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  • Vinyl
  • Label: 4ad
  • ASIN: B000250MMO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 929,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nelkin on 5 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD has really been superseded, and is now only for completists (though you might perhaps want to own it for the lovely artwork). The Cocteau Twins' record company 4AD put this out, a pairing of two of their best mid-eighties EPs on one CD, in 1999. However, in 2006 they released two double-CD sets which comprehensively collected single and EP material covering the band's entire career from 1982 to 1996. Lullabies to Violaine volume 1 contains all of the music on this CD -- in the same track order, even -- plus 25 other songs recorded between 1982 and 1990. Better still, here on Amazon that double-CD set only costs a few quid more than this does, so it's a bit of a no-brainer making up your mind which one to go for.

As for the songs, well... if you're at all interested in finding out what the Cocteau Twins were about, then you will want to hear these eight tracks one way or another. I think these two EPs mark the point where the band really began to come into their own unique musical sound -- from this point on, for about five years, pretty much everything they touched turned to gold. They had clearly moved on from their early post-punk clumsiness and were really learning how to use sound in the studio. From the ambient soundscapes of 'Pink Orange Red' through to the tribal drum patterns and symphonic sweep of 'Pale Clouded White', it's pure Cocteau Twins magic. 'Melonella', my favourite track, showcases Liz Fraser's euphoric glossolalia technique like nothing else I've ever heard (here, she seems to be incanting in something vaguely related to Latin). Nobody else could have made this music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RJ on 11 July 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For many the purchase of this collection of two 1985 EPs could be seen as superfuous when a full collection of cocteau twins miscellany can be found on the "Lullabies To Violaine" volumes for very little more than the cost of this disc. I am, however somewhat of a die hard fan still holding on to vynil copies as well as collecting CD versions. I have been collecting the EPs individually where ever possible and thats the way I am. The music is, as you would expect, nothing short of mesmerising showing the bands progression from their earlier punk / post punk influenced sound to their trademark soundscapes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John David Charles Hilton on 21 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This set consists of two, four track, 12" eps. They were always something of a pair and were released very close together initially (it may have even been the same week, it was a long time ago - 1985 to be precise).
It presents a more rhythmic take on the soundworld of the Victorialand album.
It has its moments, but doesn't come upto the standard associated with the albums. To a degree, I would put this one down as a completist only set. It is not that it is weak or unattractive, just that they have done better. Really this should be bought after the albums, if they are not enough to satiate your desire for Liz's angelic voice and Guthrie's distinctive guitar.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 21 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD collects the e.p.'s 'Tiny Dynamine' & 'Echoes in a Shallow Bay'- from 1985 circa the seminal 'Treasure' LP.
As ever, the 4AD cover- designed by 23 Envelope/Vaughan Oliver- captures something of the character of the music on this CD: otherworldly, otherwordly, the usual cliches about sonic cathedrals & dreamy rock...
1985 was where the Cocteau's shifted a gear, the Banshees/Associates inflections of earlier songs 'Peppermint Pig' and 'Musette & Drums' had given way to a sound that could only be The Cocteau's...This compilation shows the move from the poppier side of Fraser/Guthrie/Raymonde ('Pearly dewdrops drops', 'Sugar Hiccup', This Mortal Coil's 'Song to the Siren')to a dark/light fusion of seemingly nonsense language- that managed to encapsulate the universe...The Cocteau's EP's were a vital part of them- something that could not exist now, with idiotic rules on how many tracks and a 20-min. maximun duration (unless the same track is repeated endlessly)- all for the same price as CD singles/EP's that were once 40 mins/plus long!!!!
These EP's stem from the actually quite interesting 80's- where most acts on 4AD were worth listening to: Dead Can Dance, Throwing Muses, Colourbox, This Mortal Coil. And, of course, this band.
'Pink Orange Red' is one of those atypical moments- up there with 'Carolyn's fingers' or 'Aikea Guinea'. While 'Ribbed & Veined' is demonstrates the powerful flux of their music without Fraser's vocals...After some time, the titles become part of the cover-work- you are just lead along by Guthrie's solos, Fraser's vocals- or Raymonde's waves of keyboards in the background...'Great Spangled Fritillary' is the sound of 'Lorelei' into 'Blue Bell Knoll'...
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
There are some stunning songs on this compilation, some of the Cocteau Twins very best, in fact, in my opinion.
Sultitan Itan (fabulous!), Eggs and their Shells, Ribbed & Veined, are full of melody and interesting rhythms, and could only be the Cocteau Twins.
Pale Clouded white is a close follow-up for quality, but not up to the standard of the above.
Despite repeated listens, I was disappointed to discover that Great Spangled Fritillary and Pink Orange Red (which I had read glowing reviews of) were not much cop at all to my ears (and remember, I absolutely love the Cocteau Twins music).
GSF in particular was just an endless awful noise as far as I was concerned.
But buy it anyway - Sultitan Itan and Eggs and their Shells are worth the price just on their own!
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