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Heaven Or Las Vegas Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DRAX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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1. Cherry-Coloured Funk
2. Pitch The Baby
3. Iceblink Luck
4. Fifty-Fifty Clown
5. Heaven Or Las Vegas
6. I Wear Your Ring
7. Fotzepolitic
8. Wolf In The Breast
9. Road, River And Rail
10. Frou-Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires

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Heaven or Las Vegas followed in 1990 and was to become their most commercially successful release, reaching number seven in the UK album charts. Numerous publications have since declared it one of the best albums of the 90s, Pitchfork calling it “a core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit as moving and relevant today as it ever was.” Label founder Ivo Watts-Russell goes further, candidly revealing in the recent 4AD biography, Facing The Other Way, that this album wasn’t just his favourite Cocteaus album but also his favourite all-time 4AD album, and “by a long shot”, calling it “the perfect record.” And with tracks as majestic as the title track, ‘Cherry-Coloured Funk’ and ‘Iceblink Luck’, who’s to argue?

“From the start, Heaven... is simply fantastic: on "Cherry Coloured Funk," Guthrie's inimitable guitar work chimes leading a low-key but forceful rhythm, while Raymonde's grand bass work fleshes it out. Fraser simply captivates; her vocals are the clearest, most direct they've ever been, purring with energy and life. There are many moments of sheer Cocteaus beauty and power, including the title track, with its great chorus, and two spotlight Guthrie solos: "Fotzepolitic," a powerful number building to a rushing conclusion, and the album-ending "Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires." Possessing the same climactic sense of drama past disc-closers as "Donimo" and "The Thinner the Air," it's a perfect way to end a near-perfect album.” – AllMusic

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<li>Cherry-Coloured Funk </li><li>Pitch the Baby</li><li>Iceblink Luck</li><li>Fifty-Fifty Clown </li><li>Heaven or Las Vegas</li><li>I Wear</li><li>Your Ring</li><li>Fotzepolitic</li><li>Wolf in the Breast</li><li>Road</li><li>River and Rail</li><li>Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires</li></p


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Format: Audio CD
The music is great but the remastering is poor, to say the least - compressed and clipped at the expense of loudness....

Part of a larger trend, but especially egregious in the case of this band; who`s sonic landscapes were about textures that need a range of sound to breathe and express their wonderous artistry.
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By A Customer on Oct. 4 2003
Format: Audio CD
HOLV is one of my favorite albums of all time. When I found out that remastered were being issued, I was excited and also a little perplexed. There are CT albums with which I could find some (minor) production faults, but HOLV was never among them. However, my copy was aging and beginning to show signs of the dreaded pinhole dropouts, I figured I could not go wrong by replacing the older version with the remastered. The production on the remastered version is quite similar to that on the original version, and i doubt that most casual CT fans or listeners could tell the difference. However, unlike my experience with the remastered BBK album, I found that some of the subtle differences on HOLV actually were detrimental to parts of the orginial album that I had liked. The bass line in Iceblink Luck (3rd track for those of you who, like me, perpetually ignore the song titles) is more subdued in the chorus. Road River and Rail (9th track) begins to fade out at the very last line, whereas the original did not. And Pitch the Baby (2nd track) is less lush than the original, with more separation between the vocals and background music. Overall, the latter is the major difference in production on the remaster: the instruments are somewhat brighter and more separated, as they are on the remastered BBK. But whereas I felt that worked quite well on BBK, I was a bit disappointed with how this affected HOLV. If you have never heard HOLV in its original format, I think you'll find this remastered version to be brilliant and you'll probably love it. But for those of us who have listened to the original version more times than Gene Simmons has had sex, the differences may take some getting used to. One caveat: I have yet to listen to this album through headphones, so there may be more subtle, positive differences that I have not yet picked up on.
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Format: Audio CD
If indeed the 4AD music label was created to harbor "music that was timeless, free of any trend, movement or era", then Cocteau Twins (along with contemporaries Dead Can Dance) have got to embody the quintessence of the label.
Having only heard Elizabeth Fraser's beautiful voice on her collaborations for the Lord of the Rings' scores, 'Heaven or Las Vegas' became my first plunge into her musical world alongside bandmates Robin Guthrie (guitars and her spouse too) and Simon Raymonde (bass), and I sure got soaked by what I ran into. At first, I was ready for a Dead Can Dance-like album, but what I found was more of a crossover between Japanese pop and ABBA-like choruses with layers of Fraser's angelical voice, framed by some of the most exquisite guitar and bass sounds you can imagine by her side and a fairly innocent beat to go with it all. Something so all-encompassing, that it's almost impossible to put your finger on it...
From the opening track, this 1990 album puts out a happy note after another, and if you have a chance to check out the lyrics too, you'll realize that the Twins' play of words goes merrily hand in hand with the tunes to peak somewhere around track #7 ("Fotzepolitic" -don't ask me about songtitle meanings yet, though) and leave you much in a positive note, just feeling a bit sorry for how fast time flies when you listen to the whole 10 songs.
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i can't say much about the remaster because i haven't honestly ordered my own copy yet nor have i the pleasure of hearing it but this is one of my favorite cocteau twins album of all time next to treasure or blue bell knoll. from the opening track of "cherry colored funk" to the closing "frou frou foxes", you can't help but feel a bit light-headed after hear liz fraser's beautiful vocals. not only are the vocals dreamy & sweet but the electrical arrangements here are to die for. let's just say i played this album for so many years( and still do listen to it on a regular basis), it's really hard to believe i've had this album in my collection for over 13 years. i don't really catch half of the words on this cd but i could care less. for all i know, cocteau twins may have made up their own words but the end result is definately enticing & plausible even if that be the case. having said that, this goes on the top of my list as one of the best cds to own in the nineties which still sounds as great today as it did when i first bought it. no favorite tracks unfortunately to list as all of them serve their purpose & each one is simply gorgeous. if you haven't already heard the cocteau twins or have never bought one of their albums, i believe this is the first one you should purchase & the remastered version sounds heavenly to me. enjoy.
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Yes, the Cocteau Twins are "ethereal" and "shimmering," but their music is much more than a simple amalgam of glitter and atmosphere. The melodies lain down on "Heaven or Las Vegas" are pure and beautiful in a nearly alien way; seldom does one find such indiscernable beauty and craftsmanship on an album. Liz Fraser's stunning voice (I can scarcely think of a better singer to have emerged in the last 15 years) perfectly complements the glacial textures crafted by Robin Guthrie and co., resulting in a heavenly paradise of red and vibrant tunes. The unforgettable title track alone is enough to make "Heaven or Las Vegas" a bona fide classic; "Cherry-coloured Funk" and "Iceblink Luck" are also ungodly beautiful showpieces of the Twins' formidable gifts. While I enjoy the band's album "Treasure," I must say that I think "Heaven or Las Vegas" is the crown jewel of the Cocteaus' catalog, and a wondrous one at that.
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