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Victorialand [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Cocteau Twins Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (10 Feb 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B00007IFR5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I cannot rate this album higher, nobody has done a soundscape that compares... For me there has never been a singer that tops Liz Fraser for pure out-of-this-worldiness when it comes to alien-speak. The voice of an angel? Do me a favour and don't seek any words, there aren't any, but that's the beauty... No message. Listening to Oomingmak, I am reminded of driving across Ireland to my homeland of Co Mayo, it makes me picture a Mintsrel's Gallery in a huge vaulted cathedral.. Hearing The Thiner The Air and I wonder if there was ever an operatic singer to better Miss Fraser, for someone who claims to have never had any formal training, it's an inspiration to us all. Everyone should hear this album, it is glorious in every sense of the word. This album has stayed with me since it's release, and will forever and ever amen. I want to buy a copy for everyone I know, just so they can experience what I have known.. How's that for a recommendation?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect little gem... 21 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
Victorialand is very much a product of CTs etherial phase. Gentle guitar figures, few if any drums, and Frazer's angelic tones. Maybe not the obvious choice to introduce yourself to the band (you would be better off with "Heaven or Las Vegas", "Blue Bell Knoll" or even "Treasure" for that matter).
Here we find them at their dreamiest it is the perfect companion to the twinned EPs "Tiny Dynamine" and "Echoes in a Shallow Bay". This is from that period when the group was reduced to a duo of Frazer and Guthrie. It has a sparser sound than we are used to, and maybe takes a few more plays to really 'get'.
Victorialand is not, really, a full scale album. It is a mini album weighing in at just under 33 minutes. The original vynil version played at 45rpm. But those 33 minutes contain some of the best music for daydreaming ever written. The purity of sound makes it ideal for CD...
Buy it and prepare to lose yourself in reverie....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cocteau's Album 12 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion by far and away the best of the Cocteau Twin's albums. I prefer 'Otherness' and 'The Moon and the Melodies' but the former is only an e.p and the latter a collaboration listed as the work of Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde and Harold Budd, not the Cocteau's.
From the first guitar note the music pulls you into a gorgeous aural bath. A gently strummed guitar drifts so elegantly from your speakers that it instantly slows you down to the album's unique pace and drags you deep into the soundscape that is slowly unfolding before you. After a minute a saxophone enters the fray with meditative phrases that just about manage to avoid evoking new age nightmares, before Guthrie's unmistakable chiming guitar makes a subdued entry. The music is so embracing you barely notice that nearly three minutes have elapsed before Fraser's incredible voice takes hold of proceedings and the song hits full stride.
Once you've been pulled in their is no escape. I cannot remember a time when I have consciously chosen to stop the album or just play the first track. The music drifts by at its own pace and it forces you to follow suit. Given how minimal the album is - being focused almost exclusively on Guthrie's guitar and Frasers's vocals, with only the occasional splash of percussion, sax or piano - it is remarkable how engaging a listening experience Victorialand actually is. It's just so warm and comforting it's as hard to leave as a warm bed on a cold early morning.
The album works beautifuly. It takes you to a special place and has a lovely fluidity about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Stars! 21 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
I remember buying this album in June/July 1986 on vinyl and I still have it. This is absolutely superb, in fact I'm going to give it ten stars. The Cocteaus are brilliant as usual and Liz in fine form and Robin on guitar. Every song is perfect and I like every song on the album it is so unusual. I bought at the same time This Mortal Coil which unfortunately I sold years but I'm going to buy it again from Amazon. I was a big fan of the Cocteaus since the mid Eighties when I saw them on the Old Grey Whistle Test remember that singing Pearly Dew Drops Drops. After the outstandingly brilliant Treasure which sounded so different and nothing like anything else and then the same with Victorialand. I couldn't recommend it high enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong speed the first time.... 3 Sep 2013
Format:Vinyl
I have to admit my embarrassment... Having just acquired this on vinyl, and not having heard it before, although being a big Cocteau fan - and owning the rest on vinyl already... I have just listened to side one thinking "my, Liz's voice is a bit deep on this track, and this, and this one too......" Stupidly I did not notice the little 45 on the label. Yes it is a 45rpm album. And I listened to the whole side on 33 rpm.
What I can say is, it sounds a million times better on 45! Very good album, up there with my personal favourite of Treasure - you can't go wrong here, if you already have a soft spot for the twins output. Well recommended.... On the right speed of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Bliss 31 May 2010
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This is a wonderful little album that showcases the sound of a truly unique band indulging their weird side for all that it's worth. The soundscapes are much sparser than on previous (and later) outings with little or no percussion on most of the tracks, but that just adds to the effect. The guitars sparkle, swoon and swirl with magic and Liz Frazer's achingly lovely vocals float on top of them like rays of light from a new-born star. Galaxies glow, undulate, fade to black and explode into life again. This is trippy stuff even by the standards of this trippiest of bands, and it sounds like nothing else in the world. Describing how the Cocteaus sound is like trying to explain the taste of ice cream to someone who's never eaten it; it's nigh-on impossible, and all the usual words like 'heavenly' and 'ethereal' that get thrown around so often with reference to them just don't do the sound justice. If you've never heard the band before then this probably isn't the best place to start (try 'Four Calendar Cafe' for something slightly more 'conventional' or 'Treasure' if you want to get a feel for the early stuff) but if you've already got those albums then you really should think about buying this one as well. Blissful stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Twintastic!!
truly awesome! who needs a chill pill when you listen to this?Cocteau twins at their best!! excellent value<well worth a listen
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Kenneth A. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
Again, for my hubby, arrived in a package with the others ordered at the same time, within three days. Im loving the tunes too
Published 17 months ago by debs dee
4.0 out of 5 stars classic Cocteaus
Floaty, lovely, classic Cocteau Twins album.
Rediscovered after replacing an old cassette copy, and getting into all over again.
Published on 5 May 2011 by iLikeStuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy dreamy dreamy bliss aaahhhhhhh
This is in the Cocteau's Twins top 3 albums In fact I am listening to it right now so if I go off in a dreamy surreal warble than forgive me as its hard to be serious when covered... Read more
Published on 10 April 2010 by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars sooo beautiful
sooooo beautiful-their most quiet and gentle and least constructed album-written and recorded very fast and poss without the base player simon raymonde-not sure if thats true now... Read more
Published on 16 July 2009 by mean mr mustard
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cocteau,s jettison the incandescent glories of old for more serene...
Speaking as someone who would have crawled across broken glass using my tongue as a propeller just to hear a new Cocteau Twins album I was a bit disappointed when I first heard... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2009 by russell clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes the remaster is worth it...An old gem newly polished...
Other reviewers have tried to describe this album, and I can only say "buy it" to anyone who appreciates beautiful things... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2008 by J. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal chamber-pop with hints of darker ambience
Victorialand is an album that still manages to sound absolutely alien - even when analysed within the context of the Cocteau's career - with it's mixture of ethereal chamber-pop... Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2008 by Jonathan James Romley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not A Classic...
Hmm...A number of reviews seem to rate this as one of the Cocteau's best. I can't really agree. If Im not mistaken, Liz Frazer said that, by this point in the Cocteau's history,... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2008 by Sal
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