- Audio CD (5 April 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: 4AD
- ASIN: B00009ATJD
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Blue Bell Knoll Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
For anyone new to Cocteau Twins and intrigued to know more, I would recommend this as the place to start as it succinctly encapsulates the group's definitive sound.
'For Phoebe Still a Baby' is just over 3 minutes of perfection. Rendered beautifully by Liz Fraser's exquisite vocals, the simple lullaby is at once comforting and yet, somehow, utterly heart breaking. It's the kind of track I could listen to on loop for eternity and never tire of.
'Carolyn's Fingers' puts forward the case that Fraser is one of the all time great female singers as she pulls off some deliriously euphoric vocal acrobatics.
As with practically all of the Cocteau's output, don't go hunting for deep meanings or poignant messages in the lyrics. In fact, don't hunt for lyrics at all because you'll struggle to decipher them, let alone make sense of them. The emotions conveyed through THAT voice coupled with the enveloping wash of Robin Guthrie's guitar work speak infinitely greater volumes than identifiable lyrics ever could.
(e.g. minor chord progressions )giving a very different feel to this album to previous outings...the remastering makes these elements even sharper ...I wonder if the original recording took the slight dampening of the treble into account because ,fully clarified, some of the guitars are almost too sharp. A very slight niggle as the remastered tracks are even more orgasmic in places than before, and certainly it just proves how suprisingly clearer the remaster really is.
Rest assured that every odd numbered track is a classic (amongst the twins' best), and some even numbered tracks are so-so..still worth 5 stars for the even tracks alone.
Ps the credits for the remaster are tiny and put at various hard to find points on the case, different places for different albums!?
It is one of the most enchanting and uplifting collections of sound that you will ever hear.
It is the sun on your face, the crisp, cold frost on a Winter morning, the touch of a kitten's fur and the warm, sweet smell of a baby's skin.
If there was a better place than here, this would be the soundtrack to the journey.
I do know one person who thinks the opening title-track is the most perfect thing and doesn't require anymore Cocteau Twins than that- opening with some ambient-electronic-strains it builds up into one of those huge songs as Guthrie's trademark guitar cuts across the song. It sounds like the definition of Cocteau Twins, the song you would play to an inquisitive alien who wants to discuss 4AD-acts. The influence on later-generations is apparent and without 'Blue Bell Knoll', there would have been no My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Lush, Medicine, Seefeel, Chapterhouse etc.
It's all a highlight, thirty-plus minutes of sublime joys, including the huge 'Cico Buff' (whose chorus says something about beauty, though I don't want to know the words, I know how they sound and feel...), 'Carolyn's Fingers' (which I believe was used in a mineral-water advert in the late 80s!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the Cocteau Twins music - just as expected - fabulous =- many thanksPublished 5 months ago by Sue
This is the nearest you will get to having angels breathe gently into your ears. Angels who have been eating dainty pancakes (no more than 6cm in diameter) smothered with lemon... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I never heard this album before and didn't know of it's existence but I saw a bit about this album on here (Amazon) and I thought, "give it a try" ,I'm glad I DID AS IT IS... Read morePublished on 5 May 2014 by Mr. G. R. Dyer
This is the 5th Cocteau Twins album I have bought so that gives a good idea how much I rate this timeless band!
Superb, mesmerising and absorbing.
Worth every penny.