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Bbc Sessions

Cocteau Twins Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Disc: 1
1. Wax And Wane
2. Garlands
3. Alas Dies Laughing
4. Feathers-Oar-Blades
5. Hearsay Please
6. Dear Heart
7. Blind Dumb Deaf
8. Hazel
9. The Tinderbox (Of A Heart)
10. Strange Fruit
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Hitherto
2. From The Flagstones
3. Musette And Drums
4. Pepper-Tree
5. Beatrix
6. Ivo
7. Otterley
8. Serpentskirt
9. Golden-Vein
10. Half-Gifts
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Product Description


The Cocteau Twins were one of the more distinctive recording acts of the 1980s and their dreamy, atmospheric sound provided an ethereal sonic template for many Euro-pop groups of the time. With Elizabeth Fraser's haunting vocals and Robin Guthrie's innovative use of guitars, drum machines, and other electronic instrumentation, the Cocteau Twins created a rich, textured sound that endured over a large number of recordings. This double disc serves nicely as a greatest-hits package as well as a lengthy memento of the band's evolution from 1982 through 1996. Including shimmering renditions of old favorites like "Musette and Drums" and "Ivo," as well as a stirring rendition of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," this collection is a must for all Cocteau Twins fans. --Mitch Myers

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4.0 out of 5 stars A More Intimate Experience May 19 2004
By Rod Doe
Format:Audio CD
This CD contains renditions of their songs that are slightly different and, to my mind, perhaps more intimate, than the studio versions. This effect is especially pronounced on the version of Serpentskirt. This rendition of Serpentskirt is less grandiose than the version on Milk and Kisses, yet I find myself listening to this version over and over and over again, perhaps for its starkness or perhaps because the guitar sounds like something from another planet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly magnificent June 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an album you should enjoy and enjoy a lot. Incidentally when a BBC sessions album is released by a band it doesn't really mean it's a live album. It's just the band recording the songs at BBC's studios so that it can be broadcasted on radio at a particular time. So for those who were wondering why there were Liz's voice in the background as well as at the forefront should rest at ease - there was a little bit of studio trickery there. I just I should point that out lest someone gets confused
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I am not a huge Cocteau Twins fan but find their music works well as a background for when I am working. I did not find this CD as interesting as Treasure but it is pleasant enough. (Will probably get some plays while I am ironing my shirts!) Don't listen to both CDs straight through, as it gets pretty samey.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I love them, but live Cocteau Twins isn't optimal March 3 2002
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I'm as big a fan as they come, but live Cocteau has a problem -- there's just one Elizabeth. On studio albums, as you know, there are numerous vocal tracks, creating a rich, layered sound. I never knew how important this element was until it was gone. Live recordings (including the BBC Sessions) just feel sort of anemic, because only one melody is being sung. Yes, her voice is still beautiful, but it changes the nature of the songs.
I'm not going to tell anyone not to listen for themselves, but I was disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely blissful June 22 2001
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Cocteau Twins blended a wonderful concoction of heavenly voices and synesthetic guitars until you were transported into realms not seen by mere mortals. I know that's inflated - but if you have ever been captured by the profound effects of truly great music then you would be well-advised to pursue this work.
What Cocteau Twins attained was timeless beautiful music that could never be reproduced by any other band.
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WOW. If you're like me, you NEED this. CD1 highlights- tracks 1, 2, and especially "Hazel" are essential whether you were into CT's first rough albums or not. CD2 highlights- "Volaine" has gone from blah to stun-material! Check out the cut-throat majesty of "Seekers Who Are Lovers", one of the best Cocteau songs of all time. I can't tell which is better (bbc or original). We're talking some serious six stars here, with only five possible. (If I let it rule me, I'd give this whole thing a fiver based on that emotion alone.) "Half-Gifts" here is also necessary. While obviously not all tracks are probably going to be stellar on a BBC collection, this compilation is required for CT lovers such as myself. Drawbacks: uneven representation of work over the years (wish some other songs appeared); Liz sings in a range too high on some of the later ballads featured on these outtakes. COCTEAU TWINS FOREVER .... WAAAAaaaaaa i never DID see them live :'(
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4.0 out of 5 stars One more chance to relish their music Feb. 14 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like anyone who is bound to review this compiliation, I am a big fan of the Cocteau Twins' wonderous music. Prior to this, I had heard two live Twins recordings. First was when they used to broadcast the syndicated radio show Modern Rock Live here in Houston. The Twins were the featured guests one time, and they performed songs from Milk and Kisses as well as For Phoebe Still a Baby (from the Blue Bell Knoll album). I still have the recording of that event. The other live recording was a British concert from the mid-80's that I found on Bootleg CD. The recording was very amateur and horrid, but it was another chance to hear them live, since I NEVER GOT TO! (They didn't come to Houston for the Milk and Kisses tour)
In case you haven't figured it out, some of the Twins' better albums are underrepresened in these BBC live sessions. Nothing at all from Victorialand. From the impeccable and divine Heaven or Las Vegas, only Fifty-Fifty Clown. And nothing from Blue Bell Knoll OR Four-Calendar Cafe. They must have performed these songs live on BBC, at some point!!!
I still chose to give this album 4 stars, in spite of this, because this compilation is probably the last "new" stuff that we fans will ever get to hear. The only thing left to do now is to make compilations from their studio albums and EP's. (By the way, I refuse to buy Stars and Topsoil, for the reason that I could always make my own compilations with a CD burner).
Of the two discs, I enjoy far more the second one. The Milk and Kisses live recordings are excellent!! And I enjoy this CD's recording of From the Flagstones. On the first CD, there is a live recording of the same song, but on that recording Elizabeth tries too hard to clone the studio recording, and it winds up being a flop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD set, but somewhat lacking Dec 4 2000
Format:Audio CD
A remarkable collection of live songs by the Cocteau Twins. Unfortunatly, no tracks are included from certain albums, and I really would've liked to have heard those songs live. Naturally, Elizabeth Fraser's voice is beautiful and powerful on all tracks. The recording quality is excellent. I think the songs half-gifts, seekers who are lovers, and calfskin smack are my favourites. All of the songs have easier to understand lyrics than the studio versions. Half-gifts is completely decipherable. I'm not fond of some songs on the first CD, but I totally recommend this two-CD set to anyone who wishes to hear the Cocteaus live.
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