilenary

3:40

A3

Wax And Wane

3:51

A4

Hitherto

3:51

A5

Pearly-Dewdrops’ Srops

4:10

B1

From The Flagstones

3:40

B2

Aikea-Guinea

3:56

B3

Lorelei

3:42

B4

Pepper-Tree

3:57

B5

Musette And Drums

4:36

SKU 652637350913
Record Label 4AD Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number CAD 3509
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 15 July 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 13 January 1986
Barcode # 652637350913
Shipping Weight 0.2750kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Inner Sleeve, Remastered from HD Audio, Reissue, Digital Download
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Indie / Alternative
Genre Dream Pop
Genre Electronic
Format VINYL LP

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